UC San Diego Emergency Notification

March 28, 2020


SUBJECT:    Triton Alert Update: COVID-19 at UC San Diego

On March 28, 2020, we confirmed that a close contact of the student who tested positive on 3/23/2020 has now also tested positive for COVID-19. This second student resident has self-isolated and remains isolated while receiving care. The university is assisting the student and is offering support during recovery. We continue to work with San Diego County Public Health officials who will notify affected individuals.

Like many communities within San Diego, California and the nation, we are now experiencing more widespread transmission of COVID-19. This most recent situation indicates an incident of close-contact spread within our community.

For resident students at UC San Diego, we have created safe, isolated housing space, with academic, nutritional, medical and mental health support. We appreciate that isolation is difficult for those individuals who are following medical advice to isolate, and we are committed to supporting those individuals and to keeping our campus community safe by providing these services. Unfortunately, we anticipate that others in our campus community will be affected by this virus. It is critically important that everyone stay at home while public health orders remain in place; this means staying in your campus housing unit for resident students.

Sometimes COVID-19 symptoms can be very mild – which makes it even more critical that everyone stay at home and follow safe respiratory practices. If you feel sick or believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, please stay at home and contact your health provider for further instructions. If you are considering going to Student Health Services, your primary care provider, urgent care center or emergency department, call ahead and let them know you are coming.

It is critically important that we all do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19.

  • Follow the Governor’s Stay at Home Order
  • If you must leave your home for essential needs (e.g., food or medical reasons), maintain physical distance from others of at least 6 feet
  • Practice regular and consistent hand hygiene especially before eating or touching your face. Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water or use hand sanitizer
  • Cover coughs - with clothing, or use a tissue and dispose of the tissue
We will continue notify the UC San Diego community of significant developments on the COVID-19 webpage at

The information about this incident is being reported to you in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.