Recent updates

What is the latest face covering guidance for UMaine and UMaine Machias?

According to current University of Maine System guidance, In general, face coverings are optional and welcomed across the University of Maine System, indoors and outdoors for all persons regardless of vaccination status. There are many important exceptions, including in classrooms, when face coverings will or may continue to be required.  Those exceptions and many other details […]

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What is UMaine’s on-campus COVID-19 testing schedule?

Beginning May 9, UMaine COVID-19 symptomatic and asymptomatic self-administered tests are available 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Tuesday–Wednesday in the Lown Room, Memorial Union. There is no appointment necessary during these walk-in hours.   Please wear a mask when you pick up a test kit, especially if you are symptomatic.   The self-administered test kits can be dropped off […]

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I have tested positive for COVID-19. What should I do?

UMaine and UMaine Machias students, faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 are asked to submit an online self-report form.  With the increased incidence of COVID-19 cases, university-based contact tracing will focus on outbreaks. Individuals who test positive are asked to open the lines of communication with those you know are your close contacts […]

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UMaine Now: Keep up the health and safety precautions for well-being

Dear University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias community members, We have come so very far, together, this academic year. Now in the last week of classes, with finals week about to begin and end-of-year gatherings planned, including commencement ceremonies, we need to continue to remain vigilant and keep health and safety in […]

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UMaine Now: Finishing the semester strongly, looking to summer and fall

Dear University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias community members, We are in the midst of Maine Impact Week, looking forward to the outdoor concert sponsored by UMaine Student Government on April 26, followed by Maine Day and the Maine Day of Giving, UMaine and UMaine Machias commencement ceremonies, and so many end-of-academic-year […]

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HEERF III Required Website Posting Information – Q1 2022

University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias American Rescue Plan, 2021 (ARP) – Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund for Student Aid Report #2 QUARTERLY REPORT – AS OF March 31, 2022  Sponsor: U.S. Department of Education  Award Number: P425E203082  Award Amount: $11,231,376  Report Period: January 14, 2021 – March 31, 2022  Report Date: […]

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CRRSSA Required Website Posting Information – Update #5

University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) – Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund for Student Aid Report #5 Sponsor:  U.S. Department of Education Award Number:  P425E203082 Award Amount:  $3,948,625 Report Period:  January 14, 2021 — March 31, 2022 Report Date: April 5, 2022 Source […]

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UMaine HEERF Quarterly Report (Institutional Portion) – March 31, 2022

The CARES Act establishes and funds the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). Sections 18004(a)(1) and 18004(c) of the CARES Act, which address the HEERF, allow institutions of higher education to use up to 50 percent of the funds they receive to cover any costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction.   Institutions […]

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Springtime view of campus

UMaine Now: New face covering guidance for the last half of the semester

Dear University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias community members, Our university communities returned from spring break as determined as ever to make the last half of the semester the best it can be. Our individual and collective commitment to health and safety so we could continue to work and learn together, in-person, […]

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UMaine Now: Break and beyond

Dear University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias community members, As I noted in the State of the University Address this morning, a commitment to making a difference and a culture of caring define who we are and what we do at the UMaine and UMaine Machias. That is especially true in these […]

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UMaine Now: Test and booster for spring break

Dear University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias community members, We are grateful that COVID-19 case rates continue to decline in Maine and nationwide, as do the number of positive cases at UMaine and UMaine Machias. Our current low case rate is largely the result of everyone’s individual and collective contributions to community […]

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UMaine Now: The new clearance shield

Dear University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias community members, The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the December rates of COVID-19-associated hospitalizations were 44 times higher in unvaccinated adults ages 18 and older compared to fully vaccinated persons with additional or booster doses. The data continue to validate the […]

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UMaine Now: Maintaining the Momentum

Dear University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias community members, Last week, we had 76 community members join us for our campus-based booster clinic, achieving up-to-date status after being fully vaccinated with Moderna, Pfizer or J&J shots. That brings the total boosters administered in our campus-based clinics with the help of our community […]

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UMaine Now: Staying up to date

Dear University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias community members, Staying up-to-date with changes in the pandemic and adhering to the latest guidance from public health officials are among the principles that have kept us in-person safely this semester. Now that same principle is being applied to our testing practices with the requirement […]

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UMaine Now: Together we are stronger

Dear University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias community members, Welcome to February and Black History Month, a time for all of us to celebrate, reflect and engage in this national observance on our campuses and in our communities. I hope you’ll take advantage of the impressive list of Black History Month events […]

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UMaine Now: COVID risk minimization and monitoring

Dear University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias community members, In one of our COVID-19 briefings last week, someone remarked that we are at a point in the pandemic where we are in risk minimization — not elimination — mode, with all of us having responsible roles to play. I have been incredibly […]

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UMaine Now: Back Together at Maine’s Flagship University

Dear University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias community members, Yesterday I marked the start of the new semester with a Maine Memo reflecting on how we are learning to be together through the pandemic. Today’s UMaine Now message from me will be brief as we focus on navigating the first day of classes on […]

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UMaine Now: In-Person Learning Begins Jan. 18

Dear Students and Colleagues, In a recent conversation with our academic leadership about our pandemic operations and plans for the spring semester, Emily Haddad, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, remarked that there isn’t going to be a later and we need to be a university now.   I couldn’t agree more.   We […]

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UMaine CARES/CRRSAA Quarterly Report (Institutional Portion) – December 31, 2021

The CARES Act establishes and funds the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). Sections 18004(a)(1) and 18004(c) of the CARES Act, which address the HEERF, allow institutions of higher education to use up to 50 percent of the funds they receive to cover any costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction.   Institutions […]

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How do self-administered T3 tests on campus work?

Shield T3 self-collected COVID-19 saliva test kits will be used for symptomatic testing on campus during the 2022 spring semester. The self-collected test kits do not require an appointment. Pick up and drop off your Shield T3 self-collected COVID-19 saliva test kit at Estabrooke Hall during the testing days and times: Monday–Thursday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.; […]

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CRRSSA Required Website Posting Information – Update #4

University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) – Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund for Student Aid Report #4 Sponsor:  U.S. Department of Education Award Number:  P425E203082 Award Amount:  $3,948,625 Report Period:  January 14, 2021 — December 31, 2021 Report Date: January 5, 2022 Source […]

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HEERF III Required Website Posting Information – Q4 2021

University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias American Rescue Plan, 2021 (ARP) – Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund for Student Aid Report #2 QUARTERLY REPORT – AS OF December 31, 2021  Sponsor: U.S. Department of Education  Award Number: P425E203082  Award Amount: $11,231,376  Report Period: January 14, 2021 – December 31, 2021  Report Date: […]

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Friday Futurecast — December 10

Welcome to this week’s Friday Futurecast These updates are archived on the UMaine COVID-19 website. The University of Maine at Machias also has a COVID-19 website. Message from President Joan Ferrini-Mundy: Dear members of the UMaine and UMaine Machias communities, Thank you, everyone, for all you’ve done this semester for our collective health and safety, […]

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