testing necessities, COVID call center, booster clinics, and extra

As we plan to renew in-person instruction January 31, I write to share important info concerning the processes and protocols for college kids returning to campus. I encourage you to evaluate this replace because it presents steerage on quite a lot of essential matters regarding the well-being of our campus group.

The Highlights

  • Returning to Campus
  • On-Campus Testing Available 7 Days a Week
  • Testing Positive and/or Feeling Unwell
  • Upgrade Your Face Covering
  • Get Your Booster

Returning to Campus

The UC Santa Cruz Winter Quarter Return Protocol advises all college students to safe a unfavourable COVID-19 check 24 hours previous to coming onto campus and get examined by way of the campus’s testing program inside 48 hours of returning to on-campus exercise.

The protocol additionally consists of particular testing necessities for college kids by way of winter quarter primarily based on vaccination standing and whether or not they stay on campus or off campus.

Important: If your pre-arrival check is constructive, please postpone your return to campus till your COVID check is unfavourable. Follow this checklist of directions supplied by the Student Health Center.

If your pre-arrival check is unfavourable, please adhere to the next pointers for residential (residing on-campus) and non-residential (residing off-campus) college students returning to campus.

Residential Students

Residential college students ought to plan to return to their residences no later than Jan. 24. Housing Services despatched residential college students an e-mail on Jan. 10 with directions to pick out a time to return to campus. If you haven’t but supplied your anticipated return date, please fill out this on-line type. Upon your return, you will want to check at an on-campus testing web site inside 48 hours of your arrival.

Non-residential Students

Students who stay off campus ought to plan to return to their residences no later than Jan. 24. Students ought to take a COVID-19 check previous to returning to the realm and schedule an on-campus testing appointment on-line that coincides along with your return date to campus. All college students should check at an on-campus testing web site inside 48 hours of beginning in-person lessons or actions.

After finishing your on-campus, post-arrival COVID check, please seek advice from the Testing Protocols webpage for extra details about ongoing testing necessities primarily based in your vaccination standing.

On-Campus Testing Available

UC Santa Cruz is providing COVID-19 testing for college kids seven days per week till not less than Jan. 31.

Self-administered kits might be supplied and picked up on a first-come first-served foundation from 10 a.m. to three p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at two areas: exterior the Porter Dining Hall and out of doors the Merrill Cultural Center.

Weekday testing will proceed Monday by way of Friday on the Merrill Cultural Center with appointments scheduled by way of Fulgent.

For weekend testing, no appointments are required.

Testing Positive and/or Feeling Unwell

If you aren’t feeling effectively or check constructive, DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS. Instead, please learn this details about what to do. If you aren’t but again on campus, you will want to postpone your return till your COVID check is unfavourable or your healthcare supplier has cleared you. You might want to isolate per CDPH pointers. If you will have already returned for the quarter and check constructive, your subsequent steps depend upon whether or not you reside on or off campus.

Residential Students

If you reside in college sponsored housing and check constructive by way of a campus check, dwelling check, or exterior clinic, start following the isolation protocol instantly. Then, please inform Campus Housing of your outcomes by finishing this type. You might be contacted by a workers member with extra info and instructions about relocating to isolation housing. You might be contacted as quickly as doable; because of excessive quantity you will not be contacted immediately.

Non-residential Students

If you reside off campus and check constructive by way of a campus check, dwelling check, or exterior clinic, it’s best to isolate in your present location following the isolation directions under. Do not wait to be contacted by campus workers to start isolation.

If you will have extra questions on a constructive check end result or something associated to COVID, please contact the UC Santa Cruz COVID Call Center at 1-800-809-6097. Created in response to scholar suggestions, the Call Center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days per week and gives real-time assist and steerage in your COVID-related questions.

You can even discover responses to often requested COVID-19 questions on each the Slug Strong and Student Health Center web pages.

Upgrade Your Face Covering

According to the CDC, the Omicron variant is very infectious. Accordingly, we strongly suggest that you simply improve your face masking to an N95, KN95, or a surgical masks together with a material masks whenever you return to campus.

Residential college students can choose up one KN95 and two surgical masks at their group housing workplace throughout common enterprise hours (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.).

Non-residential college students can choose up a KN95 or surgical masks on the Bay Tree Bookstore whereas provides final.

We proceed to make efforts to safe extra KN95 masks for the campus group.

Get Your Booster

Obtain a booster shot as quickly as you possibly can. We can’t emphasize this strongly sufficient—the present vaccines which might be accessible, with a booster shot, are anticipated to guard towards extreme sickness, hospitalizations, and deaths because of an infection with the Omicron variant. Currently, 95 % of circumstances within the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Region 9, together with California, are Omicron infections.

For college students who’re already within the space, the Student Health Center might be internet hosting booster shot clinics on Jan. 19, 20, and 21, 2022, on the Stevenson Event Center. You could make an appointment for a Moderna booster shot by way of Health e-Messenger.

Additionally, the Faculty & Staff Wellness Program within the Office of Risk Services is partnering with Kaiser to supply a voluntary COVID-19 Booster Shot Clinic for college, workers, and college students. The clinic will happen on the Stevenson Event Center on Sunday, Jan. 23, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Both Pfizer and Moderna boosters can be found. To register in your appointment, click on right here.

For college students not within the space, you’ll find a location administering booster pictures close to you on California’s MyTurn website.

Please keep in mind that the deadline to get your booster and submit proof is Jan. 31. If you aren’t eligible to get your booster by January 31, please be aware your deadline might be mechanically prolonged till you might be eligible in your booster.

To add proof of your booster, log in to Health e-Messenger along with your CruzID and Gold password. Confirm your date of beginning. Select Medical Clearances on the left-hand aspect, then COVID-19. Click the inexperienced Update button.

Upload a replica of your vaccine card, and don’t overlook to fill out your vaccine kind and date of your booster. Click Done and also you’re compliant!

For extra info on scholar booster clinics and eligibility necessities, please go to the Student Health Center’s COVID-19 Vaccines web page.


I acknowledge it is a lot of knowledge amid an already difficult and, for a lot of, irritating time. I hope this e-mail gives clear steerage about what is anticipated as you come to campus. If you will have any extra questions on methods to get examined, what to do in the event you check constructive, and scheduling a booster, I encourage you to please attain out to our 24/7 COVID Call Center at 1-800-809-6097.

As we navigate our present circumstances and collectively work to get past Omicron’s surge, I stay grateful for our Slug group. I respect your flexibility and understanding of the pandemic’s influence on the beginning of our Winter quarter, and I thanks in your ongoing efforts to advertise our group’s well-being.

Go Slugs.

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