COVID-19 SELF-TESTING SITES
Testing is on a walk-in basis, no appointment is needed. This is surveillance testing only, intended for the testing of asymptomatic and unvaccinated people. In accordance with Cuesta's Safe Reopening plan, if you have been recently exposed to COVID-19, or have symptoms, you should not come onto campus. You can visit your doctor for testing, or the county testing site by visiting www.readyslo.org
*The north county Covid testing site is temporarily closed.
CalHOPE offers crisis counseling after a federal declaration of emergency. It offers resources and information to help people find their way during these difficult times:
CalVoices COVID-19 Support Line (916) 288-8535 Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
CalHOPE Warm Line (833) 317-4673 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week
Or to chat, visit calhopeconnect.org
To stay informed about the COVID-19 vaccine in SLO County:
- Visit our County's vaccine website to schedule your vaccine
- Read about the leading vaccines here
- Subscribe to the County’s COVID-19 email updates
- Follow the Public Health Department on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook
- Regularly check our vaccine page
- Call the Public Health Information Line at (805) 788-2903
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person and is very contagious. Currently, the Delta variant is the prominent strain in the US and has shown to be even more contagious than prior strains.
The more a person interacts with others, especially when they are unvaccinated, and the longer that interaction lasts, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread in the community. Risk is also affected by factors such as background rates of infection in the community and compliance with mitigation strategies. The COVID-19 vaccines are very effective in preventing symptomatic infections. Studies show they prevent 90%-98% of hospitalizations and deaths and they reduce transmission of all variants, including the prominent Delta variant. Unvaccinated persons are more likely to get infected, have serious illness, and spread the virus.
There are several important measures to slow the spread: Get a COVID-19 vaccine is the MOST important! If you are unvaccinated: continue to wear a mask while indoors and outside if you are unable to maintain distancing and avoid large crowds and poorly ventilated areas. At Cuesta, all student must continue to wear a mask indoors regardless of vaccine status. Unvaccinated employees must wear a mask indoors and vaccinated employees are strongly encouraged to remain masked indoors.) Also, if you come in close contact with a known positive Covid-19 case, get tested (on day 4-7 after your last know exposure and if you are unvaccinated begin your quarantine). Refer to our Safe Reopening Plan for details about returning to campus.
COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact between people (within about 6 feet). People who are infected, but do not show symptoms, can spread the virus to others, which makes the virus spread easily.
When people with COVID-19 cough, sneeze, sing, talk, or breathe they produce respiratory droplets. Infections occur mainly through exposure to respiratory droplets, when a person is in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 and is unvaccinated. Some infections can be spread by exposure to the virus in small droplets and particles that linger in the air, called airborne transmission. Good ventilation and taking precautions when engaging in higher risk activities (like exercise, singing, and some musical instruments) will improve the spread from airborne transmission. Less commonly, it may spread from contact with contaminated surfaces. Learn what is known about how COVID-19 spreads
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
***This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.
Coronavirus Self-Checker: A tool to help you make decisions
People infected with COVID-19 should receive supportive care AT HOME to help relieve symptoms unless their condition worsens and they need to seek medical care outside of their home.
Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.
Treatments a Provider Might Recommend. Click Here to learn more.
CDC advises that the best way to prevent infection is become vaccinated. If you are unable to receive a vaccine, avoid being exposed to the virus.
Here are everyday actions to help prevent the spread of COVID 19:
- Everyone is eligible for a vaccine. Go to https://myturn.ca.gov/ to schedule your vaccine now.
- Stay home, get tested, and isolate from others when sick and avoid close contact with people who are sick. Stay home for at least ten days if you are sick. Click here to learn if you are ready to end home isolation.
- If you are unvaccinated:
- Continue to wear a mask when indoors at public spaces and businesses and outdoors where distancing cannot be maintained.
- Social distance, whenever possible.
- Avoid crowded indoor spaces and ensure indoor spaces are properly ventilated by bringing outdoor air in.
- If you are vaccinated you can still wear a mask if you choose! This is especially important indoors.
- CDPH issued new state public health orders on June 11, 2021 which supersede all previous orders. They can be found here.
- Testing is available to all asymptomatic students and employees of Cuesta College. See the information at the top.
- People exposed to COVID 19 should be tested 3-5 days after exposure. If you have been exposed and are unvaccinated, quarantine at home for at least 10 days, even if you test negative for the virus during your quarantine period. Fully vaccinated people do not need to quarantine.
- If you are sick with even mild symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your medical provider to be tested. Testing is FREE and available through the state, click here for more information on testing locations and to register.
- On-site Surveillance testing at Cuesta College is available for unvaccinated and asymptomatic people. See details and links at the top of this page.
- Students may request a telehealth appointment by visiting our virtual lobby, click here. Or contact: email@example.com
- If you are having trouble getting tested or you are not able to register online, please call the County Public Health Department at 805-781-5500.
- Always isolate at home until you know your results. If you have been exposed and are unvaccinated, stay home for at least 10 days, even if you test negative. If you are vaccinated you should test 3-5 days after an exposure but you do not need to stay home unless you become symptomatic.
If you test positive for COVID 19, stay home until:
- Follow the Public Health Directives for SLO County. Click here for isolation guidelines.
- Click Here for guidelines on returning to campus after an illness or exposure to COVID 19
The COVID-19 pandemic has been stressful and isolating for many people. Gatherings during celebrations or holidays can be an opportunity to reconnect with family and friends. This season, consider how your plans can be modified to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to keep your friends, families, and communities healthy and safe. Click here to learn more
- SLO County 24-hour Recorded Information Line: (805) 788-2903
- Visit our County's vaccination website
- California Department of Public Health
- California Community Colleges
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization
- COVID-19 Resources For Undocumented Californians
- Financial relief resource related to hardships from COVID-19
- ReadySLO Local support
- Follow us on social media on Instagram/Facebook @cuestahealthcenter for educational information.
- For well-being and health education, explore the digital tools promoted in our Educational Repository and have fun exploring our wellness module available on CANVAS. Wellness Central is a free online health and wellness resource that is available 24/7 in your space at your pace.
Explore Cuesta Campus Well and find well-links to support yourself: