November 20, 2020

Dear Students,

This email contains important new information about COVID testing, stay at home orders, and holiday travel. Please review the information thoroughly.

COVID-19 Testing for UCSB Students 

COVID-19 testing is currently available until Wednesday, November 25th for all UCSB students, free of charge, regardless of symptoms or insurance. 

     If you have symptoms, Join a Line on the Student Health Website (Click COVID-19 Services)

     If you don’t have symptoms, schedule here: UCSB Student Testing 

     The COVID-19 Call Center is available for questions at 805-893-3113 or

We also encourage all UCSB students to sign up for the new confidential contact tracing app CA COVID Notify.

Return to Purple Tier and California State Stay At Home Order 

Earlier this week, Santa Barbara County moved back into the Purple Tier (Widespread Transmission) for COVID-19. Yesterday, the California State Public Health Officer put into place a Limited Stay At Home Order for all counties in the Purple Tier, effective tomorrow, November 21 through December 21, daily 10pm – 5am. 

For students who currently reside in Santa Barbara or other counties in the Purple Tier, including those who live in campus housing and Isla Vista, the Stay At Home order requires that all gatherings with members of other households and all activities conducted outside the residence, lodging, or temporary accommodation with members of other households cease between 10pm and 5am. 

Citations may be issued by law enforcement if you are away from your residence during this period for any non-essential outing.

Recommendations for Thanksgiving and Winter Break 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and UCSB medical experts strongly recommend avoiding travel and gatherings during the holiday season. As COVID-19 cases increase at an alarming rate in the United States and in the world, we urge you to take Center for Disease Control warnings seriously. Your decisions will have consequences not only for your own health, but also for the health of your family, friends, and the entire Santa Barbara community.

If it is unavoidable, and you are traveling for Thanksgiving and/or winter break, please consider remaining away from campus, completing the quarter remotely, not returning until winter quarter begins in January, and following these recommendations: 

Before You Go…

Take a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of leaving the Santa Barbara area and then self-isolate until you depart. 

While Away…

     Wear a mask at all times
     Maintain physical distancing
     Frequently wash your hands
     Avoid Gatherings

Upon returning…

Take a COVID test within 48 hours, sequester for 7 days, and test again 7 days later. If you travel outside of the state you will need to sequester for 14 days.

More details about recommendations for Thanksgiving/winter break travel, testing, and sequestration can be found here

We appreciate the efforts of our students to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and understand that this continues to be a challenging time for students, staff, and faculty. We wish you a relaxing and safe holiday and winter break.

Be well,

     Margaret Klawunn, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
     Vejas Skripkus, Executive Director, Student Health and University Physician
     Laura Polito, Medical Director, COVID-19 Response Team
     Stuart Feinstein, Professor, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
     Leila Rupp, Interim Anne and Michael Towbes Graduate Dean


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