Health and safety

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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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?

You can contact Northern Light Health on Union Street in Bangor, 1.844.489.1822, or Penobscot Community Health Care on Brunswick Street in Old Town, 207.827.6128. The IDEXX test at the latter two community facilities is offered at no cost.  ConvenientMD on Broadway in Bangor also offers testing, 833.263.0131. Here are more details: Northern Light Health, 895 Union Street, offers a […]

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What do I need to know about phase three surveillance testing on campus, Sept. 14 through late November?

In the interest of community safety and well-being, University of Maine COVID-19 phase three surveillance testing is mid-September through late November. Members of the UMaine community selected to participate through random sampling every 10 days receive an email from um.covidtesting@maine.edu.  The PCR diagnostic test, the same used for students in phases one and two, will be administered at Alfond Arena under the UMS […]

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Why aren’t you requiring COVID-19 testing for all Maine students and employees?

The University of Maine is following science and medical recommendations in requiring testing three cohorts of students — all residential students (in state and out of state, regardless of their state of origin), off-campus out-of-state students, and those in specialty clinical classes and involved in athletics. Students from Maine who have not traveled outside the […]

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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 COVID-19 testing services available on campus?

The University of Maine System has entered into partnerships with the nonprofit biomedical research institution The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) and ConvenientMD (CMD) to provide comprehensive COVID-19 testing services. Under the agreements, CMD will provide “wrap around” services, establishing sites at each UMS university to gather samples and administer and report results. The samples will be tested by JAX for the presence […]

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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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In addition to two university-issued face coverings, will employees receive any other health-related items?

In addition to two university-issued face coverings, every employee returning to work will receive a back-to-campus kit containing a personal-size bottle of hand sanitizer, cardholder for mobile phone and touchless door opener. The kits and face coverings are available by navigating to the Emergency Operation Center webpage and complete the COVID-19 Central Supply Request Form.

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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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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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