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

March 17, 2020
Administrative
Emergency
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF community,

Daily changes in the evolving Covid-19 landscape have become the norm, in a situation that looks anything but normal.

As local and state leaders issue new orders and policies, it is important to understand the details, so please take a moment to read what follows.

UCSF is exempted under the “shelter in place” order announced by six Bay Area counties, as are many other “essential” services. That means UCSF employees can come to work if their jobs require them to be on-site. But, as I instructed last week, managers and employees are to reduce work performed on-site at UCSF as much as possible. Similarly, Governor Gavin Newsom’s request for individuals aged 65 and older to stay at home exempts those who work in “essential” services such as health care, including UCSF employees. 

Our teams have determined that the actions we have been taking are consistent with the order announced yesterday. We are delaying or suspending non-essential work and creating conditions to allow for social distancing practices for those need to work on-site. 

Asking people to stay home when possible increases the opportunity for social distancing. As the “shelter in place” order states, maintain at least six feet from people when you go outside, even for exercise, which is allowed under the public health order. In addition to hand washing with soap, social distancing has proven to be very effective against the novel coronavirus...

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March 13, 2020
Administrative
Emergency
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

Since my last message to you, only two days ago, we have seen more indications of how the spread of COVID-19 is requiring changes to our daily routines. From the cancellation of major events, to the suspension of professional sports, to the closure of many local school districts, the changing circumstances of the novel coronavirus are increasingly disrupting life in the Bay Area, as in many other places around the world.

I am writing to provide you updated guidance that reflects the rapidly evolving reality of living with COVID-19 in our community for the foreseeable future.

As soon as possible, I ask all managers and supervisors to expand and accelerate efforts to reduce the amount of work employees perform on-site at UCSF facilities. Managers and supervisors should prioritize alternatives such as telecommuting. During this dynamic time, we also may need to consider redeployment of staff from areas with higher capacity to support other areas with critical operational needs.

We must support every action that helps to “flatten the curve” of new COVID-19 cases. Having as many people work remotely, along with the recent changes to our travel, visitor, and event policies, will create fewer opportunities for community transmission and greater space for social distancing practices. Limiting the growth of new infections, while allowing those who are ill time to be treated and recover, will help our communities get control of COVID-19 and also help hospitals and clinics manage the increased demand for care.

I appreciate the significant efforts already underway across all of our operational and mission areas to support the continuity of research,...

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