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Friday, April 30, 2021

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Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

Vaccinated students


Vaccinated employees


Source: University Health Services. Updated April 29, 2021.

UHS tests



UC Berkeley positive cases



Source: UC Berkeley Coronavirus Dashboard. Date range: April 23-29, 2021.

Alameda Co. adjusted cases per day per 100,000



Alameda County positivity rate



Source: Alameda County Public Health.

Recovery updates

Additional outdoor study halls available for RRR and finals

Outdoor study halls will be available at three campus locations during RRR (reading, recite and rest) week and finals week. These study spaces will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. You're asked to limit your use of the space to 2 hours at a time. Please note that all campus and public health guidelines including face coverings, physical distancing and campus testing/screening requirements are applicable.

Lower Sproul Plaza
Monday, May 3 – Friday, May 7
Monday, May 10 – Wednesday, May 12
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Haas School Courtyard
Monday, May 3 and Tuesday, May 4
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Chemistry Courtyard (behind Tan, Latimer, and Hildebrand)
Monday, May 3 – Friday, May 7
Monday, May 10 – Wednesday, May 12
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Clarifying expectations for in-person instruction this fall

As a residential campus, most of UC Berkeley's academic and cocurricular activities are designed to be experienced in person. This will once again be the case this fall and students are expected to be in residence in time to observe a one-week period for testing, vaccination for those who need it, and self-sequester before the start of in-person classes. Most courses will not have an "all-remote" option.

A limited number of remote offerings are being made available primarily to support the needs of international students who may not be able to enter the country. As always, if you need accommodations for a disability in order to fully participate in your in-person courses or to postpone your studies until you are able to attend your courses in person, please visit the Disabled Students' Program website to apply for services.

We recognize that more than a year into the pandemic it can be hard to imagine returning to a "close-to-normal" way of life. As conditions continue to improve and additional restrictions lift, we hope it will be easier to see yourself back on campus.

Please note that as we head into the fall, being vaccinated will become the primary means of preventing infection by the coronavirus causing COVID-19. The campus continues to follow Berkeley Public Health Department guidance and state regulations. Many temporary public health measures such as physical distancing, capacity restrictions, enhanced cleaning, increased attention to ventilation and testing will be reduced, or in some cases, no longer be necessary thanks to the widespread availability of the vaccine.

Make sure you can be reached while working remotely

The pandemic has likely changed the best way to reach you — and those changes could continue depending on your plans for returning to campus. Please be sure to update your directory listing so that colleagues know how to contact you. You may also want to consider updating your outgoing voicemail message or signing up for the Avaya Workplace VoIP service that allows you to make or take calls on your campus phone number from your computer or smartphone.

Update on food pantry hours

The UC Berkeley Food Pantry will continue operating in their pop-up space on the first floor of the MLK Jr. Building off of Lower Sproul Plaza. The Food Pantry will be closed May 16-31 but will re-open with new summer hours on June 1.

Updated information for international students

The Berkeley International Office sent international students a message this week with updated guidance from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program, the latest on visas and travel bans, and more.

See the results of the latest employee morale survey

In the latest survey, 50% of employees said they want to work a hybrid schedule going forward, mixing on-site and remote work. Just 8% want to work onsite full-time and 33% would prefer to continue working full-time from home. Now is the time for managers and teams to be actively discussing remote schedules, on-site schedules and preferences ahead of the planned July 12 return to the workplace.

Tip of the Week: Visually separate yourself

Constantly losing focus due to movement or visual distractions can have a huge impact on your ability to get work done. These distractions don’t just lead to lost time but are also draining. Studies have shown that there are real brain energy costs each time you break focus.

First, examine your setup and see if there are any opportunities to visually separate your workspace. If you do not have a private office, consider setting up a visual screen. A hanging sheet is a good option and can be taken down at the end of each workday. Second, consider the way you sit. If you are sitting facing a window or staring down a busy hallway, try to reorient yourself. Facing a wall instead can help you avoid any visual distractions. Lastly, throughout the day, aim to give your brain a few visual breaks. Studies have shown that closing your eyes for just ten seconds at a time can help reduce stress and help reset a fatigued brain.

Tip of the Week offers advice from the Becoming Superhuman Lab for coping with the challenges of working and studying from home. Look for additional tips in future Response and Recovery newsletters.

See how UC Berkeley does COVID-19 space planning

UC Berkeley teamed up with Google to launch a building density dashboard that assists space planners with developing and monitoring space usage during the pandemic. Prior to the dashboard, the task of tracking density and space usage was done manually. Not only was this a difficult and tedious process, but it also left lots of room for inaccuracies, and information quickly became static.

This new free campus service uses a web-based application to simplify the space planning process, and gives employees responsible for planning and managing campus spaces (e.g., buildings, floors, rooms) an accurate, anonymous, real-time people count — helping them make decisions about space. Learn more about the building density dashboard.

Feedback and questions

Campus leadership welcomes your recovery-related ideas and suggestions.  

Coronavirus information

Visit the campus coronavirus site for COVID-19 resources and support.

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