Public Health Update for the Spring Semester

Public Health Update for the Spring Semester


Pricey UMass Amherst Community,

We are fired up to welcome all people back to campus from winter break. Our campus public wellbeing preparations and protocols for the spring semester remain the same as our method for the duration of the fall semester.

Through the pandemic, the university’s policies and protocols are centered on federal CDC and Massachusetts Department of General public Well being direction, and that practice will keep on as we observe regional situations and situation this spring. Below are the vital aspects for the spring semester.

COVID-19 Testing

  • We strongly inspire you to consider a COVID-19 check prior to you return to campus. If you exam favourable in advance of returning to campus, you must isolate per Massachusetts DPH guidelines finish your isolation at property and notify the UMass community health and fitness staff at [email protected]. If you exam beneficial following arriving on campus, you will be expected to isolate. Be sure to see details in the Isolation Management portion below.
  • Please be conscious that in most situations when working with at-property COVID-19 fast antigen exams, the Fda recommends repeating the check in 48 hours adhering to a unfavorable outcome, regardless of whether or not you have COVID-19 symptoms.

Masking and Antigen (At-Home) Tests

  • UMass is a mask welcome campus, and we persuade absolutely everyone to regard the decisions that people today make about their have masking. Mask welcome symptoms are available for down load. Remember to notice that people today and departments are not able to produce mask needs individual from or a lot more restrictive than college needs.
  • Totally free masks and antigen (at-dwelling) exams are readily available in vending machines situated on the lower level of the Campus Heart. In addition, each and every house in the U.S. is suitable to buy free antigen at-property exams through the federal authorities. We inspire learners to convey these at-home exams with them to campus.

Get Boosted!

  • The college highly recommends that all school, employees and students get vaccinated with the Pfizer or Moderna Bivalent COVID-19 booster vaccine as soon as they are suitable. The Pfizer and Moderna Bivalent COVID-19 booster vaccines are quickly available on campus at the Community Well being Marketing Center vaccine clinic situated on the reduced stage of the Campus Center.

Isolation Management

  • Folks who check optimistic are needed to remain household and isolate for at least the very first five times. If your signs and symptoms are improving and you are fever-no cost for 24 hrs, you may well stop your isolation on day 6 and put on a mask all-around many others for another five times. You may remove your mask prior to day 11 if you have had two destructive antigen tests taken 48 hrs aside. Testing is not expected to go away isolation on day 6 if you keep on to wear a mask and indicators are improved.
  • The campus does not maintain isolation place for people today who exam optimistic or have been exposed to or have been in near get hold of with someone who has COVID-19. On-campus learners who exam constructive for COVID-19 are predicted to isolate in an off-campus site, these as their long-lasting home, if they are equipped to vacation there by private automobile. On-campus pupils who are unable to go away campus to isolate due to length or obtaining large-possibility home members, regardless of on-campus dwelling scenario, will want to isolate in location at their assigned campus home. For additional information and facts, refer to the guidance on isolation and safety measures for persons with COVID-19 or uncovered to COVID-19.
  • We strongly suggest that every single student put together a self-isolation kit just before their arrival. It should involve acetaminophen (Tylenol) ibuprofen (Advil) a thermometer, treats, prescription treatment, private care goods (cough drops, get in touch with lens fluid, tissues), masks, disinfectant wipes, alcohol-centered hand sanitizer and antigen test kits.

Influenza (Flu) and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

  • We are nonetheless in cold and flu year, and the very best way to reduce flu is receiving a flu shot each and every year. Flu shots are quickly available at the PHPC vaccine clinics as nicely. Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and other chilly viruses have also been in circulation in the United States. RSV is a common respiratory virus that ordinarily leads to mild, cold-like signs and symptoms. For far more details on Flu and RSV, be sure to observe these backlinks.


  • Absolutely everyone really should carry on to watch them selves for COVID-19 signs and symptoms each day before coming to campus. If you are enduring any COVID-19 indications acquire a examination, use caution and put on a mask around other people.

Professional medical Lodging

  • The campus proceeds to have a method for requests for COVID-19-linked medical accommodations. These requests will be reviewed less than the regular ADA method that is administered by the Obtainable Office Place of work in the Workplace of Equivalent Chance and Access. Faculty and employees who are in search of healthcare lodging really should email [email protected]. Students trying to get lodging (such as students with on-campus work these types of as a graduate assistantship) should stop by the Disability Products and services website for additional information and facts. 

Our collective wellbeing is critical to a prosperous spring semester at UMass. The journey to wellness looks diverse for each and every of us, and UMass has a lot of assets to aid you uncover your way.  Check out out resources on pupil wellness and faculty and workers wellness.

We thank all people for their continuing assistance and wishing you all a healthful spring semester.


Co-Administrators of the Community Overall health Advertising Heart (PHPC)

Ann Becker, General public Wellbeing Director
Jeffrey Hescock, Executive Director of Environmental Overall health and Safety