SAN DIEGO – The University of California at San Diego hopes to keep the spread of COVID-19 low this coming school year as more than 40,000 students return to campus on Thursday.
According to UCSD COVID-19 Daily Dashboard, the transmission rate among students was less than 1% during the summer 2021 session. UCSD implemented the “Back to Learning” program to prevent the spread, focusing on strategies for reduction of transmission, surveillance of viral activity and public health interventions.
Students and staff should wear a mask indoors and it is recommended for outdoors.
“Everyone should wear a mask at all times, preferably a high-quality mask that filters out 95% of particles from the air,” said Dean Kit Pogliano, of the Biological Sciences Division.
There is a vaccine mandate in place for everyone on campus – only religious or medical exemptions can opt out of the vaccine.
Students and unvaccinated staff should take a test twice a week, and fully immunized students should take a test every week for the first four weeks of the fall term. University requires everyone on campus to monitor their symptoms on a daily basis.
“Every day, everyone who comes to campus must log in and certify that they do not have any of the symptoms of COVID-19 and have not been exposed to any infected person,” Pogliano said.
UCSD is also adding filter boxes in lecture halls and study rooms.
“Air is drawn through these filters and it gets trapped in the filter rather than your lungs,” said Dr. Kimberly Prather, professor of atmospheric chemistry at UCSD.
The school is also monitoring the virus through the bathrooms used by students and staff.
“We have sewage testing to detect it in entire buildings, the virus in buildings,” Pogliano said.
According to the university’s website, they rely on everyone on campus to protect each other.
“We are counting on members of our university community to comply with these requirements in order to promote the health and well-being of all,” the statement said. “Non-compliance is subject to progressive engagement and discipline, in accordance with appropriate policies and processes for students, faculty and staff. “
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