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October 27, 2020
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

Students: Fall Break Travel

Undergraduate students living on campus are welcome to stay over the Fall Break, which will happen Nov. 26-27. Students planning to leave campus during Fall Break are strongly encouraged to remain at home for the rest of Fall Quarter and complete the quarter remotely. For those who choose to return home and stay at home for the remainder of the quarter, UC San Diego will apply the prorated balance of your fall HDH contract as a credit toward your winter HDH contract.

Wastewater Detection of SARS-CoV-2

UC San Diego has developed a multifaceted, proactive strategy to detect SARS CoV-2 (which causes COVID-19) in our community. Our early detection system identified active virus in the wastewater outflow in the Revelle College area from 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 to 9:45 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 26. Learn more about where the virus was detected and if you need to take action.

“Three’s Company” Student Socializing Rules

UC San Diego received approval from the County of San Diego to offer a pilot program that allows students to socialize in small groups (three or less), so long as they are outside, wearing face coverings, and observing physical distancing. Small group socializing may occur in any outdoor space on campus; all indoor socializing is considered a violation of campus policy.

Health Insurance Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment will take place from Oct. 29 through Nov. 24 for those who would like to explore health insurance options. All UC San Diego students and employees can participate in no-cost COVID-19 testing at UC San Diego Health, regardless of insurance provider. 
Campus safety recommendations

Upcoming Town Halls

Faculty Town Hall

Nov 12, 3:00 - 4:00 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.

Staff Town Hall | Nov 19, 3:00 - 4:15 p.m.

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Your Top Questions Answered

Question: If I receive a COVID-19 test outside of UC San Diego Health and receive a positive result, do I need to report it?
Answer: Employees and students may choose to visit their own healthcare provider for testing. To report a positive result:
  • Students who live on campus or in the San Diego area who receive a positive test result from a non-UC San Diego Health location should report their result to UC San Diego’s Student Health Services by calling (858) 534-3300 to support contact tracing. 
  • On-site employees who test positive at a non-UC San Diego Health location must report their results to UC San Diego Health’s Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine at to support contact tracing.
Question: When will outdoor classrooms and study spaces be available for use?
Answer: Construction is nearly finished on our new outdoor classrooms and study spaces. The four 80x60 outdoor classrooms are ADA compliant with the capacity to seat up to 50 students socially distanced. Each space features a comprehensive A/V setup, including boosted wifi, Zoom and podcasting equipment, weather-proof pendant speakers, microphones, and LCD display screens located throughout the space, as well as traditional whiteboards. They have raised floors in case of inclement weather and will have the same enhanced cleaning services as our traditional campus classrooms. They also offer plenty of fresh air! See a time-lapse video of the construction.
Question: How is the university monitoring viral activity?
Answer: Every evening, the COVID Monitoring Team reviews all of the cases that have occurred at the university in the last 24 hours, along with all of the particular circumstances and outcomes, and provides recommendations to the COVID Response Team, which determines what actions might be needed to further promote public health on campus. Response time, student and staff compliance, and overall transmission risks are all being monitored. Several data-points are shared on the Return to Learn Dashboard
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