INFORMATION & PRECAUTIONS
Updated MAY 21, 2021
Masks and face coverings will no longer be required at University of Utah facilities beginning Monday, May 24.
- 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.
WHAT WE ARE DOING TO HELP PROTECT YOU
What the U is doing:
- Cleaning high-use spaces and high-touch surfaces frequently.
- Using clear plastic barriers at most customer-service counters.
- 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.
- Working closely with U of U Health and state officials to ensure we have the latest data and expert advice.
What the U asks you to do:
- Stay home or in your residence hall unit if you have a fever or other symptoms associated with COVID-19.
- Fill out a self-reporting form if you have COVID-19 symptoms, are being tested for the disease because of symptoms, or have had exposure to someone who is positive for COVID-19/been diagnosed with the disease.
- Treat each other with respect and kindness during this unprecedented and challenging time.
- Get a vaccination to protect yourself from the virus.
STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK
- The university is asking students, faculty, and staff to stay home if they are sick. Additionally, follow university employee exposure guidance. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, chills, new or worsening chronic cough, runny nose, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, muscle/body aches, or difficulty breathing/shortness of breath.
- You should only come to campus if ALL of the following are true:
- At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
- You do not have any other flu-like symptoms (for example, cough, or shortness of breath).
- You have had no fever for at least 24 hours (that is one full day of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers).
- You have not had contact with anyone who is COVID positive (including the five days before they were positive) for 14 days.
TESTING AND VACCINATION INFORMATION
The university will continue providing free, weekly asymptomatic COVID-19 testing and a vaccination clinic on campus throughout the summer. Vaccinations are available for all members of the community (including friends and family of university faculty, staff and students) and can be scheduled online.
COVID-19 SELF-REPORTING FORM
- If you are tested for COVID-19 please complete the University of Utah COVID-19 reporting form.
- Keep track of places that you visit on campus and people with whom you interact. Reporting is paramount to campus safety, enabling contact tracing and proper disinfection of the workplace by campus Facilities personnel.
- Report Any Health and Safety Concerns to Environmental Health and Safety.
- Workplace health and safety concerns can be reported through the EHS hazard form. All reports will be treated as confidential and investigated as soon as possible.
- Health and safety guidance cannot anticipate every unique situation. Therefore, individuals on campus must take personal responsibility to be informed and take actions based on common sense and wise judgment that will protect health and support the mission of the university.
- Housing & Residential Education residents should also complete the HRE Self-Report form.
PRACTICE GOOD HYGIENE
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. https://coronavirus.utah.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2020/11/Masking-Guideline-May-2021-FINAL.pdf
- 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, or other symptoms of COVID-19. Take your temperature if you develop symptoms.
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 desires. For more information visit 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||0.1||772||2228||3011|
|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.