Saturday, March 28, 2020

UC Health Econ Crisis Communications Sampling Today, more


"UC Berkeley administration discusses responses to COVID-19 pandemic"
..."Christ said, however, one of her biggest worries about the COVID-19 pandemic is campus finances.
She added that UC Berkeley is conducting a financial analysis that will give administration a clearer financial picture by next week. Campus is prioritizing existing employment and is trying to find financial solutions that will preserve as many jobs as possible, according to Christ."..." Campus administration is not considering a tuition discount or refund, however, according to Christ.

“We are delivering instruction, although in a remote way,” Christ said on the call. “Students are earning credits towards a Berkeley degree.”"..."Fisher said he is concerned about the amount of personal protective equipment, or PPE, that campus currently has, such masks. He added that PPE is needed not only for the response to COVID-19 but also for emergencies such as fires."..."The Innovative Genomics Institute and UC Berkeley are currently working on making COVID-19 tests that are more accurate and more widely accessible, according to Nicolette."...
- and just the optics on the lack of diverstiy of the group C.Christ has assembled around her in this response- the lack of the female-minority-low wage staff worrkers voice in all this--, pretty jarring....

"The campus has set up a Job Exchange program to allow supervisors and managers to (1) request additional support from staff and student employees, and (2) identify staff and student employees who are currently underutilized and may be able to support other operations on campus."

at OP (tries not to misss any pol contacts to glad hand)- pol class thanking pol class):
"University of California President Janet Napolitano issued today (March 27) the following statement on the $2 trillion bipartisan CARES Act:

Congress has passed and the President has signed into law an unprecedented spending bill that will allow the University of California to begin to meet extraordinary challenges during this pandemic. 

The CARES Act provides much-needed fiscal relief and funding to our health centers treating COVID-19 patients so that they will be able to purchase additional masks, gloves and other equipment desperately needed to protect the nurses, doctors and other medical professionals on the frontlines of this fight.

The law will also help ensure that UC students receive the necessary financial support to continue pursuing their education, while providing our researchers additional resources to combat this virus by further exploring possible treatments and a vaccine.

I would like to recognize Congress for working together to pass this emergency spending package, but acknowledge that more will need to be done before this global health crisis passes. I want to applaud Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, our California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, as well as all the members of the California Congressional delegation for working across party lines to come together and support legislation that will help Californians during this time of incredible need. 

I would also like to thank all of UC’s dedicated medical and clinical professionals, researchers, and those who are keeping our education enterprise running at this very difficult juncture. Though it will take time, we will weather this storm and come out much stronger on the other side."
Coronavirus Relief Package Offers Up More Than $30 Billion For Education
What is the point of saying "no known on campus exposures"- what value does that serve?"
"Current status as of Friday, March 27 at 6 p.m.:
There are seven confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the UC Berkeley community but no known on-campus exposures."
- would they be able to point to the detail of known exposure? 
and what value is keeping this sort of count?
Testing only says one is neg or pos for that particular time,so...??

Friday, March 27, 2020

"I have no alternative but to cut my expenses and my number #1 expense is education."
MSNBC 10am PST-1pm EST hour
(Ruhle) interviewer...Have you changed your feelings on it? (via CNN coverage on Relief Bill voted on today and passed)
 New York Gov Cuomo: "No. I said it was terrible in one regard... it does very little for government entities : state government, local governments. So, you take a state government like mine (NY) our revenue is way down by $10-15 Billion because the economy has stopped. The (congressional) bill gives us $5 Billion only to be used for coronavirus expenses. So, it basically does nothing for a state's deficit doesn't give any additional funding and the only place I have is I have to turn around and cut what I was going to spend which is primarily education. So, so .. what the federal government did is going to force  education cuts on the local level because when you starve a state government that has a deficit and no economy I have no alternative but to cut my expenses and my number #1 expense is education.
So, that exchange in the rush transcription above -- just after UC pres Napolitano was interviewed about her views on the fed response to coronavirus Covid 19.
She made several critical statements about the response at length and described the pressures on individual  states and hospital systems.
Of particular note was her statement that the  demand need for ventilators was easily anticipated back in Fall Winter 2019 months ago . Which raises the question of did she, as a committee member on the UC Regents Health Services Committee mention it there in open or closed session? Did the UC regents have a discussion of it? Check the archive but don't recall their discussion of it in open session.. Did they do it iin closed session?. 

Will add in transcript and vid of all the above as available from the source. 

Thursday, March 26, 2020

UC Med and Covid 19 ; Higher Ed and Relief Bills updates, more...

Adding in this:
"UC San Diego engineers and doctors team up to retrofit and 3-D print ventilators "
“This is a team effort,” said Petersen. “And we can use the assistance of other engineers. We would love to hear from students, staff, and faculty with hands-on engineering experience who can help us with this project.
Qualified volunteers should email" --see full article at link to see skill level needed and other specifications.
-- Adding in here separately : is UC's network of marine biologists or CA divers etc working in any way on this equipment etc? as a fix?
"Italian engineers' brilliant 3-D printed hack turns scuba gear into ventilator masks "
"UCI Doctors Say Hospital Administrators Are Failing to Provide Enough Protective Equipment, Resources for Coronavirus Response"
"Signs of strain have emerged in at least one Orange County hospital tasked with handling a local coronavirus outbreak, where doctors say they need more crucial supplies and protective equipment while claiming hospital administrators aren’t properly addressing safety concerns or diverting enough resources to respond to the virus.

Physicians at the UC Irvine Medical Center — who spoke to Voice of OC on the condition of anonymity over the weekend — say they’re being forced to reuse special respiratory masks and other protective garments while possibly being exposed to people who may be infected with the novel coronavirus strain, known as COVID-19, but are asymptomatic.

On top of that, the doctors criticized hospital administrators for continuing “elective procedures” — medical operations like knee replacements that generate revenue but aren’t considered urgent or essential — amid the crisis, and that those resources need to be redirected to COVID-19 response....The UCI Medical Center doctors who spoke to Voice of OC said they’re in dire need of protective gear like N95 masks, which are designed to be close-fitting and filter airborne particles. "
..."“UCI School of Medicine has and will continue to offer education for residents related to COVID-19 and will always provide them an opportunity to ask questions. We value their feedback,” Murray said, adding later that “testing is available to those who meet the proper criteria, including staff, nurses and physicians.”

He added: “Any UCI staff member, professor or physician can choose to make a whistleblower complaint that, by law, remains anonymous. This is separate from the health system and is directed by the UC Office of the President. Allegations of retaliation are taken seriously.”"...
Can The U.S. Crowdsource Its Way Out Of A Mask Shortage? No, But It Still Helps
..."A spokesman for UCI Health, John Murray, says conserving personal protective equipment is prudent planning in case things get worse. "Given uncertainty about future availability of these supplies, UCI Health and medical centers across the University of California Health System have adopted safe conservation protocols consistent with CDC and OSHA guidance for appropriate PPE use," Murray wrote in an email. The FDA is also encouraging hospitals to conserve masks and gowns."...
They have specific needs and rules so see:
"How You Can Help
The whole UCSF community is working hard to ensure that we continue to provide the best care to those who need it and the best solutions to this global pandemic. Below are several ways that you can support our efforts during this critical time."
How to Help: Donate to UC San Diego Health COVID-19 Emergency Response
UC Irvine has posted this:
"Latest Updates on COVID-19
March 25, 2020
Personal Protective Equipment
There have been many generous inquiries on the part of the campus community to reallocate/repurpose needed equipment to the UCI Medical Center (UCIMC) as they respond to the COVID-19 crisis. In an effort to coordinate internal reallocation/repurposing of these items and assist UCIMC with their urgent need for personal protective equipment (PPE), Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) will be the point of contact for the campus.
The items that UCIMC will accept are the following: "
And UC Davis now has this:
"UC Davis Health is accepting donations of new and unused critical care supplies for our providers, including personal protective equipment (PPE).
    Masks (N95, surgical, and procedure)
    Disposable gloves
    Disinfecting wipes such as Clorox or Sani-cloth wipes
    Hand sanitizer
    Face shields
    Goggles and eye shields
    Isolation or surgical gowns
    CAPR/PAPR machines and disposables
    Flocked swabs
We are not currently in need of homemade masks, but your donations will be gratefully accepted for possible future use. Homemade masks instructions
There are two ways to donate PPE and other supplies:" see their link above.
*For some reason...
UC Irvine and UC Davis medical are not listed on the UCOP pages for help, donation, yet.
but check back at later for updates maybe:

UCLA is mostly emphasizing monetary gifts for their overall mission and operations.
But they include this section and some ways to support their medical staff here:
"Personal Protective Equipment
Our need for personal protective equipment evolves on a daily basis as our hospitals and clinics respond to the crisis. If you have personal protective equipment to donate, please e-mail our team at:"
"Hospital Workers Make Masks From Office Supplies Amid U.S. Shortage
‘We’re not getting new supplies and our stores are almost depleted.’"
..."“Many ER physicians are taking things into their own hands to find ways to protect themselves,” said Aimee Moulin, an emergency room doctor at UC Davis Medical Center. “They shouldn’t be forced to worry about this. They’re going into battle and they should be armed with whatever they need.”"...
Campus Departments Donate Protective Equipment
"Higher Ed in 'Stimulus'-'Relief Bills' in Response to Covid 19
Already Looking for the Next Stimulus
College leaders were disappointed by the Senate's stimulus proposal. But they are looking ahead to getting more in another round."
- some reports also that Devos is to make some announcements friday at WH daily press conference.
perhaps at that she can address the FERPA and Title IX issues that arise when  in class session and this kinda stuff occurs and any preventatives she has put in place??:
the plethora of local news stories heralding 'the new technology'- while this also occurs but is not made part of those same news reports, see:
- gotta see smarter local and natl reporting  on this problem like that NYT article pointed to there..
yep, that feeling known well in other spaces:
"Job Vacancies and Inexperience Mar Federal Response to Coronavirus
Unfilled jobs and high turnover mean the government is ill equipped for a public health crisis, said many former and current federal officials and disaster experts." now for the life of me, I don’t know who speaks for D.H.S.,” said Janet Napolitano, a secretary of homeland security under President Barack Obama. “Having nonacting leadership, and I think having consistency in your leadership team and the accumulation of experience, really matters. And I think it would be fair to say the current administration hasn’t sustained that.”
UCOP has this:

Dear Members of Congress: 
With the novel coronavirus continuing to spread throughout the country, the University of California (UC) would like to provide you with an update of our on-the-ground efforts to prevent, detect and treat COVID-19 and to ask for your continued partnership in addressing this public health and economic crisis. The $8.3 billion emergency supplemental legislation that Congress approved earlier this month will help test more Americans for the virus, provide better personal protection to health care professionals, deploy new diagnostics and develop vaccines. We are grateful for this effort to contain and prevent COVID-19. As the largest public research university in the world, UC is taking action on several fronts to protect our students, faculty, researchers and staff and to treat patients at our medical centers. To date, four of UC Health system’s five medical centers have treated patients having contracted the coronavirus and/or patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 –at a cost of $1 million-$10 million per inpatient. Given California’s large population and that it is home of two major international airports, and as diagnostic testing becomes more widely available, we expect to treat more cases at UC Health as the pandemic continues. We are working diligently to ensure that UC Health’s workforce has everything it needs to meet this challenge in a safe and effective manner. But more needs to be done at the federal level to achieve this critical goal. UC campuses are taking action to ensure that the system’s 285,000 students and 227,000 faculty, researchers and staff are protected from coronavirus. We have called home thousands of students studying abroad. Campuses have moved to remote instruction, but continue to provide room, board and health care access to students who need to remain on campus. UCDC canceled its spring quarter in Washington, which unfortunately means that many Capitol Hill offices will not have the benefit of a UC intern for the next few months. UC has also canceled nonessential travel, moved in large part to telecommuting, and is providing up to 128 hours of paid administrative leave to our employees. As long as the pandemic persists, UC will continue to make decisions that prioritize the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, and provide high-quality health care to all of our patients. To accomplish these goals, we need continued support from the federal government. The response from public universities to the COVID-19 virus has brought on significant financial stress. Public universities are individually refunding tens of millions of dollars to students for room and board, losing significant revenue from auxiliary services and drops in enrollment, while also facing significant expenses in providing for students including massive investment in transitioning to remote instruction. The financial condition is untenable. The University requests that Congress provide significant investment to stabilize colleges and universities as we grapple with unprecedented expenses and lost revenue while also upholding our commitment to the students and communities we serve. As you continue to assess what steps Congress and the Administration will need to take to address this pandemic, we ask that you consider the following:Medical CareUC Health’s ongoing efforts related to the COVID-19 outbreak to screen, test and treat patients present significant direct and indirect costs. The direct costs of treating even a single inpatient range from $1 million to $10 million, depending on the severity of the virus, the complexity of the patient’s case and course of treatment, the impact to our physical facilities, and most importantly the impact on our health care workforce. There are also a significant number of indirect costs that the Universityis currently experiencing, such as maintaining an incident command center 24/7 to address the issues related to COVID-19 while maintaining hospital operations, continued training and preparation of staff, shutting down beds due to lack of qualified staff,shutting down of Intensive Care Units transfers, sending staff on full leave for at least two weeks to quarantine, hiring of replacement medical staff, patients cancelling physician appointments and outpatient and inpatient surgeries. UC Health has seen these cancellation rates more than double in the past few weeks. We are also looking at having to cancel elective surgeries because our stock levels of essential Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) is getting so low that we may need to prioritize this equipment for future use on treatment of COVID-19 patients. 
We appreciate Congress’s attention to the following critical issues to support the public health care safety net as we strive to accommodate as many patients as possible: •Provide federal funding to reimburse hospitals for costs accruing as a consequence of treating patients lacking insurance coverage, including people experiencing homelessness, who may be referred by public health authorities to our hospitals for screening,testing and treatment. 

Once the virus spreads, UC expects direct and indirect costs could reach $500 million over the course of six months. This number is an estimate based on the latest information and data available at the early onset of this pandemic. At present, the University is unable to seek reimbursements for a number of these indirect and direct costs, potentially jeopardizing our safety-net provider position. As the pandemic grows and more communities are impacted, the federal government should expect costs to grow and we will need to reassess. 

•Prevent the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid’s (CMS) from moving forward on the Medicaid Fiscal Accountability proposed rule, which, if finalized, would severely undermine the financing that is critical to supporting the health care safety net at the same time as those systems are striving to address the public health crisis related to this pandemic.

 •Delay implementing cuts to Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments when the current funding extension is set to expire on May 22, 2020. Medicaid DSH funds constitute a critical source of funding for health care safety net hospitals like UC Health.

 •Suspend the 2 percent reduction in Medicare payments, referred to as the "Medicare sequester," and restore those payments, so hospitals, physicians, nurses and other Medicare partnershave greater flexibility to respond to the evolving circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic.The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MEDPAC) has documented recently in its March Report to Congress that Medicare payments to hospitals fall well below the actual cost of delivering health care to Medicare beneficiaries. The Medicare sequester contributes greatly to these underpayments.

•Reimburse for hiring of highly skilled lab officials.As the nation continues to struggle to ensure that diagnostic testing is available for those who need it, it is necessary to ensure that we have skilled individuals staffing these labs. Additionally, we are requesting that the Administration confirm that we can open temporary satellite sites relying on our CLIA-certified laboratories during this pandemic/public health emergency, so that we can quickly bring online our research labs to support expansion of testing efforts.

•Address shortages of the nation’s medical supplies stockpile.The Defense Production Act provides the Administration with broad authority to ensure the timely availability of essential domestic industrial resources to support national defense and homeland security requirements, which may be necessary to ensure the safety and security of the nation’s medical personnel and citizens. The Act provides the Administration the authority to prioritize production of necessary supplies, incentivize the production and enter into voluntary agreements with private companies to ensure such production. Invoking this Act is necessary to ensure that our country has access to lifesaving medical equipment and supplies –such as personal protective equipment, including appropriate masks, facial visors, and gowns, ventilators, drugs, and vaccines. With a dwindling number of necessary supplies at our medical centers and within the country’s National Strategic Stockpile, our healthcare workers risk being exposed to the highly infectious COVID-19 and pulled off of the front lines serving patients. We are already seeing our supplies of PPE being diminished at an alarming scale –which are not being replenished sufficiently due to shortages. It is critical that the Administration utilize its full powers under the Defense Production Act to fight this pandemic and to ensure that the medical supplies needed to combat COVID-19 are on the approved list. As an interim measure, the Administration should consider releasing some of the PPE that is in greatest need from our strategic stockpiles while manufacturing capacity is increased.•Delays in deadlines under the 2010 Affordable Care Act and similar laws and regulations. The 2010 Affordable Care Act in combination with the 2009 Fraud Enforcement & Recovery Act created a 60-Day Overpayment Rule extending liability under the False Claims Act for failure to repay certain overpayments in 60 days. UC urges Congress to allow for suspension of these deadlines during the pandemic so that our healthcare professionals can focus on prioritizing delivery of emergency services and be accountable for substantiating their work when there is less urgency.•Focus of compliance oversight and enforcement activities. The Administration should order that federal agencies responsible for health care compliance oversight and enforcement should: (a) focus on providing technical assistance and supporting compliance with core health and safety requirements for providers and patients, (b) immediately identify and redirect resources to health and community care facilities and other sites housing populations that are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, and (c) focus compliance oversight and enforcement activities where there are allegations of the most serious violations impacting health and safety.•Preemption Legislation to Facilitate Telehealth. On March 17, the Administration announced the significant expansion of Medicare telehealth 
coverage including reimbursement for office, hospital and other visits, expansion of the range of allowable telehealth providers and flexibility for providers to reduce or waive cost sharing. However, various states have restrictions that impair the ability of a provider to furnish telehealth services to Medicare beneficiaries, such as furnishing services across state lines. Such restrictions should be removed now rather than waiting for the states to implement appropriate changes. Thus, as with the preemption legislation passed by Congress in 2018 related to VA telehealth services, Congress should pass preemption legislation giving CMS the needed authority to override state restrictions that would inhibit providers from treating patients outside of their state and clarifying that providers may provide healthcare to Medicare beneficiaries through the use of telehealth, notwithstanding any State laws, rules, licensure, registration or certification requirements to the contrary.Student and Student Aid Issues

•Pass the Supporting Students in Response to Coronavirus Act. I commend Congress for introducing the Supporting Students in Response to Coronavirus Act, which would provide $1.2 billion in mandatory funding for emergency grant aid to students in higher education to help students access basic needs such as food, housing, technology, health care and child care, needs which were created or exacerbated by unexpected college closures and COVID-19-related disruptions. UC has had a long-documented history of advocating for and providing access to basic needs and we are encouraged that our federal partners recognize the needs our students have during this pandemic. The University supports the need to provide students with the means to access updated technology and connectivity as many of our campuses transition to remote instruction. In addition, UC supports providing federal assistance to institutions to alleviate the costs for the immediate transition to remote instruction so that students can continue their academic education. The legislation also provides students with flexibility to continue to access federal financial aid to help reduce the financial stress associated with a temporary leave of absence related to COVID-19. Additionally, the legislation would exempt students from paying back Pell Grants or repaying student loans that were taken out for a disrupted term by providing a temporary waiver of ‘Return of Title IV’ rules. Students would also have flexibility related to satisfactory academic progress, Pell Grant lifetime eligibility and subsidized loans. UC has 171 programs of study across 40 countries, so we are pleased to see that this legislation provides flexibility to foreign institutions of higher education serving American students abroad through distance education to ensure students are not disrupted by outbreaks in other countries.

•Expand distance flexibility to all students, not only those who were already enrolled, as discussed in the U.S. Education Department’s March 5, 2020 Electronic Announcement. This change would help students whose semester was canceled before it started as well as students who planned to return from a leave of absence. •Give temporary relief on state authorization requirementsfor institutions that are attempting to make temporary distance education arrangements to minimize COVID-19 related disruptions to students. 

•Provide additional flexibility that would exempt students who had to withdraw from their institutions due to COVID-19 from having to use their one-time loan grace period. Such flexibility could come in the form of deferring reporting of such a student to the National Student Loan Data System for Students. 

•Grant relief on deadlines and timeframes on Return of Title IV Funds calculations.•Provide an exemption of aid received during COVID-19 pandemic-related closures from Lifetime Eligibility Used.•Allow students to keep all their Title IV funds, including grants, in instances where they were unable to complete their coursework due to COVID-19 pandemic-related closures.

 •Allow students to continue to receive 100 percent of their Veterans Affairs (VA) Chapter 33 housing benefits(because they were enrolled in classroom instruction) to continue participating in the program even if COVID-19 pandemic-related closures required them to shift to 100 percent on-line instruction. 

•California’s certifying agencyis now the VA, so as most programs transition to remote instruction platforms we will need flexibilityfrom the VA to not have any disruptions for our students as the VA reviews changes to the course catalog and mode of delivery.

•Provide institutions of higher education with the flexibility to allow students who have withdrawn from suspended programs to re-enrollin terms that overlap with the payment period of the canceled program. This would allow semester abroad students whose programs were canceled to enroll in a quarter term. All “unearned” aid under the Return to Title IV rules would still be returned. 
California Congressional DelegationMarch 19, 2020Page 7Research In shaping deliberative strategy and policy on the current COVID-19 pandemic, UC’s leadership, resources and expertise are well-positioned and urgently needed in flattening the COVID-19 coronavirus curve. Beyond medical and clinical strengths, UC’s research and innovation relevance in this current crisis span multi-disciplinary fields from basic research into emergent infectious disease, social and medical epidemiology and medical ethics. A key focus is the identification of research that has the possibility for outcomes and translation in the near-term, as well as the longer-term research that will likely take greater investment of resources and time, to prepare us for future infectious disease outbreaks. 

•Provide federal research grantmaking agencies with additional funding for administrative supplementsto assist research institutions address unforeseen or prohibitive costs due to the forced suspension or slowdown of federally supported research activity.•Provide additional researchfunding into diagnostics, vaccine and/or therapies to the Department of Defense and National Science Foundation to complement the work at the Department of Health and Human Services

•Provide federal departments that grant research funds to use expedited contracting models—including Other Transaction Authority—when possible.•Provide additional funding to the National Institutes of Health’s I-Corps, the Department of Defense’s Defense Innovation Unit, and the National Science Foundation’s RAPID and EAGER programs to fund the innovation at start-up companies which could address the immediate needs for COVID-19 testing and recovery efforts.Thank you for your consideration of our requests. If you have questions, please contact UC...

(signed by Janet Napolitano)
March 23, 2020
Dear Members of Congress:On behalf of the University of California (UC), the California State University (CSU) and the California Community Colleges (CCC), as well as the nearly 2.9 million students our institutions serve, we contact you today with requests that are vital to the continued wellbeing of our students and the continued operation of our institutions through and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. First and foremost, thank you for the swift action taken on the immediate priorities addressed in the supplemental appropriations package recently signed into law. Our institutions appreciate the investments made to help stabilize the economy and address the immediate health needs of our communities. While the total cost of the COVID-19 pandemic to our institutions will remain unknowable in the short-term, we are confident that the overall impact of the outbreak will be extraordinary. As public institutions, we serve many vulnerable student populations, including students who are low-income, homeless and formerly foster youth, for whom the loss of on-campus housing and services will signify the loss of an important social safety net. Further, our education and research enterprise relieson long-term, continuous staffing and federal financial support, which has become prohibitively difficult to maintain with campus closures expected to persist for several months.In order to support the continued operations of our public colleges and universities, both for the good of our students and for California, we request your assistance in providing emergency aid for students and institutions, access to low-cost capital, grant assistance in the transition to remote instruction and temporary statutory and regulatory flexibility.Immediate Emergency Aid to Students and Institutions: To address our students’ and institutions’ immediate need for financial aid—resulting from the cancellation of in-person instruction, changes to housing contracts, emergency travel to or from campus, reduced current and future enrollment of international and out-of-state students and a myriad of yet-to-be-determined expenses and shortfalls—we ask you to invest broadly in students and our public institutions through the Pell Grant disbursement system. We recommend a per-student allocation, with 25 percent of aid sent directly to students (up to $1,500 per student), and that the remainder be used by institutions to offset losses or for additional expenses incurred due to COVID-19. Access to Low-Cost Capital: Once the COVID-19 pandemic ends, colleges and universities will face significant infrastructural challenges in returning to normal operations, and access to low-cost capital will be an essential complement to other federal aid sources used for these purposes. Furthermore, providing access to zero-interest loans during the pandemic with the opportunity to refinance existing debt would allow institutions to free up resources for outbreak response purposes. Provide Tax Relief to Institutions of Public Higher Education:As stated above, the ability to refinance debt would allow our institutions, especially those with teaching hospitals, to save money during this crisis. To this end, Congress could temporarily reinstitute Advance Refunding Bonds. To help students in the short term, temporarily suspending the taxability of scholarships and/or grant aid would permit low-and middle-income students to retain more of the aid they rely on to pay for their college education. Grant Assistance in Transition to Remote Instruction:While unprecedented, many higher education institutions have taken the critical step of transitioning student instruction and coursework to remote modalities—at this moment, it is the safest way to continue instruction. While remote instruction was already occurring to some degree at our institutions, the rapid migration to online platforms for nearly all of our students is both a significant expense and a dramatic adjustment for many instructors, programs of study and students. Considering the number of low-income, first generation and underrepresented students that our institutions serve, we expect that many students will require additional technological resources and tools to complete their education, often at significant personal expense. We request Congress’ assistance in establishing a Technology Implementation Fund that provides grants to institutions to ensure that the resources required for success in remote modalities are equitably apportioned to our students.State Higher Education Fiscal Stabilization Fund:We call on Congress to establish a State Higher Education Fiscal Stabilization Fund to help colleges and universities manage this extreme financial stress.A similar fund was created in 2009 and it provided a lifeline for colleges and universities at a time when they 
were hemorrhaging revenues and forced to lay off hundreds of faculty.State budgets will likely absorb an even greater shock in the coming weeks and months, and colleges and universities need to be enabled to continue vital operations.Statutory and Regulatory Flexibility: We recognize the value and critical importance of strong statutory and regulatory oversight in the administration of federal funds to colleges and universities, especially while campuses operate in a routine manner. In the current environment, however, we seek statutory and regulatory flexibility to allow our institutions to continue serving our students and campus communities as comprehensively as possible. For example, regulations governing the disbursement of federal aid is subject to Return to Title IV provisions—provisions which may adversely impact both students and institutions in the short-term, and have critical impact on the university’s continuing disbursement of federal aid in the long-run. Further, Pell eligibility should not be reduced for students participating in programs of study that were abruptly terminated or modified due to COVID-19. Campuses should also not be prevented from transferring funds from one campus-based aid program to another, and we ask that the limits and allowable uses for grant aid be lifted and increased to allow for the best use of those funds, as established by financial aid officers at each campus.As you continue the vitally important task of addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigating the impact of a financial crisis on our economy, we cannot stress enough the urgency of these requests. We ask you to provide our institutions—as well as the students we are educating, the patients we are treating, the physicians, nurses and other health professionals we are training and the research we are conducting—with the federal support necessary to preserve our operations at this critical time. Our mission as public colleges and universities remains resolute, even in this moment of unprecedented crisis.If you have any questions about this letter or these requests, please contact our federal governmental relations staff.
(signed by Napolitano, White, Ortiz Oakley)

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

"four University of California Health medical centers — UC San Diego Health, UC San Francisco, UC Irvine Health and UC Davis Health — have begun recruiting participants for a Phase II clinical trial to investigate the safety and efficacy of treating adult patients with COVID-19 with"... and other things like that UC Regents Meeting 4/15
"Physician-scientists at four University of California Health medical centers — UC San Diego Health, UC San Francisco, UC Irvine Health and UC Davis Health — have begun recruiting participants for a Phase II clinical trial to investigate the safety and efficacy of treating adult patients with COVID-19 with remdesivir, an antiviral drug that has shown activity in animal models and human clinical trials of SARS-CoV, MERS-CoV, Ebola, Marburg and other viruses.

Remdesivir is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for treatment of any infection, but is undergoing clinical trials for treatment of multiple viral diseases, including COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) infections.

The multicenter trial will be randomized, double-blind and placebo-controlled, with the capacity to enroll in up to 75 sites globally. The UC trial will begin with a small cohort of participants. All must be hospitalized patients with diagnosed COVID-19. All must be patients of UC San Diego Health or other participating UC Health systems.

Developed by Gilead Sciences, remdesivir belongs to a class of antiviral drugs that inhibit RNA-dependent RNA polymerase, an enzyme necessary for some RNA viruses like SARS-CoV-2 to replicate. Thus, inhibiting the enzyme may prevent viral replication in infected cells. The most commonly used antiviral drug in this class of drugs is acyclovir, used for the treatment of herpes simplex virus, chickenpox and shingles.

The study will consist of a series of two-arm comparisons between different therapeutic agents and a placebo, with interim monitoring to introduce new arms as needed and to allow for early stoppage if any agents prove ineffective or unsafe.

“Due to the evolving, fluid nature of this research and what we’re learning daily about the virus and about improving treatment, the trial is designed to be adaptive, to shift investigation to the most promising avenues,” said co-principal investigator Constance Benson, MD, professor of medicine at UC San Diego School of Medicine and an infectious disease specialist at UC San Diego Health.

“With this type of adaptive study design, if remdesivir proves to be safe and active, the clinical trial may be rapidly adapted to remove the requirement for a placebo arm and add a treatment arm that includes other promising antiviral or other investigational drug to compare with the activity of remdesivir.”

Dan Sweeney, MD, associate clinical professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at UC San Diego School of Medicine, is co-principal investigator of UC San Diego-based trial.

The trial is projected to run to April 1, 2023 and will ultimately involve an estimated total of 440 participants. It is sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)."
The first round/traunch of stimulus touted today reportedly not for the individ. states, - entire higher ed industry under strain of attempts at projections for enrolllment numbers for next academic year and staffing numbers--which is why likely UC needs to be collab. on the case for that support for/with CA, are they? Next time UC Regents meet is scheduled :UC health afffairs committee April 15th perhaps a good time to lay it out. Yes. Or, just relying on OP behind the scenes UC in DC moves? see ending notes also in:
-but not so bad - if following guidelines then a rebound...
good news hopes, indications that
Social/spatial distancing is working;:
flattening the curve might be looking like this now happening: but ya gotta:

Monday, March 23, 2020

"I am certain that our old way of life will come back, and promise to keep you informed as we learn more about how and when this will occur. "- said UC Berkeley chancellor...

"University Cash, Makarechian, and Deck Chairs "  
"At the Wednesday and Thursday Regents meetings, Regent Hadi Makarechian, chair of the Finance and Capital Strategies Committee, asked that various items which involved expenditures be pulled off the agenda and pushed the campus chancellors to do a "stress test" based on their cash positions." ..."The notion that the state will "buy out" the planned tuition increase (consideration of which has now been postponed once again) is becoming more dubious by the minute. And let's not even think about what the stock market decline has done to the funding ratio of the UC pension. (It is noteworthy that the Investments Committee did not meet in conjunction with the larger Regents meeting. No future special meeting of that committee is currently scheduled on the Regents website.)"
see also:

"UC Regents Hear Update on Coronavirus, Concerns From Workers"

"Here’s how UC Berkeley is supporting students in the COVID-19 pandemic""orders for graduation caps and gowns. In a previous email, campus officials said a decision has yet to be made about commencement activities."...
this 3/24 update on Cal commencement ( but not acad dept decisions included in it):
UC Irvine and UCLA have made statements on their commencement exercises:
--maybe UCOP should've sent a message on virtual commencement exercises suggestions etc?... 

UCSF Med ER head interviewed on how they are addressing the hard questions that come up in treating Covid 19 in this story, interview conducted by former ABC Nightline Ted Koppel:
" As COVID-19 cases increase, hospitals are preparing for a situation in which the number of patients far exceeds doctors' supply of medical equipment needed to keep them alive. Senior contributor Ted Koppel looks at the agonizing life-and-death choices hospitals soon may be facing. Air Date: Mar 22, 2020"

____ "Converging Crises Part I: Covid Shutdown Theory " ____ Regent Blum, he is a member of the UC Regents Health Services committee and frequently heads up and plans meetings w/ UCSF- now he is coming up in this coverage:
Weeks Before Virus Panic, Intelligence Chairman Privately Raised Alarm, Sold Stocks
The Senator tweeted out this explanation:
"During my Senate career I’ve held all assets in a blind trust of which I have no control. Reports that I sold any assets are incorrect, as are reports that I was at a January 24 briefing on coronavirus, which I was unable to attend."
via Twitter 

This periodical does this:
previously they had this: In the 90's there was this on Blum fin. effect on DiFi's pol career: -unclear where this all goes, sen ethics committee etc....but as far as UC Regents e.g. : Did the UC Regents health affairs committee discuss Covid 19 in closed sessions over the past year? _____ includes this: "I am certain that our old way of life will come back, and promise to keep you informed as we learn more about how and when this will occur. "...

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Admissions Testing at UC Controversy continues, and so do UC Regents Meetings

"SAT wars: Report bolsters idea of dropping SAT, ACT tests for UC admission "
for CSHE Report:
for Academic Senate report:

..."As University of California regents prepare to discuss Thursday whether to drop SAT and ACT test scores as an admission requirement, a new research paper is likely to deepen the sharp disagreement over the value of standardized tests in predicting college performance.
The new analysis strongly rejects a key conclusion of a highly anticipated report by a UC Academic Senate task force, which recommended continued use of the SAT and ACT tests for now despite growing legal and political pressure to drop them.
Opponents of the tests say they unfairly discriminate on the basis of race, income and parent education levels. "..."The task force’s preliminary findings concluded that the tests may actually help boost enrollment of disadvantaged students and better predict college performance than high school grades. "..."But such claims are “spurious,” based on a fundamental error of omitting student demographics in the prediction model, according to the new paper, released Wednesday by Saul Geiser, senior associate at the UC Berkeley Center for Studies in Higher Education.
When demographics such as family income and parent education level are included in the prediction model, the results reverse and high school grades are actually shown to be more influential than the SAT or ACT, according to Geiser’s analysis, which was based on data presented in an appendix to the task force report.
Test scores are much more closely correlated with family income and education than high school grades, he said."..."The UC Academic Senate task force members stood by their work.
“What can I say? Saul unfortunately is wrong,” said Li Cai, a UCLA professor who directs the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing.
Cai said the task force analyses “very much included the purportedly omitted demographic variables, through a more transparent means.” He said task force members chose to use a different and simpler model than did Geiser so the public would more easily understand their findings.
He also said Geiser’s model did not reflect how admissions decisions are actually made at UC campuses. Admissions officers compensate for the discriminatory impact of SAT and ACT scores by discounting their weight while increasing emphasis on grades in application reviews of underserved students, the report found.

Among students with SAT scores of 1,000 — the 40th percentile — half of Latinos were admitted compared to less than one-third of whites, the task force found. The report found similar advantages for students who are low-income and the first in their families to attend college.
Those findings, however, were challenged by another expert, Jesse Rothstein, a UC Berkeley professor of public policy and economics.
“The task force report got a lot of things wrong about the SAT,” Rothstein said.
“In particular, it overstates the value of SAT scores for predicting student success in college, and has no basis for its conclusion that UC admissions ‘compensate’ for test score gaps between groups.”" see the article in full
the UC Regents board is in open session at 8:30am PST:

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

"Silver Linings V-Curve Recovery Dreams Playbook" -A UC Regents Discussion of the "Excellent-Essential-Non-Essential-anxious-calm-informed-vigilant-resilient-caring"

The term UC "essential staff" and "non-essential staff" was used quite a bit at today's UC Regents Meeting and UCOP Risk Services office repeatedly were exclusive in responses to those questions...With that, some coverage of today's UC Regents meeting. 
"Audit finds troubling errors in UC admissions, in wake of Varsity Blues scandal"
"At the University of California, one campus admitted an applicant to a coveted slot for top athletes who then never appeared on the team roster after enrolling. Another campus accepted a homespun computer printout as proof of an applicant’s equestrian talents. A third inexplicably let
an applicant use his musical track record as proof that he’d won a science award."
"UC regents postpone vote on tuition increase, citing coronavirus uncertainties"

"University Of California Withdraws Tuition Hike, Student Leaders Demand More Help"

"Give us a tuition break, say California students forced into online university classes
Schools are willing to refund housing and dining plans but not tuition. "

"UC Regents should consider impact of college admissions tests on public schools
When testing requirements are properly aligned, the best test prep is regular classroom instruction"

--In additoin to the content above that came up at UC Regents today:
the UC Regents meeting today included a convoluted renaming of fin cap committee agenda items and a real tussle between the chair of the fin cap committee Regent M and some chancellors (UCSF, UCI,) who wanted regent approval of some start up of campus building projects to take place regardless of present day realities - the chancellors promised they would, after regents approval of the project, back track  or shut down of these very same projects if asked to, if necessary. Regent M received support for his stance from regents Sherman, then Lieb and others.Then there was a strange round of confusing communications from UCM to the chair of Fin Cap committee on how they wanted to proceed. Agenda items also were renamed and numbered adding to the confusion. Eventually chair Perez stepped in and some items received approval and some items were held over for further discussion and vote tomorrow. It was bizarre and important lenghy exchange to watch.
with that in mind see also:
Regent Relly and Leib noted that there needs to be a review of what happened on the prop 13 fiasco that did not pass even though UC was a fait accompli about it- they will try to do that discusson in July.-- the Public Engagement committee went ahead with another ballot move- this time for $5.5 billion ...some regents like Regent Park pointed out she will vote no on it for some very good reasons- including that CA rainy day fund which is nothing in comparison to COVID 19 damage...Should public engagemnt committtee really be point on ballot initiatives, btw?

UC Berkeley Chancellor Christ gave another overly cheerful,giddy delivery of presentation this time on Cal $6 Billion fundraising campaign which will extend many years beyond her term as Cal chancellor, - the enthusiasm did not translate well to these times...
The regents discussed rules around holding any emergency or urgent meeting if necessary in future.
The regents, interestinglhy, used ZOOM for their closed session
There were some regents and chancellors who did not appear to participate in or vote in today's meeting.
Regent Butler is heading up a subcommittee that has held two conference calls on the subject of framework of UC Regents committee work, she reported to tthe regents governance committee. She said that her committee was told (by whom?) to reach out to Regent Lansing about prior regents work and pro and con of how committees work or operate...Keiffer also offered his view. This is breaking no new ground and the regents should really reach out to former regents outside the active regent circle and reach out to former regents who can clearly articulate on the subject and fomer regents who were successful in putting place good governance rules that have lasted -It would seem those few regents are easy to identify and the list is short.
Prior to this regents meeting: The regents secretary told public commenters they would need to contact her with various pieces of info - but the regents secretary apparently made no attempt to section the public comment by topic which would have been helpful in the format used today where some speakers were repeatedly referencing each other out of context of other speakers...
The Mauna Kea telescope issue popped up in the midddle of speakers topics on tuition and UC med issues etc and ate up a chunk of public comment because the UC Regents have still not held their promised special session on it - and frankly it seems an issue better suited to a different forum style meeting so that UC and CA specific issues at campuses can be discussed more thoroughly.
The costs for that project have also apparently significantly increased-
but that was true days ago and not today- when each day is =year--- and HI might econ benefit from the telescope given the new realities and pressures of the COVID 19 pandemic, or might not.
Some of the regents during public comment became concerned about not receiving paper or digital copy of the public commenters full remarks or being assured access to them- and the regents secretary did not say that staff received a copy of full statements to be able to provide to the regents if speakers were cut off or experienced audio visual problems or spoke on something complicated -- all of which happened.
recommendation: if you are giving public comment in this format tell regents you want to or that you have given their secretary a copy of your remarks ,materials in case you"re cut off...
"Impact of Covid-19 on UC Graduate Students: Now is the Time to Improve their Funding, Not Cut It"

On the 'where's janet', there was this yesterday- how well it circulated, was read,-who knows, but there it is , and the tone rather late:
"Letter from UC President Janet Napolitano to the UC community "
University of California President Janet Napolitano today (Mar. 17) sent the following letter to the UC community about COVID-19:

To the UC community:

The spread of the COVID-19 virus across the world and here in California is causing understandable concern across the University. First, I want to assure you that UC leaders are monitoring this situation closely, and that we are doing everything we can to protect our students, faculty, staff, medical center patients and campus visitors. The health, safety and well-being of the University community is our top priority.

Our campuses and the UC Office of the President have made alternative arrangements and provisions to enable students and employees to reduce the risk of community spread by minimizing face-to-face interactions, reducing commuting and travel, and enabling social distancing. On Monday, March 16, seven Bay Area counties announced “shelter-in-place” orders, and the UC Office of the President in Oakland is closed at least until April 7. This week, the UC Board of Regents meeting will also be held as a teleconference.

We also want to ensure that our employees are financially secure through this crisis. Yesterday, I issued updated guidance outlining expanded paid administrative leave to address the extraordinary demands placed on UC employees and their families due to COVID-19. The executive order makes all employees eligible to receive a one-time allotment of up to 128 hours of paid administrative leave to be used no later than December 31, 2020, based on certain conditions.

I know many of us feel anxious about these fast-moving developments, but I encourage everyone to remain calm yet vigilant. You can find detailed information about UC’s systemwide response to COVID-19 and other helpful resources here. This includes links to campus-specific information, the latest travel advisories, guidance tailored to UC faculty and staff, updated guidance on expanded paid administrative leave, and frequently asked questions about the virus. You can also find tips here from a UCSF psychologist on how to stay clearheaded amid coronavirus anxiety.

I also want to recognize our exceptional UC employees — at our campuses, medical centers, laboratories and the Office of the President — who are working tirelessly to prevent and respond to both confirmed and suspected illnesses, and to ensure that critical UC operations continue as smoothly as possible. I’d like to thank everyone in the UC community who has helped us transition to working and studying remotely. These are unusual circumstances for many of us, and I greatly appreciate everyone’s flexibility, cooperation, understanding and patience as we work through the many issues associated with this uncertain situation.

This is a difficult time, but remember that the University of California is a resilient and caring community. We take on big challenges every day, and we use facts and science to guide our actions. Stay calm and informed. Take care of yourself, your families and your community. Together, we will weather this crisis.
Yours very truly,
Janet Napolitano
University of California
There is also: 
"College Athletes Could Soon Cash In
A new state bill could be a game-changer for athletes, colleges, and the NCAA."

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

New UC Regents Changes To Regents March Meetings Arrangements

Will it gets some folks" 'Irish Up'?  -or, let it roll... just another change due to these strange times?? 
The Regents could have stated this earlier rather than a few hours before the. 
first meeting which is the Basic Needs committee that  begins today at 3:30 pm PST 

fuul board for Thursday:

Notice of Regents Meeting, March 17-19, 2020

Reads As Folllows:
The world is facing an extremely serious public health threat related to COVID-19 (coronavirus).  Declarations of Emergency have been issued by federal, state and local officials, and public health officials have placed a limit on mass gatherings and have restricted and/or advised against all travel except that which is deemed essential.  The University of California provides essential services to the People of California and continues to operate.  As we manage through this crisis, important business remains to be done and matters require action so that our community can continue to plan.  In all events, the University of California holds as its highest priority the health, safety and wellbeing of its students, faculty, staff,  visitors and all other members of its communities.For these reasons, it is necessary that the Board of Regents meeting scheduled for March 17 -19 not proceed as an in-person meeting and instead it    

will be conducted as a teleconference.  

There will be no public access to the previously noticed meeting site and no in-person public comment. 

The public will still have a full opportunity to observe the meeting and to make public comment, as follows:
•Members of the public are encouraged to watch the meeting via livestream through the Regents website. 
•Members of the public who wish to offer public comment by phone may do so by providing their phone number in advance to 
The Secretary and Chief of Staff will call that number if and when your name is called from the list.
All public comments will be selected randomly.
Efforts will be made to accommodate each individual who has signed up to speak. 
However, given time constraints, there is no guarantee that all who have signed up will be able to address the Regents
.•Written comments may be mailed or emailed in advance of the meeting to the Regents Office (  To the extent possible all written comments will be distributed to members of the Board, or its appropriate committee, prior to thebeginning of the Board or committee meeting. "  

Also see:
Meetings of The Regents of the University of California and its committees are scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, March 17-19, 2020, by teleconference, as follows. Please note that all times indicated and the order of business are approximate and subject to change.

Click on each Committee/Board meeting  to see the agendas and on each open session agenda item to see background materials.

Live video streaming is available during the open session meetings.
Now lets turn to:
The folks who are the real people doing the heavy lifting on COVID 19 -some are writing about their experiences:
"'I've accepted that I will likely get COVID-19' UCSF doctor treating infected patient pleads for people to stay home"
"A doctor at UC San Francisco -- who says he is currently treating coronavirus patients -- is pleading with people to stay home amid the outbreak. In a now-viral Facebook post, Sajan Patel, MD said he plans to continue treating patients for several more weeks, that he has "accepted that I will likely get COVID-19 doing so," and that the United States is on the "path to becoming the next Italy.""...
Also see at UCSF this piece:
"I am an ER physician and I have COVID-19."
Erin go Bragh --Éirinn go Brách-- Éire go Brách
lots of folks spell it lots of ways..
Go figure- But
the best way to enjoy:

UC Expands Admin Leave Rules in Response to COVID 19, more

"UC President Janet Napolitano orders expanded paid administrative leave in response to COVID-19"
"UC President Janet Napolitano issued an executive order Monday mandating expanded paid family leave for UC workers in response to the COVID-19, colloquially known as the coronavirus, pandemic.
The order makes all employees eligible to receive up to 128 hours of paid administrative leave one time before Dec. 31. It comes with several conditions, including"...
“The University of California holds as its highest priority the health, safety and wellbeing of its students, faculty, clinicians, administrators and employees, and all other members of its communities,” Napolitano said in the order. “As President of the University, I have concluded that critical steps must be taken to limit the exposure of members of our community to the disease within our community, to care for those who have fallen ill or otherwise been exposed, and to assure the continued functioning of critical operations.”

- while at the same time this view:
"Where's Janet? The silence from UCOP is deafening"
-that frustration here earlier as well
"Remote Instruction in the Spring: Dylan De-escalates"
"UC Berkeley students hold ‘wildcat’ strike for more pay, rehiring of fired workers"
see full article 
..."UC Berkeley will become familiar with term “digital picket” this week, as graduate students, who are already working from home because of the coronavirus, begin a work stoppage Monday.

The student workers are going on a “wildcat” strike — meaning it hasn’t been authorized by UAW 2865, the UC graduate student union representing some 19,000 workers — to demand cost-of-living pay adjustments and the rehiring of dozens of their counterparts who have been fired from UC Santa Cruz.

“In the Bay Area and across California, wages are stagnating compared to the cost of living,” said Helen, a Ph.D. student in engineering and an organizer of the wildcat strike. She said the organizers are not revealing their last names publicly over a fear of retaliation."...
"How UC Berkeley is responding to county shelter-in-place order"
"Op-ed: Administration must work with students to mitigate impacts of COVID-19"

Sunday, March 15, 2020

University of California COVID 19 Testng In Some Coverage

Friday March 13th episode of MSNBC's  The Beat with Ari Melber 
Included this exchange Ari Melber interview with CA  US Rep. Waters- our own rush transcript  of it here:
Melber:..what is going on as far as testing?

Waters: " I have a friend that I happened to call today and she had gone to UCLA after having symptoms, you know, real symptoms.
They gave her a test for influenza. They told her she didn't have influenza and she said to them what about the coronavirus test? And they said they were not giving that test. And she then called a friend who has great influence and they told her to stay there don't leave and this friend with great influence at UCLA forced them to give her the test. So they gave her the test but they could not give her the results in any short period of time and so they sent her home. So, when I talked to her she was at home in great pain, had terrific headaches, coughing, and a fever and she was waiting on the results of the test that they had been forced to give her over at UCLA and I don't know what is happening now, I have to check back to see if she ever got the results of that test. But I do know this: she and her daughter are basically alone and I had to inquire about whether she had food in the house and what was going on and she said she had someone who was going to bring some food and leave it on the doorstep. This is a situation that I think is typical of what is happening in this courntry. Unfortunately, we were not prepared.The greatest country in the world was not prepared for this pandemic. Its unfortunate. "

Obserrved the exchange  on air and now it has becone  a video clip circulating  on social media and re-circulating in various spaces
The transcript and video clip are not currently available at MSNBC sites or would point directly there (as a side kvetch: they are slow on turnaround on that sort of thing and what they pick  and don't pick for video clip content is sometimes odd, tilted, and disappointing) but in coming days you can try to find it here:
Then, see this thread:

I got excited when I read this headline because I've been wanting UC Health to bust out as a huge public asset in a time of fear and crisis. I thought @UCSF
 was making test kits and spreading them around CA. Not what @TeresaWatanabe's piece says

The most successful #Covid19 responses have been in China and South Korea--China with invasive testing and checking and travel lockdowns, and S Korea with free widespread testing--auto drive-throughs that would be great in California

S Korea so far offers 3 crucial insights into #COVID19. (1) younger people DO get it (but don't die, and can transmit).  (2) If your public health system isn't overwhelmed, the #Covid19 death rate is as low as 0.5%. (3) new cases are already going DOWN.

the whole thing depends on testing asymptomatic people for free, all over, conveniently.  In the US, we have tested fewer people for #Covid19 since it appeared than S Korea tests every day.  We thus are stuck with partial travel blockages and indiscriminate social distancing

I am self-isolating in Santa Barbara until Wed because of contact with one of my "Global HE in 2050" conference guests from Britain. I think she caught a cold in Cambridge from her kids, who are also sick. By my mother is 90 and I can't take a chance--or get tested and cleared.

Americans have come to accept that we're an underdeveloped country infrastructurally-- 3rd rate in broadband compared to S Korea et al, as one known example. But we think our best is best in the world, like UC Health. @ProfGlantz

so I'd expect UC health to rush to the rescue, figure out a cheap test kit, find a manfacturer to crank it out, and dump it for free in the public domain -- testing for all, like the Salk vaccine did in knocking down polio in the 1950s @DougHenwood

In fact, the LAT article says UC is creating tests privately with Stanford and others for in-house use on their own patients, not for the general public. And not for the well people who may carry and must also be tested.

We think of US science as best in the world, but US #Covid19 numbers are junk, and they are junk because we can't test masses of people, and we can't test masses of people because we don't have the public health infrastructure we need.  it's  #privatization at work @jana_bacevic

Rather than academic scientists identifying the public problem, a UCLA doc confuses everyone by saying they're "leading the charge in California."  Next graf clarifies: "@UCSF
 officials emphasized...that they are using the test for their own, sickest patients, not the public."

maybe the pandemic will get our collective minds around the fact that privatization underdevelops societies--and can kill people. UC Health could start by admitting the limits of its own business model and offering something big to the Covid-haunted CA public. @hiltzikm
other coverage:
the cspan transcript has:

-Porter also said to be working on getting 'UC as a lead instituion to expand mass testing' to happen