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Facial Covering Guidance at UC Davis

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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. 

View these resources for more information:  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

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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.

Read more in the recent issue of Dateline.

New Safety Services Website

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Safety Services launched a redesigned website earlier this month in the campus's SiteFarm web management system, and the site's got many updated features.

As always, the “Who Do I Call” list can be found on the Safety Services homepage.

Check out the Safety Services website!

Checking in with Chancellor May: Teamwork

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The Chancellor continues to update the campus community via the Friday briefings, Checking In With Chancellor May, while the campus remains in suspended operations.

In the Chancellor's last briefing on April 24, Chancellor May announced the formation of several groups that will strategize how to ramp-up on-campus research. The ramp-up plan will be in line with evolving conditions and medical guidance, as well as county, state, and federal directives. View the Guidelines for UC Davis Research Ramp-Up/Ramp-Down for more information.

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.”

Read Chancellor May's update

Lab Safety Awards Extra Credit

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On March 17, a directive came from the Office of Research and campus leadership to ramp down all noncritical campus research activities. They issued multiple fact sheets to assist, and even a sample ramp-down checklist.

How did your lab safely ramp down your activities? Please share your experiences with us, and they will serve as extra credit for the lab safety awards. 

Learn more about Lab Safety Awards Extra Credit, which is due by June 15

Police Working to Keep Campus Safe

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While campus has suspended operations, police have stepped up their patrols and asked for employees’ help keeping buildings secure.
  • Use only the main entrance to a building
  • Locking doors you've unlocked
  • Don't prop open doors
Read more in Dateline.
Daily crime logs are also published by the UC Davis Police Department.

Custodial Services Disinfecting Daily

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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

Support for Researchers Working Alone

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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.” 

Researchers were expected “to ramp down any non-critical on-site research activities” and provided planning guidance, as well as a ramp down checklist; these expectations are still in effect. The Office of Research also has recommendations for avoiding/reducing coronavirus transmission in labs.

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.
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