University Health Services provides limited coronavirus testing for UC Berkeley community

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In a campuswide email sent Tuesday, University Health Services, or UHS, provided updated information about coronavirus testing for students, faculty and staff.

Coronavirus testing started last week in collaboration with the Innovative Genomics Institute’s pop-up laboratory. According to the email, testing at the Tang Center was initially limited to students, UC Berkeley first responders and health care workers.

Testing, however, is now open to any member of faculty and staff who is required to work in support of campus’s essential functions. The email added that all testing is only for individuals with symptoms related to the coronavirus.

UHS encourages students to schedule a telephone appointment or visit UHS if they are concerned that they may have coronavirus-related symptoms. UHS is also requesting that students, faculty, staff and other campus affiliates who may have tested positive for coronavirus at another testing center call UHS’s “CONFIDENTIAL COVID line” at 510-643-8227.

“We want to offer our support and services to help those through their care and recovery, and raise our awareness of the number of positive cases in the campus community,” the email reads. “This will help us plan our services and guide campus decisions as we all gradually recover. Your private information will not be shared beyond that required for public health reporting.”

Thao Nguyen is a deputy news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @tnguyen_dc.