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.

4:12 pm    March 16, 2020

How UC Berkeley is responding to county ‘shelter-in-place’ order

In light of Alameda County’s announcement advising county residents to “shelter-in-place” beginning Tuesday, March 17 at 12:01 a.m. through Tuesday, April 7, UC Berkeley is rapidly moving toward a “maintenance-only” mode of physical operation of the campus. Generally speaking, that means that all in-person instruction should cease. All instruction that can be delivered remotely should continue. UC Berkeley will continue to provide updates on the evolving situation at:

4:10 pm    March 16, 2020

UC Office of the President closes Oakland offices due to ‘shelter-in-place’ orders; now on full telecommute status

Six Bay Area counties announced “shelter-in-place” orders, beginning at midnight Mar. 16 and remaining in effect at least through April 7. The orders direct everyone to stay inside their homes and away from others as much as possible for the next three weeks as public health officials work to curb the rapid spread of coronavirus across the region. The orders apply to San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa and Alameda counties. Accordingly, UC Office of the President offices in Oakland will close at 10:00 p.m. Mar. 16 and access to Oakland buildings will be restricted to emergency personnel only.

4:09 pm    March 16, 2020

UCSF Health expands visitor restrictions in hospital and clinics amid COVID-19 outbreak

In accordance with an order from San Francisco Health Officer Tomas Aragon, UCSF Health will restrict visitors and UCSF personnel not directly involved with providing patient care and maintaining the UCSF Health infrastructure from its San Francisco hospitals effective March 14. You can learn more about tthe Health Officer Order by going to the patient section of

4:07 pm    March 16, 2020

UC Irvine has established the UC Irvine Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Center

UC Irvine is making regular updates on its Response Center website. In addition, students, staff, faculty, parents and community partners may call 949-824-9918 or email to connect directly for more information. The campus will continue to provide updates through the website and email communications, and take steps to ensure the health and safety of our community.

10:17 am    March 16, 2020

UC Riverside campus closes

Effective March 16, the UC Riverside campus will be closed, with only critical operations continuing, UC Riverside Chancellor Kim Wilcox announced. In accordance with an order from Riverside County Public Health. UC Riverside is minimizing the number of people on campus as much as possible, while maintaining the critical functions of the university. All non-essential domestic and international travel is also suspended, effective March 16 and until further notice.

5:44 pm    March 14, 2020

Student tests positive for COVID-19, UC Berkeley officials respond

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. 

11:53 am    March 12, 2020

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.