Update: Essential procedures, increased testing capacity, and remdesivir results

Last updated April 23, 2020

A short update from us regarding COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 operations at UC Davis Health:

  • We’ve validated our own highly accurate COVID-19 test, with results available in a few hours. We are currently testing all patients in our hospital, to know the status of every patient. This includes expectant mothers (a few days before expected birth), and patients coming in for same-day operations (when not harmful to their conditions). We are also testing in outpatient locations to help protect providers and immune-compromised patients.

    After steadily increasing our own testing, we are also collaborating with the state to boost California’s testing capacity, as part of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s COVID-19 Testing Task Force. Our clinical lab plans to expand into a high-volume hub to run 1,000 tests/day with the necessary reagents.

  • Preliminary results are in from a world-first clinical study of remdesivir, which included UC Davis Health. Findings from the small, non-randomized study “Compassionate use of remsdesivir for patients with severe Covid-19” were published April 10 in the New England Journal of Medicine. We are also one of 50 U.S. sites assessing sarilumab for COVID-19.

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Essential procedures, safety, and video visits

Following the Governor’s announcement on April 22nd, we are expanding our schedule of essential surgeries, under guidelines defined by the American College of Surgeons and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, for patients with essential needs unrelated to COVID-19. As our region’s major tertiary and quaternary care center, we strive as much as possible to continue serving non-COVID-19 patients who could face adverse outcomes if forced to wait.

To ease concerns of patients who may be coming to UC Davis, we also have published some of the many steps we are taking to help them feel safe. Our goal is for all patients to know that we care deeply about their safety, and the safety of our providers. Please see health.ucdavis.edu/coronavirus/patient-faq.pdf.

We are also using video visit capabilities for new referrals, to help provide specialty and subspecialty care during social distancing. Video visits are also available for pre- and post-procedure care with existing patients. Visits are conducted through the MyUCDavisHealth app; for more information, see the “video visits” page (also available in the menu at health.ucdavis.edu/coronavirus) or view the downloadable PDF flyer.

Please note that our referral system remains unchanged; options are available at referrals.ucdavis.edu.

For additional details and resources on the coronavirus pandemic and our response, we encourage you to browse and bookmark this web page (also located in the “For Health Professionals” tab in the menu at health.ucdavis.edu/coronavirus). Or feel free to reach out to us via the contact information below.

We’re here to help answer your questions, and will continue to keep you informed as conditions change. Thank you for your partnership!

Tracy Bayne

Stacy Hall

Joaquin Munoz

UC Davis Health Public Affairs and Marketing

Physician Referral Liaison Team


To request an urgent referral:

Call our Physician Referral Center at 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284), option #3.