Information and resources on the coronavirus

Last update: 3:30 p.m., Feb. 12, 2020

Background

UC Santa Cruz leaders are closely monitoring the coronavirus and, in coordination with county health officials, preparing to manage any outbreaks in our campus community. coronavirus-graphic-600px.png

Coronavirus is group of viruses that can cause respiratory illnesses, including the common cold. According to the California Department of Public Health, the newest strain of coronavirus started in Wuhan, China.

State officials report that the immediate health risk from the coronavirus to the general public is low. UC Office of the President has said that faculty, staff, and students should avoid all non-essential travel to China.

In accordance with the most recent public health guidance, anyone who has returned from China on or after Feb. 3, with or without symptoms of illness, should not go to work or school. They should go home and notify their health care provider.

Anyone who returned before February 3rd, and have been back for less than 14 days, and have become ill with fever, cough, or shortness of breath should call their health care provider and be ready to share their travel history before arriving on site in order to make arrangements to prevent possible spread of illness to others.

Students who become ill should contact the Student Health Center at 831-459-2591 and ask to discuss their symptoms with a nurse. All students arriving for care at the Student Health Center are screened for their travel history and/or possible exposure to the virus. 

Faculty, staff and students who have returned from China before February 3rd and have no symptoms may wish to consider staying home for 14 days after they left mainland China, but it is not mandatory, and they should continue monitoring themselves for symptoms until the end of the 14 days.

Students with families members in China or who are simply in need of support can reach out to Counseling and Psychological Services. Faculty and staff can use the Employee Assistance Program

To date, there have not been any reported cases in Santa Cruz County.  

News and announcements:

  • February 19, 2020: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not recommend canceling or postponing travel to Hong Kong. Travelers to Hong Kong should practice the usual precautions. The CDC also issued an FAQ on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Pregnancy
  • February 11, 2020: Seven confirmed coronavirus cases (including one from a repatriation flight) have been identified in California and there are approximately 130 persons who have been tested, according to the California Department of Public Health. Additionally: 
  • February 10, 2020: Campus community members can learn more about surgical masks, dust masks, and N95 respirators, and the different kinds of protection each one offers. 
  • February 7, 2020: The UC Santa Cruz Student Health Center shared an update with the campus community, including additional guidance for anyone who recently returned from China. The center will be offering more flu shot clinics on Feb. 12-13 to support the community's health.Read more
  • February 5, 2020: UCSF is hosting a town hall today on the novel coronavirus that's open to the UC community. A panel of speakers from UCSF Health and UCSF will provide an update on the science of the virus, UCSF’s response to the evolving and dynamic outbreak, and address questions about prevention, traveling abroad, occupational and student health, and more. 
  • February 4, 2020: The UC Office of the President has directed that faculty, staff, and students should avoid all non-essential travel to China. The directive is in line with guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the State Department. The UC Santa Cruz process to determine and approve essential university-related travel by members of the UC Santa Cruz community. Read more.

    Campus community members who have recently returned from China and have become ill with fever, cough or shortness of breath, should call their health care provider or local health department and be ready to share their travel history. The Santa Cruz County Communicable Disease Program can be reached at 831-454-4114 and after hours at 831-471-1170.
  • January 31, 2020: Due to the dynamic situation with the coronavirus and to protect the health of the university community, the UC Office of the President has said that faculty, staff, and students should avoid all non-essential travel to China. The directive is in line with guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the State Department. UC Santa Cruz is developing a protocol to review any campus-related travel to China. 

    Additionally, American, Delta and United have annouced that they will halt flights to China. 

    In order to ensure the well-being and safety of those who must travel during this time, it is of utmost importance that all faculty, staff, and students traveling abroad for university-related purposes register their international travel with the UC International Travel Registry before their expected departure and update this information as changes occur before and during travel. Registration is an important step in reducing the risks of traveling abroad and helps keep the university community safe, especially in environments with heightened health risks, such as the coronavirus.
  • January 30, 2020: UC Santa Cruz health officials are closely monitoring the coronavirus and, in coordination with county officials, preparing to manage any outbreaks in our campus community.
  • January 24, 2020: The UC Santa Cruz Student Health Center offers information for members of the campus community to protect their health.

Tips to stay healthy

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you cough or sneeze. (To save water, please turn the water off between wetting your hands and rinsing them.) Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you get sick with flu, it is recommended that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.