COVID-19 & MPXV Information
COVID Screening Check Information
COVID Screening Check
UC Riverside students, employees, and visitors are required to fill out the COVID Screening Check to report:
- A positive COVID-19 test result
- COVID-19 symptoms (symptoms from a known or chronic condition such as allergies, asthma, etc. are not considered COVID-19 symptoms for this report)
- Exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 (exposure is defined as close contact with a known positive person for more than 15 minutes in a 24 hour period)
- Completion of your required COVID test*
*Required is defined as:
- monthly testing for all employees who are up to date with their vaccines
- weekly testing for those with an approved exemption or deferral, those that are not up to date with their vaccine, or are approved for early return after exposure or infection
- biweekly testing for students who live in a campus residence hall or Glen Mor
Accessing the COVID Screening Check
UCR will keep information about an individual's symptoms confidential, accessible only to those with a need to know in order to address the situation. The information will not be maintained in personnel files.
What Happens Next
Once the survey is completed, individuals will receive an email with further instructions from the UCR COVID-19 Management Team. Individuals may also receive a call from 844-827-6827 to follow up on the submission.
If you have questions contact the COVID-19 Management Center at COVID19@ucr.edu.
Who should report a confirmed positive case, exposure, or COVID-19 like symptoms?
All UCR faculty, staff, and students are required to report.
How to report a confirmed positive case, exposure, or COVID-19 like symptoms?
Please report this information by filling out the COVID Screening Check.
If I work remotely do I need to fill out the COVID Screening Check?
Yes, you need to report a positive case, exposure, or COVID-19 like symptoms.
Visit the Case Reporting and Investigation page for answers to additional questions.
Exposed to a Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 Patient?
See more information on what to do if you are exposed to a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 person:
If you were EXPOSED TO a person with COVID-19, please arrange for a COVID-19 test on day five or later after the last date of exposure.
More information on testing can be found HERE
Contact EMN Admin Department Safety Coordinator, Estella Davalos if any questions.
UCR Employee COVID-19 Hotline | 1.844.827.6827
See more Information about the Hotline:
CNAS Dean's Office Information & Resources
UCR Campus Return - Plans & Protocols
EH&S Resources & Updates
How often will the areas in my building be cleaned?
Facilities Services Campus Return Support Information:
Water Fountain Guidance
Touchless Bottle Refill Fountain Locations:
- Biological Sciences Bldg. - 2nd floor outside of restrooms
- Campbell Hall - 2nd floor
- Life Sciences - 1st floor 1400 wing
- Spieth Hall - 1st floor 1200 north wing
- Spieth Hall - 1st floor 1300 west wing
How To: Take a Free Covid-19 Test on Campus (employees and family members) or Find Free Riverside County Locations
How to take a COVID-19 Test on Campus (free testing now available to all employees and family members) or locate a Riverside County Free Testing Location:
How to report a safety concern related to COVID-19 and public health
You may report a safety concern related to COVID-19 and public health using this tool.
You may also report a COVID-19 related concern to the systemwide EthicsPoint Hotline. EthicsPoint allows you to report and communicate back and forth with UCR anonymously. UCR cannot determine your identity through EthicsPoint unless you self-identify yourself.
How to provide feedback about Campus Return
Where to get N95 masks on campus
COVID-19 Vaccine Verification Assistance and Testing Site Updates
Dear Campus Community,
Beginning August 1, our on-campus COVID-19 testing sites have augmented their services and resources available to all UC Riverside faculty, staff, and students.
Employees who have not yet uploaded their COVID-19 vaccination/booster record into the MyChart system and would prefer to show proof of vaccination in person or virtually to the COVID-19 Management Team, can do so at either of our testing sites or by scheduling an appointment via Zoom.
No appointment is necessary. You can walk-in and show proof of vaccination.
Schedule a time by either e-mailing email@example.com or calling 844-827-6827 and selecting option no. 1. A Zoom link will be sent to you for your appointment time.
Please note that you will need to provide your photo ID or UCR ID and your COVID-19 vaccination card* for in-person verification. We will not make a copy of the employee’s vaccine card.
*Acceptable Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination
- COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card (issued by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention or WHO), which includes name of person vaccinated, type of vaccine provided, and date doses administered
- A photo of a vaccination card as a separate document
- A photo of a vaccine card stored on a phone or electronic device
- Documentation of vaccination from a healthcare provider
- Digital record that includes a QR code that when scanned by a SMART Health Card reader displays to the reader name, date of birth, vaccination dates, and vaccine type.
Free PCR testing continues at both inside the Student Success Center and at Glen Mor. Hours have been slightly modified for the summer. No appointment is necessary.
Glen Mor Building C Room 001
- Monday-Thursday: 6:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m.
- Friday: 6:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Student Success Center
- Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Additional items available for pick up include at the Glen Mor testing location include:
- Surgical and N95 masks
- Free antigen test kits (request form)
- Hand sanitizer bottles
You may also request free test kits to be mailed to your home address by visiting https://www.covid.gov/tests.
As a reminder, UCR strongly encourages the use of masks for everyone while indoors. Masks continue to be required in clinical settings including Student Health Services.
Individuals who have medical or religious exemptions to the vaccine policy must continue to mask while on campus, test weekly, and report their testing completion via the COVID Screening Check.
Executive Director, Environmental Health & Safety
Message from Provost on MPXV
As students, faculty, and staff return to campus for the fall 2022 quarter, we contend with a now-familiar challenge: Keeping a once-unfamiliar virus in check. This fall, that virus is MPXV, commonly referred to as “monkeypox.” MPXV is a rare viral infection that often includes flu-like symptoms and painful blisters that can appear anywhere on the body.
Context can equip members of the campus community to frame their exposure risk and the precautions they take. COVID-19 serves as a useful comparison. COVID-19 is a potentially fatal airborne disease, whereas MPXV is rarely fatal and transmitted mostly through skin-to-skin contact with someone who is infected with the virus. The symptoms of MPXV are also different than COVID and include rashes and sores. MPXV was first identified more than 60 years ago, so the medical community has a good understanding of MPXV’s means of spreading, as well as its symptoms and treatment.
With its potential for an outbreak on a densely-populated residential campus, UC Riverside is taking precautionary steps and modeling out an appropriate community of care:
- If a student contracts a communicable disease, including MPXV, they should contact Student Health Services for medical guidance and referral to the appropriate academic support services. Since MPVX is transmitted mostly through skin-to-skin contact, fellow students and instructors will not be notified.
- If a faculty member requires a prolonged absence because of illness, including MPXV, they should work with the Academic Personnel Office and their department chair, per the Academic Personnel Manual. There will be no notifications to work colleagues or students.
- If a staff member requires a prolonged absence because of illness, including MPXV, they should work with their supervisor and HR. Again, there will be no notifications to work colleagues or students.
Regardless of their place in our campus community, any person infected with MPXV will be expected to isolate until they are medically cleared. By the same token, with the very low risk to the general campus community, infections should not disrupt our general educational and operational mission.
The Riverside County Department of Public Health is targeting early October to offer the MPXV vaccine to the UCR campus and surrounding community. Follow the https://studenthealth.ucr.edu site for updates on the vaccine’s on-campus availability. In the interim, the county health department has established several sites in the community where vaccinations are available. For a list of those sites, along with a list of the county’s vaccination priorities, visit https://www.rivcoph.org/mpx/Vaccine-Locations.
An MPXV FAQ (https://ehs.ucr.edu/publichealth/monkeypox-faqs) is available on UCR’s Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) website, along with other MPXV resources (https://ehs.ucr.edu/publichealth/public-health).
The vaccine will be available to anyone in the campus community who feels they are at high risk of infection. When assessing risk, consider the most MPXV infection data from the California Department of Public Health (https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Monkeypox-Data.aspx):
- 4,753 MPX cases in California
- 255 cases in Riverside County
- 95%, no hospitalization
- 70% between 25-44
- 43% Hispanic; 34% white
- 97% are men
- 83% are men who have sex with men (MSM); 10.5% are bisexual; 6% are heterosexual
While MPXV is a serious public health threat, we encourage members of the UCR community to learn about the virus and follow the guidance of public health officials, including risk reduction and vaccination when appropriate. EH&S staff are monitoring the situation and will provide updates as necessary.
Elizabeth Watkins, PhD (she / her / hers)
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Professor of History
University of California, Riverside
951.827.1129 | Elizabeth.Watkins@UCR.edu