Bay Area Stay-at-Home Order: Impact on UCSF Research

December 5, 2020

Dear UCSF Research Community,

Many of you have contacted the Office of Research to inquire about the impact on onsite research of Mayor London N. Breed’s announcement yesterday that San Francisco has joined Bay Area counties to preemptively adopt California's regional Stay at Home Order to contain the COVID-19 surge.

Regarding onsite research activities at UCSF, we do not anticipate changes to our policies and allowable densities at this time.

Please continue to follow UCSF’s onsite-research policy and safety practices detailed in the Phase 3 Expansion of Onsite Research Activities announcement, and discussed in more detail in the Research Resilience Town Hall. Every effort should be made to use telehealth-based methods (e.g., electronic consent, virtual study visits, remote monitoring), and we specifically encourage those that can stay off site from mid-December to mid-January to do so. Data on the impact of COVID-19 within the UCSF community are available on the UCSF COVID-19 Dashboard and more broadly are being monitored. We will promptly communicate any future research policy changes that need to be adopted as these indicators change.

We appreciate everyone’s partnership in this monumental effort to safely continue the important research activities conducted at UCSF during this pandemic.

You have my best wishes for your health and well-being in these challenging times.


Lindsey A. Criswell, MD, MPH, DSc 
Vice Chancellor of Research
Professor of Medicine and Orofacial Sciences