COVID-19 FAQ for UCR Parents
Are there any cases of COVID-19 at UCR?
There are no known, suspected or positive COVID-19 cases on campus.
How is UCR responding to COVID-19?
University leadership has partially activated the campus Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and is in frequent contact 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 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.
May UCR prohibit students who have possibly been exposed to, or who have contracted COVID-19, from attending classes?
Yes. If a student meets the CDC criteria of a High and Medium Exposure Risk Categories or has tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, UC may prohibit them from attending classes at UC locations. UC must take appropriate steps to protect the health and safety of its students in the face of a known serious health crisis. UC’s Policy on Safeguards, Security and Emergency Management, enacted in January 2006, 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.”10 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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
- What do I do regarding social distancing?
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?