Two UCSB food service staff test positive for coronavirus
Two food service staff at UC Santa Barbara have separately tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a campus-wide email sent Monday from Garry Mac Pherson, vice chancellor of administrative services.
No staff were involved in the food preparation, Mac Pherson said in the email. The university has notified staff members who may have been in contact with either person, but “there is no evidence to suggest the cases are work-related,” Mac Pherson said .
Food service workers follow disinfection and cleaning protocols and wear masks and gloves to reduce the risk of transmission, Mac Pherson wrote.
As of now, all common restaurants are currently closed; students who stay on campus should visit the Linda Vista Room at the Santa Catalina Residence to pick up their meals, according to Food Services. website.
“Students receive their meals prepared in advance in an outdoor satellite location equipped with protective shields, and all tables and surfaces are cleaned and disinfected after each transaction,” Mac Pherson said in the email.
“Dining Services has also appointed oversight teams to ensure compliance during working hours and managers conduct verbal wellness screening with team members on a daily basis,” he continued.
The UCSB has confirmed four cases of coronavirus on campus in total: a student who briefly returned to campus to get out of their dormitory, an individual who briefly accessed UCSB’s nanofabrication facility for approved essential research and the two new cases announced today.