Limiting non-essential travel to China

To: UC Santa Cruz Community

From: Public Affairs

To protect the health of the university community in the midst of a dynamic situation with the coronavirus, the UC Office of the President has directed that faculty, staff, and students should avoid all non-essential travel to China. The directive is in line with guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the State Department. 

To date, there have not been any reported coronavirus cases in Santa Cruz County. There are two confirmed cases in Santa Clara County and two confirmed cases in San Benito County. 

The UC Santa Cruz process to determine and approve essential university-related travel by members of the UC Santa Cruz community is available online

In order to ensure the well-being and safety of those who must travel anywhere during this time, it is of utmost importance that all faculty, staff, and students traveling abroad for approved university-related purposes register their international travel with the UC International Travel Registry before their expected departure and update this information as changes occur before and during travel. 

Registration is an important step in reducing the risks of traveling abroad and helps keep the university community safe, especially in environments with heightened health risks, such as the coronavirus. 

Campus community members who have recently returned from China and have become ill with fever, cough or shortness of breath, should call their health care provider or local health department and be ready to share their travel history. The Santa Cruz County Communicable Disease Program can be reached at 831-454-4114 and after hours at 831-471-1170. 

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