On Mar. 23, a Cuesta College faculty member notified the Student Health Center of a student who had self-reported that they tested positive for the coronavirus. Health Center staff immediately notified the SLO County Public Health Department, which is responsible for investigating positive cases and has the sole authority to determine if the institution has a potential risk of exposure. Upon the completion of their investigation, public health officials notified Cuesta College that the campus is not considered an exposure risk and advised that no follow up is required.

To help prevent the spread of coronavirus, Cuesta College suspended classes from Mar. 16-18, transitioned in-person courses to online delivery as of Mar. 19, and limited employees on campus to provide essential services. We advise students and staff to continue the CDC-recommended practices of social distancing and proper hygiene, including thorough hand-washing, and following shelter-at-home orders. As the number of positive cases increases in our local community, we anticipate a minimal risk of exposure to our students and employees on our campuses. However, we will continue to follow the direction and guidance of our local Public Health Department on any self-reported or confirmed positive cases.