When Visiting Campus
If you plan to visit campus for any reason, even if as an invited guest, please check with your campus contact for any special considerations or precautions for your visit. Also, take the time to familiarize yourself with the following general guidelines.
If you feel sick, stay home. Visitors may not enter University facilities if they have tested positive for COVID-19 or feel unwell. Students, staff, and faculty will submit Health Screening Questionnaire if they are sick - see more details below.
Face Coverings: CDC Community Transmission Status
High Transmission Level for Merced County
Medium Transmission Level for Merced County
Low Transmission Level for Merced County
Face coverings are required regardless of CDC Transmission Status for the following situations:
When face coverings are required, the following are exempt situations:
All individuals who are active on UC Merced controlled property must be in compliance with the UC Policy on Vaccination Programs and the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program. The COVID-19 Vaccination Program requires students and employees, subject to limited exceptions, to be up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccination before physically accessing UC Merced property. A person is up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccination when they have received all doses in the primary series and all CDC- or CDPH-recommended boosters, when eligible.
Employees who are up-to-date with required vaccination or have an approved medical/religious exemption are required to complete an COVID19 Vaccination Attestation in the WorkHealth Solutions Portal. Individuals who are not up-to-date can find a local vaccine clinic through the MyTurn website. Once you receive your booster, please click here to complete an COVID19 Vaccination Attestation in the WorkHealth Solutions Portal. For more detailed information, visit the Get Vaccinated page.
In addition to COVID19 vaccination, it is strongly encouraged that all employees and students remain up-to-date with annual flu vaccination. Employees are required to complete the 2022 - 2023 Flu Vaccination Attestation or Declination in the WorkHealth Solutions Portal. Students can upload flu vaccination documentation to the MyHealth Portal.
Student Health Services - Flu Vaccination Information
Campus Face Covering Distribution Locations:
Off-campus Face Covering Distribution Locations:
If you have tested positive for COVID19, please complete the COVID-19 Positive Form
Wash Your Hands. Individuals should appropriately wash their hands several times a day, especially after being in a public place and touching an item or surface that was likely touched by others.
UC Merced recommends that all individuals sign up and use the CA Notify COVID-19 exposure notification system to stay informed and protected. Visit CA Notify for installation guidelines.
Those who wear face coverings when optional, keep physically distant, and/or refrain from handshakes, etc. are doing what they feel is necessary to protect themselves or loved ones, and will be free from judgement in our Bobcat community.
In addition to the mitigation measures above, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals are required to:
Academic appointees, Staff, and Students are required to complete one COVID19 test per week. Rapid antigen tests are available for all employees and students at mask distribution kiosks.
Campus Map of Distribution Points
Unvaccinated individuals can change their mind at any time and receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Once proof of vaccination is submitted, you are removed from unvaccinated requirements