In coordination with the Sonoma County Health Order, the Bodega Marine Laboratory has suspended visiting hours and public tours until further notice.

Bodega Marine Laboratory and Bodega Marine Reserve are open to UC Davis affiliates who must review and submit appropriate documentation, see COVID-19 Safety Plan & Operating Procedures.

Daily Symptom Survey

New COVID Testing Requirements for UCD Faculty, Students & Staff


UC Davis is now extending 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 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. 

  • Anybody coming to BML/BMR from campus (or surrounding regions) must be tested using the campus program, not this new remote site program.
  • Access to UC Davis facilities is limited by policy to students and employees who remain current on testing every seven days. Until now, testing wasn’t readily available to UC Davis affiliates working at remote sites, but at-home testing is now available to you through Picture Genetics.
  • In order to continue accessing UC Davis facilities, employees and students will need to verify on the Daily Symptom Survey that you have submitted a COVID-19 test sample within the past seven days or are not entering University buildings in Yolo County.


  • The UCD COVID testing requirement (at-home test) 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 would report a positive test result.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Daily Coronavirus Symptom Survey

Everyone — students, employees, visitors — must complete a Daily Symptom Survey before entering a university-managed facility.


All UC Davis affiliates and non-affiliates must complete the Daily Symptom Survey before arrival at BML whenever you plan to come onsite, BEFORE you enter facilities. The survey takes less than 1 minute to complete - please consider completing the survey from home, before you arrive at BML.

Take the Daily Symptom Survey


  • You are required to complete BOTH the Daily Access Log and the Symptom Survey.
  • If you are not entering any BML/BMR facilities and will be outdoors only, you do not need to complete the Symptom Survey - however you must complete the Daily Access Log.

There is signage at the Lab entrances with a QR code that links to the survey ( so that, if necessary, you can fill it out on your phone before entering the facility- but note that if you complete the survey on site and your survey results fall into the "not approved" category, you may not access any BML/BMR facilities and must leave. More information on non-approval is below. 

ONLY indicate symptoms that have developed in the past 24 hours and are not from a known or chronic condition.

Immediately after completing the survey, you will receive an approval or non-approval. In both cases you will receive an email confirming your status. Keep your status confirmation email for 30 days in case you are asked to verify your status for compliance monitoring.

If approved, you may proceed in accessing BML/BMR facilities.

If you are NOT approved you may not enter any UC Davis, BML or BMR facilities (with the exception of BML Housing if you are a resident) until you have received a medical release from your physician.

You are advised to shelter in your residence and:

  • Contact your supervisor or PI immediately and inform them you will not be at work today.
  • Contact your primary care physician for follow-up care and advice.
  • Obtain a medical release before returning to work or using University facilities.
  • If you are experiencing an emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

Outside visitors and vendors can complete the online Symptom Survey or may be screened verbally by their BML/BMR host or the Lab Manager. The host or Lab manager will ask the non-affiliate the symptom survey questions and the non-affiliate will respond and obtain verbal confirmation of approval. No signature or paperwork will be collected. The above stated policies on how to proceed if approved or not approved apply. 

Questions about this process should be directed to your BML host, supervisor, PI, or project lead.

If you make a mistake on the survey notify your supervisor.

More information can be found at UC Davis Campus Ready Daily Symptom Survey.