Current Regional and State Information

Cal State East Bay is working closely with public health and other regional and state officials to inform the university’s practices and guidelines. These partners include:

Alameda County:

Contra Costa County:

California Department of Public Health:

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Although individual counties, including Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, are able to implement localized modifications, the following orders are in place in California:

All individuals living in the State of California are currently ordered to stay home or at their place of residence, except for permitted work, local shopping or other permitted errands, or as otherwise authorized. 

On March 19, 2020, an Executive Order (PDF) and Public Health Order (PDF) directed all Californians to stay home except to go to an essential job or to shop for essential needs.

On May 4, 2020, an Executive Order (PDF) informed local health jurisdictions and industry sectors that they may gradually reopen under new modifications and guidance provided by the state per the May 7, 2020 Public Health Order (PDF).

Cloth face coverings or masks help reduce the spread of coronavirus especially when combined with physical distancing and frequent hand washing. Starting June 18, Californians must wear face coverings in common and public indoor spaces and outdoors when distancing is not possible. Learn more about the guidance and limited exceptions here. 

COVID-19 testing

The City of Hayward and Eden Health District hosted a COVID-19 test site on Cal State East Bay’s campus beginning April 13. The Hayward Testing Center, located at Lot A on the CSUEB campus, is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, though it may close earlier on any given day based on demand or if the available number of tests for the day has been exhausted.

Test results also are shared with public health authorities in the counties of residence of those tested, and by those county authorities with the California Department of Public Health.

Testing at the Center is free and available to anyone regardless of where they live or immigration status. To be tested, individuals generally must have a fever over 100 degrees or other COVID-19 symptoms.

Health-care workers and first responders can make advance appointments for testing by calling Hayward’s COVID-19 hotline at (510) 583-4949.

Contact tracing

Contact tracing is an important step in slowing the spread of COVID-19. It’s when health workers notify you that you’ve been in contact with an infected person, and you should also get tested. Public health departments have used contact tracing for decades to fight infectious disease. 

Cal State East Bay is not organizing nor managing contact tracing, as that process is done through California Connected

View the California Department of Public Health’s How Does Contact Tracing Work? (PDF)

According to the California Connected site, this is the process for contact tracing: 

If you test positive for COVID-19:

  • You will get treatment, regardless of income, health insurance, or immigration status.
  • You will get advice on how to separate yourself from others to avoid spreading the disease. 
  • You will be asked basic questions like your name and age, the places you’ve been, and the people you’ve spent time with.
  • Those people will be contacted and told they may have been exposed to COVID-19. They will be offered testing and treatment.
  • Your personal information is confidential and will not be shared. They will not ask about your immigration status.

If you are exposed to COVID-19:

  • You’ll get a call, text or email from your local public health department to inform you of this exposure.
  • They will not share information about who may have exposed you. This information is confidential.  
  • You’ll get free, confidential testing, regardless of income, health insurance, or immigration status.
  • They will help you understand your infection risk. They’ll tell you what to do immediately to prevent further spread.
  • They will stay in touch to see if you develop symptoms.
  • If you have symptoms, they will get you tested quickly. You will get resources to self-isolate.
  • They may ask questions about the places you’ve been and the people you’ve spent time with.
  • Your personal information is confidential and will not be shared. They will not ask about your immigration status.

The impact of COVID-19 is continually fluid, and the university will post information about campus repopulation and other resources on this website. If you have questions or comments that would improve this site, please submit them through this online form.