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August 5, 2022

In Case You Missed It

Summer COVID Safety Update

Over the last six weeks, UC San Diego’s Return to Learn team has continued to monitor national and global SARS-CoV-2 virus activity. While the spike in positive cases throughout the county during the month of July appears to be cresting, there is still a high level of virus circulating. We ask you to remain vigilant in the coming weeks using the following safety measures. 
  • Masking is required in all indoor instructional settings, clinical areas, on Triton transportation and within residential units (except for personal bedrooms or in the shower).
  • Masking is highly recommended indoors on campus as well as in public grocery stores, shopping centers, movie theaters, airports/airplanes and other highly trafficked areas.
  • Daily symptom and exposure screening is required by anyone residing in or coming to a UC San Diego location for any reason.
  • All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, who develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should complete a PCR test immediately.

Supervisor Instructions: Team Members Who Test Positive

Instructions are available for supervisors and managers to support team members who test positive for COVID-19. This includes guidance for employees on how to report their positive test, how to get cleared to return to on-site work, and how to submit a Potential Workplace Exposure Notification.

Upcoming Town Halls

Staff Town Hall

Wednesday, August 17 at 9:30 a.m.

Wuhan, China, a high angle view of colorful lighting jianghan road night market.

In the News

The COVID-19 pandemic’s origins remain controversial.Two new studies provide more evidence that the pandemic originated in a Wuhan, China market where live animals were sold. One study co-author, Joel Wertheim, a viral evolution expert at UC San Diego, explains that there were two lineages that marked the start of the pandemic, one genetically similar to bat coronaviruses and another that appears to have begun spreading earlier in humans.

Your Questions Answered

Question:  How does contact tracing happen at UC San Diego?
Answer: As per the CDC’s newest guidelines, UC San Diego will no longer be implementing universal contact tracing efforts. Students and campus employees will no longer be contacted by the UC San Diego Public Health Team to confirm exposures to COVID-19 as they previously were unless they are associated with a high-risk event. This updated guidance is in response to changes in the nature of the pandemic and the increasing availability of new tools to prevent transmission and mitigate illness.
UC San Diego has safety requirements for everyone who is on campus, including social distancing, wearing face coverings, and proper hand hygiene and sanitation. Individuals are unlikely to become a close contact of a newly infected person on campus as long as there is widespread adherence to campus safety requirements.
Whether you are in a classroom, a residential hall, or an office on the campus, the key is to stay physically distant, wear a face covering, and to do so for all of the time you are together. Otherwise if an infection appears in the area you're in, you run the risk of becoming a close contact.
Question: How do you communicate with close contacts?
Answer: While UC San Diego is no longer reaching out directly, we still highly encourage individuals with confirmed positive cases to notify their close contacts that they need to quarantine, monitor for symptoms, and get tested ASAP.
Learn about how to share quarantine information with your close contacts on the Exposure and Isolation webpage.
Question: I have been told by a health professional that I meet the criteria for exposure to COVID-19 and that I should quarantine. Do I need to conduct a test also?
Answer: Yes, a test will help determine if you will require isolation housing and additional clinical guidance and support. If your test is positive, you can help others by determining if any other individuals were exposed to the virus. Learn more about testing options here.
If you have specific questions or would like to submit feedback about the Return to Learn program, please email
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