Fall 2022 COVID-19 testing guidance for UMaine and UMaine Machias communities

This fall, there is no asymptomatic COVID-19 testing at the University of Maine, University of Maine at Machias or other University of Maine System universities. There is also no asymptomatic testing requirement for individuals with a vaccination-exemption. (Note: These requirements may be revised as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves or as public health best practices change or emerge.)

Self-administered COVID-19 antigen tests are available on campus for students and employees when they have COVID-19 symptoms: headache with fever, sore throat, coughing, congestion, fatigue. 

Beginning Sept. 5, UMaine students and employees can pick up COVID-19 antigen tests for symptomatic testing from 8–10 a.m. Monday; noon–2 p.m. Tuesday; and 3–5 p.m. Thursday in the Lown Room, Memorial Union.

UMaine Machias students in need of a COVID-19 antigen test for symptomatic testing should contact Hope Shore, Director of Student Life, hope.shore@maine.edu; 207.255.1320.

UMaine and UMaine Machias employees who are symptomatic should stay home and test for COVID-19, and/or contact their primary care providers. 

University community members on campus who are symptomatic are asked to wear a face covering, and get tested for COVID-19. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 should follow CDC isolation guidelines, which currently recommend to isolate at home for five days and wear a face mask for an additional five days. 

Anyone who tests negative for COVID-19 but is symptomatic is encouraged to contact their primary care physician and symptomatic students testing negative for COVID-19 are encouraged to contact Cutler Health Center, and continue to wear a mask until cleared by medical personnel.

Access free COVID-19 tests online. As of Jan. 15, 2022, those with private insurance can be reimbursed for the cost of up to eight at-home test kits, per covered individual, per month. Contact your health insurance company for more information. 

More information about COVID-19 testing in Maine is online. The site includes information about how MaineCare members and parents of children covered by Cub Care can obtain free at-home test kits at retail pharmacies that accept MaineCare.