Lab Research Density Increase on January 25

January 22, 2021

Dear Research Community:

I am writing to confirm that allowable laboratory research density will increase to 50% on Monday, January 25, 2021, as previously explained in the Research Density Update from January 15.

On-site Category 3 clinical research will remain at 12.5% density, due to two considerations in particular: the involvement of volunteer participants coming onto campus from the community, and the space sharing between clinical care and much of clinical research.

The ability to resume laboratory research at this level can be attributed to the low rate of infections in research laboratories (as reported on the UCSF COVID-19 Dashboard), as well as the outstanding safety practices of our researchers, who continue to adhere to public health protocols requiring face coverings, physical distancing, completing the daily health screening before coming to campus, and practicing good hand hygiene. Anyone concerned about adherence to public health protocols in their work environment or building should email EH&S at [email protected] or submit an anonymous employee hazard report online.

We greatly appreciate your commitment to safely conducting research during this pandemic. The precautions you take will help ensure that UCSF can continue to care for patients and protect the health and well-being of our faculty, staff, students, visitors, and the general public.


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