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July 6, 2022

In Case You Missed It

Campus Testing Operations Updates

  • Some test kit vending machines will be unavailable during the summer, but many will remain operational. Find vending machines that are operational during the summer.
  • There will be no test kit pick-ups from vending machines on Sundays during the month of July. The last COVID-19 test kit sample pick-ups will happen at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and will resume at 8 a.m. on Mondays. Sunday test kit pick-ups will restart in August.

Summer Program Participant Guidelines

UC San Diego sponsors numerous public programs during the summer months. Those who are visiting the campus as participants must be vaccinated and comply with the university’s testing policies. These guidelines do not apply to the Research Experience for Undergraduates program nor conferences that last a single day. More details for summer program participants.

Summer Safety

As your summer social plans take shape, consider the ways that you will keep yourself and others safe. Your tactics could include masking indoors in large groups, testing prior to a family gathering, or spending time outdoors in well-ventilated areas. As you proceed with your plans, you may continue to reference UC San Diego’s Daily Dashboard to learn about positive case rates and potential exposure locations, as well as San Diego County’s COVID-19 Dashboard. Free testing on campus remains available for all students and campus employees.

Travel Tips

Before you board a plane for your dream destination, there are several travel tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help ensure you are healthy and happy throughout your journey.

Upcoming Town Halls

Staff Town Hall

Thursday, July 14 at 10 a.m.

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Addressing Anxiety

Feeling nervous, worrying excessively or experiencing episodes of intense fear can be triggered by many things. And being in a constant state of fight or flight can lead to other symptoms such as fatigue, insomnia, headaches and nausea. But anxiety does not have to control your life. The Faculty & Staff Assistance Program team is dedicated to helping campus employees resolve concerns affecting personal well-being and/or job performance. Learn more about their services and how to make an appointment.
(UC San Diego Health employees should contact their Employee Assistance Program provider aligned with their medical coverage).

Your Questions Answered

Question: If my building is associated with a positive wastewater signal, does it mean there is definitely someone infected inside?
Answer: Because multiple buildings can feed wastewater into a single sampler, a positive signal in a building does not necessarily mean there is someone infected inside your building. Further, in some cases individuals who have recovered from their SARS-CoV-2 infection can continue to shed virus into the wastewater for several weeks after they have recovered. These individuals who are no longer infectious can, in some circumstances, contribute to a positive wastewater signal.
Question: I was recently in a large group setting and am starting to feel sick. What symptoms warrant COVID-19 testing?
Answer: Any of the following symptoms (that are unrelated to a chronic condition) warrant testing: cough, shortness of breath, fever, fatigue or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea. Please do not hesitate to get tested if you have symptoms.
Question: How does COVID-19 spread?
Answer: According to the CDC, COVID-19 is spread in three main ways:
  1. Breathing in air when close to an infected person who is exhaling small droplets and particles that contain the virus.
  2. Having these small droplets and particles that contain virus land on the eyes, nose, or mouth, especially through splashes and sprays like a cough or sneeze.
  3. Touching eyes, nose, or mouth with hands that have the virus on them.
Visit the How COVID-19 Spreads page to learn how COVID-19 spreads and how to protect yourself.
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