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COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Vaccine Info

UMass Dartmouth requires COVID-19 vaccinations for faculty, staff, and all students who wish to live, learn, or physically come to campus.

UMass Dartmouth continues to follow all guidance from the CDC, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the Dartmouth Board of Health to promote a safe and healthy living, learning and working environment on our campus. All of our actions will be guided by, and meet or exceed local, state and federal public health guidelines, with particular attention to factors specific to the UMass Dartmouth campus.

Important Information

Fall applications are now closed.

The Federal Government has authorized HEERF specifically to assist college and university students with COVID-19 related expenses such as:

  • assistance covering costs for food, housing, health care and child care costs for students who have a loss of employment
  • assistance to purchase remote-learning technology and resources, etc.
  • Tuition and other related institutional charges

Eligible students include:

  • Registered full-time for Fall 2022 (12 credits undergrad/law or 9 credits grad).
  • Part-time students may receive a prorated award.
  • International, non-Title IV, and undocumented students.

Review for fall will begin shortly after fall add/drop.

Learn more about HEERF.

MassNotify is a tool that works through smartphones, with a focus on privacy, to alert users who may have been exposed to COVID-19. You can enable MassNotify on your iPhone or Android phone to add another tool to our fight against the spread of COVID-19.

Learn more about policies and resources for University-related travel on our Domestic & International Travel Information website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Students:

  • Immediately isolate yourself and test using an at-home rapid COVID-19 test kit.
  • Message Health Services through the secure messaging feature in the Health Services Patient Portal or by calling 508.910.6652 if you need an appointment.

Faculty & Staff:

  • If you are on campus, go home and isolate, then inform your Department Chair/Supervisor.
  • If your job can be performed remotely and you feel well enough to work, work remotely until you get tested.
  • If your job cannot be performed remotely or you feel too ill to work, use your accrued sick time.
  • Test at home with an at-home rapid COVID-19 test kit or visit the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s testing locator website to find an appointment near you.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. Symptoms may include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.

Students:

  • Immediately isolate yourself for 5 days and wear a medical grade mask for 10 days. You cannot attend in-person classes or any on-campus events until released from isolation.
  • Message Health Services through the Health Services Patient Portal or by calling 508.910.6652.
  • Notify your close contacts that they have been exposed so they can monitor themselves for symptoms and test on Day 6 following exposure. Serial testing is recommended.
  • Notify your professors that you have tested positive and will be absent from classes until released from isolation.
  • If after 5 days you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication and your symptoms are improving, or you never had symptoms, you may leave isolation on Day 6 but continue to wear a medical grade mask around others until Day 11.

Please note:

  • If you live on campus, the Office of Housing and Residential Education will ensure that you can safely isolate in place or move you to temporary isolation housing. Supports will be provided while you are in isolation.
  • If you are a commuter, you cannot isolate on campus and must isolate at home.

Faculty & Staff:

  • Immediately isolate yourself for 5 days and wear a medical grade mask for 10 days.
  • Notify your close contacts that they have been exposed so they can monitor themselves for symptoms and test on Day 6 following exposure. Serial testing is recommended.
  • Contact Human Resources, and your supervisor/department chair.
  • If your job can be performed remotely and you feel able to work, work remotely.
  • If your job cannot be performed remotely or you feel too ill to work, use your accrued sick time or the COVID sick leave bank.
  • If after 5 days you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication and your symptoms are improving, or you never had symptoms, you may leave isolation on Day 6 but continue to wear a medical grade mask around others until Day 11.
  • Contact your healthcare provider if you continue to have symptoms.

Yes. Paxlovid is for individuals age 12 and older who have tested positive for COVID-19, are at increased risk of severe disease, and have developed COVID-19 symptoms in the last 5 days, even mild ones (such as runny nose or cough).

Free telehealth consultations are available for eligible individuals 18 or older who are currently living in Massachusetts and insurance is not required. Visit the Massachusetts COVID-19 telehealth website for more info.

Immediately isolate and re-test. Anyone with symptoms should not be on campus, at work, or in public.

If you were exposed to COVID-19, regardless of your vaccination status, the CDC recommends that instead of quarantining, you wear a high-quality mask for 10 days and get tested 5 full days after your last exposure (Day 6). Serial testing 48 hours apart is recommended.

Yes, especially in light of the September 1, 2022, recommendations by the CDC. The new COVID-19 booster vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer are updated versions of the original vaccines. The updated boosters were recently authorized by the FDA and recommended by the CDC. Anyone age 12 or older who completed a primary COVID-19 vaccination series or received a booster dose at least two months ago should get the updated booster as soon as possible.

Staying up to date on vaccines, including boosters, is the most effective way to prevent serious illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. While vaccine protection decreases over time, boosters restimulate the immune system and increase vaccine efficacy again. Boosters are an important defense, even if you’ve already had COVID. Updated boosters will be available in Massachusetts starting the week of September 5, 2022. You can get a booster at many locations across the Commonwealth, including where you received previous vaccines. Locations include doctor’s offices, hospitals, pharmacies, and community health clinics.

Visit Massachusetts COVID Booster website for more information.

  • Wearing face coverings indoors will be optional for individuals who are fully vaccinated
  • Face coverings must be worn in Student Health Services and the Counseling Center
  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear face coverings indoors
  • Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 must wear face coverings indoors for five days after their 5-day isolation period, regardless of vaccination status
  • At-home COVID tests are available to students, faculty, and staff.
  • Students can pick up tests in Student Affairs, Residential Halls, Health Services, FDUH, CWGS, and SAIL offices.
  • Faculty and staff can pick up tests in Human Resources.

Campus Conditions

Currently, 92% of students and 97% of faculty and staff are fully vaccinated.

During the 2021-2022 academic year, the University upgraded air filters from MERV-8 to MERV-13. In the handful of modular buildings, which use different HVAC systems where the use of MERV-13 filters are not appropriate, MERV-9 filters were installed. The University brought in professional airflow consultants to test classroom spaces to ensure that systems are providing at least the CDC-recommended 4.0 complete air exchanges per hour (ACH). Their report showed that the overwhelming majority of classrooms meet or substantially exceed the CDC standards. The few classrooms that were slightly under 4.0 ACH were investigated to ensure they were working properly. You can view the Fall 2021 Semester Airflow Data Report (PDF), which shows the airflow testing results and the percentage of fresh air being provided to individual classrooms across campus.

UMass Dartmouth collects wastewater data from two strategic locations on the main campus and at the law school. According to the CDC, people infected with SARS-CoV-2 can shed the virus in their feces, even if they don’t have symptoms. The virus can then be detected in wastewater, enabling wastewater surveillance to capture presence of SARS-CoV-2 shed by people with and without symptoms. This allows wastewater surveillance to serve as an early warning that COVID-19 is spreading in a community. Once health departments are aware, communities can act quickly to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Data from wastewater testing support public health mitigation strategies by providing additional crucial information about the prevalence of COVID-19 in a community.

Chase Road Service (Main Campus)

Chase Road Wastewater 11.17.22

Sample collection date: November 17, 2022

Cedar Dell Village

Cedar Dell Wastewater 11.17.22

Sample collection date: November 17, 2022

UMass Law

Law Wastewater 11.17.22

Sample collection date: November 17, 2022

 

For questions and concerns, please email corona.virus@umassd.edu.

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