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January 13, 2021
The purpose of this weekly newsletter is to provide the campus community with important updates and recent news related to the Return to Learn program. If you have specific questions or would like to submit feedback about the program, please email

In Case You Missed It

Outdoor Study Spaces

Currently, there are five outdoor study spaces available on campus. The outdoor study spaces have a maximum occupancy of 35 people, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. All physical distancing and face covering rules apply. 
  • Revelle 1, Revelle Plaza | Map
  • Revelle 2, Revelle Plaza | Map
  • Warren 1, Warren Mall | Map
  • Warren 2, Warren Mall | Map
  • Warren 3, Warren Mall | Map 

Additional Vending Machines Coming Soon

Ten COVID test vending machines have been installed on campus. Students, faculty and staff may conduct one weekly self-administered test by picking up a kit and returning within 72 hours. An additional nine vending machines will be coming soon, with locations including: 
  • Torrey Pines Center South 
  • Osler Parking Garage 
  • North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood 
  • Coast Apartments 
  • Biomedical Research Facility II
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography 
  • Jacobs School of Engineering  
  • Career Services Center 
  • Revelle College

Upcoming Town Halls

Staff Town Hall

Thursday, Jan. 21, 3:00 p.m.
Join us as campus leaders share updates on the Return to Learn program and address your questions related to campus operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reducing Community Transmission

Professor Kimberly Prather talks to local TV station KUSI about slowing the spread of COVID-19. 
Video with information on reducing community transmission of COVID-19

Your Top Questions Answered

Question: Can I pick up a test kit from a vending machine to share with others?
Answer: No. Students and employees may pick up one test kit for their own usage on a weekly basis, unless authorized to test more frequently. You cannot share test kits with others. 
Question: How often can I pick up a test kit from a vending machine?
Answer: You can pick up and self-administer a COVID-19 test kit on a weekly basis. Watch a video about how to complete the self-administered test here.
Question: If I have symptoms, may I pick up a test kit from a vending machine?
Students: Asymptomatic students and those with mild symptoms may test through the vending machine process. Students with moderate to severe symptoms should contact Student Health Services.
Employees: If you are asymptomatic or have been instructed by the UC San Diego Health Testing Support Line to use self-administered testing, we strongly encourage this self-administered testing option. If you have symptoms, please refer to the symptomatic employee guidance.
Question: Can anyone living or working on campus pick up a test kit from a vending machine even if they aren't a student or employee?
Answer: Self-administered testing kits are for current UC San Diego campus staff, faculty and students only. For those who do not qualify for self-administered testing and are living or working on campus, you may be eligible for free testing through a provider-administered testing site, such as at the Price Center or a drive-thru location. Contact to determine if you are eligible.
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