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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.


Please use this self-report form if you: have COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), have been in contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19, or you have been tested for COVID-19.

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.

January 7, 2022, Update: HRE will remain using the 10-day isolation period for congregate housing, as recommended by the CDC.

COVID-19 Testing

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.

Asymptomatic Testing:

  • 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.

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Symptomatic & Exposed Testing Information:

  • Public Health recommends you get tested after 5-7 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 Commanders House:

  • 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.
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Covid-19 Vaccine

Getting the vaccine 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.

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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. HRE will also share information regarding COVID-19 impacts as it is available.

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Face Coverings

  • 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. 
  • That said, University policy does not require face coverings to be worn on campus. See below for the University of Utah's face covering and vaccine recommendations.

Guest Policy

A guest is defined as anyone who is not contracted to live in an HRE space. Guests are permitted inside HRE rooms/apartments. Visit our Guest Registration webpage for policy information and step-by-step instructions on registering your guest.

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Isolation Spaces

Rooms throughout all buildings on-campus are held as isolation rooms. Residents who become ill with the coronavirus may be temporarily moved to an isolation space while they recover in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. If you believe you are in need of an isolation space, please complete the HRE Self-Report Form and an HRE staff member will contact you directly.

Cleaning Buckets

Cleaning and sanitation supplies are available for residents to use. Cleaning buckets can be picked up in laundry rooms. Please return cleaning buckets after you use them so that our custodial team can keep supplies replenished. Buckets include:

  • Glass cleaner
  • All-purpose cleaner and disinfectant
  • Gloves
  • Towels

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.

(Source: CDC)

The University’s COVID-19 webpage is being updated regularly, and we encourage you to check it frequently for important University-wide updates.

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