Covid-19

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New Members and Covid

Because of the contagious nature of Covid-19, UCHA offers no housing guarantees. Should an outbreak occur, UCHA may cancel any housing offer for the safety of both the applicant and members.  

UCHA may amend its internal policies and guidelines at any time in the interest of everyone's saftey and well-being.

VACCINATION

University Cooperative Housing Association approved mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for all members in the interest of public safety at the co-op. 

 

You must present proof of full vaccination at check-in when you arrive at the co-op. Full vaccination is defined as at least 2 weeks after the 2nd dose of Phizer/Moderna or after 1 dose of Johnson&Johnson (AstraZenica, Covishield, Sinopharm, and Sinovac are also approved). You will not be allowed to move in without proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. 

 

Limited extensions are given to those who did not have access to a World Health Organization-approved vaccine. If you are in these circumstances, contact crisiscrew@ucha.coop to get approval for an extension. You will be asked to get vaccinated when you arrive to LA and follow extra precautions while you are not yet fully vaccinated. 

 

Limited religious and disability exemptions will also be reviewed and possibly approved for accommodations. Accommodations would include following extra non-pharmaceutical preventative measures such as submitting regular COVID-19 tests. 

ADMISSION CRITERIA

In addition to our normal criteria (see the Apply page), persons from areas known as “Hot Spots” at the time of admission, may be subject to added review, including possible temporary suspension of admission, until satisfactory measures are in place to ensure the safety of all parties associated with UCHA. 

 

On-Site Activity

PERSONAL PROTECTION

UCHA follows the advise and requirements of the CDC and State and Local officials.  Face coverings are required at all times in common areas.  Fully vaccinated members are still required to wear a mask indoors.

Face coverings are available in Kitchen and Facilities departments.

Members are encouraged to frequently wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, which is readily available. 

HHH CAFETERIA AND PATIO DINING

HHH cafeteria is closed and members are not allowed to dine in indoor common areas. Many members choose to eat in their room.

Dining at the outdoor seating such as the patio and Robison’s backyard is allowed.

FOOD AND SAFETY

All food safety practices are, but not limited to:

-No shared dishes are allowed. Members will be provided with disposable plates or can use their own utensils;

-Kitchen staff wearing face coverings and other health and safety gear;

-Members and kitchen staff washing hands frequently, using gloves at all times while in service in the Kitchen;

-Kitchen staff frequently cleaning and sanitizing all self-service machines, (such as for soda or milk);

-Having paper napkins and tissues in self-service areas so that members avoid directly touching the levers;  

 

STUDY LOUNGES / COMPUTER ROOM / GYM

Face coverings and social distancing measures need to be observed while in these spaces, as in all common areas. In addition, members must use the cleaning/disinfectant materials provided by Facilities in the above-mentioned rooms.

 

BECOMING ILL

Any member feeling unwell should contact the Crisis Crew Chief for assistance.  The Crisis CC is tasked with staying up to date on the appropriate next steps, which my include getting tested, contact tracing, and quarantining. The member is always encouraged to call their own health provider and should not consider the Crisis CC as a substitute provider.

GATHERINGS

Gatherings or parties are allowed in outdoor common areas such as the patio or Robison backyard.