UMaine and UMM community alerts

How will the UMaine and UMM communities be notified if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 on the campuses?

Anyone who has been asked to self-isolate by a medical provider in relation to coronavirus or is awaiting test results is asked to voluntarily contact Richard Young (ryoung@maine.edu; 207.356.2518). He is the confidential University Health Services liaison responsible for informing the UMaine or UMM communities. If there is a confirmed case of coronavirus among UMaine and UMM employees and students on campus, the communities will be notified via the emergency alert system.

Currently, a person who is being tested for COVID-19 waits up to four days for results. The university, under CDC guidance, will ask the person to stay out of the workplace and self-isolate until the test results are available.

If the results are positive, most likely labeled “presumptive positive” (read positive but not confirmed by the U.S. CDC lab), the CDC will interview the individual for close contacts and activities over the past week to be able to reach out to any individuals who may have been within 6 feet for 10 minutes or more. The CDC then will contact each of the individuals identified as being in close contact. The positive individual will self-isolate for 14 days and be allowed to return to work after two negative COVID-19 lab tests.

UMaine and UMM notify the Maine Center for Disease Control if a positive case has been identified on their respected campus.

Thank you for your understanding of the extraordinary circumstances this situation presents for all of us. Refer to the University of Maine System guidelines for university travel for business and personal travel for guidance.

Guidance for community members returning to UMaine and UMM campuses is online.

The Campus Communicable Disease Surveillance Policy also is online.