Important: Quarantine COVID-19 Travel Policy and Maintaining Onsite Research Density

Dear Research Community:

Last week, UCSF Health Chief Clinical Officer Josh Adler sent an important update about the UCSF COVID-19 Travel Policy, with particular emphasis on the upcoming holiday season. The new policy describes important 7- to 14-day quarantine requirements for all researchers returning to UCSF after traveling outside the Bay Area. Please note that this policy applies not only to UCSF faculty, trainees, and staff, but also to visitors (e.g., clinical research participants coming onsite for research-only visits) and vendors (e.g., clinical trial study monitors).

It is essential that we follow this new UCSF policy and other advisories from the California Department of Public Health and the San Francisco Department of Public Health. The next two months are critical to prevent a potentially devastating increase in COVID-19 infections.

Infection rates within UCSF remain low, and there are currently no plans to change the allowed density of researchers in our laboratories or clinical research facilities. However, maintenance of current research densities in the coming weeks will depend on our strict compliance with all safety guidelines, including not just the new travel policies but also our policies regarding masks, physical distancing, and completion of the daily health screening Conversa app. We will continue to monitor the status of the pandemic on the campus and in our local communities very closely in the coming weeks.

I ask you to protect not only yourselves and your loved ones, but also the entire UCSF community, by not travelling and by forgoing gatherings outside your immediate household. By carefully following public health guidance, we can ensure that research activities remain at their current level and that all of our UCSF colleagues are safe.

Our November 20 UCSF Health and Campus COVID-19 Response Town Hall provided further details about this important topic. Please email [email protected] with questions about UCSF’s updated travel guidance.


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