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

Housing residents are required to complete two rounds of on-campus COVID testing during the first two weeks of their return to campus housing. Until classes begin in-person options, we ask that you practice self-sequestering guidelines (see below).

  • Residents should only leave their unit for essential business, which may include going to the Pioneer Kitchen, laundry room, handling medical needs, and employment.
  • Residents should quickly complete any essential business, wipe down any areas of use, and promptly return to their suite/apartment. Areas of use may include door handles, tables, laundry machines, etc.
  • Student Housing will also continue to enforce requirements for facial coverings at all times and proper social distancing.
  • Resident-to-Resident visitation is discouraged during this time, and facial coverings should be used during all engagements.

We encourage the use of KN95 masks in all open community areas, such as Pioneer Kitchen and laundry areas.

Pioneer Kitchen will be distributing free masks to all residents. We ask that you take no more than 3 masks per week.



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 January 2022,  the Housing Department has decided to enact a no guest policy. All visitations are prohibited including resident to resident. Only individuals assigned to the suite/apartment are permitted in the space until further notice. 

For community health and safety the Housing Department decided that it is the best course of action. By limiting the number of individuals in the halls/Housing to only residents and staff we feel we can best ensure those two needs are met.

No, social gatherings are not allowed as of January 2022 until further notice. During the first two weeks of returning to Housing, residents are required to self-sequester and only leave their assigned unit for essential business that might include going to the Pioneer Kitchen, laundry room, handling medical needs, and employment.

Yes, facial coverings are required all day/night, unless outside or in your own suite/apartment with only the residents assigned to the space.

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).

Other FAQ

For the safety of all, in-person dining has been suspended and all meals will be to go, however, Dining Services will go back to in-person on January 31 at all venues. Here is information about the Pioneer Kitchen.

Yes, with the following hours:

Package Pick-Up

Monday - Friday

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM


10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Mailboxes accessible 24/7

No, Lassen Community Room, El Dorado Hall (EDH), and University Village (UV) Den are closed.

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 (

Please follow email and web communications for the most updated information regarding housing. Your response is important and will help Housing provide the best service during this transition.

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