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 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
To stay informed about the COVID-19 vaccine in SLO County:
- Visit our County's vaccine website
- Subscribe to the County’s COVID-19 email updates
- Follow the Public Health Department on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook
- Watch our weekly news briefings
- Regularly check our vaccine page
- Call the Public Health Information Line at (805) 788-2903
- For assistance booking a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, call the County's Phone Assistance Center at (805) 543-2444 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or contact us by email
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person and is very contagious. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. It has since spread around the world, including the United States.
At this time, SLO County is in the Red Tier of the State Reopening Plan, learn more here.
The more a person interacts with others, 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 individuals’ compliance with mitigation strategies, such as use of masking, social distancing, and hand hygiene. There are three important measures to slow the spread: Wear a mask to protect yourself and others, Stay at least 6 feet form others who don't live with you, and avoid crowds.
Adults of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from the virus. Severe illness from COVID-19 is defined as hospitalization, admission to the ICU, intubation or mechanical ventilation, or death. For more information regarding the conditions associated with serious illness, click here.
In addition, rural communities, people experiencing homelessness, people with disabilities, pregnant people, and racial and ethnic minority groups may need to take extra precautions as COVID-19 increases their risk of serious illness. More information supporting special populations can be found by clicking here.
COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact between people, especially close contact (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. 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. We are still learning about how the virus spreads and the severity of illness it causes. 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 to avoid being exposed to the virus.
Here are everyday actions to help prevent the spread of COVID 19:
- If you are eligible, get vaccinated against COVID-19!
- Stay home and isolate from others when sick. Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home for at least ten days if you are sick! Click here to learn if you are ready to end home isolation.
- Stay 6 Feet away from others, whenever possible.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a mask when outside your home.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Pay special attention to hand-washing after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Avoid crowded indoor spaces and ensure indoor spaces are properly ventilated by bringing outdoor air in.
- Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
- CDC recommends avoiding non-essential travel at this time and there are restrictions on some travel. If you plan to travel visit the travel and COVID-19 website for guidance.
- Governor Newsom approved a statewide order on June 18, 2020 requiring face coverings/masks in certain settings. This guidance was last updated March 10, 2021 and can be found Here.
- Testing is available to all students and employees of Cuesta College. See the information at the top.
- Coronavirus Self-Checker: A tool to help you make decisions
- Persons exposed to COVID 19 should be tested 5-6 days after exposure. Anyone with symptoms should get tested and testing is FREE. If you have been exposed, quarantine at home for at least 10 days, even if you test negative for the virus during your quarantine period.
- 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 asymptomatic people. See details and links at the top of this page.
- Click here to learn more about local testing options. 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, stay home for at least 10 days, even if you test negative.
If you test positive for COVID 19, stay home until:
- At least 24 hours have passed since your fever resolved (without fever reducing medications), AND
- Symptoms have improved AND
- At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared OR if you tested positive, but were asymptomatic, at least 10 days have passed since the day you tested.
- 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: