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Coronavirus FAQ - UCR Faculty & Staff

HEALTH GUIDANCE
Individuals experiencing respiratory illness (fever, cough, shortness of breath) or flu-like symptoms should call the following for support and guidance:

  • Faculty and Staff (who have traveled internationally or been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 30 days): UCR Health Hotline; (844) 827-6827. All others: Contact primary care or health insurance
  • COVID-19 Assessment Tool available here.

Research Operations

  • What is the status of research operations at UCR?

     All on-campus research must halt by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, until and unless granted an exception from the cognizant dean.

    No undergraduate students will be allowed in any on-campus labs or research facilities during spring quarter.

     To prepare for the possibility that all research activities may be shut down, PIs of approved research activities are required to submit a shutdown plan by Friday, March 20 at 5pm to their dean. Guidelines  for developing such plan for wet-labs and labs with animals will be distributed soon.

    Deans may authorize specific projects or experiments to proceed if

    1. The only place the research activity can be conducted is on campus
    2. Delaying the research activity would seriously undermine the project and have severe consequences for the future of the UCR research enterprise.
  • What do I do about my current research?

     In a very short period of time here at UCR, we have gone from “continue research to the extent possible” to “substantially limit research to critical activities.” ALL of the research, scholarly and creative activities we do are of immense value to the university mission, but we are quickly moving towards an unprecedented disruption and must now strictly curtail on-campus research activities to those that cannot be postponed or restarted; and prepare for a possible complete shutdown of research on campus

     All on-campus research must halt by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, until and unless granted an exception from the cognizant dean. Deans may authorize specific projects or experiments to proceed if 1) the only place the research activity can be conducted is on campus; and 2) delaying the research activity would seriously undermine the project and have severe consequences for the future of the UCR research enterprise.

    Curtailment of operations is not a reason to take shortcuts, risks, or suspend our usual safety and research compliance protocols. Research will continue to be subject to the same existing compliance regulations.  Moreover, we will all need to be extra vigilant about surface hygiene, social distancing, and general lab safety during this time.

  • How do I begin ramping down my research?

     All on-campus research must halt by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, until and unless granted an exception from the cognizant dean.  PIs of approved essential research activities are required to submit a shutdown plan by Friday, March 20 at 5pm to their dean.

    Please review UCR's Lab Ramp Down Checklist.

    Curtailment of operations is not a reason to take shortcuts, risks, or suspend our usual safety and research compliance protocols. Research will continue to be subject to the same existing compliance regulations.  Moreover, we will all need to be extra vigilant about surface hygiene, social distancing, and general lab safety during this time.

    We remind you that in no circumstance should researchers take materials other than secure laptops, data storage devices, and other approved materials offsite (e.g., to their homes) to maintain research continuity during a curtailment.

    If you have chemicals that must be secured or picked up as waste, contact EH&S at ehslaboratory@ucr.edu

  • How do I get my research classified as essential?

    Your dean will inform you, if they have not already, of their process for receiving requests to continue research during the shutdown. Please submit your request by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18. Your dean, in consultation with the Interim Provost and VCRED, will take into consideration the consequences of stopping or delaying your research in the larger context of the current pandemic situation and will inform you accordingly. We anticipate that approved exceptions will be rare.

    We will prioritize our future research capacity, including expensive instrumentation and facilities, unrecoverable biological materials, data, and artifacts. This will take precedent over current research that could eventually be restarted.

    To prepare for the possibility that all research activities may be shut down, PIs of approved research activities are required to submit a shutdown plan by Friday, March 20 at 5pm to their dean. Guidelines  for developing such plan for wet-labs and labs with animals will be distributed soon.

  • What do I do about on-going animal experiments?

    Even if you are allowed to continue current experiments, no new animals should be ordered or new studies initiated if they could be delayed. Keep in mind that supply of PPE may be interrupted soon and for an extended period of time.

    Guidelines of shutdown plans for labs with animals will be distributed soon.

University Operations

  • What is the status of campus services including the Bookstore, Card Services, and Mail Service?

    The status of campus services is as follows: 

    UCR Bookstore

    Closed through April 30.  Books can be ordered online only. For general questions, please email sm8106@bncollege.com

    Highlander Service Station

    Closed March 16 to April 30.  For general questions, please email servicestation@ucr.edu 

    Card Services

    Staff will work remotely to support essential card functions related to Housing & Dining, School of Medicine, and Facilities Services.  For questions, email servicestation@ucr.edu 

    Mail Services

    Still receiving inbound mail, however regular campus deliveries will stop between March 16 and April 30.  Exceptions will be made for critical department needs.  Front lobby/post office will be closed to customers.  For critical needs, email mailservices@ucr.edu 

    Receiving Services

    Still receiving inbound packages and campus deliveries between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Regular campus delivery service will stop between March 16 and April 30.  Only critical items and research related items will be delivered to campus departments as needed.  Departments are encouraged to cancel/postpone non-essential deliveries to campus during the closure.  For general questions, email receivingservices@ucr.edu 

    ScotSupply

    Will still fulfill orders for critical research related items.  Gas cylinders will still be delivered to labs for research purposes.  For general questions, email scotsupply@ucr.edu 

    ScotSurplus

    Closed March 16 to April 30. For general questions, email scotsurplus@ucr.edu 

    Digital Print Services

    Closed March 16 to April 30.  Production of pending print orders postponed until campus re-opens.  Technician still available for Copier Program repairs and service.  For general questions, email printingrequest@ucr.edu 

    Auxiliary Design Services

    Staff will be working remotely and supporting critical design and digital content needs. Please email auxiliarydesign@ucr.edu 

    Central Business Administration

    Limited Central Business Administration leadership will be working on campus during closure and most will be working remotely. Please contact CBS leadership for assistance.

  • Is there guidance on parking, permits, fleet rentals, and alternative transportation during the campus shutdown?

    Please refer to UCR Transportation's FAQs regarding parking, parking permits, and fleet rentals during the campus shutdown.

  • Can I get a refund on my parking permit?

    For the answers to questions related to TAPS including parking permit refunds and where to park on campus, visit https://transportation.ucr.edu/coronavirus 

  • How is UCR responding to COVID-19?

    The University has been ordered “closed” by the Health Officer of the County of Riverside, effective March 16, 2020, through April 30, 2020. “Closed” in this context means all offices, units or departments will not have staff on campus unless they are essential personnel, and many staff may be working remotely.

    University leadership is working with the UC Office of the President, Riverside County Public Health, our fellow UC campuses, clinical partners, and elected officials to monitor the situation, ensure all appropriate precautions are taken, and respond quickly and effectively as matters arise. University leaders representing the Executive Management Policy Group (EMPG) are meeting daily to develop and update contingency plans to help ensure continuity of UCR's operations in the even of more direct impacts of COVID-19.

  • May UCR prohibit students who have possibly been exposed to, or who have contracted COVID-19, from attending classes?

    All instruction (including but not limited to labs, studios, and directed studies) will be delivered remotely for the entirety of the spring quarter. This is a change from the April 3 end date for remote instruction. 

    All in-person, non-essential gatherings on campus are suspended, until further notice. 

    The CDC recommends that persons who have contracted COVID-19 remain in isolation, either at home or in a health care facility, until released by local public health authorities.

    The location of the isolation will be determined by public health authorities and isolation may be compelled by public health order. The response to a public health emergency, such as a pandemic, will be directed by federal, state and local health agencies. It is the responsibility of UC to act in accordance with all applicable public health directives. UC’s guidance, policies and regulations cannot conflict with public health orders regarding control of the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • May UCR quarantine or isolate students who were possibly exposed to, or who have contracted, COVID-19?

    Yes. UC enacted a Policy on Safeguards, Security and Emergency Management in January 2006 that contemplates the need for chancellors to take extraordinary measures in the event of “a natural or man-made disaster, a civil disorder which poses a threat of serious injury to persons or damage to property,” or other “seriously disruptive events.”8 Pursuant to this policy, UC may take appropriate steps to protect the health and safety of its students in the face of a known serious health crisis like a serious outbreak or pandemic.

  • What is UCR’s protocol or plan if students in the dormitories need to be quarantined?

    It is extremely unlikely there would be a need for a full dormitory self-quarantine. If a student is ill and a medical provider assesses and determines the student is considered a “person under investigation” for COVID-19, the student will be managed by a healthcare provider and in a hospital, and not on campus.

    Students may be subject to self-quarantine as a result of returning from a Level 3 country (China, Italy, South Korea, and Iran); having been in contact with someone from a Level 3 country; or having been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. The university will support self-quarantining in campus housing, but will encourage self-quarantine at students’ homes as an alternative. 

    Environmental Health & Safety, or EH&S, has worked with campus departments and identified safe standard operating procedures. This includes identifying proper ventilation, food delivery, access to virtual learning, daily medical checks, and waste collection. If the student becomes symptomatic while in the 14-day self-quarantine, the university would contact Riverside County health officials to follow correct protocols, including transport to a medical facility.
     

  • How is UCR disinfecting surfaces?

    UCR is taking extensive measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Examples include:

    - Deployed hand sanitizers in university-owned housing and dining areas;

    - Began using a new CDC-approved chemical disinfectant, after review and approval by Environmental Health and Safety, across the campus;

    - Increased cleaning in university-owned housing of high-touch areas including lobbies, lounges, restrooms, and elevators; and 

    - Increased cleaning in campus General Assignment classrooms and adjacent restrooms.

  • What should I do if I am planning an event?

    All in-person, non-essential gatherings on campus are suspended, until further notice

  • Is there a duty to report COVID-19 cases to state or local health authorities?

    Yes. Generally, health care providers — including doctors, nurses, physician assistants, among others — who know of, or are in attendance on, a case or suspected case of COVID-19 are required to report it to the local health department immediately, by telephone, in accordance with internal administrative procedures. Where no health care provider is in attendance, any individual who knows of, or suspects that, someone has COVID-19 is permitted to report it to the local health department. Local health departments, in turn, notify the CDPH.

    Contact information for the local health officers may be found at the CDPH website.

  • Guidance for all Transportation-related activities including parking, permits, biking, buses, and campus transportation issues

    Please refer to the UCR Transportation FAQ for answers on questions such as:

    • Parking on Campus during Shutdown including Visitor Parking
    • Parking Permits, Refunds, and Citations
    • Renting and maintaining Fleet vehicles
    • Buses, Biking, and Carpool/Vanpool
    • Parking for Student Employment
    • And many more!

Employee Leave

  • As of March 16, what paid leave provisions are available to empoyees?

    The University has modified the special paid administrative leave policies. The initial UCR COVID-19 Staff Guidelines were issued on March 12, 2019, but have been revised in accordance with the Executive Order issued by President Napolitano on March 16. These new guidelines are attached and include the following key changes: 

    1. A single allocation of up to 128 hours (16 days) vs. 112 hours (14 days) 
    2. Part-time employees receive paid leave based on their appointment percentage – i.e., 50% employee can receive up to 64 hours of paid administrative leave 
    3. Must be used by 12/31/20 
    4. Paid administrative leave can be used in hour increments, as well as full day increments, and does not need to be consecutive days. 

    Additional guidance on COVID-19 human resources questions is available here.

  • How does an employee request paid administrative leave?

    Employees who need to use this paid administrative leave shall request it from their immediate supervisor who shall be responsible for determining whether to grant the administrative leave. Additional guidance on COVID-19 human resources questions is available here.

  • Must employees who are telecommuting continue to pay for their monthly parking pass?

    Parking permit payroll deductions are charged in arrears. Meaning, for those who are paid monthly, the deduction on the 1st of the month is for the previous month’s parking. For those paid bi-weekly, the parking deductions are for the previous month’s parking. We are following our normal policies for parking permit refunds. Since we are already 2 weeks into the month of March, no refunds will be issued for March and the March parking charges will be on the April checks. 
    We will be suspending all April payroll parking charges. There is no longer a need to cut your permit in half and email the picture. Please keep your current parking permit so you may use it when the campus reopens. 

    Please refer to the UCR Transportation FAQ for answers to this question and more.

  • How Parking Deductions are Taken Out of Your Paycheck?

    Please refer to the UCR Transportation FAQ for answers to this question and more.
     

Travel

  • Who is covered under the UC Travel policy?

    University travelers include employees, medical residents, students, fellows, and guests with travel paid by the University.  Personal travel such as vacation travel, is not covered by the UC Travel program.

  • How can I find out what is covered by the UC Travel policy?

    The UC Travel generally covers emergency services, so routine health services would not be covered.  The most frequently used coverage is the accident medical and security extraction coverage.

    With the COVID 19 crisis, the most common benefit used is the trip cancellation/interruption coverage. A summary of the benefits is located here: 

    The benefits summary has an exclusion for “bacterial or viral infection.”  Is there coverage if I get sick due to Coronavirus and have to be hospitalized? 

    Coverage decisions are made by the insurance carrier Chubb and we have been informed that Coronavirus is a medical condition, thus if the disease is contracted while traveling overseas under this policy the medical benefit coverage would respond. However, please note that Chubb would have to comply with the local quarantine protocols in such cases.  

  • How do I pursue un-reimbursed travel expenses?

    Trip cancellation/interruption coverage is only provided for international travel and does not apply domestically. 

    If the airline or travel provider refused to issue a refund or a travel credit or charges a penalty for changes for travel to international destinations, travelers should submit their claim through the UC Travel Insurance Program.

    • You can submit a claim for airfare, hotel, cancellation fees, or conference registration for up to $2,000 for international trips (domestic trips are not covered).  Once a claim is submitted, a determination will be made by the UC Insurance Carrier, Chubb, regarding what is covered. Please note that it is the insurance company and not UCR that determines if a claim is accepted or not.  
    • Download and complete the claim form that is available on the UCOP website.
      • The Policyholder is the University of California.
      • Group Policy Number:
        • Faculty/Staff - ADD N04223810
        • Student - ADD N04223822
        • Education Abroad Program (EAP) - ADD N04834823
      • The program name is the Title of the event you were traveling for (ex. Study Abroad 2020 or International Research Conference, etc.).
      • The group leader is the name of the person running the program (if applicable).
    • Submit your completed form to Chubb:
      • Via fax (302) 476 7857
      • Email: diane.basa@chubb.com
      • Mail: Chubb USA PO Box 5124 Scranton, PA 18505-0556

    As part of your claim, Chubb will require:

    • Proof of enrollment in travel coverage/registration of their trips
    • Proof from the airlines that the tickets were non-refundable. Itinerary and the cost of the tickets.
    • Proof from the hotels that accommodations were non-refundable, cancellations fees or could be cancelled with no penalties. Cost of accommodations.
    • Proof that any extension trips were non-refundable, cancellations fees or could be cancelled with no penalties. Cost for extension trips.
    • Documentation that you requested a refund and/or travel credit and denial from the service provider.
    • Whether you were traveling to one of the CDC Warning - Level 3 - Travel Notice countries OR
    • A detailed explanation of how the business activity was actually impacted or resulted in an effective cancellation as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19). For example, you were traveling for a symposium to a currently unaffected region and the organizer cancels the event because the key speakers from affected regions were unable to attend.
  • What should I do if I plan to travel domestically?

    All non-essential domestic and international travel will be suspended, effective Monday, March 16 and until further notice. Essential travel must be registered with UC Away. Travel booked through UC Connexxus are automatically registered with UC Away.  However, travel booked through other means (e.g., Expedia or directly through an airline’s website) will need to be manually registered with UC Away.

    We strongly advise students to refrain from personal, non-essential travel (both domestic and international) during spring break. UCR recommends all domestic personal travel be registered with UC Away.

     

  • What should I do if I plan to travel internationally?

    All non-essential domestic and international travel will be suspended, effective Monday, March 16 and until further notice.

    Due to Interim Policy and Travel GuidanceAll university-related international travel must be registered with UC Away . Travel booked through UC Connexxus are automatically registered with UC Away.  However, travel booked through other means (e.g., Expedia or directly through an airline’s website) will need to be manually registered with UC Away. The interim policy will remain in place for six months, during which time campus feedback will be solicited. 

    We strongly advise students to refrain from personal, non-essential travel (both domestic and international) during spring break. UCR recommends all personal travel be registered with UC Away.

    All proposed travel to high-risk countries, including those with a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Warning Level 3 (widespread community transmission) or Level 2 (sustained community transmission), must be pre-approved in writing by the appropriate Vice Chancellor or Dean, prior to scheduling travel. This is consistent with the UC President Napolitano’s directive to avoid all non-essential travel to CDC Level 3 and 2 countries.

    Other things to keep in mind when considering international travel:

    • If you are traveling for university-related business, please consider whether you can participate remotely (e.g., via online platforms or teleconference) or delay travel to a later date.
    • If you decide to travel outside of the United States, please be aware that the CDC may issue new international travel warnings without notice, potentially resulting in limited or delayed flights and possible quarantine upon re-entry.  
    • For personal travel, faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to register with UC Away.  
    • Please ensure that your family and friends are aware of your travel plans and how to reach you.
  • What do I do if I have visited a Travel Warning Level 3 Country (South Korea, Italy, China, or Iran) in the last 14 days?

    Travelers returning from CDC Travel Warning Level 3 countries (currently Iran, Italy, South Korea, and China) will be expected to quarantine for 14 days. UCR travelers will not be allowed to return to campus until after the quarantine ends. Faculty and staff should be in touch with their supervisors to determine measures to work from home or take leave, as appropriate.

  • What do I do if I am planning to travel to a Travel Warning Level 3 Country (South Korea, Italy, China, or Iran) or Alert Level 2 Country (Japan)?

    All non-essential domestic and international travel will be suspended, effective Monday, March 16 and until further notice.

    Please anticipate additional communications and guidance in response to the outbreak and campus closure, as the situation is rapidly changing. Major campus-wide updates will continue to be posted to the COVID-19 website.

    UCR has instituted an interim policy that requires all university-related international travel to a country at travel warning level 3 or alert level 2 must request and receive advance written approval from within the cognizant organization/unit up to the Vice Chancellor or Dean, with final approval from the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor. All international travel by members of the UCR community should be registered with UC Away

  • If I have been to mainland China in the past 14 days and DO NOT show signs of respiratory illness, should I be permitted to return to normal on-site activities?

    No. Currently, the California Department of Public health (CDPH) is advising colleges and universities that travelers who have arrived in the U.S. from mainland China since Feb. 3, 2020, should be excluded from (on-site) school for 14 days, beginning the day after they left China. The CDC has produced guidance for returning travelers.

    Restrictions from on-site activities:
    Travelers who returned from mainland China on or after Feb. 3, 2020, should remain offsite for 14 days after arrival. This is consistent with the current federal policy requiring 14-day quarantine, or self-monitoring with public health supervision, for all such travelers. CDC and California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidance states specifically that this policy is not retroactive to travel prior to Feb 3, 2020.

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Prevention and Treatment

  • What is SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19?

    Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses of which some members may cause mild upper respiratory infections. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), previously known as 2019-nCoV, is the virus responsible for the outbreak of acute respiratory illnesses in Wuhan, China beginning December 2019. The WHO has named the acute respiratory illness caused by this virus as COVID-19.

    Much is unknown about SARS-CoV-2 and current knowledge is based largely on what is known about similar coronaviruses. Experts believe that symptom onset will most likely occur between 2 and 14 days of infection. Community-based transmission has now been observed in multiple countries. Most often spread from person-to-person happens among close contact (6 feet or closer).

    Typically, with most respiratory viruses, people are thought to be most contagious when they are symptomatic, however the possibility of asymptomatic transmission has not been ruled out.

  • Are there any cases of COVID-19 at UCR?

    There are no known positive COVID-19 cases on campus.

  • What can I protect myself from COVID-19?

    There are several steps you can take to effectively help prevent becoming infected with COVID-19:

    •    Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    •    Always practice good hand hygiene. Wash your hands with soap and water frequently for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not available, an alcohol-based gel sanitizer from 60-95% alcohol is an acceptable substitute.
    •    Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    •    Cover your coughs and sneezes into a tissue and dispose of tissue in trash immediately.
    •    Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.

    See more recommendations and guidance from CDC's COVID-19 Prevention and Wellness

  • What should I do if I feel ill?

    If you are sick, stay home. If you have recently traveled (within 14 days) from a region with COVID-19 or have been in direct contact with someone known or suspected to have COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider right away and inform them of your symptoms and travel history. If you require medical attention, call ahead before leaving and inform them of a potential COVID-19 case. Always call ahead when possible.

    Schedule an appointment with Student Health Center (951-827-3031) or your primary care physician.

    While you are sick, follow CDC recommendations:

    • Stay at home except to get medical care
    • Separate yourself from other people in your home and avoid sharing personal items
    • Wear a facemask when you are around other people
    • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Dispose of the tissue immediately after use.
    • Clean your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not available, using alcohol-based gel sanitizer with 60-95% alcohol is sufficient.
    • Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (call ahead of teim and let the provider know of your concerns and current conditions
    • If you are placed under active monitoring, or facilitated self-monitoring, follow the instructions provided by your physician, local health department, or occupational health professional.
    • Consult with your health care provider before discontinuing home isolation.
  • Can I be tested for COVID-19?

    Only healthcare providers along with public health officials can request tests for the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. Testing approval factors in recent contacts, travel history, symptoms, and other factors. If you feel ill, please see the FAQ question "What do I do if I feel ill?"

  • Should I use a facemask? What about in class or the lab?

    Students who are ill or have symptoms of respiratory illness should not attend class and instead stay at home and seek medical attention. The CDC does not recommend the use of masks to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. Protective masks are effective when used on individuals who are already showing symptoms to prevent droplet transmission.

  • Is there a vaccine available?

    No, currently several organizations including the World Health Organization (WHO) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) are working on developing a vaccine.

  • I have experienced mistreatment or witness stigmatizing/inappropriate behavior. What can I do?

    It’s imperative that all students, faculty and staff uphold a campus culture of respect and uphold our Principles of Community during this critical time.

    Employees are reminded not to stigmatize anyone based on national origin. 

    Students who experience any mistreatment or witness inappropriate behavior can make a report to deanofstudents@ucr.edu.

  • What do I do regarding social distancing?

    To prevent infection, we recommend adhering to the following social distancing practices:

    • Vulnerable populations should limit outings and not attend large gatherings. Vulnerable populations are people 60 years of age and older; and people with health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, kidney disease, and weakened immune systems.
    • If you are sick, stay home. Do not come to school or work, travel, or participate in large gatherings.
    • If you have flu-like symptoms or suspect that you may have been exposed to COVID-19: Students should contact Student Health Services or their primary care physician.  Staff and faculty should their primary care physician, and UCR Health will be providing additional resources soon for all UCR employees.
    • Important reminders regarding hygiene: (1) regularly wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, (2) cover your mouth with your elbow when you cough or sneeze, and (3) clean and disinfect surfaces often.
    • For more information about social distancing and hygiene practices for the workplace and home, please visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.

    We understand that implementing these changes with such limited notice will have broad impacts and will be challenging and disruptive for many of you, and we appreciate your patience and cooperation. 

  • What do I do if I come into contact with a sick individual?

    If the individual is a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, you should contact your primary care provider (staff/faculty) or Student Health Services (students) immediately and inform them of the potential contact. Stay at home and monitor your symptoms. If medical treatment is required, call ahead and explain your history and potential contact with a confirmed/suspected case of COVID-19. Follow CDC guidelines for preventing spreading COVID-19 to others.

    If the individual is not a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, you should follow standard precautions. Avoiding close contact with the individual, wash your hands often with soap and water, and monitor your symptoms.

  • Is the campus making masks available?

    Masks are not available for general use. Masks are most effective to prevent spread of COVID-19 through droplets/saliva when used by a person showing respiratory symptoms. The CDC does not recommend the use of masks to protect yourself from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19.

  • I get stressed/anxious about COVID-19. Are there any resources for me?

    Members of the UCR community may experience stress and anxiety as a result of the uncertainties surrounding COVID-19. Employees are encouraged to contact Employee Assistance. Student employees are encouraged to reach out to Counseling & Psychological Services.

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