COVID-19 Update: Encouraging Trends Continue

Dear Campus Community, 

The Public Health Promotion Center is closely monitoring COVID-19 test results, and trends continue to be extremely encouraging. 

Last week the campus lowered the operational posture from Elevated Risk to Guarded Risk, and the campus community has continued to remain vigilant by following public health protocols.  The positivity rate for last week (March 22-28) was 0.22%. Currently, the state’s seven-day positivity rate is 2.53%. We want to thank everyone for their continued support in protecting the public health of our community.

The positivity rate in the state has been increasing over the last couple of weeks, so it is important when on or off campus to remain vigilant by following vital public health protocols including social distancing, mask-wearing and socializing within your bubble. Limiting unnecessary travel and keeping your social circle small really does make a difference. 

For ongoing updates and details on the university’s COVID-19 response, including FAQs on operational postures, please visit www.umass.edu/spring.


Sincerely,

Co-Directors of the Public Health Promotion Center (PHPC)

Jeffrey Hescock, Executive Director of Environmental Health and Safety
Ann Becker, Public Health Director