In a message to the UC Berkeley campus community sent Saturday evening, Vice Chancellor for Administration Marc Fisher and Assistant Vice Chancellor for University Health Services Guy Nicolette said that a member of the campus community has contracted COVID-19. The campus is coordinating closely with public health officials and following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local health guidance in responding to the case. They reported that the individual is a graduate student who does not live on campus or in the city of Berkeley and has self-isolated in their city of residence. The individual is in good condition and has no serious symptoms.
UC campuses take actions to limit transmission risk
Thus far, no one at a UC campus has tested positive for the virus, however, some locations are choosing to move classes and exams to a remote format to reduce the risk of transmission. Decisions are being made at the campus-level, informed by the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) guidance to colleges and universities. See individual campus directives below, or visit location-specific coronavirus sites on the right sidebar of this page, for details specific to your location.
UC’s health plans are closely monitoring and following guidance from the state of California and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to make sure members receive the best possible care. Learn more about getting the medical advice and care you need from your UC health plan, including cost-sharing waivers for COVID-19 screening and testing, and convenient telemedicine options.
UC Health’s five medical centers are launching their own in-house testing for coronavirus, making the UC health system one of the first in the country to do so. Read more at The Sacramento Bee.
Watch the California state legislative briefing on coronavirus and COVID-19, with Dr. Carrie L. Byington, executive vice president of UC Health, and other public health officials at the California state Senate website. Dr. Byington appears around 26:40.
With finals week just around the corner and the uncertainty of the impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) hovering, UC Irvine Chancellor Howard Gillman shares the definitive actions that the campus is taking effective immediately, and until further notice.
Update: The Orange County Health Care Agency informed us that the person under investigation (PUI) for COVID-19 tested NEGATIVE. A member of the UC Irvine community was considered a person under investigation (PUI) for potentially testing positive for #coronavirus. This individual was under self-quarantine off campus until results were received.
With the health and safety of the community as its highest priority, UC Merced leadership, following University of California guidance, will begin moving toward remote learning. The campus is not closing, and classes are not being canceled. Instructors are encouraged to begin using digital tools like CatCourses and Zoom to offer courses remotely, when feasible.