The University of Utah is actively monitoring the worldwide spread of the respiratory illness COVID-19. The University’s COVID-19 webpage is being updated regularly, and we encourage you to check it frequently for important updates. University of Utah Health also has a helpful webpage with FAQs, practical tips about how to protect yourself from COVID-19, and more.
COVID-19 & Community Responsibility
It will take everyone, working together, to support a safer on-campus community. Adhering to updated policies and guidelines is the responsibility of all residents to ensure the health and well-being of our overall community. Please review the following updates and information regarding living on campus in the era of COVID-19.
August 1, 2022, Update: HRE will begin using the five-day isolation period. On day five, the resident will take an antigen test:
- If the resident tests negative via antigen test on day five, they are released from isolation and requested to wear a face covering for five additional days.
- If the resident tests positive via antigen test on day five, they will be requested to remain in isolation for five more days.
All campus community members, including students and staff, are encouraged to test weekly for COVID-19—even if asymptomatic. There are a variety of options on- and off-campus to be tested for COVID-19. Getting a COVID-19 test is free and accessible.
- Testing helps us to understand the level of infection on campus and the speed of infection within the community. This informs strategies for communities where the infection rate may be higher or spreading more rapidly. By identifying individuals that are infected, we can limit the impact on the rest of the neighborhood.
- Self-serve asymptomatic testing is available at eight locations across campus, including in the Peterson Heritage Center and Kahlert Village.
- The University of Utah offers free, weekly COVID-19 testing on campus. HRE encourages our campus community to use this free service.
- Free COVID-19 testing is also offered at a variety of locations across the Greater Salt Lake Valley. Visit coronavirus.utah.gov to schedule an appointment.
Symptomatic & Exposed Testing Information:
- Public Health recommends you get tested after 3-5 days from the exposure date. If you have any symptoms, you should get tested immediately. Even mild symptoms can indicate infection. Common symptoms include cough, fever, runny nose, muscle aches, sore throat, headache, fatigue, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, stomach ache, or other flu-like symptoms.
Symptomatic Testing on Campus at the Peterson Heritage Center, Seminar Room 2:
- Individuals can sign up for a test by visiting coronavirus.utah.edu
Hours of operations are viewable once you click below to begin scheduling your appointment.
The test is a saliva test. It is very important that you do not eat or drink within 30 minutes prior.
- Results will be sent to your UMail addresses.
Other Testing Sites:
- Visit coronavirus.utah.gov to find convenient testing sites throughout Utah.
- You can call the UU COVID Health hotline at 801-587-0712 to make an appointment for testing. Letting them know that you have been referred by a Contact Tracer as you have been exposed. You can also schedule an appointment online here. Testing is free for students.
Getting the vaccine and follow-up booster (when eligible) not only benefits yourself but the health of the greater community. You are strongly encouraged to get the vaccine, particularly as we work to offer more in-person classes in the fall.
An on-campus vaccination clinic is available for students, faculty, staff, and the campus community. Vaccine distribution is also available through health departments and pharmacies.
Fall 2022 Move-In
Move-In this fall will occur August 16, 17, and 18 for all on-campus residents. All residents will be assigned a day and time to move into their space. More information about move-in can be found on our Moving In webpage below. Free testing will be offered in the Student Union as residents check in and pick up their welcome packet and key. In addition, free vaccinations are offered from 12-4 p.m. (MT) in the Union each day of move-in.
- Mask-wearing continues to be an effective means of preventing infection for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. We also encourage vaccinated individuals to follow CDC guidance regarding face coverings, which now recommends the use of face coverings for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.
- University policy does not require face coverings to be worn on campus, though we are a mask-respected campus. See below for the University of Utah's face covering and vaccine recommendations.
Isolation & Quarantine
- Isolation Off Campus: All residents who are able to do so should create an off-campus isolation plan should they become infected with COVID-19. Residents who are able to return home or to an offsite location are highly encouraged to do so as soon as they are diagnosed positive. Once the resident's isolation period is completed, or if they test negative via antigen test on day five, they may return to campus.
- Isolate In Place: The resident isolated in their room while wearing a mask for the duration of their isolation period.
- If a roommate tests positive, students are strongly encouraged to get tested as soon as possible to quarantine consistent with university guidelines.
- While isolating in place, students may place a mobile food order to pick up and return to their room to eat. Students may not eat in any dining facility. Students without a meal plan may place an order for mobile delivery with the Starship app.
No Dedicated Isolation Space: The university will not offer a dedicated building for isolation and quarantine for the 2022-2023 academic year. Residents should be prepared to enact their off-campus isolation plan or isolate in place.
- Glass cleaner
- All-purpose cleaner and disinfectant
Cleaning Checklist In Your Room
HRE custodial team members will clean common areas and high traffic areas of campus. All residents should regularly clean their own bedroom and/or bathroom areas:
- Wear reusable or disposable gloves for routine cleaning and disinfection.
- Clean surfaces using soap and water, then use disinfectant. Cleaning with soap and water reduces number of germs, dirt and impurities on the surface. Disinfecting kills germs on the surfaces.
- Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.