January 18, 2022 - Spring COVID Testing Recommendations

Key Takeaways:

  • All students returning to campus Jan. 19 or later are encouraged to get tested 1-3 days before being on campus and await a negative result before moving into any congregate housing.

  • We also strongly recommend testing 3-5 days after travel or another high-risk activity, such as a large group gathering.

  • COVID-19 testing appointments are easily available.

 

Dear undergraduate, graduate, and professional students,

 

Given UC Berkeley’s recent instructional changes for the start of the spring 2022 semester, we have made updates to the University’s COVID-19 testing protocol based upon students’ expected return. Please see the details below.

 

Reminder: If you are a current campus housing resident, refer to our move-in website for all Cal Housing-specific move-in and testing requirement details. Campus housing residents (i.e. on-campus residential halls and apartments, excluding family housing at University Village) are required to do both a PCR test upon move-in AND also the antigen test that has been distributed to your room on your arrival day (see details). Continue to refer to your housing resident emails for additional guidance.

 

All students returning on Jan. 19 or later are encouraged to get tested 1-3 days before being on campus and await a negative result before moving into any congregate housing, such as off-campus co-ops and CalGreeks housing (Campus housing residents - refer to special instructions for you). We also strongly recommend testing 3-5 days after travel or another high-risk activity, such as a large group gathering, and always isolate and test (PCR preferred, or two home antigen tests 24 hours apart) if you have symptoms.

 

  • On-campus testing: COVID-19 testing appointments are easily available. We urge you to schedule your appointments early on eTang before the back-to-school rush and visit the campus coronavirus website for the most up-to-date information. Campus housing residents - refer to the note above.

  • Off-campus testing: Community testing and at-home tests are acceptable. You may also be able to access testing through an outside health care provider, through your local health department, or by purchasing an at-home test kit. UHS hopes to sell kits through the UHS pharmacy soon.

 

Testing FAQs

 

What do I do while awaiting results? / What if I test negative?

First, await a negative result before traveling. As you wait for your test results, or if you test negative with an at-home test - but still have symptoms, use remote learning options. For the latest on our expectations for instruction at the start of this semester, see our most recent message.

 

What if I test positive?

See the UHS information site. If you test positive (or tested positive at any time over winter break), please send a message through the eTang portal to the COVID response team with the date of the positive test and upload the test result. Given the number of infections during this surge, most contact tracing will happen using electronic messages (i.e., do not expect a phone call at this point, please monitor email for secure messaging). Do not come to campus if you tested positive within the previous 10 days. Use remote learning options.

 

Reminder: Berkeley will begin the semester with a two-stage process. Most courses are offered fully remote for the first two weeks (Jan. 18-28) and then moving to fully in-person instruction in the third week of the semester on Jan. 31. For the latest on our expectations for instruction at the start of this semester, see our more recent message.

 

Thank you again, Bears, for doing your part to reduce virus transmission and your commitment to our campus community health.

 

Sincerely,

 

Stephen C. Sutton, Ed.D.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

 

Anna Harte, MD
Medical Director

 

Guy Nicolette, MD, CAQSM
Assistant Vice Chancellor

 

This message was sent to all undergraduate and graduate students.