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Chancellor Gene Block announces that the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) has just informed UCLA that results have come back negative for the three students who were being tested for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Chancellor Gene Block informs the UCLA community that three students are being tested for COVID-19 by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH). All three students are self-isolating off campus.
President Napolitano issues new directive on non-essential travel, virus response authority
In response to rapidly changing circumstances surrounding COVID-19, UC President Janet Napolitano issued a new directive that restricts non-essential, university travel to countries designated CDC Level 2 and higher. The directive expands a Feb. 26 order that restricted non-essential travel to CDC Level 3 countries (China, Italy, Iran, and South Korea). Level 2 countries, defined as those with “sustained community transmission” of COVID-19, currently include just Japan as of March 5, but please go to the CDC site for the most current information.
Yolo County Public Health notified university staff on Feb. 29 that the UC Davis student who was quarantined and tested for COVID-19 had a negative result. The two other UC Davis students have also been notified and released from isolation.
UC President Janet Napolitano issues a new directive against non-essential travel
UC President Janet Napolitano issued a new directive against all non-essential, university-related travel to countries with a CDC Warning – Level 3 Travel Notice. This directive expands her Jan. 30 directive. Out of an abundance of caution, Napolitano further instructed UC community members traveling on university-related business in a country designated with a CDC Warning – Level 3 Travel Notice to immediately depart unless their campus or medical center deems their travel to be essential.
University coordinates response with state, federal officials
The University of California is closely monitoring developments around the coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, China, in late December 2019. Consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), UC Health physicians are vigilant and on alert to potential infectious disease presentations consistent with our protocols for patient care.
Following the World Health Organization’s (WHO) declaration of a global health emergency on January 30, 2020, combined with CDC and State Department guidance, UC’s Office of the President issued a directive to the UC community (including students, faculty and staff) to temporarily avoid all non-essential travel to China while federal travel health warnings are in effect. Each UC campus and medical center was advised to take immediate steps to develop a review and approval process to determine if travel to China is absolutely essential or if it can be postponed.
We are committed to the well-being of the university community and the public at large, ensuring well-being and safety with established protocols to identify and quickly respond to potentially dangerous illnesses.
UC Health’s five medical centers and campus health facilities have extensively trained emergency preparedness specialists who continuously, carefully screen patients for multiple infectious diseases based on symptoms, travel history and up-to-date recommendations from local, state and federal public health officials.
If you’d like additional information, please see the links below:
Current situation summary: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Updates on health protocols: https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00426.asp
Travel advisories: https://www.cdc.gov/travel/notices
Coronavirus background: https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus