COVID-19

As we all navigate uncharted territory during this COVID-19 epidemic, La Jolla Institute for Immunology is committed to updating the community on its related research efforts underway as well as resources for additional information. Click below to learn more.

STAFF SUPPORT AND RESOURCES

Guidelines for Expanded Research Mode

The County of San Diego is starting the process of slowly easing restrictions and on Monday, May 11, 2020, research labs will slowly start resuming scientific research following strict social distancing and hygiene guidelines, as well as regularly scheduled cleaning and disinfecting measures. A coordinated approach and flexibility of team members will be key to ensure a smooth transition to expanded research operations.

Effective Monday, May 11, 2020, the following general guidelines and policies will be in effect:

On Monday, May 11, 2020, the ID badges of all LJI employees who have completed a mandatory safety training will be activated.

All LJI employees who can effectively work remotely will continue to do so. All others should only spend time in the building if absolutely necessary. Your supervisor will discuss your teams’ specific situation.

If you have any sign of a cold, fever, chills, cough, running nose, headache, flu-like symptoms, loss of sense of smell and taste you must stay at home and inform your supervisor and HR. Work can only be resumed 48 hours after you are free of symptoms.

Everyone entering or reentering the building is REQUIRED to undergo a thermal screen upon entry, including those with access through the parking garage, as well as any pre-approved visitors seeking to enter LJI. Anyone failing the thermal screen will not be permitted entry to the facility.

As before, if you were in contact with a person who is/was infected with SARS-CoV-2 you have to self-quarantine at home for 14 days. Please inform your supervisor and HR. Each case will be treated confidentially.

Only pre-approved, essential visitors are allowed in the building. Guests and/or children of employees are NOT allowed into the building. Please find the complete visitor policy here: LJI Approved Visitor Policy

The building can only be entered/exited through the main entrance on the north side of the building.

Everybody is required to wear a face mask at all times, including while traveling into or out of LJI. (The only exception to the face mask requirement is, when you are located in private offices.).

Due to the shortage of face masks, we ask you to continue reusing comfort masks and use UV light to decontaminate masks between uses. LJI will provide 2 comfort masks/person. Cloth mask are acceptable.

Practice social distancing and wash hands regularly. Avoid touching your face. Always keep at least a distance of 6 feet between people.

Limit use of lunch and breakrooms. Only use them to either purchase or heat up food, during which time social distancing should be maintained.

Food deliveries are NOT allowed, including curbside pickup. The Institute will NOT accept any food deliveries.

Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing protocols will continue. Please contact EH&S for additional hand sanitizer, wipes, ethanol or spray bottles if needed.

All meetings and seminars should continue via videoconference.

No work-related travel is permitted until June 30.

Scientific Cores:

You can find specific information for each core below:

Clinical Studies
DLAC
Flow Cytometry
Sequencing
Microscopy and Histology

We are actively evaluating the possibility of offering voluntary testing to employees. Unfortunately, currently available options are still too limited in scope and accuracy to provide any added benefit beyond following social distancing and enhanced hygiene measures.

Please email covid-19@lji.org if you have any questions or concerns.