COVID-19 Response

Visit UMass Amherst Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) for resources and updates on the University's COVID-19 response. This site provides the latest campus news and comprehensive information. 

Departmental Guidance

Developing a COVID-19 Safety Mangement Plan for your department is no longer needed to resume normal operations in your workspace. All employees are encouraged to observe teh following guidelines:

Event Guidance

As of June 2, 2021, consistent with the Governor’s lifting of all COVID restrictions with the exception of the face coverings (see below), the campus is lifting its COVID restrictions related to events and programming.  Approval for events will return to pre-COVID requirements. 

1.  Inform attendees they should stay home if they are feeling ill, particularly, if they are experiencing COVID Symptoms such as:

  • Temperature over 100.3F
  • New Loss of smell or taste
  • Muscle aches
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite
  • Been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 or been placed in quarantine for possible contact with COVID-19 unless you have been fully vaccinated ( 2 weeks past your final shot)
  • Been asked to self-isolate or quarantine by a medical professional or local public health official.

2.  Make hand sanitizer available to attendees.

3.  Ensure venue permitted capacities are not exceeded.

4.  Inform guests of the Universities Face Covering protocols

  • Fully vaccinated individuals will no longer be required to wear a mask or physically distance on campus, both outdoors and indoors. Fully vaccinated individuals who prefer to continue wearing face coverings are welcome to do so.
  • Individuals not yet fully vaccinated will be required to wear face coverings in indoor settings and when they can’t socially distance. Such individuals may remove their face covering only in a private office when alone.

For questions related to student events, email sorc@sacl.umass.edu

For questions related to summer camps, email arusiecki@umass.edu

For all other questions, email admfin@admin.umass.edu 

 

Student Planning Guide to Isolation and Quarantine

UMass Amherst will use the key public health tools known as isolation and quarantine to prevent the spread of COVID19 among the campus community. Because there is typically little time to prepare for isolation or quarantine when instructed to do so, UMass Amherst has developed this planning guide to assist students in preparing to isolate or quarantine. This guide is for students who live on campus, as well as student who live off campus. Provided is the Isolation Guidance and Quarantine Guidance. Also included is the meal ordering instructions for in on-campus Isolation or Quarantine

Onsite Personnel Covid-19 Checklist

If you are an on-site employee, please use this COVID-19 Daily Self Checklist each day before reporting to work.   

 

Information for Consultants, Service Contractors, Trade Service Contractors and Vendors 

Consistent with the Governor’s lifting of COVID restrictions, as of 6/2, UMass Amherst is no longer requiring COVID Safety Plans for Contractors.  Contractors are also no longer required to complete the UMass Daily Contractor COVID Report. We acknowledge that contractors may choose keep their COVID protocols as is, however if they decide to update their protocols, contractors are as a minimum expected to comply with the following UMass Amherst Public Health Protocols.

Consistent with CDC guidelines  inform workers they should stay home if they are feeling ill, particularly,  if they are experiencing COVID Symptoms such as:

  • Temperature over 100.3F
  • New loss of smell or taste
  • Muscle aches
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite
  • Been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 or been placed in quarantine for possible contact with COVID-19 unless you have been fully vaccinated ( 2 weeks past your final shot)
  • Been asked to self-isolate or quarantine by a medical professional or local public health official.

UMass has updated their protocols for face coverings consistent with CDC and the MA Mask Requirements, face coverings are required for persons who are not fully vaccinated  in indoor settings, and outdoors when they cannot socially distance. Someone is considered fully vaccinated under these conditions: two weeks after your second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. Face coverings are still required for all individuals on public and private transportation systems (including ride shares, PVTA) and in healthcare facilities such as University Health Services; when getting tested at the Public Health Promotion Center at the Mullins Center; and the UMass Vaccine Clinic in the Campus Center.

Unvaccinated individuals are advised to maintain 6 ft. social distancing to the maximum extent practicable.

General Contractors/Construction Managers shall continue to notify Campus Safety, Maryanne Steele or her delegate if a member of their team tests positive for COVID-19 to assist with contact tracing. For UMBA projects, Peter Gray-Mullen shall also be notified.

Cleaning and disinfection shall continue per CDC guidelines.

Contractors continue to be welcome to utilize the Asymptomatic Community COVID-19 Testing Center, and the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at UMass Amherst see hyperlinks for additional information and schedules.

Please forward any changes you choose to make to your COVID Safety Plan or Site Specific Safety Plan to Campus Safety, Robert Wallace.

As stated on the UMass Travel Information page, consultants, service contractors, trade service contractors and vendors must also adhere to the Massachusetts Travel Advisory

 Please feel free to contact Maryanne Steele if you have questions.

 

Disinfectants

Please go to Disinfectants used at UMass Amherst that are EPA approved for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 Illness) for a list of products that have been reviewed and found effective against SARS-CoV-2 by comparing them to the EPA’s List N: Disinfectants for Use against SARS-CoV-2.

 

Response Protocols for COVID Impacted Spaces

Power point presentations covering Custodial and Maintenance Response to COVID impacted spaces may be found here. For best viewing of imbedded videos, these PowerPoint presentations should be downloaded from the box folder. 

Wearing gloves and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)? 

UMass EMS information

Contact Dominic Singh if you have a need for UMEMS EMTs or questions about UMEMS event support operation.  Visit the UMEMS webpage for general information about the unit.

 

COVID-19 HR Response Team

All campus personnel – including supervisors, deans and department heads – who are concerned about potential exposure because they believe an employee has tested positive, is presumptive positive, or has been in contact with someone they think has been infected by the coronavirus (COVID-19), should contact the COVID-19 HR Response Team.

 

UHS Triage Advice Nurse

Questions? Call the UMass University Health Services (UHS) Triage Advice Nurse at 413-577-5229.