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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 Board of 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

Spring 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

To be eligible for HEERF Funds, students must be registered full-time (12 credits for undergraduates/law, 9 credits for grad)

*Part-time students could receive a partial award.

International, online, and non-Title VI students are also eligible to apply.

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 test kit.
  • Message Health Services through the secure messaging feature in the Health Services Patient Portal or by calling 508.999.8982 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 rapiud COVID test kit.
  • 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. You should test using an at-home rapid COVID test kit. If your first COVID test is negative, you should retest again in 24-48 hours.

Students:

  • Immediately isolate yourself. 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 508.999.8982.
  • Notify your professors that you have tested positive and will be absent from classes until released from isolation.
  • You can end isolation after 5 days if you have no symptoms or your symptoms improve. If you have a fever—continue to isolate until your fever resolves for 24 hours without using fever reducing medication.
  • After isolation ends, wear a well fitted, medical-grade mask around others for 5 days.
  • If you live on campus, the Office of Housing and Residential Education will ensure that you are moved to temporary isolation housing and supported during that time.
  • If you are a commuter, you cannot isolate on campus.

Faculty & Staff:

  • Immediately isolate at home for 5 days.
  • 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.
  • You may return to work after 5 days if you have no symptoms or your symptoms improve.
  • If you have a fever—continue to isolate until your fever resolves for 24 hours without using fever reducing medication.
  • After isolation ends, wear a well fitted, medical-grade mask around others for 5 days.
  • 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 are fully vaccinated and boosted or received 2 doses of Pfizer or Moderna within the last 5 months or received a J&J dose within the last 2 months:

  • You do not need to quarantine.
  • You must wear a well-fitted, medical-grade mask around others for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5—testing earlier won’t be accurate

If you are unvaccinated or received 2 doses of Pfizer or Moderna more than 5 months ago or received a J&J dose more than 2 months ago but haven’t had a booster shot:

  • Quarantine at home for 5 days. After that, continue to wear a well-fitted, medical-grade mask around others for 5 more days.
  • Inform your supervisor. Work remotely if your job permits. If your job cannot be performed remotely, use your accrued sick time.
  • Test on day 5—testing earlier won’t be accurate.

If you develop symptoms, whether you are vaccinated or unvaccinated, you should immediately isolate and test.

  • 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, Counseling Center, FDUH, CWGS and SAIL offices.

Faculty and staff can pick up tests in Human Resources.

Campus Conditions

Fully Vaccinated Students Fully Vaccinated Faculty & Staff
94.92% 96.71%

During the 2021-2022 academic year, the University completed three measures to ensure good airflow in our teaching spaces:

  1. In accordance with CDC recommendations, in most of our academic buildings, we’ve upgraded the air filters from MERV-8 to MERV-13. In the handful of modular buildings we have, which use different HVAC systems where the use of MERV-13 filters are not appropriate, we have upgraded to MERV-9 filters.
  2. We brought in professional airflow consultants to test our classroom spaces to ensure that our systems are providing at least the CDC-recommended 4.0 complete air exchanges per hour (ACH). We were very heartened by their report showing that the overwhelming majority of our classrooms meet or substantially exceed these standards. Where a few classrooms were found to be slightly under 4.0 ACH, we have investigated the HVAC units to ensure they are working properly and will be retesting those spaces.
  3. We have been systematically checking the current course enrollments scheduled in each space to ensure that we are providing the percentage of fresh air recommended by ASHRAE for that number of people. Where necessary, we are opening fresh air dampers to increase the percentage of outdoor fresh airflow to individual classrooms. The amount of fresh air that our HVAC systems are bringing into each space is being calibrated to ensure we meet or exceed these ASHRAE standards.

You can view the Fall 2021 Semester Airflow Data Report, 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 WW 6.2.22 Graph

Sample collection date: June 2, 2022

Cedar Dell Village

Cedar Dell WW 6.2.22 Graph

Sample collection date: June 2, 2022

UMass Law

Law WW 6.2.22 Graph

Sample collection date: June 2, 2022

 

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

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