Your Top Questions Answered
Question: How would a purple tier designation in San Diego affect the university?
The purple tier represents widespread infection across the county and occurs when the adjusted case rate is >7.0/100,000 population. Most non-essential indoor business operations will be closed after the county has two consecutive weeks in this tier. The allowed activities by tier can be found here
At this time, Institutions of Higher Education follow these guideline
s, dated September 30, 2020. All decisions about following this guidance are made in collaboration with local public health officials and other authorities. At this time, if San Diego County moves into the purple tier there will be no changes to higher education operations at UC San Diego. Auxiliary campus industries (e.g., Target) may be affected.
Question: What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?
is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department. Learn more about when to quarantine
is required for those who are symptomatic or have tested positive for COVID-19. They need to isolate in their home to prevent the spread of the virus. This means staying at home in a separate room, using a private bathroom if possible, laundering your clothes separately and more. Isolation lasts at least 10 days since symptoms first appear
and continues until the individual has no fever or is not using fever-reducing medications for 24 hours and other symptoms are improving, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Question: Do I need to wear a face covering on the UC San Diego campus?
Answer: Yes, you must wear a face covering when you are in any building at UC San Diego. In exterior spaces, we ask that individuals wear a face covering at all times except when engaging in strenuous activity as well as maintain a distance of at least six feet from others. See the UC San Diego policy here.
If you reside on campus, you must wear a face covering whenever you leave your apartment or suite. Only remove your face covering if you are eating or drinking and immediately replace your face covering afterward. Learn more about campus safety requirements here.