INFORMATION & PRECAUTIONS
Updated july 14, 2021
Masks and face coverings are no longer required at University of Utah facilities.
- Exceptions include:
- Masks will continue to be required inside University of Utah Health dedicated clinical facilities. Regulations vary for other facilities. See full guidelines here.
- Masks will continue to be required on campus buses and shuttles based on a federal public health order.
- All job-related personal protective equipment (PPE) safety requirements will continue to be required consistent with best practices for worker safety.
According to the CDC, wearing a mask remains an effective means of preventing infection for both unvaccinated and vaccinated people. Regardless of what someone chooses (mask or no mask), the university seeks to foster a sense of community and asks everyone on campus to be respectful of individual decisions on mask wearing.
GOOD ADVICE FOR STAYING HEALTHY FROM THE CDC
- Avoid close contact when inside campus buildings, it’s a good idea to maintain 6 feet of physical distance (about two arm lengths) between you and other people, when feasible.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or touching your face. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or the inside of your elbow (if you don’t have a tissue) when coughing or sneezing. Used tissues should be disposed of in the trash. You should immediately wash your hands or exposed elbow with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects daily. Wipe down tables, workstations, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, telephones, cellphones, keyboards, etc. Items such as keyboards and mice can be sanitized with 70% alcohol wipes to avoid damaging electronics.
- Avoid using someone else’s equipment. Don’t use other individuals’ phones, desks, offices, work tools, and equipment when possible. Clean and disinfect them before and after use.
- Monitor your health daily. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, headache, or other symptoms of COVID-19. If you develop symptoms, it’s a good idea to schedule a symptomatic test.
- Stay home if you are sick. The university is asking students, faculty, staff, and visitors to stay home if they are sick. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, chills, new or worsening chronic cough, runny nose, sore throat, the new loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, muscle/body aches, or difficulty breathing/shortness of breath.
WHAT THE U IS DOING
- Providing hand sanitation stations inside main building entrances and near the doors to classrooms and labs.
- Increasing the number of air changes in buildings and using high-efficiency air filters to provide good ventilation.
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.
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.
Positive COVID-19 cases:
|Spring Semester Cases|
(January 1- May 5)
(Aug 24 - Dec 31)
|Students - Total||0||0.6||794||2228||3033|
|Students in Campus Housing|
(part of total)*
Directory for all covid-19 resources
As campus activities—education, research, and community engagement—resume we want you to have the most up to date information available. Please refer to this A-Z guide to answer all your questions.