We are working to keep the UC Berkeley community healthy and support campus reopening.
The Innovative Genomics Institute is excited to partner with you to decrease the spread of the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, on campus. The IGI Campus Recovery Initiative involves three key efforts: testing for all campus affiliates with COVID-19 symptoms, regular screening for asymptomatic people approved to work on campus, and a task force to perform contact tracing following a positive diagnostic test at the Tang Center.
We will update this page as our work progresses, please check back soon.
Symptomatic and Surveillance Testing: University Health Services offers PCR testing for COVID-19 to all students and all faculty/staff who are working on campus, and the IGI Diagnistoc Testing Lab is currently analyzing all tests on campus. All testing can be ordered online at eTang, where you will be guided to the appropriate testing site.
Please visit the Tang Center COVID-19 testing page to learn more about all of the current testing options.
Want to see what happens when you go get a surveillance test on campus? Watch a quick walk-through of the easy self-swabbing test:
In partnership with University Health Services (UHS) and the Greek community, the IGI is piloting a new way to do online COVID-19 testing with a saliva-based test that can be done at home and dropped off at a convenient campus location. We are starting with a pilot test with students in congregate housing, but may expand in the future. Learn more >
The IGI FAST study has concluded. We thanks everyone for their participation in this important study and helping the UC Berkeley community develop the tools to keep the campus safe through the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more details and the letter to particpants, please go to igi-fast.berkeley.edu.
In collaboration with the Tang Center, the IGI has brought on contact tracing volunteers to work with Tang Center patients who test positive for SARS-CoV-2. The goal of contact tracing is to provide guidance to the patient on how to self-isolate and to identify people with whom the patient has been in close contact. Contact tracers will recommend that those contacts self-isolate and get tested.
To assist these contact tracers, we recommend downloading the PathCheck SafePlaces app to maintain a secure local log of your locations. We have chosen PathCheck SafePlaces because it stores your location data directly on your phone and these data are never shared unless you explicitly decide to report your location log to a specific person. The location data are only retained on your device for 14 days and are then deleted. If you receive a positive SARS-CoV-2 diagnosis, you can easily provide trained contact tracers with information about your whereabouts during time of presumed infectivity.
PathCheck SafePlaces does not automatically notify you about possible exposures at this time. The IGI has no affiliation with PathCheck SafePlaces or its creators. Get more information on PathCheck SafePlaces >
Once the app is installed, make sure to enable location tracking while the app is running and while it is in the background. Any time you are asked by your phone to allow PathCheck SafePlaces to continue tracking your location, make sure you agree. Only do this if you are comfortable with your location data being securely tracked on your phone. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
To download the app for iPhone or Android, visit the app store or click below:
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