UCLA to revise, end certain COVID-19 protocols in late June
A COVID-19 testing kit vending machine and collection box are pictured. The university will remove vending machines and collection boxes at some locations and make other changes to COVID-19 protocols. (Daily Bruin file photo)
June 8, 2023 1:48 p.m.
UCLA is changing its COVID-19 protocols, including the COVID-19 Call Center, testing and wastewater surveillance, the Infectious Diseases Management Team announced Wednesday.
These changes follow the end of federal, state and county COVID-19 public health emergencies, the announcement said. Gov. Gavin Newsom ended the California state of emergency Feb. 28.
The university is discontinuing the COVID-19 Call Center phone number, so university employees will need to call UCLA Occupational Health to report a positive COVID-19 test, said Tim Groeling and Michelle A. Sityar, the co-chairs of the task force, in the announcement. Students can still report positive tests to the UCLA Ashe COVID Hotline, the announcement added.
UCLA will also move its PCR testing to a multi-campus program through the California Department of Public Health starting June 22, the announcement said. Existing test kits will still work with the new program, but the registration process will move to a new system, the announcement added.
COVID-19 test vending machines and collection boxes other than those located at Ackerman Union, Haines Hall, Pauley Pavilion and the neuroscience building will be discontinued June 21, the announcement said.
The university will also end its wastewater surveillance testing program June 30, the announcement added.