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COVID-19 Protocols and Expectations

The health and safety of our residential community continues to be a top priority. We continue to closely monitor COVID-19 variants and remain in communication with our health professionals and the Los Angeles Department of Public Health. Any change in protocol will be communicated as soon as we have it. 

Testing and Isolation
There is no weekly testing requirement. 

If a student tests positive for COVID-19 the Ashe Exposure Management Team will contact both the student and the Housing Isolation and Quarantine Team. Students who test positive will be moved to an isolation room. The Housing IQ Team will confirm the isolation room to the student and provide them additional resources. 

Students in isolation should expect to be there a minimum of 10 days. We encourage students to have a small bag packed with clothing and any other necessities, to be ready to take to an isolation room. 

Isolation and Quarantine Infographic.

Mask Protocol
Indoor masking will be strongly encouraged but no longer required on the UCLA campus or at UCLA facilities, except where LACDPH still requires masks be worn indoors, like health care settings, transportation hubs and public transportation in L.A. County. See LACDPH Mask Wearing Rules and Recommendations for details. Masking is also still required following early release from isolation or quarantine.

A highly protective mask (i.e. surgical, N95, KN95 or KP94) while indoors with others is strongly recommended, and supplies remain available free of charge for students, faculty and staff at the UCLA PPE Store, the John Wooden Center, residence hall front desks, the Student Activities Center and in Ackerman Union at the A-level information window (next to the post office). Outdoor masking remains optional though strongly recommended when in large crowds or at events.

Wastewater testing
In an effort to enhance our ability to detect emerging COVID-19 infections among members of the campus community, UCLA’s Office of Environment, Health and Safety has initiated a program to test wastewater for the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Trace amounts of viruses such as  SARS-CoV-2 are commonly shed in fecal matter that ends up in a community’s wastewater system when people use the bathroom. Traces of SARS-CoV-2 can show up in an infected person’s feces days before any symptoms are detected, and even when a person ultimately shows no symptoms at all. This makes wastewater testing a particularly efficient early-warning strategy for the detection of COVID-19. Wastewater testing helps us identify potential asymptomatic cases and mitigate breakthrough cases sooner. 

In the event that positive trace amounts are detected, the building will be notified and asked to test immediately.