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Campus COVID-19 Worksite Notification

Learn about campus COVID-19 exposure notifications as well as resources and benefits available to you.

Notification Process

Campus notifications about COVID-19 exposures are required pursuant to AB 685 - California Labor Code § 6409.6, and Title 8 California Code of Regulations § 3205(c)(3)(B)(3). Campuswide email notifications provide information that lists the buildings where a COVID-19 positive individual spent time. Use the Return to Learn Dashboard to find the most recent locations.

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UC San Diego medical staff review cases of positive individuals and perform contact tracing, which includes calling close contacts of the positive individual. The current Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines define close contacts as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test results) until the time the patient is isolated. All close contacts are notified as soon as possible. Public health officials have determined there is a low risk of exposure for those who have not been in close contact with an infected individual.  

Disinfection

The campus has developed and implements a disinfection and safety plan in accordance with CDC guidelines. Our Environment, Health & Safety team is assessing the need for decontamination of building spaces and will work with Facilities Management to notify those whose facilities must be cleaned. You may be asked to vacate your workspace to enable cleaning.

Building Services is adhering to CDC guidelines with increased cleaning frequencies and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces in all common areas, public spaces, break rooms, kitchenettes and other areas throughout campus. For more information, visit Facilities Management Enhanced Cleaning.

COVID-19 Test Kit Vending Machines

Frequent testing for COVID is one way we can keep each other and our families safe. UC San Diego offers FREE COVID tests to all employees, and we want to encourage you to take advantage of UCSD’s free testing for employees. Students and campus employees may now pick up a self-administered COVID-19 test kit at one of the many vending machines found across campus. Return the sample within 72 hours - from the time the kit is picked up - at a drop box next to a vending machine. Please see further instructions on the Student Screening and Testing or Employee Testing and Screening pages.

Test results will be available within 24-36 hours in MyUCSDChart. Individuals with positive results will be contacted directly and provided with guidance. If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, please alert your healthcare provider and call the UC San Diego Testing Support Line at 619-543-8260 to request a COVID-19 test.

Benefits

As a University of California employee, you may be entitled to various benefits under applicable federal and state laws and University‐specific policies and agreements, including, but not necessarily limited to, the following:

If you have questions about these benefits, staff may contact UC San Diego Human Resources at employeerelations@ucsd.edu. For Academics, please contact your department AP/HR Analyst.

Workers’ Compensation

If you believe you contracted COVID as a result of your employment at UC San Diego, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. If you would like more information, please visit Worker's Compensation. To file a Workers’ Compensation claim, please complete and submit an incident report form

Reporting Concerns

If you see any activity that may be jeopardizing your health and safety or violating the San Diego County Health Orders, please report it immediately using this form or contact the Whistleblower Hotline. For emergencies and/or criminal matters, contact UC San Diego Police: 9-1-1 from campus phones; other phones (858) 534-4357 (534-HELP). 

Policies Against Discrimination and Retaliation

UC San Diego’s policy against COVID‐19‐related retaliation and discrimination is available by visiting the Office of the Prevention of Harassment & Discrimination.

Request for Anonymity for AB 685 Notification Purposes

AB 685 requires the University of California to notify exclusive union representatives of the names of employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 and who worked onsite during the infectious period. Under 8 CCR 14300.29(b)(7), employees may request that their names not be included in such notifications so long as such a request is voluntary and independent. Click here to request anonymity for COVID-19 positive notifications to union representatives.

Other Information

If you believe that you may have been exposed to the COVID‐19 case(s) listed above, please feel free to reach out to the UC San Diego exposure management/investigation team at the Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine (COEM) at (858) 663-8205 or COEMexposure@health.ucsd.edu.  

If you were actually exposed to COVID-19 or contracted COVID-19, please immediately notify the COEM at COEMexposure@health.ucsd.edu or (858) 663-8205.

COEM will provide you with additional information and may also determine that you must be excluded from work pursuant to Title 8 California Code of Regulations § 3205(c)(10). In addition, if you are excluded from work, you are entitled to continue to receive your full pay and all other employee rights and benefits as if you had not been removed from your job, provided that (1) you are able and available to work during the period of exclusion; and (2) your exposure to or illness from COVID-19 was work-related.

For updates and the latest information for the UC San Diego community about COVID-19, please visit the COVID-19 Return to Learn page. By working together, we can limit the spread of the virus and protect each other and our families.

COVID-19 Prevention Program (CPP)

This COVID-19 Prevention Program (CPP) is designed to control exposures to the SARS-CoV-2 virus that may occur in our workplace. Key components of the pioneering Return to Learn program (RTL), Research Ramp-Up, and the Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) directly support the aims of the CPP at UC San Diego.

The campus is required to establish and implement an effective written COVID-19 Prevention Program (CPP) pursuant to an Emergency Temporary Standard in place for COVID-19 [California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 8, section 3205(c)].

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your supervisor or the campus Emergency Operation Center at EOC@ucsd.edu.