Campus Messages

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

Update on UCSF’s Coronavirus Response

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Dear Colleagues,

As you may know, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a warning today of the likelihood that the coronavirus (COVID-19) will spread in the United States, given the number of new confirmed cases that have originated in countries outside of China, where the outbreak began.

While there still are no cases of coronavirus in San Francisco residents, Mayor London Breed today declared a state of emergency as a proactive measure to strengthen the city’s preparedness to respond to COVID-19. 

We want you to know that we have been working closely with our public health counterparts across the city and state, as well as with the CDC, since the coronavirus outbreak began in December 2019. 

The health and safety of our UCSF community, and our patients and visitors, is among our most important priorities. We remain focused on three primary goals:

  • providing compassionate and safe care for patients with COVID-19,
  • providing support and training to keep our health care workers and other employees safe while caring for these patients, and
  • communicating regularly with and offering guidance to the UCSF community during this fluid situation.

There is no indication that this disease is spreading in the San Francisco Bay Area at this time, but we are prepared to handle it if it does. UCSF Health has a proven track record of protecting and safely caring for patients with infectious diseases and severe illnesses and was among the first hospitals to start preparing for a large influx of patients. As a result, we have the facilities and protocols in place to enable us to care for these patients, while protecting the health of our faculty, staff, students, patients, and visitors.

This is a rapidly evolving situation worldwide. We encourage you to stay informed about the changing travel advisories and restrictions, guidelines about returning to campus after traveling abroad, as well as simple ways to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases. Most importantly, please do not come to UCSF if you are sick.

As a reminder, more information and resources about the coronavirus and our response to the outbreak is regularly updated on UCSF’s coronavirus website. Questions from the UCSF community can be directed to [email protected].

We recognize that news of COVID-19 is concerning for many. During times of uncertainty, please remember our UCSF PRIDE Values. Anxiety can create fear. We must always treat each other with kindness and respect, including refraining from expressions that target, stigmatize, or discriminate against certain populations.

Thank you for all that you do on behalf of our faculty, staff, students, patients, and visitors at UCSF and UCSF Health.


Adrienne Green, MD
Chief Medical Officer, UCSF Health

Robert Kosnik, MD
Director, UCSF Occupational Health

Chaitali Mukherjee, MD, MPH
Executive Medical Director
Student Health and Counseling Services