The University of California is vigilantly monitoring and responding to new information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, which has been declared a global health emergency.

3:14 pm    April 6, 2020

University of California Health Data Initiative launches daily updates on COVID-19 tests

The University of California Health on April 6 has begun issuing daily updates via its @UofCAHealth Twitter account about SARS-CoV-2 testing volume, the number of positive tests and age distribution of confirmed cases gathered from its five medical centers across the state.

Led by Atul Butte, M.D., Ph.D., chief data scientist and the director of the Center for Data-driven Insights and Innovation (CDI2) at UC Health, the dashboard unifies testing information on patients at each of UC’s academic health centers – UC Davis Health, UC San Diego Health, UCI Health, UCLA Health and UCSF Health - as well as externally performed tests for UC patients.

2:01 pm    April 6, 2020

UC launches grant program to spur urgently needed COVID-19 research

To accelerate urgently needed breakthroughs in the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of California will provide $2 million in seed funding to scientists across the state to help jump-start their high-impact research projects.

Awards of up to $25,000 are available immediately, said Theresa Maldonado, Ph.D., vice president of UC’s systemwide Research and Innovation division. The goal is to help researchers begin work as soon possible, knowing that larger federal grants may take longer to be distributed. Learn more and apply for an award

12:40 pm    April 2, 2020

UC leaders provide assurances to employees during these unprecedented times

In an open letter to the community, UC leaders write: Today we collectively announce that there will be no COVID-19 related layoffs for all career employees through the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2020.

Providing pay and health and welfare benefits during this period will allow employees to more effectively care for themselves and their families as we all support California and the nation by staying home and doing our part to reduce the spread of this virus. Read the full letter.

10:35 am    April 1, 2020

UC temporarily eases admissions requirements in response to educational disruptions

The University of California on late Tuesday, March 31, took a number of steps to temporarily adjust admissions requirements, to ensure that newly admitted students and prospective students are not harmed by educational disruptions from COVID-19.

The measures include suspending the letter grade requirement for academic classes taken in winter, spring or summer terms of 2020; providing flexibility for students who need more time to meet registration, deposit and transcript deadlines; and suspending the standardized test requirement for students applying for admission as freshmen for fall 2021. More details are available in this FAQ.

9:09 am    March 25, 2020

UC, CSU and California Community Colleges request federal assistance

The leaders of California's three systems of public higher educaion have united in a request for federal financial and regulatory assistance to help them manage the significant impacts that have resulted on their institutions and communities from the coronavirus outbreak. Read the letter to California's Congressional delegation from UC President Janet Napolitano, California State University Chancellor Timothy White and California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley.  

8:25 am    March 24, 2020

UC Berkeley to postpone commencement due to coronavirus

In a letter to the UC Berkeley community, Chancellor Carol Christ said that the campus would postpone commencement, due to the public health threat posed by COVID-19. "We find ourselves in uncharted waters in having to make a decision about something as special as commencement. We all love commencement, and you all are certainly so very deserving of a meaningful celebration that honors all of your hard work and accomplishments at Berkeley," she wrote. Christ asked students to respond to a survey seeking their ideas for when and how to celebrate at a later date.