The community-based approach for keeping Davis residents as well as university staff and students healthy was recently highlighted by the New York Times. In contrast to other universities, which have focused on testing only students and employees, UC Davis had a larger vision: to keep the whole community healthy. Since fall 2020, the Genome Center has been providing free asymptomatic testing for all Davis residents, which is paid for by UC Davis. The success of asymptomatic testing, along with other precautions, including mask-wearing, hygiene, and distancing, has allowed Davis to have less than 15% of COVID-19 cases in the county, although its population makes up two-thirds of the county. The asymptomatic testing program run by the Genome Center has been suggested as a model for other college towns throughout the country.
Read the full article on the New York Times.