Campus Closely Monitoring Trend in Positive COVID-19 Cases

The UMass Amherst campus continues to operate in Elevated Risk Posture this week as it keeps numerous public health restrictions in place.

The Public Health Promotion Center (PHPC) is closely monitoring COVID-19 test results, and it reports 87 positive cases occurred from testing on Monday and Tuesday this week. This is a 20 percent increase compared to the previous Monday and Tuesday. 

Jeff Hescock, co-director of the PHPC, said, “Our community must remain vigilant and consistently follow important protocols including social distancing, mask wearing and socializing within your bubble. Analysis has identified that many of the cases resulted from students participating in small and large gatherings, both on and off campus. If such gatherings continue, the campus risks facing a new surge in cases. We all want to avoid such a development.”

He noted that it’s especially important to:

  • Maintain room occupancy limits 
  • Avoid small and large parties
  • Do not hostinter-household gatherings
  • Do your part and encourage your friends to do the same

For ongoing updates and details on the university’s COVID-19 response, please visit Resources include:

Testing Results Dashboard

Operational Postures FAQs

Student COVID Testing and Green Check Compliance FAQs