Health and safety

What is the latest guidance regarding UMaine research activity on campus and at university facilities statewide?

Effective May 12, all research activity will now require notification versus approval, unless it involves domestic out-of-state and international travel, which is currently prohibited, unless an exception is sought and granted.   Researchers are still asked to follow all UMS, State, and CDC guidelines. Currently these guidelines require approval by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Dean of the […]

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What do I need to know about phase seven COVID-19 asymptomatic testing on campus, and at UMaine offices and facilities statewide? Do I still have to test weekly if I’m fully vaccinated?

Phase seven COVID-19 asymptomatic testing on our campuses and at UMaine facilities statewide begins next week and continues throughout the summer. All UMaine and UMM community members who submit bona fide verification of vaccination can be exempted from asymptomatic testing by uploading their vaccination cards to the UMS PointnClick Web App (https://umaineportal.pointnclick.com). At UMaine, weekly […]

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What is the latest guidance about wearing face coverings on campus, and at UMaine offices and facilities statewide?

Required: Face coverings are required at all times when indoors on University property or in University administered facilities. More details, exceptions and information are below. This applies to anyone present: students, staff, faculty, guests and all other individuals. Recommended: Face coverings are recommended but not required when outdoors in circumstances that make physical distancing difficult to maintain. […]

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Do students and employees who are fully vaccinated have to quarantine if they are a close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?

Asymptomatic students, staff and faculty who would otherwise be required to participate in asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, which currently involves weekly testing, and who otherwise would be required to quarantine when determined to be a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case, may be exempted from testing and quarantining if they are fully vaccinated and provide […]

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Do members of the university community who are fully vaccinated have to participate in weekly asymptomatic testing on campus, and at UMaine offices and facilities statewide?

Asymptomatic students, staff and faculty who would otherwise be required to participate in asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, which currently involves weekly testing, and who otherwise would be required to quarantine when determined to be a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case, may be exempted from testing and quarantining if they are fully vaccinated and provide […]

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Where can I find the latest updates about COVID-19 vaccinations in Maine?

Beginning April 7, all adult residents in Maine will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. That includes all members of our university communities; a University of Maine System identification will be accepted as proof of eligibility. The state’s COVID-19 vaccination website has the latest information on vaccination sites, FAQs and more. It includes a new link for preregistering […]

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I am fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Does that change what I can do on campus at UMaine and UMM, and in university facilities and offices statewide?

All health and safety protocols are in effect on UMaine and UMM campuses, and in our facilities and offices statewide, including wearing face coverings indoors and out, and maintaining 6 feet of social distancing. Students and employees who have been on campus or on-site in university facilities this semester will continue to participate in weekly […]

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What guidance does Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center provide for students at Cutler Health Center regarding symptomatic COVID-19 testing?

Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center at Cutler Health Center provides students receiving symptomatic COVID-19 testing with the following information and two fact sheets regarding quarantine and isolation: Now that I have been tested, what happens next? After being swabbed for Coronavirus (COVD-19; SARS COV2), the test is sent to the lab for analysis. Running […]

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I’m a university employee who has tested positive for COVID-19 with a RT PCR diagnostic test and has completed the isolation period. Now I’ve been told that I’m a close contact to someone who has tested positive. Can I still come to work on-site?

If you are asymptomatic after a positive COVID19 RT PCR diagnostic test within the last 90 days, you can continue to work on-site on campus or at a UMaine facility statewide. If you are symptomatic, consult with your primary care physician before returning to work on-site.

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What PPE is there on campus for community members?

Employees returning to work on campus receive a back-to-campus kit containing two face coverings, a personal-size bottle of hand sanitizer, cardholder for mobile phone and touchless door opener. Protective measures campuswide include hand sanitizer stations and hygiene barriers in services areas. Signage is strategically placed as a reminder to maintain social distancing, the need for […]

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I have not been identified as a close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19, but I feel I should be tested. Where can I go for a test?

Please note: Costs may be associated with tests at community sites; check with the facility administering your test for any related fee information. Maine CDC lists the Swab & Send Sites and the Rapid Testing Sites statewide on this website. You can contact Northern Light Health on Union Street in Bangor, 1.844.489.1822, or Penobscot Community […]

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What special cleaning is being done on campus in response to COVID-19?

According to federal health and safety guidance, no special personal protective equipment (PPE) or cleaning processes are needed for cleaning above and beyond normal practices. UMS Safety Management has instituted protocols for use of disinfectants rated to work on coronavirus. Restrooms campuswide are cleaned and disinfected daily. Hand sanitation stations are being added campuswide. The […]

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What should UMaine or UMM employees do when someone in their workplace whom they have been with on-site tests positive or is a close contact to someone who has tested positive?

If you or people you know in the UMaine or UMM communities have concerns about COVID-19 symptoms, close contact or a positive test, please fill out the self-reporting form. Employees also can contact their Human Resources partners, call the COVID-19 info line — 207.581.2681 or email umaine.alerts@maine.edu. If you are considered a close contact, you […]

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What does it mean for members of the UMaine community to quarantine and isolate?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease. Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious […]

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Does the university have a COVID-19 Response Team?

For several months’ members of the University of Maine Community have been working to effectively reduce the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission and plan for containment should an outbreak occur. Reduction strategies range from issuing hand sanitizer to developing high-level safety zones and operating protocols for our research facilities. These collaborative efforts are being guided by […]

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Are face coverings required at UMaine and UMM?

Yes. More information is online under the heading: Should I wear a face covering while working? University of Maine System Safety Management also has a video about protocols for voluntary use of filtering facepieces and cloth face coverings. Signage at street entrances confirms that face coverings are required by everyone while on campus.

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Can I use a face shield in place of a face covering?

The face shield alone is not a substitute for a face covering. Face shields can substantially reduce the short-term exposure of healthcare workers to large infectious aerosol particles, but smaller particles can remain airborne longer and flow around the face shield more easily to be inhaled. Thus, face shields provide a useful adjunct to respiratory […]

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