Weekly Snapshot
Week of January 3, 2022 | Edited by: Meredith Lew Tan
COVID-19 Updates
Hope you all had a restful holiday season! This week, DEM is aligning with the updated UCSF COVID policies. Please read below for testing information, policy changes, etc. These policies are subject to change. Click the links for the UCSF Coronavirus website and current UCSF COVID Testing Policy.
Getting Tested
UCSF offers several options and locations for testing for both those with symptoms and without symptoms. The most up to date information about testing options and includes options for PCR, Rapid and Color Testing. Members of the UCSF community can drop in and show their UCSF identification badge to get a Color test kit. Find more information about pick-up and/or drop-off locations and hours.

Many Bay Area cities and counties also offer free community testing, including:

ZSFG is offering drop-in COVID-19 testing at the Employee Health Trailer for staff (by the Avon Breast Center) Mon-Sun (7am-4pm). You will need your POI # available for testing.
Post-holiday testing for on-site workers/learners and out-of-state travelers
On-site workers:
Strongly recommended to take two COVID-19 tests a few days apart upon returning to work after January 1. (This policy will be in place until January 15.) The UCSF Daily Health Screener will provide instructions on when and how to get tested when reporting to work.

Out-of-state travelers: 
Must take two COVID-19 tests, the first of which should be within 24 hours of entering UCSF facilities for on-site work. (This policy will remain in effect until further notice.) The UCSF Daily Health Screener will provide instructions on when and how to get tested when reporting to work.
New return-to-work policy: After positive COVID-19 test 
Following new CDC guidance, UCSF is developing an updated policy for how and when employees and learners may return to on-site work after a positive COVID-19 test.

This policy will be shared as soon as it is available.
Experiencing Symptoms
If you have symptoms, including mild ones, don't come to work – even if you are vaccinated.
  • Complete the Daily Screener for the most detailed, up-to-date guidance about next steps and to learn if you need COVID Hotline clearance to return to campus.
  • Get tested
  • If your test is positive, don't come to work. You will get a call from the COVID Hotline
  • If your test is negative, don't come to work until you complete a COVID Hotline interview and receive a clearance email.
 
Recent Exposure
If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19:
  • Complete the Daily Screener for the most detailed, up-to-date guidance about next steps and to learn if you need COVID Hotline clearance to return to campus.
  • If exposed to a person in your household with confirmed COVID-19, you are required to undergo a 10-day quarantine until cleared for work or study.
  • If exposed to a person with confirmed COVID-19 infection in an unprotected, prolonged exposure (unmasked and within six feet for 15 minutes or longer), employees and students are required to be assessed, regardless of vaccination status.
  • If potential exposure during the past 7 days, seek asymptomatic testing through the Color testing program. This includes exposure due to participation in crowds/large gatherings, such as funerals or weddings, or co-mingling with persons outside your social bubble at large events, during holidays or when guests are visiting.
 
After Travel
If you have traveled outside California, there are requirements post travel that must be followed. Both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals must check travel guidance for testing and quarantine policies after international and interstate travel.
Updates to Meetings and Social Distancing
Capacity will not be limited in research spaces at this time.

In common areas (Oval Office, Collaboration Room, and Conference Room) 6' of distance should be maintained. Meals should be staggered, if possible.

Food and drinks will not be allowed in meetings and all attendees must wear masks. This includes, but is not limited to the Seminar Series, lab meetings, committee meetings, etc. Until further notice.
Wear N95 Mask in DEM
UCSF highly recommends that we wear an N95 mask when working within 6’ of others. To ensure an extra level of protection, we are highly encouraging everyone to wear an N95 while working on site. Xavier picked up N95 masks and placed them in the Oval Office for pick-up (a huge thank you to Xavier!). We have the following sizes:

  • Moldex XS
  • 3M Small
  • 3M Regular

We have one mask available per DEM personnel. If you work in the BSL2/2*, please take a 2nd mask for your cubby.
Mandatory booster vaccinations by January 31, 2022
AB 685 and Access to You Personal Health Information by Union Representatives
California’s Assembly Bill 685 requires employers to notify all employees, union representatives and contractors at a worksite of potential exposures to COVID-19.

Employees may request that their names not be included in such notifications so long as such a request is voluntary and independent. To request anonymity under AB 685, please click here.
Staffing Updates
Departures
  • None
Arrivals
  • Jessica Yip - SRA - CIL
  • Meagan Olive - BMS Student on Rotation - Feeney Lab
Current Openings
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