2 campus dining food service employees test positive for COVID-19

Dining commons will be closed through Saturday

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“Dining_Commons_Servery_Open_20161010_0129” by Sacramento State is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0. Two campus dining food service employees have tested positive for COVID-19, according to an email sent by interim executive director for university housing services Samuel N. Jones Saturday.

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Two food service employees at Sacramento State’s campus dining have tested positive for COVID-19, according to an email to students living in the residence halls sent by Samuel N. Jones, interim executive director for university housing services Saturday.

Both employees work for an establishment that provides meals to residents on campus and neither are students at Sac State, said Brian Blomster, director of news and communications at Sac State. Both are in isolation at this time, Blomster said.

Jones said in the email University Housing Services was notified by Student Health and Counseling Services about the positive COVID-19 cases. While Jones said the situation has been deemed low risk due to the safety protocols in place, dining for dorm residents will now be moved from the Servery at the Dining Commons to the Courtyard Market on campus starting on Monday, Nov. 23. 

Student Health and Counseling Services will be in contact with any student who may have been at risk for COVID-19 exposure, according to Jones’ email.

As of Dec. 1 no direct exposures to students were identified, according to Joy Stewart-James Vice President for Student Health and Counseling Services.

Jones said that The Servery at the Dining Commons will remain closed through Saturday, Dec. 5 and open on Sunday, Dec. 6, based on recommendations from Student Health and Counseling Services in an email update to residents Tuesday.

The email stated that “this remains a low-risk situation” despite the two positive cases reported on Nov. 21 to residents.

UEI will continue to provide breakfast, lunch and dinner from the Courtyard Market as well as providing food trucks.