February 14, 2020


SUBJECT:    2019 Novel Coronavirus Update: Safeguarding the Health of Our Campus Community

UC San Diego continues to safeguard the health and wellness of our students, staff and faculty by carefully monitoring the global progression of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our leadership and health experts are in constant contact with the CDC, the California Department of Public Health, and San Diego County Public Health to ensure your ongoing safety at the university.

Currently, UC San Diego Health is caring for three patients who were transferred from federal quarantine at MCAS Miramar. Two have tested positive for COVID-19; a third is considered a patient under investigation (PUI) who has developed symptoms that warrant further observation and testing. All three patients are doing well and all necessary measures and precautions are being taken to minimize any potential exposure.

As the regionís only academic health system, UC San Diego Health specializes in the care of patients with complex illnesses, including infectious diseases more virulent than COVID-19. We thank UC San Diego Health staff for their critical role in providing care for patients and their careful leadership in educating our greater community during this time of uncertainty.

We will continue to communicate with you as new information is learned. In the interim, we encourage you to visit where you can find resources such as archived webinars, tips for staying well, frequently asked questions and more.

If you are experiencing heightened feelings of anxiety about the virus and would like to access counseling services, there are resources available. If you are a student, please call Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at 858-534-3755. If you are a campus employee, call the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) at 858-534-5523. If you are a UC San Diego Health employee, please contact your Employee Assistance Program provider aligned with your medical coverage or call 619-543-3200.

In good health,

Pradeep K. Khosla

Patty Maysent
Chief Executive Officer,
UC San Diego Health

Alysson M. Satterlund
Vice Chancellor,
Student Affairs

Francesca Torriani, M.D.
Program Director,
Infection Prevention and
Clinical Epidemiology,
UC San Diego Health

Stacie San Miguel, M.D.
Director, Medical Services
Student Health Services,
UC San Diego Health

Nancy E. Resnick
Campus Chief Human Resources Officer