The Public Health Promotion Center continues to closely monitor COVID-19 test results, and we are encouraged by the recent moderation in positive cases. If this moderation continues, we may be able to resume face-to-face instruction, possibly next week. A decision will be forthcoming in the next few days.
In preparation for a tentative return to classes, and a possible easing of other current restrictions, it is imperative your twice weekly testing routine is current. You will need to demonstrate testing compliance to participate in the following:
- Face-to-face academic instruction
- In-person programming and activities
- Eat-in dining at dining commons
If you have paused your routine testing for any reason, now is the time to resume regular testing. You can schedule asymptomatic testing through the Campus Health Hub directly or in the MyUMass app (available on iOS or Android).
Stopping the Spread
Contact tracing from our recent surge indicates that small social gatherings (usually between three to seven individuals) continue to occur in residence halls and off campus. Remember that asymptomatic individuals can spread the virus to others even before they test positive. Following mask and distancing guidance, in addition to compliance with testing protocols, is the best way to help keep you, your social bubble, and the larger UMass community safe. When we are able to reduce restrictions, limiting your contact to a committed, regular social bubble will be your best strategy for socializing responsibly.
While our efforts to contain the spread of the virus have been effective, please remember we currently remain in “HIGH” operational posture and all restrictions associated with that posture remain in place. Violations of restrictions will continue to be investigated by the Student Conduct and Community Standards office. To date, nearly 70 cases remain under review with resolutions expected in the coming weeks. Outcomes already delivered for violations of COVID safety protocols include suspension and removal from campus housing. The health and safety of our community depends on each of us doing our part.
Thank you for your continued cooperation.
Brandi Hephner LaBanc
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Life