As we move into spring break, I want to express my thanks for our faculty, students, and staff for successfully completing winter quarter. It took the entire community coming together, solving problems, and focusing on what needed to be done. This was new for all of us, and we came through it. We will be okay.
We’re in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, but our clinical pathologists, infectious disease physicians, and scientists across both campuses are studying the virus together. They’re collaborating to develop potential ways to prevent and ultimately treat Coronavirus. Our clinical and research communities are joined in lockstep to care for patients and advance the treatment and knowledge about COVID-19.
As of this taping, there has not been a confirmed COVID-19 case on the main Davis campus. We will inform the community when or if that changes. On the Sacramento campuses, there have been 5 confirmed COVID-19 cases, and we have communicated that information with the UC Davis Health community.
Overall, we are following Governor Newsom’s shelter in place order. Some residence halls, dining commons, and student support services remain open, though we are practicing social distancing guidelines and taking health precautions in all cases.
A lot you have asked about commencement and what our plans are. I want you to know I understand your concerns and anxiety. My daughter is set to graduate from college in May and her ceremony has been postponed. She is disappointed like you are. I remain hopeful we will find a way to celebrate our graduating class. We haven’t made any decisions but we will soon.
As we begin another week of relative uncertainty, know we are getting you information and updates as soon as we can. You may see updates first on our social media channels. You'll get written emails on Fridays from me, and video emails on Mondays and Thursdays. Check our UC Davis website on Tuesdays for updates via Dateline. All of our updates are posted on our Coronavirus web page, and the link is right on the main home page.
I know anxiety is high right now. There are many people doing a lot of planning and problem solving behind the scenes. Faculty are working hard this week, preparing for remote instruction once spring quarter begins. Staff are continuing to regularly disinfect and clean areas of campus that are open for those sheltering in place. Students and staff are keeping Aggie Compass running for those in need.
Remember to do all you can to follow CDC guidelines. Let’s flatten the curve and all do our part to foster a healthy community.
These are unusual times, yes, but we are all going through it together. Let’s practice kindness, show compassion, and be patient as we all adapt to our current circumstances.
We will get through it, together.