*UPDATE: As of 7/27/2023, the COVID Response Center Hotline has been discontinued. To report a COVID case, please visit the COVID Positive Page
For Merced County, face covering requirements are based on the COVID-19 Hospital Admission Levels per CDC
(Scroll down past national data to county data and hover over Merced County on the map).
Merced County's current hospital admission status
as of 11/18/2023 is:
LOW: Face coverings are not required but strongly encouraged
Face Coverings: CDC Hospital Admission Levels
High Transmission Level for Merced County
- All indoor activities will require face coverings for students, employees and guests.
Medium Transmission Level for Merced County
- Indoor classroom and instructional activities require face coverings.
- Instructors engaged in teaching.
- Students, faculty and staff who must remove face coverings during indoor performing arts rehearsals may continue to do so. Face coverings must be worn in indoor rehearsal spaces when not practicing, rehearsing or performing.
Low Transmission Level for Merced County
- Face coverings are not required but are strongly encouraged
Face coverings are required regardless of CDC Transmission Status for the following situations:
- Anyone with respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough runny nose, and/or sore throat), must still wear a mask when visiting the UCM Student Health Center
When face coverings are required, the following are exempt situations:
- In an enclosed private space (such as an occupant’s private office with door closed or an individual’s dorm room)
- Showering, washing their face or brushing their teeth in a residence hall or other UC Merced facility with common bathroom facilities
- While eating or drinking
- Engaged in indoor, approved intercollegiate athletic activities (while physically practicing or playing), where wearing a face covering could inhibit their ability to breathe, provided they observe other appropriate mitigation measures
- Children under age 2
- Persons with a medical or mental health condition or developmental disability that prevents wearing a face covering
- Anyone performing a specific task that cannot feasibly be performed with a face covering. This exception is limited to the time period in which such tasks are actually being performed
Merced County Statistics
California COVID-19 State Dashboard: Merced County (updated weekly)
The above statistics are neither produced nor owned by UC Merced. UC Merced is not responsible for their accuracy.
Fall 2023 Semester
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.