Friday, March 20, 5:30 p.m.

Chancellor Carol Christ sent a message of gratitude to the campus community. – AND – We learned of two more confirmed COVID-19 cases involving members of the UC Berkeley community. Both are undergraduate students who tested positive after returning home from study abroad. The students are now in isolation at home outside of Alameda County, and in good condition. The students did not return to the Berkeley campus upon return from Spain, so there was no exposure on the Berkeley campus. Although we now have a total of three confirmed positive COVID-19  cases involving members of the campus community (the first case was announced last week), we want to make clear that it is very likely that there are many more positive cases already in our campus community.  According to public health officials, once testing becomes more widely available locally and in the region we can expect to see a much higher number of positive cases here and elsewhere. The coronavirus, and community spread, is very much in our Bay Area communities.