Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Latest UHS Health Advisory
Below is the latest UHS update. We will continue to update this page weekly, or sooner if needed.
Updated March 26, 2020
CDC, state and local public health departments, and health units throughout the UC system continue to closely monitor the outbreak of respiratory disease caused by the novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19).
University Health Services, UC Berkeley, University of California Office of the President as well as state and local health departments have all activated their emergency operations centers.
Health experts advise that COVID-19 has been circulating widely in the Bay Area for some weeks and we continue to see daily increases in the number of positive confirmed COVID-19 cases in our community, nationally and around the world
The primary public health strategy continues to be mitigation: reducing exposure by rigorous compliance with physical distancing recommendations, regular handwashing and extra care to avoid unnecessary contact with our most vulnerable populations. This is most effective when followed by EVERYONE. At the same time, emergency management teams and public health officials are working around the clock with local hospitals, clinics, first responders, and other community partners to build surge capacity for the weeks to come. If you’d like to help, please reach out to your local public health department or hospital. If you have PPEs like unused masks (even paper), gowns, goggles, gloves, or N95s, please consider donating them.
Concerned you have COVID-19?
First: take a deep breath, gently. We continue to see other viruses circulating in the community, including influenza - COVID doesn’t have a monopoly. That said: it is very hard not knowing for sure what you have, especially given how frightening it is to be ill in these times.
Second: think hard about your home setting and isolate yourself as best you can from others, especially anyone who is at higher risk for complications (elderly, heart or lung disease, diabetes, cancer, immunocompromised, maybe pregnancy). If you have a mask, put it on. And wash your hands. Again.
Third: call your healthcare provider for advice. Students: call the Nurse Advice Line (24/7) at (510) 643-7197. Please don't just walk in to your healthcare provider if you have mild symptoms - it won't help you recover faster and may just expose others. We can likely help on the phone, and if we can’t, we can bring you in safely, or tell you where to go. But if you are having trouble breathing, please call 911.
Fourth: as everyone knows, testing capacity is VERY limited currently in the United States, and is being prioritized for those most at risk. We may not be able to test you, but we can still help by assessing your symptoms, treating you as needed for other things, answering your questions, telling you what to look out for, and connecting you with additional resources.
Finally: testing capacity is expected to improve over the next few weeks. There are already several drive/walk through facilities in the community and more are popping up every few days. Stay tuned!
While the University has moved to remote learning through the end of the semester, University Health Services which is an essential campus service, remains open. For more on our services during this time, see our reduced in-person services hours and information on accessing care.
As each week goes on we are learning more about COVID-19 and it is very difficult to predict exactly how this situation will continue to evolve. We understand that it’s completely expected and appropriate to experience fear and worry during these times. We encourage you to reach out for support, please call our Counseling and Psychological Services at (510) 642-9494 and see our mental health resources page for students and faculty/staff.
Be well, be safe, and connect with your loved ones any way you can, as long as you stay physically apart. Our wellness as individuals and as a community depends on it.