TIMELINE: The State Hornet’s coverage of COVID-19


The first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Sacramento County on Feb. 21. Less than a month later the county issued a stay-at-home directive to ensure residents only leave their homes for essential chores, with breaking this order potentially resulting in a misdemeanor.

Click the images and “Read more” links below to read State Hornet coverage of the rapid progression of coronavirus in Sacramento County, and how it has affected Sacramento State. We will continue to update this page as news about the pandemic develops. 

CSU announced all campuses will hold most classes online in the fall

May 12, 2020

‘It’s important to be flexible during this time’: Sac State professors on moving to online-only instruction

April 30, 2020

Sac State instructors spoke to The State Hornet about their experiences transitioning to virtual teaching.

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The State Hornet editors created ‘shelter-in-place diaries’

April 21, 2020


See nine State Hornet editors talk about their experience on lockdown at their homes in this video.

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Sac State suspended fall 2020 study abroad programs

April 20, 2020

Study abroad students can either cancel their study abroad applications or roll over their applications to a future term.

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Virtual commencement ceremony confirmed

April 16, 2020

Graduates will be able to participate in the virtual graduation as well as walk at commencement in May 2021 if they choose.

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Sac State students spoke on the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on their lives

April 15, 2020

See virtual interviews with six students discussing the struggles in their lives due to the pandemic in this video by The State Hornet.

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Sac State professors spoke on struggles with online courses

April 14, 2020

See virtual interviews with Sac State instructors in this video by The State Hornet.

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Resident of apartment popular among Sac State students tested positive for coronavirus

April 13, 2020

A resident of Lark Sacramento reported testing positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 and has self-isolated in their apartment.

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Optional credit/no credit system implemented for most undergraduate courses

April 10, 2020

Students are allowed to opt for credit/no credit on a course by course basis.

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Virtual commencement ceremony proposed at Faculty Senate meeting

April 9, 2020

The proposal is scheduled to go to the ASI Board of Directors on April 15.

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Students shared their struggles with virtual classes

April 8, 2020

Online classes have been found to be challenging for many Sac State students.

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Student parents talked about the effect of COVID-19 in their lives

April 4, 2020

See virtual interviews with student parents in this video by The State Hornet.

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Sac State IRT announced the AIRC is closed until further notice

April 3, 2020

BREAKING: The AIRC at @sacstate has announced it is closed until further notice in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

— The State Hornet (@TheStateHornet) April 3, 2020

Sac State ASI and administration discussed a credit/no credit course expansion

April 3, 2020

They considered potential options for expanding credit/no credit courses in light of classes being moved online due to COVID-19.

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Sac State ASI sought student census participation online

April 1, 2020

Their push for student participation in the 2020 census went exclusively virtual due to California’s shelter-at-home order.

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Sac State announced all summer classes will be online

March 29, 2020

‘Drive-in Wi-Fi’ implemented in Parking Structure V by Sac State IRT

March 27, 2020

Internet access in Parking Structure V is available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Sac State consolidated dorm residents

March 23, 2020

Residents began to receive their new housing assignments into single-occupancy dorm rooms Monday.

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Sac State canceled all spring sports for the remainder of the academic year

March 18, 2020

The Union, library and most dining services closed indefinitely

March 17, 2020

The Servery at the Dining Commons continues to serve food to-go, and the Courtyard Market remains open.

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Commencement postponed

March 17, 2020

The WELL closed indefinitely

March 16, 2020

All non-essential Sac State employees began online work

March 15, 2020

Employees like those in Student Health and Counseling Services were designated essential and remained on campus.

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Sacramento City Council announced emergency measures due to coronavirus

March 13, 2020

The council declared a local emergency, and implemented emergency actions.

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Sac State spring sports teams’ seasons were suspended

March 12, 2020

At this time, spring sports teams were continuing to practice in preparation for the possible reinstatement of competition this spring.

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Sac State suspended all in-person classes

March 12, 2020

Sac State’s transition to online classes followed a wave of other colleges moving completely online, including Harvard, Stanford, San Jose State University, San Francisco State University, California State University Long Beach and more. 

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Sac State limited attendance at athletic events

March 11, 2020

Sac State canceled all in-person meetings, events

March 11, 2020

Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen said all scheduled campus events must be canceled, postponed, or moved to a virtual format. 

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Sacramento County confirmed its first coronavirus-related death

March 10, 2020

The individual was in their 90s, had an underlying medical condition and was a resident at an assisted-living home in Elk Grove.

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Professors given the choice to shift to online classes

March 10, 2020

Nelsen sent out a SacSend email stating that professors had the option to shift all or part of their courses online.

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Nelsen announced no campus closure despite first Sacramento coronavirus patient

February 28, 2020

Sac State suspended study abroad in South Korea

February 27, 2020

The university said they were working with students abroad for their immediate return to the U.S. or for them to complete the semester with a partner institution abroad.

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The first case of coronavirus in Sacramento County was confirmed

February 21, 2020

Sac State travel to China suspended

February 5, 2020

No Sac State faculty or students were in China when this travel ban was put into place. 

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