Coronavirus Information - The Bodega Marine Laboratory has suspended visiting hours and public tours until further notice.

Bodega Marine Laboratory and Bodega Marine Reserve are open to research affiliates, see COVID-19 Safety Plan & Operating Procedures  |  COVID-19 Daily Symptom Survey

COVID-19 Safety Plan & Operating Procedures

COVID Testing Requirements for All Users

TESTING IS REQUIRED TO ACCESS FACILITIES

Continued testing is currently required to enter BML facilities or for using BMR.

For Visitors

All UC employees and students must complete a COVID-19 test once per week (regardless of vaccination status), either on campus or using a mail-in test kit ("Picture Genetics") if at BML for greater than one week (see below). Mail-in test kits can only be provided by contacting Jennifer Sauter or Al Carranza with the student or employee ID number so they can forward a request to campus so kits can be mailed to people.

Non-UC people - Weekly testing is required for all non-UC people entering buildings or BML facilities, or working on the Reserve. Non-UC people who can provide verification of vaccination do not have to test on their own, please contact Al Carranza with your vaccination information. People without verification of vaccination will have to test weekly and show results (for free, local testing sites see the right sidebar on this webpage, under "Where to Get Tested in Sonoma County"). Campus will not cover Picture Genetics testing for non-UC people. 

For BML and UC Davis Faculty Staff and Students

UC Davis has extended weekly COVID-19 testing benefits to UC Davis Faculty, Students and Staff who are residents and access UC Davis remote sites regularly, similar to the testing program on campus. Currently on campus, all employees and students who come to campus (not those working or taking classes remotely) are required to be tested weekly in order to access buildings. 

  • UC Davis affiliates coming to BML/BMR from campus (or surrounding regions) must be tested using the campus program, not the at-home test program.
  • Access to UC Davis facilities is limited by policy to students and employees who remain current on testing every seven days. For UC Davis affiliates working at remote sites, at-home testing is now available through Picture Genetics.
  • In order to continue accessing UC Davis facilities, employees and students will need to 1) verify via medical clearance that they have submitted a COVID-19 test in the last 7 days (see instructions), 2) complete an approved Daily Symptom Survey, or 3) are not entering University buildings.

NOTE:

  • The UCD COVID testing requirement (mail-in test kit) is routine, therefore if you are not symptomatic, and have an “approved” status on the Daily Symptom Survey, you are not required to obtain the test results before you can plan to appear onsite.
  • If you were exposed to COVID-19 or are symptomatic you should proceed with testing via the most expedient means and have a confirmed negative result before appearing onsite.
  • You are required to report a positive test result.

ELIGIBILITY FOR AT-HOME TESTING

Students and employees (staff and academic) who are based out of remote facilities are eligible – including those who telecommute and also have in-facility responsibilities.

If you are primarily working remotely and not regularly working onsite, we request that you do not use the testing kits until you plan to come to BML.

  • At-home testing is available once every seven days.
  • At-home testing is NOT available for non-affiliates, such as family members.
  • At-home testing DOES NOT include students participating in coursework entirely on a remote basis.
  • At-home testing is NOT available to affiliates working in Yolo or Sacramento Counties who have access to COVID-19 testing on campus.

An initial list of BML/BMR students and employees has been provided to campus and those people should have already received an email regarding the at home testing procedures (detailed below). If you believe you should be on the list of people to be tested using the Picture Genetics at home kit and have not received the campus email, please contact Al Carranza as soon as possible.

Please address inquiries about eligibility or testing requirements to the BML COVID Workgroup.


ORDER TWO COVID-19 TEST KITS TODAY

1. Every week you should request a no-cost COVID-19 test kit redemption code (gift code) via the Supply Chain Management website.

  • You will initially receive two gift codes from Supply Chain Management by email and you should request two test kits from Picture Genetics immediately.
  • Once you use your first kit, be sure to request your next gift code, so you’ll always have a test kit ready at home.

2. Redeem your gift code online at Picture Genetics.

  • Select “I have a code, but no kit” to request your kit
  • Enter your gift code
  • Enter demographic information required by state for data reporting
  • Complete eligibility screening for symptoms
  • Complete account creation or login

3. Test kits will arrive at your home via Fed Ex, typically within 48 hours.

RETURNING & RE-ORDERING TEST KITS

4. Follow the nasal-swab instructions in the test kit.

5. Return your nasal sample before 5 p.m. to a Fed Ex location on the same day it was taken. Your nasal sample must arrive at Picture Genetics’ lab within 48 hrs.

  • Do not drop off sample at Fed Ex on a Saturday or Sunday.
  • Do not drop off sample after Fed Ex’s last pick-up time (typically 5 p.m.).

6. Schedule time weekly to repeat steps 1-5, until further notification.

TEST RESULTS

Your test results (positive or negative) will arrive via email within 24-48 hours of Picture Genetics receiving your nasal sample. UC Davis can also access your test results and the only people authorized to do so are the clinical staff at Occupational Health Services.

  • Positive COVID-19 Test Results
    Per policy, you must report your positive test result to UC Davis. Additionally,
    • You will be contacted by UC Davis for contact tracing purposes and to identify any facility cleaning needs.
    • You will be contacted by a physician contracted by Picture Genetics to review the results and receive instruction for isolation requirements. You will also be instructed to notify any close contacts who might be at risk.
    • Your test result will be forwarded by Picture Genetics to the California Department of Public Health database, for reporting to your county’s public health agency.
    • You may be contacted by county officials for contact tracing purposes.
  • Inconclusive COVID-19 Test Results
    • You will receive an email from Picture Genetics to re-test.
    • Please use your back-up test kit to submit a new test as soon as possible.

MORE INFORMATION

COVID-19 Policies for Housing Users

Prior to arriving all users must read through the COVID-19 Safety Plan & Operating Procedures.

All BML & BMR users must complete the Daily Symptom Survey and the Daily Access Log each day that you access to BML.

Testing Requirements

All Housing guests will be required to present a recent negative COVID-19 test result ~2 days before arrival. ​This is required every week when staying 7+ days. 

For the duration of their stay at Housing, UC users (regardless of vaccination status) must send the Housing Manager, Jennifer Sauter, weekly emails with their COVID-19 test results.

Testing for UC Affiliates

All UC employees and students must complete a COVID-19 test once per week (regardless of vaccination status), either on campus or using a "Picture Genetics" mail-in test kit if at BML. 

  • Contact Jennifer Sauter with your student or employee ID number so that you may be pre-approved for mail-in test kits to use during the dates you are at BML.
  • Once approved, see the instructions for obtaining a test kit at the top of page “COVID-19 Testing Requirements for All Users”.
  • Plan ahead so you have a test kit delivered in time for your next weekly test.

Non-UC people - Weekly testing is required for all non-UC people entering buildings or BML facilities, or working on the Reserve. Non-UC people who can provide verification of vaccination do not have to test on their own, please contact Al Carranza with your vaccination information. People without verification of vaccination will have to test weekly and show results (for free, local testing sites see the right sidebar on this webpage, under "Where to Get Tested in Sonoma County"). Campus will not cover Picture Genetics testing for non-UC people. 

For people arriving from out of state, please contact Jennifer Sauter, as quarantine and isolation rules are changing rapidly.

For more information on testing see top of this page “COVID-19 Testing Requirements for All Users”. 

Bodega Marine Laboratory (BML) and Bodega Marine Reserve (BMR) COVID-19 Safety Plan and Operating Procedures

At BML and BMR we have a responsibility to follow policies and requirements to help protect fellow community members. This information is intended to serve as a dynamic guide for what you can expect as our operations evolve, and what will be expected of you. Please check back often for new resources and information.

Please direct questions about these processes to the BML COVID Workgroup.


May 17, 2021: BML and BMR begin Phase 3 Operation 

Under Phase 3, facilities can accommodate up to 66% of full capacity (100 people at BML), and non-essential research can begin. For staffing and safety considerations, BML housing will not exceed 50% capacity this summer.

For BML, social distancing and PPE are still required inside and outside of the lab (enclave) and in all rooms. Therefore, we will continue to have spaces inside of buildings only accommodate the posted maximum number of people wearing PPE. In order to accommodate more researchers in individual labs, PIs will need to coordinate their groups so that maximum capacity in labs and meeting spaces is not exceeded. For researchers working on the Reserve, masks will be required when working within six feet of others.

In Phase 3 BML/BMR remain closed to the public. However specific requests can be made and examined on a case-by-case basis, contact Al Carranza.


All Users must follow the steps below before accessing BML and BMR

  1. Read through the COVID-19 Safety Plan & Operating Procedures. It’s imperative that you understand the plan and the established special hygiene protocols.  
  2. Review the COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfection Protocols
  3. All users entering BML facilities must fill out the Daily Symptom Survey  once a day, before appearing on site.
  4. All users entering BML facilities must participate in weekly COVID-19 testing, see the link at the top of this page "COVID Testing Requirements for All Users".
  5. All users entering BML facilities must fill out the Daily Access Log to record arrival and departure times, and the spaces you were in.

Research Users

Phase 3 allows requests to use BML for all UC Davis affiliates and opens up requests for all other UCs and their affiliates, as well non-UC requesters.

All PIs, or any hosts of visitors coming to BML, must email Lab Manager, Al Carranza, in advance to request approval. Include the number of who people will be at BML and the time and dates to allow us to track overall lab capacity.

  1. Read through the COVID-19 Safety Plan & Operating Procedures. It’s imperative that you understand the plan and the established special hygiene protocols.  
  2. Review the COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfection Protocols
  3. All visitors entering BML facilities must fill out the Daily Symptom Survey  once a day, before appearing on site.
  4. All users entering BML facilities must participate in weekly COVID-19 testing, see the link at the top of this page "COVID Testing Requirements for All Users".
  5. All visitors entering BML facilities must fill out the Daily Access Log to record arrival and departure times, and the spaces you were in.