To the Campus Community:
We have learned that another member of our UCLA campus community has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is a student who lives in off-campus, non–university-owned housing, and is receiving proper care at a local hospital. I know the entire UCLA community joins me in keeping our fellow Bruin in their thoughts and remaining committed to our shared well-being as we navigate this new reality together.
As was the case with the first member of our community who contracted COVID-19, please know that consistent with the protocols for infectious disease response, anyone identified as having had close contact with this individual will be notified if they need to be isolated or tested.
As I’ve mentioned, increased availability of testing for COVID-19 will reveal more cases in our campus and local communities in the coming days. I know learning of this second case may cause concern in our community. Please know that all of our actions in recent weeks have been guided by our number one priority of protecting the health and safety of our campus and local communities. As always in these situations, knowledge is strength, and we remain committed to keeping our entire community informed.
We will post updates, including future confirmed cases, on UCLA’s COVID-19 website, Bruins Safe Online and UCLA’s Twitter feed.
We encourage you to help us reduce population density so that we can slow the spread of COVID-19. Maintaining a safe distance from others, regular hand-washing, and coughing or sneezing into tissues or your sleeve, are the best ways to reduce transmission.
If you develop flu-like symptoms or have concerns about your own health, students can call the Ashe Center Infection Control Line at 310-206-6217, and faculty and staff should call their health care providers. Please always call ahead before arriving. Students in need of mental health support can reach out to UCLA’s Counseling and Psychological Services and staff and faculty can contact the Staff and Faculty Counseling Center.
I know these are difficult and even scary times. I want you to know that you are part of a community that cares about you. The best way to get through situations like this is together — sharing information, support and even our strength when others need it. Your commitment, selflessness and resilience represent the very best of UCLA.
Gene D. Block