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Campus Health Screening Operations

Health screening checkpoints are required for universities to open as part of California’s COVID-19 guidance for institutions of higher education. Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., all faculty, staff and students and campus visitors will be required to provide proof of daily COVID-19 symptom health screening or be screened prior to entering campus to affirm they are symptom-free.

Currently, campus access is limited to the Bellevue Road entrance until additional staff are identified to support screening at other entrances.

Required PPE for Screening Operations:

  • Disposable nitrile gloves
  • Cloth face mask (non-surgical)
  • Face shield
  • Safety glasses/face shield
  • N95 respirator (optional, voluntary use)
  • Disposable gown (optional, voluntary use)

Essential Equipment for Screening Operations:

  • No-contact thermometer
  • AAA batteries
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • EPA-approved disinfectant - ONLY USE DISINFECTANT THAT IS EPA APPROVED FOR SARS-CoV-2, disinfectant is provided by the Emergency Operations Center and approved by EH&S
  • Biohazard waste container
  • Clipboards with symptom list and screening questions
  • Signage for directing traffic flow
  • Traffice cones and safety vests
  • Power/lighting
  • Tables and chairs
  • Sufficient-sized shelter to operate in shade/poor weather

Approaching Vehicle Scenarios:

1. All members of a vehicle must show the initial screener their Daily Health Check-in e-mail or ServiceNow app screen.

2. Any member of a vehicle who does not use or does not have access to the e-mail/app, must go through the screening process.

3. Students with Student Health Center appointments must show a QR code screen to the initial screener and will be directed to a specific parking location at the Bellevue Lot. 

Scenario 1: 

Scenario 2: Any person in a vehicle who does not use or have access to the Daily Health Check-in e-mail/app, must go through the screening process:

  • Screener asks if individual has any of the COVID-19 symptoms listed below
  • Screener asks if individual has tested positive for COVID-19 or has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days
  • Screener takes individual's temperature with a no-contact thermometer

If any individual in the vehicle answers yes to any of these questions or has a temperature of 100.4ºF or greater, the vehicle is diverted/access denied.

Scenario 3: Occasionally, off-campus students who are symptomatic or suspected COVID-19 positive must come to campus for a Student Health Services appointment. In these cases, these students are NOT TO BE SCREENED. 

Without rolling down the window, the student must display a Student Health Center QR code indicating a SHS appointment to the primary health screener. This barcode will not be scanned, it only indicates the student has a valid reason to come onto campus. The screener can then direct them to:

  • Park in the designated SHS spaces in the first lane of Bellevue Lot (for walk-up appointments) or
  • Drive to the back of the Health & Athletic Center (for drive-up appointments) 

If a student cannot access their phone or is unable to display the barcode, they should communicate loudly to the screener (without rolling down the window) that they are on campus for an appointment at the Student Health Center, and the screener can direct them through to the designated locations without screening.

Additional Resources

Daily Health Check-In Information

EPA List N: Disinfectants for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

UC Merced Campus Health Screening Online Training (Coming Soon)