UC Davis continues to follow local county public health guidelines, including Yolo County Public Health and Sacramento County Public Health, regarding the use of facial coverings.
Face coverings are now required by Yolo County. Wearing a face covering is one tool for reducing the spread of COVID-19. It is not a substitute for sheltering in place, physical distancing of at least 6 feet, or frequent hand washing.
Additionally, medical grade masks and respirators (e.g., surgical masks & N-95 ) are not needed outside of clinical spaces. Please be respectful of our clinicians who need medical grade masks by preserving their supply.
Face Covering Availability
Face coverings are now required by Yolo County and are available in limited supply for UC Davis employees who continue to work on campus, but do not have suitable coverings of their own.
The start date for ramp-up has not been announced. Quoting Chancellor May, "We are not there yet.This is preparation. We remain in Phase 1, sheltering in place in adherence to government directives, with only critical research allowed.”
During suspended operations custodial services continues to clean restrooms daily, empty trash according to your normal schedule, and responds to clean-ups as needed.
Custodial staff are also disinfecting high touch areas such as door knobs, light switches, hand rails, reception desks, elevator buttons and toiletry dispensers. They are using EPA approved disinfectants, on a daily basis.
Finis Jones, Director of Custodial Services, shared that instances of possible or suspected COVID-19 cases on campus should be communicated to custodial services as early as possible so that those spaces can be thoroughly cleaned. Additionally, if a confirmed case of COVID-19 is identified, an outside vendor will be contracted to clean that space.
Custodial Services is completing project work during the summer break. If you have a request for a project please submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support for Researchers Working Alone
On March 17, the Vice Chancellor for Research, Prasant Mohapatra, issued guidance for campus “strongly recommend[ing] that on-campus research activities be adjusted and reduced where possible to minimize the spread and possible impact of the coronavirus.”
What about researchers who have ongoing critical research?Labs who participate in the Lab Safety Review Program should already have a “Working Alone” standard operating procedure (SOP) in place. Read more about this article on the Safety Services website.
Due to the unusual nature of the current situation, additional lab-specific measures should be implemented to ensure the safety of those researchers in the lab. Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to ensuring the ongoing safety of researchers working alone. Several laboratories on campus have devised ways of keeping researchers safe, even while working alone. Read about the Moule group and Oberholster lab approaches.