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Work from home update from Rachael Nava

The following message was issued by EVP/COO Rachael Nava on Aug. 26, 2020:

I hope everyone is well and staying safe during these extraordinarily challenging and uncertain times. I want to say how much I appreciate everyone’s patience, resilience and commitment to keeping the work of the university going. I know how difficult and trying the present circumstances are for all of us.

I am writing to update you on our work location status. Currently, most of us are working from home, except limited staff who are providing services considered essential by public health officials for on-site work. County public health officials have not yet approved office buildings for general occupancy and there is no indication of when that might happen. Further, the numbers of COVID-19 cases have not significantly decreased.

Therefore, in consultation with UC President Michael V. Drake, M.D. and UCOP leadership, we have decided that UCOP will maintain its current remote work and limited on-site operation status through the end of the calendar year. It is possible we could continue to operate remotely into next year depending on guidance from public health officials.

Even though most of us are now planning to work remotely for the rest of the year, this does not change the systemwide executive order requiring all members of the UC community to receive an influenza immunization before Nov. 1, 2020, or have an approved exemption, if they plan to access a UC facility at any time. It’s an important proactive measure to help protect our communities and mitigate the severe burden on health care systems anticipated due to influenza illnesses during the coming fall and winter.

I know the uncertainty of working in the COVID-19 environment is unsettling, but your well-being is our highest priority. Resources and tools to help are available on our Culture and Connectivity webpage. If you have questions regarding your individual or department circumstances, please talk with your manager. Please continue to take care of yourself, your family and those around you, and let us know if there is anything we can do to support you.

Thank you again for your continued dedication and partnership.

Rachael Nava
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

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