We Commend Your Efforts Helping Contain the Spread of COVID-19

Posted April 17, 2020

As the Chancellor noted in his April 17 announcement, we now have a single positive case of COVID-19 in the campus community. The student is self-isolating and recovering in their apartment at the Sol at West Village.

Though much has changed since we last wrote on Mar. 25, we believe much of our success at flattening the curve can be attributed to our community efforts at social distancing, practicing good hygiene (hand washing), and staying home as much as possible.

At the same time, there is much discussion in our community around the use of face coverings or non medical grade face masks. Some California counties have mandated the use of face coverings for any citizen traveling outside their home. Yolo County Public Health has not taken this step, instead stressing first and foremost that facial coverings are not a replacement for staying at home or social distancing.

Yolo County Public Health’s guidance regarding the use of face coverings indicates they are an optional apparatus for those who choose. UC Davis is again following this guidance, which is mirrored on our Guidance for Employees and Supervisors page.

Protecting UC Davis students and employees remains our first priority. To that end, we wish to remind you that use of a face covering is meant to prevent the wearer from transmitting disease -it does not afford protection against contracting the disease.

The best thing we all can do to contain transmission and flatten the curve is to stay vigilant by maintaining social distancing, not coming to work sick, practicing excellent hygiene and staying home as much as possible.

And if an employee or students tests positive for COVID-19, please immediately notify the Campus Privacy Office at privacy@ucdavis.edu, as well as contact:

>  Employees - Occupational Health occupationalhealth@ucdavis.edu  or 530-752-6051
>  Students - Mary Macias at Student Health at memacias@ucdavis.edu or 530-752-6559 

If you have further questions, please contact the Occupational Health Medical Clinic at 530-752-6051

Sincerely,

Karega Paisley, MD, MPH
Director, Occupational Health Services

Cindy Schorzman, MD
Medical Director, Student Health and Wellness Center