Due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in on-campus student housing, campus officials are now directing students in all residence halls to self-sequester, a move designed to help contain the spread.
This decision was made Monday in consultation with Berkeley Public Health and will continue until at least Monday, Feb. 8, when a re-evaluation will occur.
During this period students must stay in their rooms as much as possible and wear face coverings in any common areas within their household. Their twice-weekly COVID-19 testing should continue. Detailed instructions were sent to residence hall students today.
Over the last few days, the campus has had a surge in positive COVID-19 cases both in the residence halls and among students in off-campus housing, including some in the CalGreeks community. Many more students have been identified as contacts who were potentially exposed to the virus.
The surge in cases is believed to be tied to small off-campus gatherings.
University Health Services (UHS) officials will continue to find isolation/quarantine spaces for residence hall students who have tested positive or who are considered high-risk contacts.
The new directive applies only to residence halls, meaning dormitory-style campus housing. It does not apply to students living in on-campus apartments or students who are living off-campus. Officials with UHS and the Division of Student Affairs will reach out to the various student communities as needed, to provide guidance and support. No matter where you live, though, everyone is advised to be especially vigilant amid this surge, continuing to wear face coverings, keeping physically distant from people outside your household, not gathering with people from outside your household, getting tested regularly, and washing your hands frequently.