INFORMATION & PRECAUTIONS
Updated JANUARY 19, 2022
MASK ORDER NOW IN EFFECT ON CAMPUS
Salt Lake County has issued a mandatory mask order. This order applies to the University of Utah. All people are required to wear well fitting masks indoors or in “when queueing outdoors. Masks are the first line of defense when you are around others, even if you are vaccinated. If you are in an indoor space with others or any large crowd you should be wearing one. Make sure it is covering both your mouth and your nose. Well-fitting surgical masks, KN95s, or N95s protect better than cloth masks.
In addition, in order to keep the number of cases low members of the campus community are being asked to follow these protocols:
- Test weekly for COVID-19, even if asymptomatic
- Get vaccinated against COVID-19 and get a booster when eligible
- If you test positive, or are unvaccinated and exposed to COVID-19 follow the 5-5-5 rule*
Students who attend the University of Utah are required to be fully vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). With the full FDA approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, the university is also requiring COVID-19 vaccination. Read more about the requirement.
COVID-19 vaccination is also required for all U of U Health Hospitals and Clinics staff, credentialed and privileged providers, and Health Academics staff in patient-sensitive job codes. Dr. Tom Miller detailed the new U of U Health policy in a Clinical Update. More information will become available by mid-September. In the same meeting, Dr. Jeanmarie Mayer answered questions about the policy and provided updates about vaccine effectiveness (32:25-50:14).
Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and our campus community. As a reminder, people are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. While very uncommon, vaccinated individuals can still get a coronavirus infection, but are more likely to have mild or no symptoms. Find your free vaccination now.
GUIDANCE FOR THE CAMPUS COMMUNITY
Testing for current students, faculty, and staff is available.
EMPLOYEE AND SUPERVISOR GUIDANCE
Guidance for faculty, and staff who work in a nonclinical (academic, research, administrative) university building who are close contacts of an infected person.
Guidance for students who are close contacts of an infected person.
Spring 2022 Instructional Guidelines: Some practical recommendations.
Administrative leave for testing and diagnosis
General eligibility requirements for administration.
FACULTY FLOWCHART FOR CLASSROOM EXPOSURE
Steps to take in case of a possible or confirmed case in the classroom.
Information about personal and professional travel both into and out of the state.
Best practices for planning in-person event and gatherings.
CLEANING AND DISINFECTING FACILITIES
Protocols for clean classrooms, labs, and other spaces on campus.
Order signs to remind others of proper practices.
Find more COVID-19 information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Considering what is in the best interest of the university’s strategic goals is management’s top priority. In making telecommuting decisions, managers are encouraged to try to find a balance between what is in the best interest of the university and individual employee's desires. For more information visit the Human Resources work reimagined website. You also can view a town hall on telecommuting and other issues here.
Most recent information regarding COVID-19 at the University of Utah
University of Utah Case Counts
The table below includes reported positive COVID-19 cases among University of Utah staff, faculty, and students. Students who also are employees of the university are only reported in the student number to avoid double counting. The University of Utah has more than 32,000 students (3,400 living in university-owned facilities) and 30,000 employees.
CAMPUS-WIDE Positive COVID-19 cases:
average new cases
|Spring 2022 cases|
|Total cases since
|Students - Total||122||95.6||1759||5698|
|Students in Campus Housing|
(part of total)*