UC Berkeley tightens COVID-19 restrictions, bans out of doors train and extends dorm lockdowns

UC Berkeley has banned out of doors train and prolonged dorm lockdowns after greater than 160 folks examined optimistic for the coronavirus within the first week of February.

Based on the college’s COVID-19 tracker, 164 folks examined optimistic for the lethal virus; 95% of the instances got here from undergraduate college students. 5 college or workers members and three graduate college students additionally examined optimistic. The college’s optimistic price for that week was 1.6% whereas town of Berkeley’s was zero.6%.

In an email to college students this week, the college stated that although the brand new instances are slowing, a “important variety of college students stay in quarantine.”

“We should be cautious in lifting this sequestration,” the e-mail stated.

Shelter-in-place precautions have been eligible for elimination on Feb. eight. Now, college students should stay in dorms by way of no less than Feb. 15.

The 2-week incubation interval required by the virus makes it too early to know if the surge has been contained, the e-mail stated. Lifting the rule “might be decided by our capability to scale back virus transmission.”

“We perceive this extension is irritating, however please perceive this can assist us mitigate additional unfold whereas defending our neighborhood,” the college stated.

College students aren’t allowed to go away their dorms except for accepted causes, together with utilizing assigned bogs, searching for medical care, getting meals or getting examined for the coronavirus, which is required twice weekly.

The college additionally urged college students to withstand leaving campus or going dwelling. College students might infect a “cherished one who could also be extra more likely to turn into severely in poor health,” the memo stated.

The college final week said it detected a extra contagious pressure in two college students. There isn’t any indication that they have been on campus besides to get examined.

The pressure, B.1.1.7, was first detected in the UK. Officers predict the pressure will turn into the dominant coronavirus nationwide by the tip of March. There are no less than 693 instances of B.1.1.7 in 33 states, with the best numbers in Florida (201) and California (153).

The U.Ok. pressure has been recognized in San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Alameda, San Mateo and Yolo counties.