Housing COVID-19 Testing Protocol


Published on February 14, 2021

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To help ensure the health and safety of the UCSF community, Housing Services has developed a COVID-19 testing protocol for new adult tenants moving into campus Housing.

As we implement this important protocol, all unvaccinated tenants over the age of 12 who move into UCSF Housing should schedule a free COVID-19 test as soon as possible, and no later than 4-days after your move-in date. 

To be considered fully vaccinated, tenants over the age of 12 must have have received the full dosage of a World Health Organization Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL) approved vaccine.  Please see this chart which designates vaccines as “finalized” if approved. If you have received a partial dosage or a vaccine not approved by the WHO EUL, you should follow the unvaccinated protocols.

Review the UCSF Travel Guidelines During COVID-19

Testing Instructions for Housing Tenants

NEW TENANTS MOVING TO HOUSING
To be considered fully vaccinated, tenants over the age of 12 must have have received the full dosage of a World Health Organization Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL) approved vaccine.  Please see this chart which designates vaccines as “finalized” if fully approved.

If Housing occupants are not already vaccinated with an WHO EUL approved vaccine prior to their move-in, we would recommend that their first vaccination dose be scheduled within 2-weeks OR that they submit record of declination within that timeframe. Visit https://coronavirus.ucsf.edu/vaccines/employees-students (see “Vaccine Scheduling” for information on how to schedule).

Fully vaccinated tenants do not need to quarantine. You do not need to test if you have traveled to UCSF from within the USA. If you travelled internationally, you must test once on day 3-5.

For unvaccinated new hires/new students: If you already scheduled a COVID-19 test in conjunction with your on-boarding, you may need to accelerate your testing date to comply with Housing Services’ above-mentioned timeline.  Occupational Health Services and Student Health & Counseling Services will accept changes to your testing dates.

For unvaccinated new hires/new students with additional occupants: If you will be living with a non-UCSF affiliate (partner, spouse, friend, etc.) who is 18 years of age or older, they will also need to be tested.  Free testing for additional occupants is available through the City of San Francisco, listed here. The testing site at the Embarcadero and at City College will test asymptomatic SF residents at no cost. Alternatively, your health provider (e.g., Kaiser) may also provide the test. 

For unvaccinated new tenants living in shared Avenue Houses or shared 4-bedroom apartments at Mission Bay: If you are moving in to a shared apartment or home with three or more room/house mates you will need to be tested three times, once upon arrival and then again at days 3/4 and at days 7/8/9. Tenants renting single rooms in shared 2-bedroom apartments at 145 Irving Street or at the Tidelands need to get tested once, not three times. Only Tenants moving in to shared houses at the Parnassus Avenues or in single rooms in shared 4-bedroom apartments at Mission Bay will need to be tested three times.

UCSF is being especially vigilant against outbreaks in these types of congregate accommodations for your safety. When you schedule your COVID-19 test using the information below, please be sure to mention if you live in a shared home or apartment so that you can schedule multiple appointments.


CURRENT TENANTS AFTER TRAVEL

See UCSF Return from Travel requirements.

International: UCSF requires all employees and students and their other occupants arriving from international destinations to self-quarantine at least 10 days. Tenants assigned to shared accommodations in UCSF campus housing may request a temporary, private quarantine space with UCSF Housing.  Tenants assigned to shared accommodations (with 3 or more roommates) in UCSF campus housing are required to have three COVID-19 tests (once upon arrival and then again after 3-4 days and then 7-9 days).

US Travel outside California: UCSF recommends all employees and students and their other occupants to quarantine at home for at least 10 days if they are returning from travel outside California. Tenants assigned to shared accommodations (with 3 or more roommates) in UCSF campus housing are required to have two COVID-19 tests (once upon arrival and then again after 5-7 days).

To schedule your free COVID-19 Test:
Please call 415-476-6407 (COVID Centralized Scheduling Team).  To schedule your test you will need to provide the code listed below based on your affiliation. Please note that the hotline is receiving over 300 calls per day. Please leave a voice message with your name and contact information so they can call you back and schedule your test as soon as possible.

Affiliation
Testing Code
Affiliation
UCSF Student
Testing Code
HOUSING SHS
Affiliation
UCSF Trainee, faculty, or staff (GME Resident/Fellow, Postdoc, Visiting Scholar)
Testing Code
HOUSING OHS
Affiliation
Gladstone Postdoc
Testing Code
HOUSING GLADSTONE
Affiliation
HHMI Postdoc
Testing Code
HOUSING HHMI
Affiliation
VA Postdoc (NCIRE)
Testing Code
HOUSING NCIRE
Affiliation
Non-UCSF Affiliated Adults (i.e. UC Hastings students)
Testing Code
See “For Tenants with Additional Occupants” above
Testing FAQs

Q: I have an additional occupant on my lease who is not a UCSF affiliate. The city of San Francisco’s webpage says they will only test essential workers and symptomatic people. What should I do?
A: Please go to https://sf.gov/find-out-how-get-tested-coronavirus.  The testing site at City College will test asymptomatic SF residents at no cost. Health providers (e.g., Kaiser) may also provide tests for additional occupants.

Non-UCSF-affiliated occupants of UCSF housing are also strongly encouraged, but not required, to report a positive test result to UCSF Occupational Health Services (OHS) by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Q: Do I need to take the test if I am transferring from one unit to another within UCSF Housing? 
A: You will not need to be tested as long as you are asymptomatic and not living in a shared Avenue House or Mission Bay 4-bedrooms. 

If you are moving into a shared apartment or home with three or more room/house mates you will need to be tested twice, once upon arrival and then again 5-days later. UCSF is being especially vigilant against outbreaks in these types of congregate accommodations for your safety. When you schedule your COVID-19 test using the information below, please be sure to mention if you live in a shared home or apartment.

Q: How do I schedule my free COVID-19 Test?
A: You may use the Color testing vending machines found on the Mission Bay and Parnassus campuses. Alternatively, to schedule your free COVID-19 test, please call the COVID Centralized Scheduling Team at 415-476-6407. You will need to provide a code to schedule your free testing based on your affiliation:

Affiliation
Testing Code
Affiliation
UCSF Student
Testing Code
HOUSING SHS
Affiliation
UCSF Trainee, faculty, or staff (GME Resident/Fellow, Postdoc, Visiting Scholar)
Testing Code
HOUSING OHS
Affiliation
Gladstone Postdoc
Testing Code
HOUSING GLADSTONE
Affiliation
HHMI Postdoc
Testing Code
HOUSING HHMI
Affiliation
VA Postdoc (NCIRE)
Testing Code
HOUSING NCIRE
Affiliation
Non-UCSF Affiliated Adults (i.e. UC Hastings students)
Testing Code
See “For Tenants with Additional Occupants” above

Q: I called the COVID-19 test scheduling hotline, but nobody answered. What should I do?
A: The COVID-19 testing hotline is receiving over 300 calls per day, so you may get sent to voicemail when you call.  Please be sure to leave a voice message with your name and contact information.  You may experience a delay in returned phone calls due to the high number of calls and messages received every day.  Rest assured that the test scheduling team will call you back as soon as possible so that you can schedule your COVID-19 test(s).

Q: I know my move-in date. When do I need to get tested?
A: See the testing and quarantine guidelines here.

Q: I got tested recently and was negative, do I need to get tested again after I move into UCSF Housing?
A: If you have been tested through UCSF within 3 days prior to your move-in date, are asymptomatic, and do not live in a shared apartment or home with three or more room/house mates you do not have to get tested again.

If you are moving into a shared apartment or home with three or more room/house mates you will need to be tested twice, once upon arrival and then again 5-days later.

If you received testing through a site not affiliated with UCSF Occupational Health Services or Student Health and Counseling Services, please inquire about the validity of the test with the UCSF COVID Centralized Scheduling Team at (415) 476-6407.

Q: I have already been cleared by UCSF Occupational Health Services, do I need to take another test?
A: If you have gotten tested within 3 days prior to your move-in date, and are asymptomatic, and do not live in a shared apartment or home with three or more room/house mates you do not have to get tested again. Please inquire about the validity of the test with your program or the UCSF COVID Centralized Scheduling Team at (415) 476-6407.

If you are arriving at UCSF after having lived or traveled internationally you are required, in accordance with UCSF policy, to self-quarantine for 10 days. This 10-day period starts the day you arrive in the U.S. For the purposes of living in campus housing, if you have completed the quarantine before arrival to UCSF Housing, you will only need one COVID-19 test. If, however, your program requires testing, please schedule your testing after your quarantine period and in accordance with your program’s on boarding instructions.

Q: If I’ve traveled internationally, can I get tested instead of self-quarantining/isolating for 10 days?
A: The 10-day self-quarantine/isolation period after international travel is a UCSF requirement. Even if you are tested for COVID-19 during your quarantine/isolation period, and the test is negative, you are required to fulfill your entire 10-day quarantine/isolation. This is because a person can become ill with COVID-19 between Day 0 and Day 10 following their last exposure.

Q: I’ve traveled from outside California and I will be living in a single/double room in a shared apartment/house. Do I need to be tested twice?
A: If you are moving into a shared apartment or home with three or more room/house mates you should quarantine for 10 days and you will need to be tested twice, once upon check-in and then again 5-days later.  Tenants renting single rooms in shared 2-bedroom apartments at 145 Irving Street or at the Tidelands do not need to get tested, but should quarantine for 10 days. Tenants living in shared houses at the Parnassus Avenues or in single rooms in shared 4-bedrooom apartments at Mission Bay, will need to be tested twice.

UCSF is being especially vigilant against outbreaks in these types of congregate accommodations for your safety. When you schedule your COVID-19 test, please be sure to mention if you live in a shared home or apartment so that you can schedule two appointments.

Q: Where do I send my test results?
A: Housing does not need any record of your test results; as long as you have been tested through UCSF, you will not need to take any further actions. UCSF thanks you for your cooperation in their efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.

 

If you have any questions about the COVID-19 testing process, please reach out to the Centralized Scheduling Team at 415-476-6407.

For information on reporting positive diagnoses, please reference this website with UCSF’s reporting policy.

For more information about UCSF Housing Services response efforts to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit this page.

UCSF thanks you for your cooperation in its efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.