CARES Act Funding
See EMERGENCY AID.
The university operates five on-campus child care centers. Parents and clients of these centers are being communicated with directly.
child care centers
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.
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.
FAQs for building and personal responsibilities.
faculty flowchart for classroom exposure
Steps to take in case of possible or confirmed case in classroom.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For use in office, classroom, housing or communal spaces.
For more information visit Commuter Services.
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
Employees who are approved for telecommuting should complete the form below.