A message from EVP/COO Rachael Nava on the CA regional stay home order
The following message was sent by EVP/COO Rachael Nava to all UCOP staff on Dec. 7, 2020:
On Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, Governor Newsom announced that California will move to implement a regional stay home order in regions that have less than 15% ICU availability. The governor implemented the order for all of Southern California. Five Bay Area counties are preemptively implementing the order, effective Monday, Dec. 7. The Sacramento area’s ICU availability is currently 18.2% and, therefore, Sacramento will likely also implement the new order soon. This more restrictive order will stay in effect for at least three weeks in Southern California and through Jan. 4, 2021, in the Bay Area.
The regional stay home order does not change UCOP’s COVID-19 prevention plans. Our protocols are already in alignment with the more restrictive guidelines. Our goal is to support staff wellness by maintaining the minimum occupancy needed to support the university’s work. As a result, some operational services will be modified, all departments with essential staff should review their on-site requirements and additional protective equipment is now available:
- All UCOP departments with essential staff on-site: Departments should review operational requirements and reduce on-site presence by reducing staff, days or hours on-site, whenever possible. Supervisors should work with staff to identify work-from-home assignments, as appropriate.
- Reduced on-site facilities staff: We will maintain staff to support the core facilities functions (security, mail, janitorial, etc.). Remaining department packing will go forward on schedule.
- IT Client Services: IT Service Desk in-person support will remain by appointment only. We have added on-site queuing signage and barriers to support staff in maintaining physical distance.
- Face shields and door openers/button-pushers: For staff continuing to work on-site, face shields and door openers/button-pushers are available. Face shields must be worn with face-coverings (“masks”) that cover the nose and mouth. Please contact your location’s facilities team for these items.
UCOP is working with partners in each location to make regular COVID-19 asymptomatic testing available to on-site staff. If you need testing in the meantime, follow these links for California testing sites and Washington, D.C. testing sites. Contact your health care provider if you’re experiencing symptoms.
As a reminder, UCOP offices will be closed for curtailment starting Dec. 23. 2020 through Jan. 4, 2021. These are challenging times and your well-being remains our highest priority. If you have questions regarding your individual or department circumstances, please talk with your manager.
I’m grateful for your continued dedication and partnership.Tags: COVID-19, Rachael Nava