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The following is a running archive of UCSF-wide COVID-19 messages and major updates on this website.

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March 25, 2020


March 24, 2020


March 22, 2020


March 20, 2020

The following message was sent via Office of Communications:

UCSF is continuing to monitor the changes related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the situation evolves, we will share updated guidance on UCSF policies and resources you can use to stay informed and safe.  Leaders across UCSF also will be sharing these updates, to help ensure that all of the UCSF community receives the information they need.

This update includes Governor Gavin Newsom’s order for all Californians to shelter in place, and the U.S. Department of State’s Level 4 travel advisory against all international travel.

In addition, don’t forget to join a virtual UCSF COVID-19 Response Town Hall, which will include Chancellor Sam Hawgood, UCSF Health President and CEO Mark Laret, and others who will address topics and questions about COVID-19 and UCSF’s response.

Governor Newsom Extends Shelter-in-Place Order Across California

U.S. Department of State Issues “Level 4” Travel Advisory Against All International Travel

Guidance for Using Zoom and Avoiding Connection Issues

IRS Extends Tax Filing Deadline to July 15, 2020—With Conditions


March 19, 2020


March 17, 2020

  • Chancellor Hawgood sent a message explaining how UCSF’s actions align with the “shelter in place” order announced by seven Bay Area counties, which includes updated guidance on:
    • Large events: All non-essential events and gatherings shall be cancelled or postponed, and event organizers must prioritize alternatives such as teleconferencing. Gatherings essential to operations are exempt. Read more »
    • Library closure: The Library is closed until further notice. Collections and essential services will be available remotely. Read more »
    • Shuttle hours: UCSF’s shuttles will operate on a reduced schedule from March 18 through April 3. Read more »
    • Deliveries: Orders should be limited to mission critical products. Read more »
    • Remote IT access: IT has created guidance around working remotely, and requests that all remote workers use VPN only when needed. Read more »
    • New UC Employee Leave Policy: The University of California has issued updated guidance that outlines expanded paid administrative leave to address employees’ needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more »


March 16, 2020

The following message was sent via UCSF WarnMe:

The City and County of San Francisco has joined six other Bay Area jurisdictions in asking all residents to stay home except to meet essential needs. This order is effective 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2020 until April 7.

The order asks people to stay at home as much as possible. They can go to work and go outside for essential activities including exercise, but they should maintain 6 feet of distance from other people. Services such as banking, gas stations, grocery stores, childcare, public transit, and health care operations would still be operating.

Healthcare facilities and healthcare operations are exempted. As such, UCSF will continue to follow the actions announced recently by Chancellor Hawgood, reducing on-site work where possible, including all non-critical research activities, and encouraging all employees who can, to work from home.

UCSF employees should check with their department heads about whether they should continue to report to work on-site or be redeployed, or if they can work remotely. Employees who work on-site are required to practice social distancing, staying at least six feet from one another.

Employees who leave campus are asked to be ready to return on-site if necessary, as critical functions may need assistance.

More information will be available later from a message by Chancellor Hawgood.

March 15, 2020


March 13, 2020