UC Davis to ease COVID testing requirements

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Mandatory testing will end Jan. 17

By Caleb Hampton
Special to the Express

UC Davis will relax COVID-19 testing requirements for nearly all students, staff and faculty beginning Jan. 17, Chancellor Gary S. May announced two weeks ago. Until then, campus affiliates who are vaccinated will continue to be tested once every two weeks. Unvaccinated students, staff and faculty are tested every four days and will continue to be after Jan. 17.

In ending the testing requirement, May cited the high vaccination rate among campus affiliates and the low COVID-19 positivity rate reported throughout the fall quarter. As of last week, 99 percent of UC Davis students and 95 percent of employees were vaccinated against COVID-19.

Since the quarter began in mid-September, the test positivity rate has hovered around 0.1 percent. As of this week, just one percent of the campus’ isolation and quarantine housing facilities were in use. There are 250 beds in total dedicated for use as isolation or quarantine housing.

“I would like to thank everyone once again for making our return to in-person instruction go as safely and as smoothly as possible,” May said. “Your continued diligence in following our health protocols has made all the difference.”

Testing requirements will remain in place over the next month and a half to ensure that UC Davis affiliates traveling for the holidays do not return to campus with COVID-19 undetected. After winter break, students, staff and faculty will need to get tested at least once between Jan. 3-16.

“Per the new campus testing guidance, after Jan. 17, 2022, fully vaccinated students or employees will no longer be required to get tested every 14 days. However, they are still encouraged to test regularly to help to continue to identify asymptomatic cases within the community,” UC Davis’ Campus Ready guidance states.

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