Campus Messages

An archive of email messages sent to the entire UCSF community by the Chancellor and members of the Chancellor's Cabinet.

COVID-19: Resources and Updates

Dear UCSF Community,

As the COVID-19 outbreak expands, UCSF teams across the campus and UCSF Health are actively monitoring and responding to the evolving situation to better understand the latest developments, share guidance, and keep you informed.

I encourage you to review the resources and updates available on the UCSF COVID-19 microsite, including information about UCSF’s response to the outbreak, guidance related to travel, what to do upon your return, steps you can take to help prevent getting sick, and what to do if you are showing symptoms of any flu-like illness.

In addition, we have an outstanding safety and infection prevention team that is working to ensure that frontline caregivers are well trained in safety precautions to handle any patient with a communicable illness, including COVID-19. For more information, visit the UCSF Health Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Prevention website, which includes clinical and patient screening guidance, and related resources.

Keep in mind that both websites are updated regularly, so check for the latest updates. For now, here are some actions you can take to help ensure the health and safety of the UCSF community, along with information about our current perspective on some important questions:

Stay informed:

Practice daily preventive care:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work, and school.

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms:

  • Stay home and call your primary care provider if you have a fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath.
  • Students should contact Student Health & Counseling Services to receive guidance on steps you need to take to return to school.
  • Faculty, residents, fellows, and staff should contact Occupational Health Services to receive guidance on steps you need to take to return to work.


  • If employees exhibit flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath, send them home and ask them to call their primary care provider.
  • Contact Occupational Health Services to receive guidance on how employees can be cleared to return to work.


For international travel to/from countries with significant COVID-19 transmission (designated as Level 2 or 3 by the CDC):

  • Avoid non-essential travel to China, as you will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon your return, and you may face restrictions in your ability to return to the U.S.
  • Avoid non-essential travel to other Level 2 and 3 countries, as the current recommendation is that you self-monitor for 14 days upon your return.
  • The list of countries designated as Level 2 and 3 is changing, so regularly check the CDC travel recommendations webpage, as well as the UCSF COVID-19 travel guidance page for steps you need to take when you return.
  • Consult the UCSF COVID-19 travel guidance page for steps you may need to take as you return to UCSF.
  • For travel to countries not designated Level 2 or 3:
  • Follow the recommendations on the UCSF COVID-19 travel guidance page for steps you may need to take as you return to UCSF.
UCSF events and classes:
  • At this time, we have not cancelled any UCSF events or classes due to COVID-19. We are monitoring the situation closely and will inform you of any changes.

There is still much to learn about the novel coronavirus, and it is understandable that there is growing concern among the UCSF community. However, as a reminder, remember to treat each other with kindness and respect, and refrain from actions that stigmatize or discriminate against certain groups.

We are a public university bound by a singular mission to advance health science research, training, and care delivery. As health sciences researchers, faculty, learners, clinicians, and professionals, we have a pivotal role to play in this public health challenge. I want to thank everyone for the professionalism and dedication that I have seen these past months—especially the numerous teams across the campus and UCSF Health who have been working tirelessly to serve the care needs of the public and protect the health of our UCSF community. 


Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor