COVID-19 Housing Information

Positive COVID-19 test results and exposure guidelines

All residents are required to inform Student Housing immediately after testing positive for COVID or after being exposed to a person who has a confirmed case of COVID.

To report your case, contact Housing by either filling out the COVID Disclosure form through the link below, calling the Student Housing Office at 510-885-7444 during business hours, the RA on duty after hours, or by emailing Our staff will work with you through our COVID protocols and provide the necessary support.

COVID-19 Testing Requirements

All residents moving in this Fall 2022, will be required to complete a health questionnaire to determine if there are any potential concerns with COVID exposures. If identified as potential exposures, residents will be directed to COVID testing to self-administer a rapid antigen testing prior to move-in options. Residents who test COVID positive will be recommended to self-isolate off-campus until they meet the minimum requirements to return to on-campus housing. Should a resident need to self-isolate on-campus, Housing is prepared to support the isolation period on-campus with designated isolation/quarantine units.

To limit the impact of increasing COVID-19 cases on hospitalizations, Alameda County health officials announced that masks will be required in indoor public settings and public/shared transportation as of Friday, June 3, 2022.

Cal State East Bay has aligned with this public health requirement and will require that facial coverings be worn indoors, regardless of vaccination status.


Once you have reported your case to Student Housing, please take a look at the slides (click here) to become familiar with the process, expectations, and available support. If you are quarantined/ isolated and have questions after reviewing the slides, please contact us via text at (510)999-6461

As of May 2022, the Housing Department has lifted all interim no guest policies. Guests are permitted in accordance with the guest policy listed in Student Housing Conduct Policy (1.5). Overnight guests must submit a guest request form via Housing Student Portal.

Based on guidance from Alameda County Public health, wearing masks is strongly urged in indoor settings and required in certain high-risk settings. You may choose to wear a mask in outdoor crowded settings, and in non-public indoor settings, like a private residence when you are around people who may be unvaccinated, elderly, or immunocompromised.

If you have been notified of COVID exposure, you are required to wear a mask in all settings, including in shared spaces within your own apartment as you share the space with other suitemates. If you are self-isolating on-campus and permitted to leave due to medical or urgent needs, you must remain in tightly fitted (KN95) masks at all times.

Residents who receive a negative COVID-19 antigen/rapid test result are still required to follow the COVID-19 guidelines such as wearing face coverings, practicing good hand hygiene, social distancing, and self sequester. Negative rapid/antigen test results mean that there wasn't enough virus collected to register as a positive at the time of the test. The nasal swab test is a snapshot in time to help prevent additional infections from asymptomatic individuals but residents may feel the onset of symptoms in upcoming days if they have been exposed to COVID. “A negative COVID-19 test isn’t a free pass to lower your mask and get into crowded situations with individuals who do not live in your household,” said Monalisa M. Tailor, M.D., internal medicine physician with Norton Community Medical Associates – Barret. “A negative test doesn’t really change anything.” Even after a negative test, you need to take steps to keep yourself and the community safer. Wearing a mask in public areas, practicing good hand hygiene and social distancing are still critical even if you had a negative test. Falling into a false sense of security can open the door for additional opportunities for infection, which can contribute to community spread and strain public health resources. Currently, self-sequestering guidelines are expected of all residents through the end of January. If you have questions about your health, please make an appointment with the on-campus Student Health Center.

Encourage the person to maintain strict hygiene practices and seek medical assistance if their condition worsens.
Limit physical contact as well as any sharing of items to reduce the likelihood of illness transmission.
Spreading misinformation and stereotypes will only feed into greater fear. Maintaining the health and safety of our Cal State East Bay community remains our greatest priority and each of us can play a part in helping us to stay informed and prepared. We can and must support each other in a creative, positive, and collaborative manner.

  • Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, frequently.
  • Use hand sanitizers when soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Appropriately cover your coughs and sneezes (use a tissue, cough into your elbow).
  • Clean surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Practice social distancing (maintain 6 feet distance from others, avoid crowded spaces and places).

Additional information can be found from these reputable sources:

Cal State East Bay - Student Health & Counseling Services (

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (

Governor's Office of Planning and Research (

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For questions not answered online or for any specific concerns, you may have, please send an email to