Anna Harte, medical director of College Well being Providers, and Marc Fisher, the vice chancellor for administration, despatched the next message to the campus neighborhood on Tuesday, March 3:

Native public well being officers have confirmed at present one case of the brand new coronavirus (COVID-19) within the metropolis of Berkeley. The person is not affiliated with the campus and, at the moment, there isn’t a apparent connection.

The person is in good situation and is isolating at dwelling. This was a travel-related transmission of the virus, not a local people transmission, in accordance to public well being authorities.

We perceive that information of a confirmed case throughout the metropolis of Berkeley is unsettling. Please needless to say the chance to anybody within the common U.S. inhabitants stays low, in accordance to the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.

Precautions

We remind the campus neighborhood to take acceptable precautions. Please name your healthcare supplier or the College Well being Providers (UHS) Recommendation Line for college kids at (510) 643-7197 instantly if each of the next are true:

  • You have got a fever (>100.3F if measured) or cough/problem respiration AND
  • Journey to any space with sustained transmission throughout the 2 weeks earlier than signs begin or contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus.

This does NOT essentially imply you may have the coronavirus nevertheless it means you must placed on a masks and get assessed ASAP; in case you have the flu UHS may also supply therapy.

One of the best safety is thorough and frequent hand washing, lathering for a minimum of 20 seconds (hand sanitizer works too), avoiding touching your face, and vaccination for the flu — it’s nonetheless right here. Maintain your work areas and door knobs clear. For those who really feel in poor health, keep dwelling.

Coronavirus replace: Nonetheless no confirmed instances at UC Berkeley

Concerning masks, whereas formally fitted N95 masks are required for healthcare suppliers and personnel assessing or transporting a attainable case of COVID-19, they’re NOT beneficial for most of the people. They’re not needed and it’s important to protect these provides.

Testing pointers

Please be aware that strict CDC pointers decide who will be examined for this coronavirus and every take a look at wants to be accepted by the general public well being officer. Whereas every case is evaluated individually, and this may occasionally change, UHS and different well being clinics are usually NOT presently testing individuals and not using a related journey historical past, until they’re severely in poor health and want to be hospitalized.

Campus assist / Well being and security efforts

We perceive that this information of an area case will be regarding and lead to emotions of anxiousness. For added data, please proceed to go to the College Well being Providers net pages that include an FAQ, a video with fundamental details about the virus, and details about psychological well being assets.

How UC Berkeley instructors are getting ready for the unfold of coronavirus

Campus leaders proceed to meet commonly to deal with prevention and response efforts, which incorporates operations. For instance, Atmosphere, Well being & Security and Facility Providers have been busy making certain the security of the campus atmosphere by measures akin to expanded distribution and placement of hand sanitizers and enhanced disinfection and cleansing procedures of frequent areas.

We’ll proceed to maintain the campus up to date.