UC Davis and Long Beach ramp up COVID protection for residents

A worker holds a medical instrument inside Veterans Memorial Center in Davis, California, where UC Davis staff, students, and residents of the area received free COVID-19 tests, as part of the Healthy Davis Together project. January 28, 2021. Photo by Sue Peri for Healthy Davis Together.

The University of California, Davis offers free coronavirus testing and quarantine housing not just to students and university employees, but to the nearly 70,000 Davis residents too. The program, known as the The Healthy Davis Together project, has caught more than 800 asymptomatic cases so far. 

In Long Beach, the city is already vaccinating teachers and grocery store workers. That’s on top of health care workers, long-term care residents and staff, and people 65 and older. Long Beach has its own public health department, so it can set different rules than the rest of LA County.