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An update on COVID conditions in Santa Clara County

This message was emailed to all students living in R&DE assigned housing.

Dear students,

I am writing to ensure you are aware of this week’s news regarding current COVID conditions in Santa Clara County. There are significant changes that need your attention. And, as a reminder, students are required to follow all state, county and university laws and guidance, which we summarize in the Campus Compact.

Please read this message carefully, and please know that we appreciate your efforts to keep yourself and everyone around you as safe and healthy as possible. We recognize that your continued perseverance during a pandemic is a huge challenge, especially during the holiday season.

  • Santa Clara County has been moved back to the most restrictive, “purple” tier in the State of California’s COVID-19 Blueprint for a Safer Economy framework. This message outlines how this change impacts the university, including classes, research, essential shared spaces such as laundry rooms, and gymnasium and fitness facilities. 
  • The state has announced a limited stay-at-home order for all counties in the purple tier. Non-essential businesses and personal gatherings are prohibited between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., beginning 10 p.m. Nov. 21. This message outlines how this order affects essential work activities at Stanford. 
  • The states of California, Oregon and Washington have issued travel advisories discouraging non-essential out-of-state travel and asking travelers to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving in each of these states. Please review Stanford’s guidance for student travelers

The student testing website has been updated to include winter break information and testing site hours. COVID testing is strongly recommended weekly for all students who are living on campus or coming to campus on a regular basis.

If you choose to travel, we recommend getting a COVID test several days before departure to guard against taking the virus with you. If you test positive, the university will provide isolation dining and housing at no additional cost, as long as you are in isolation.

After traveling, you should plan to get tested twice upon your returnwithin a day or two of your arrival and approximately five days later. While you are waiting for both of your test results, you should restrict your exposure to others and social interactions to only essential activities.

On Jan. 4, the university also will begin requiring COVID-19 surveillance testing for faculty, staff and postdoctoral scholars who come to campus for in-person work.

Case counts are increasing, including among students. Last week’s increase in positive cases among students tested at Stanford is noted on the university COVID dashboard. This news comes as COVID-19 case counts are increasing nationally and in California.

This historic moment calls us all to place greater value on well-being, equity, access, respect and integrity as a means to have healthy relationships with ourselves and others. The health of our whole community depends on the health of each individual member. Community, collective responsibility and care are why we are continuing to emphasize frequent hand washing, face coverings and physical distancing. It is incumbent upon each of us to do our part. I am thankful to be in community with you and I believe that we will get through this together.

We know you might have questions, and we’re here to help. Graduate and professional students can reach our Graduate Life Office at Undergraduate students can reach our Residence Deans by emailing or referring to this website.

With gratitude,

Mona Hicks
Senior Associate Vice Provost and Dean of Students