Please visit the CSUM web page: for updates on COVID-19 status on campus. As of this date, there has not been any documentation of transmission of COVID-19 within the campus community. Please follow all recommended transmission precautions to keep our community safe.

Key Information

The World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on 3/11/2020. We encourage the campus community to keep informed with facts, avoid panic, and take the advised precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The Cal Maritime Student Health Center is actively monitoring the situation and will provide updates based subsequent guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Department of Public Health, and local health departments.

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that is caused by a novel (new) coronavirus.  Coronaviruses are a particular class of viruses. 

SARS-COV-2 is the name of the virus that causes the disease, COVID-19.

Respiratory illnesses affect the lungs and airways.

If you have questions about being tested for COVID-19, we can discuss if testing is warranted and help arrange testing. We encourage students to call their medical provider to get triaged. If a student does not have a medical provider, students can call us to be triaged at (707) 654-1170. Information about COVID-19 testing in Solano County can be accessed online at: Solano County Community Testing Sites

If you are exhibiting symptoms and are unsure if it is the flu, allergies, cold or COVID-19, we recommend that you call your medical provider for medical advice. If you currently do not have a medical provider, you may call SHC at (707) 654-1170 for medical guidance.

COVID-19 compared to common conditions

Symptom COVID-19 Common Cold Flu Allergies
Fever common Rare Common Sometimes
Dry Cough common Mild Common Sometimes
Shortness of breath common No No common
Headaches sometimes rare common sometimes
Aches and Pains sometimes common common no
Sore Throat sometimes common common no
Fatigue sometimes sometimes common sometimes
Diarrhea Rare No Sometimes no
Runny nose rare common sometimes Common
Sneezing no common no common

Symptoms of COVID-19 range from mild to severe. Frequently there are no symptoms even though the person is infected and contagious. A smaller percentage of infected individuals will have severe symptoms. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you develop severe symptoms of COVID-19, this may indicate the need for immediate emergency medical attention. Emergency warning signs include*:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent chest pain or pressure
  • New confusion
  • inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

*This is not a complete list of possible symptoms. Please consult your medical provider for any concerning symptoms. Visit the CDC website for more information: Symptoms of the Coronavirus

If you suspect that you are infected or have been exposed to COVID-19, follow the steps from the CDC guidelines to prevent the disease from spreading to others in your home or community. 

We recommend that you call your medical provider for advice. You can also connect with the following resources in Solano County:

Solano County COVID-19 Updates and Resources

The Solano County COVID-19 Warmline number is (707) 784-8988.

If you currently have any symptoms that you believe are related to having COVID-19, please call the Health Center and we can discuss management and if an appointment is necessary. Please call us at (707) 654-1170 for medical guidance.

If you suspect you are infected or have been exposed to COVID-19, follow the steps from the CDC Guidelines to prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home or community.

Contact the Student Health Center at (707) 654-1170 or contact the Solano County COVID-19 Warmline for advice at (707) 784-8988.

Current locations that students and community members can contact for care relating to COVID-19 are:

Community Medical Provider Phone number
Solano County Family Health Services (707) 553-5509
Kaiser Permanente Vallejo (707) 651-1000
Sutter Solano Medical Center (707) 554-4444

Students can be seen at SHC if they are a current CSUMA student. We offer basic medical advise and care, if symptoms are severe and further care is needed, we may refer you to a community medical provider.

According to the CDC, the virus is spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people that are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby, or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

You can protect yourself by taking the following steps:

  • Washing your hands often.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact. Practice social distancing.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

Visit the CDC for more information on how COVID-19 spreads and ways to protect yourself.


You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.

Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public.

Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

If you are feeling overwhelmed and need to talk to someone, you may call us to schedule an appointment with a CAPS counselor at (707) 654-1170. If it is after hours, call (707) 654-1170 and when prompted select “1” to be connected to an advice nurse. This is available 24/7.

If you are having suicidal thoughts and/or are in a mental health crisis, please call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-TALK (8255).

No. CAPS services remain available throughout the week during our normal operating hours. At this time, all CAPS appointment are by telephone or video only.

Zoom is a HIPAA compliant platform and video is encrypted. Before starting online sessions with your counselor, please have them review the informed consent for online counseling.