January 11, 2021 - REQUIRED 10-Day Self-sequestering (Continuing students)

Sent on behalf of Cal Housing to continuing students living in the residence halls and campus apartments on 01/11/21:


Dear resident,

We look forward to welcoming you back to campus housing this week. Over the past two weeks, COVID-19 has surged in California, and the regional stay at home order remains in effect for the Bay Area. Public health officials expect January and February to be particularly dangerous times following the holiday period. In the Bay Area, hospitals are filling up and formal orders are in place, with several jurisdictions requiring a 10-day quarantine following travel.

In light of this increased risk, we are writing to remind all returning residents to be extremely diligent about mandatory self-sequestration upon your return.

As we’ve communicated previously, for those in residence halls, you may return to your room beginning  at 9 a.m. on Thursday, January 14, or any date or time thereafter. Apartments have been open throughout the break. Upon your return to housing, you are to  begin the required 10-day self-sequester period. Self-sequestering works best when residents begin sequestering at the same time, so we advise that you return on January 14 if possible. 

Be aware that several hundred new housing residents will also be moving in on January 13-14 from 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., so all housing areas will be very busy. Unloading areas, moving bins, elevators and test sites will be prioritized on these days for our new spring residents.  In order to help us to maintain low density and physical distancing, please avoid using the unloading areas on January 14 (use nearby campus garages instead) and please be as efficient as possible with your return so that new students are able to test, unload and move in to their housing during their established appointment times. You are limited to no more than two helpers, and they need to leave the residential areas as soon as you have completed your move. 

If you arrive later than January 14, you are expected to begin your testing and 10-day self-sequestering period immediately upon your return. Note that, if you arrive later than January 14, you must continue self-sequestering even if other members of your residential household grouping have completed their self-sequestering period.

You are required to test on the first day UHS testing sites are open after your arrival, and then resume your twice-weekly surveillance testing routine. Please schedule your first COVID test via eTang in advance. Both UHS surveillance testing locations are now open Monday-Friday from 8:00am-5:00pm: Rec Sports Facility (RSF) in the large Field House and Memorial Stadium (Gate 5 area of the Field Club). As a reminder, testing sites are closed on weekends and on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, Jan. 18.  For more information, please visit the University Health Services Campus Surveillance Testing page.
If you have previously tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days, you will need to follow a different process to be cleared for move-in.  Please send an email to telltang@berkeley.edu for instructions in this case.
If you have symptoms of or have been in close contact with COVID-19 you will be automatically directed to clinical testing at UHS when you schedule online; please be truthful if this applies to you -- it is a different test with faster results and we want to be sure to catch all cases early. 
If you test positive for COVID-19, or you have close contact with someone who tests positive, UHS contact tracers will contact you, and they may require you to temporarily move to dedicated quarantine or isolation housing. Learn more about contact tracing and our quarantine/isolation procedures: https://housing.berkeley.edu/contact-tracing.
All About Self-Sequestering
Self-sequestering means minimizing in-person interactions for a limited time. When you return from winter break, you will be required to self-sequester for 10 days, until your first two test results come back negative (with the second test collected at least 5 days after the first).

  • During the self-sequester period:
    • Stay in your own room. If you live in a residence hall, check out online events offered by your residence hall staff. If you live in an apartment, please plan to cook for yourself or make arrangements for food to be delivered to you.
    • You may leave your room only for essential activities such as:
      • Using the bathroom/shower
      • Picking up meals or accepting deliveries
      • Solo outdoor exercise (walking, jogging, biking, etc.)
      • Getting your regular COVID-19 test or other health care
      • Doing laundry and picking up mail 
    • NO in-person gatherings, indoors or outdoors—not even with your residential household grouping.  Do not meet in your room, in lounges, or elsewhere.
  • During and after self-sequestering
    • Wear a face covering at all times except when inside your room, brushing teeth, taking a shower, or eating.
    • Maintain a physical distance of six feet or more.
    • Frequently wash your hands.
    • No guests or visitors are allowed.
    • Get tested for COVID-19 twice per week through UHS.
    • Observe all local, county and state public health orders.

While moving in, please be sure to practice physical distancing, wear face coverings, and observe public health guidelines. 

Take care, and see you soon. Be safe, Bears!  If we all work together, we will get out of this together!

Cal Housing Office
2610 Channing Way
Berkeley, CA 94720