COVID-19 A-Z

A-Z Directory

 

This A to Z guide provides brief overviews of various coronavirus-related topics, from course formats to travel guidelines and links to resources.

A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M - N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z

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Administrative leave for COVID-19 testing and exposure

Paid administrative leave is available to eligible employees – please see the information below for more details.
More Information on testing and exposure

More Information on vaccinations

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CARES Act Funding

See EMERGENCY AID.

Child Care

The university operates five on-campus child care centers. Parents and clients of these centers are being communicated with directly.
child care centers

CLASSES
Courses will be offered in several modes, including:
  • Hybrid—A class that blends both same-time (synchronous) in-person instruction and flex-time (asynchronous) online instruction.
  • IVC (Interactive Video Class)Fully digital class that uses same-time delivery using web video technology. The class has a scheduled meeting time. Canvas serves as the class location, with learning materials and links to join the class video meetings.
  • IVC-Hybrid—This class is a mixture of in-person and same-time online interactive video.
  • In-PersonA traditional, campus-based, fully in-person class with a scheduled room and meeting time.
  • OnlineA class facilitated online, primarily through Canvas, with greater than 80% of the required learning activities taking place digitally when a student chooses. An online class does not have required locations or meeting times; although, regular, substantive instructor-student interactions are an expected part of the teaching and learning process.
Each class in a student's schedule should include one of these descriptions/modalities.
CLEANING
After a positive case of COVID-19 occurs emergency cleaning will be undertaken. All building areas that the individual has come in to contact with will be disinfected. The affected area will be vacated until it has been disinfected and the community will be told when it is safe to return. Learn more here.
Contact tracing

Contact tracing is a key component of keeping the University of Utah community safe. Contact tracers work closely with people who have tested positive for COVID-19 to determine where they have been on campus and with whom they may have interacted (called “contacts”) while infectious, in addition to gathering clinical data like symptoms to help public health officials better understand the disease. After speaking with the patient, the contact tracer will then follow-up with contacts to alert them to a possible exposure and go over quarantine protocols.

Contact tracers also actively monitor the symptoms of those who have been exposed to the virus after they have been fully vaccinated. Although breakthrough cases are unusual, they do occur, and staying abreast of the exposed individuals' symptoms can help Contact Tracers catch and contain the virus early before it spreads more.

When someone from the UofU Public Health calls you, answer the phone, or return their call as soon as possible. You can also text the Contact Tracing Unit at 801-585-6600 to let the unit know what a good time would be for you to talk on the phone. Check your UofU email inbox regularly, as all confidential communications can only occur through that email. We take your privacy very seriously.

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Counseling

The University Counseling Center staff is committed to supporting the mental health needs of our campus community while mitigating COVID-19 risks in our department. The center is providing all services as telephone and secure video conference appointments for currently enrolled students. Telephone crisis services are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can reach us at 801-581-6826 for crisis support. For after-hours emergencies, contact the 24/7 Crisis Line at 801-587-3000.
Counseling Center

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EMployee exposure guide

Recommendations for employees exposed to coronavirus.

view guidance

event planning guidance

These guidelines apply to any property owned, managed and/or occupied by the University of Utah.

View GUIDELINES

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Face coverings
Although masks are no longer required, wearing a mask remains an effective means of preventing infection for both unvaccinated and vaccinated people. Consequently, the university will continue to be supportive of those who choose to wear a mask. Words or actions intended to harass those who choose to wear a mask or those who choose not to are counter to the sense of community we seek to foster.
FacILITIES MANAGEMENT FAQ

FAQs for building and personal responsibilities.

View FAQ

faculty flowchart for classroom exposure

Steps to take in case of possible or confirmed case in classroom.

View flowchart

 

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ISOLATION

Isolation is a public health term that means that people who have symptoms of COVID-19 and/or tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) are separated from the general population until they are no longer infectious.  For general guidelines, individuals with COVID-19 are asked to isolate themselves for 10 days from the start of their symptoms. If a person is told to isolate, they should stay away from other people, particularly those at greater risk for COVID-19, and not go out except for a medical appointment. They generally can leave isolation AFTER 10 days if their symptoms are improving and they are fever-free.

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Personal Protective Equipment

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is available for departmental use.

PPE Information

Printed signs

Order COVID-19 safety printed materials from University Print & Mail Services.

order materials

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Quarantine

Quarantine is a public health term that means that people who are not yet sick, but who have been exposed to coronavirus are separated from the general population so they don’t unintentionally infect somebody else. With coronavirus, we quarantine people for 14 days from the last time they were exposed to an infected individual.  There are a number of factors that go into deciding if a person was exposed to the virus, but in simple terms we say if you were within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more (with or without a mask) you may have been exposed. If a person is asked to quarantine, they should stay away from other people, particularly those at greater risk for COVID-19, and not go out except for a medical appointment.

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Research

Under the current moderate level of transmission conditions, limited research activities can be conducted onsite on campus and other facilities and field sites.

Research Community Updates

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SafeUT app

The SafeUT Crisis Chat provides real-time crisis intervention through live chat and a confidential tip program—right from your smartphone. Get free 24/7 access to:

  • Supportive or crisis counseling
  • Suicide prevention
  • Referral services

We can help anyone with emotional crises, relationship problems, mental health or suicide-related issues.

Download the app

Self-isolation

Self-isolation is for people who are already sick or have tested positive for COVID-19 but are not sick enough to be in the hospital. Your doctor may tell you to recover at home. Isolation keeps sick people away from healthy people to stop the virus from spreading. Even in your home, you should try to stay away from other people as much as possible. Stay at home EXCEPT to get medical care.

SELF-REPORTING

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.

REPORT POTENTIAL EXPOSURE

Sick Leave

Applies to all university employees in a paid position (does not need to be a benefit-eligible position), except for employees of University Hospitals and Clinics.

sick leave information

Symptoms checklist

For use in office, classroom, housing or communal spaces.

download PDF

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Transit

For more information visit Commuter Services.

Travel

For the latest on official University travel recommendations visit this page.

Latest travel guidance from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

Telecommuting

Employees who are approved for telecommuting should complete the form below.

Telecommuting form

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