Students moving into on-campus housing will be required to get tested for COVID-19
Students moving into on-campus housing will remain in isolation until test results show they do not have COVID-19. (Justin Jung/Daily Bruin senior staff)
By Genesis Qu
Sept. 24, 2020 5:25 p.m.
Students will receive a COVID-19 test prior to moving into on-campus housing Friday.
The around 700 undergraduate students living in on-campus housing in the fall will have assigned timeslots Friday and Saturday to get tested for coronavirus and move into their assigned rooms. Family and guests will not be allowed into buildings on the Hill.
As students arrive on the Hill, they will first go to the Grand Horizon Ballroom, on the third floor of Covel Commons, to receive their COVID-19 tests. Staff will help store students’ belongings while students receive their tests.
Students will then proceed outside of the commons to activate their BruinCards with their assigned rooms. All on-campus housing units are single-occupancy in the fall.
Students will be isolated in their assigned rooms until one of their COVID-19 test results come back negative. UCLA will deliver meals directly to students’ rooms but will not allow visits, deliveries or provide laundry services. Beginning with the dinner period Sept. 30, students can pick their meals up at an assigned dining hall at assigned times.
If a student tests negative for COVID-19, they will enter a period of group isolation where they can interact with a group of about 15 students living on their floor. Students must maintain physical distancing and wear masks while interacting with others.
People in group isolation will have assigned times to eat and pick up mail. There will be laundry services available in their buildings.
Students will remain in group isolation until they receive a second negative COVID-19 test result. If students test positive for either one of the two tests, they will remain in or return to isolation.
UCLA is limiting on-campus housing to students without alternative housing, student-athletes and students with in-person classes who have no local housing. The university is only offering in-person classes that prepare students for essential workforce jobs during fall quarter.
At least 269 people in the UCLA community have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the UCLA COVID-19 tracker at the time of publication. In Los Angeles County, more than 250,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19 and more than 6,000 have died from COVID-19, according to the LA County Department of Public Health.