CA&ES COVID Response

Prioritizing Who Gets Vaccinated for COVID-19 Saves Lives

April 02, 2021
Vaccinating Seniors, Essential Workers First Offers Greatest Public Health Benefit

Waiting for your turn can be frustrating, especially when it comes to COVID-19 vaccinations. But prioritizing who receives the limited supply of vaccines available saves lives and reduces spread of infection, according to a study published today in the journal PNAS from the University of California, Davis. 

California expands access to COVID-19 testing to help communities open safely

March 11, 2021

Since people can transmit COVID-19 without even knowing it, testing people with and without symptoms is an important part of California’s pandemic control strategy.

“COVID-19 testing is critical to ensure prompt diagnosis, treatment and isolation to protect others,” said Heather Riden, program director of the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety at the University of California, Davis. “It’s especially important to regularly test people who work in close proximity to others or indoors for long periods of time.”

COVID-19 Isolation Linked to Increased Domestic Violence, Researchers Suggest

February 24, 2021
Financial Stress Contributes

While COVID-19-related lockdowns may have decreased the spread of a deadly virus, they appear to have created an ideal environment for increased domestic violence. Extra stress in the COVID-19 pandemic caused by income loss, and lack of ability to pay for housing and food has exacerbated the often silent epidemic of intimate partner violence, suggests a new University of California, Davis, study.

UC Davis Launches $3 Million Project to Improve Farmworker COVID Safety

January 27, 2021
Team is Working With Agricultural Industry and Community Groups

California’s 800,000 farmworkers have been hit hard by COVID-19, the disease that has infected more than 25 million people and killed more than 420,000 in the United States. Farmworkers are especially vulnerable to the airborne virus that causes COVID-19 because they often live, work and carpool in close quarters with other people. As essential employees, farmworkers have stayed on the job during the pandemic to plant, process and harvest the nation’s food.

Picnic Day plants find new homes in the community

April 27, 2020

Thanks to greenhouse staff and students in the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CA&ES), 6,300 tiny tomato and strawberry plants originally planned for Picnic Day giveaways will soon find a good home.

“We’re reaching out to local food banks, community gardens and students here on campus to find places and ways to safely distribute these plants,” said Saarah Kuzay, graduate student researcher with the Horticulture and Agronomy Graduate Group.

Students rise to the occasion at the UC Davis Goat Teaching and Research Facility

April 10, 2020

The dedication and character of UC Davis students is clearly evident at the Goat Teaching and Research Facility these days.

“Operations need to continue at the goat facility because the goats need to be fed and milked—regardless of current events,” said Teresa Greenhut, a student resident at the goat barn and adjacent creamery.

CABA personnel keeping an eye on fish

April 06, 2020

In a remote section of campus west of Highway 113, Matthew Stone and a few students are looking after the well-being of thousands of fish at the UC Davis Center for Aquatic Biology and Aquaculture. Stone is the assistant facilities manager at CABA.

“We have quite a large number of fish that we’re trying to take care of and they all have different needs that we need to address,” he said. “These are things we simply cannot skip over during a time like this.”

Students help keep UC Davis animals well cared for

April 01, 2020

by CA&ES Communications team

Quarantine time or not, the livestock and other animals at UC Davis need to be fed and tended to every day. Thanks to dedicated staff and students like Jackson Sawyer, they will be.

Sawyer is a senior in animal science and management. He lives and works at the UC Davis sheep barn, part of a program that gives students a place to live rent free in exchange for managing the animals.

Campus Departments Donate Protective Equipment

March 25, 2020

Campus departments and units are donating thousands of vital supplies to UC Davis Health in its effort to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Late last week, as the campus adjusted to suspended operations, people starting asking how and where they could donate high-demand items. Tim Maguire, chief procurement officer, took on responsibility as point person and it wasn’t long before pledges started coming in.

Budget From Canceled Event Used to Stock The Pantry

March 25, 2020

Each quarter, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences invites students to take a break from the stresses of finals to stop in for coffee, hot chocolate and quick snacks like macaroni and cheese or oatmeal. With no in-person finals this quarter, it wasn’t going to happen, which gave the three staffers who organize the event an idea.

“I asked my team if we could use the budget we typically use and deliver supplies to some resources available on campus,” said Layne DeLorme, student engagement coordinator for Undergraduate Academic Programs.