Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory sent the following notification to the Sponsored Projects Office. A separate communication stated, “The guidance is for any subcontractor, and the policies apply to them and our employees, and the guidance was requested to be added from UC.”


From: Lorenza Gibson
Subject: IUT
Date: Fri, Mar 6, 2020


This subcontract involves work to be performed on-site at the Berkeley Lab. Please read this information below regarding COVID-19 and related policies regarding work on the premises of the Berkeley Lab.

LBNL Policy: LBNL has implemented a 14-day self-isolation policy for asymptomatic travelers coming to the Lab from CDC Level 3 countries, currently China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran. Asymptomatic travelers are those who do not exhibit symptoms compatible with COVID-19 infection. If the incoming traveler becomes symptomatic, they should contact a healthcare provider.

Travelers coming from non-CDC Level 3 countries with symptoms compatible with COVID-19 infection should reduce exposure through self-isolation, and need to contact their health care provider. Individuals desiring to be tested or seeking guidance on when to return to work should also contact their health care provider

The following Frequently Asked Questions from the CDC has useful information on COVID-19.

What should I do to protect myself against the virus?

Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home and do not travel or go to work or school when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Then wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Here’s an informative video about the COVID-19 virus. Please also review our COVID-19 website, including the Frequently Asked Questions. If you have additional questions, email them to

Please contact me should you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you.

Lorenza Gibson
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Tel: (510) 486-5252

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