Updated September 29, 2020 at 1:55 p.m. PDT
The information on this page provides updates (weekdays by 2 p.m. PDT) on total known cases of COVID-19 within the campus community and daily testing, dating back to March 2020. This information reflects both individuals self-reported test results as well as results from the on-campus testing program.
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Total COVID-19 Cases
This table is intended to inform the Caltech community about known cases of COVID-19 within our community in a manner that is respectful of individuals' privacy and wellbeing and in alignment with public health guidance. The counts include members of the on-campus community as well as employees at off-site facilities, excluding JPL which tracks its case count separately. This chart will be updated as Student Wellness Services (SWS) receives reports of positive tests from community members, even if their illness occurred more than 14 days ago.
Individuals who report symptoms of illness will be contacted by a medical professional from the COVID-19 management team, and any identified close contacts will be informed about potential exposure and provided with appropriate instructions.
Campus Testing Data
Caltech provides COVID-19 testing for all members of the community (faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars, and students) through Student Wellness Services (SWS). Individuals who are ill, are identified as a close contact of an ill person, have had known exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19, or who otherwise have participated in activities that present an elevated risk for exposure may be eligible for testing, and should contact Student Wellness Services by phone (626-395-6393, Monday-Friday, 8am–5pm), so that a medical provider can evaluate your situation and provide you with further instructions. In general test results are available to the individual within 24-48 hours.
The counts recorded below reflect only testing done through SWS.
COVID-19 Tests Performed by Student Wellness Services
|Population||New cases reported||Cumulative Cases Reported|
|Los Angeles County||663||268,455|
Campus Isolation and Quarantine
Isolation of ill individuals is initiated to reduce or eliminate contact between an ill person and others to reduce the spread of illness, while quarantine of exposed (but not sick) individuals is intended to prevent potential spread while testing to see whether the exposed individuals in fact have COVID-19. Please note that isolation or quarantine in Avery does not necessarily indicate a positive COVID-19 case; students exhibiting symptoms may be transferred to Avery while they await test results.
Graduate students arriving at Caltech to live in student housing during fall term are required to undergo a COVID-19 test, then quarantine for a minimum of one week, and then undergo a retest. After a negative test following the quarantine, they will move into their student housing assignment. Quarantined students will be provided with meals and supportive services during their stay.
Students in Avery
Students in Bechtel
Students in the Catalinas