CSUMB no longer offers on-campus testing

The California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) on-campus COVID-19 testing site will close permanently at 4 p.m. on Friday Nov. 18. 

An email sent out on Oct. 24, signed by CSUMB President Vanya Quiñones and the campus’s Director for Environmental Health, Safety & Risk Management Amy Thomas, notified students and staff that the University will be scaling back on their pandemic-related services. 

CSUMB’s reason being that the Monterey County Health Department is currently reporting a low case rate and level of test positivity. CSUMB also states their on-campus infection rate remains extremely low.

On Monday, Nov. 28, students will be able to schedule an appointment with the Campus Health Center to request a single, self-administering rapid test. COVID-19 PCR testing will also be available per appointment.

The notice also wanted to encourage students to receive boosters when available and reminded them that bivalent boosters are readily available at the Campus Health Center every Thursday by appointment.

Masks will still be provided but only at limited locations on campus. These locations are the Alumni Visitor Center, the Housing Office, Student Services, the library, the Otter Sports Center, the Otter Student Union, the Promontory Housing office, and the University Center.

Students who believe that they have been exposed to COVID-19 are still encouraged to assess symptoms and to wear a mask in all indoor public spaces.

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