Guidance for health and safety

Updated Sept. 18

Testing

What do I need to know about phase three surveillance testing on campus 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 UMM community selected to participate through random sampling every 10 days will receive an email notification.

Saliva tests will be administered in the Student Health Center.

Participants are not required to quarantine while awaiting results. They will be asked to continue taking normal precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In the event that someone receives a positive test, they will be asked to isolate. On-campus students will be moved to the isolation wing in dormitory housing. Academic supports and other resources will be available to students in isolation. The quarantine and isolation guide has more information.

Will COVID-19 testing services be available on campus?

The first two phases of asymptomatic COVID-19 screening are now complete.

Comprehensive on-campus COVID-19 testing was provided through a University of Maine System partnership with the nonprofit biomedical research institution The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) and ConvenientMD (CMD).

What is the University of Maine System doing to maintain transparency with regard to COVID-19 testing on its campuses?

The UMS COVID-19 Testing Dashboard is updated daily with testing data and results.

Quarantine and isolation

What are UMM’s plans for the isolation and quarantine of students in fall 2020?

UMM has designated separate quarantine and isolation rooms for residential students. A student health coordinator will be available to provide support. Please read the detailed quarantine and isolation planning guide for more information.

Do members of the UMM community who have been out of state have to quarantine?

Community members who had traveled to another state within 14 days of the beginning of the semester were asked to participate in testing or bring evidence of a negative COVID-19 test. Students and employees are strongly discouraged from traveling outside of the area during the fall semester. Those who leave Maine are expected to follow civil guidance regarding quarantine for travelers from other states.

Face coverings and other personal protective equipment (PPE)

Are face coverings required at UMM?

Yes. The latest face covering guidance from the University of Maine System (8/10/2020) clarifies this policy. Students, faculty, staff and visitors to campus will be expected to comply with the guidance. To request a medical and other accommodations as required by law, contact adacoordinator@maine.edu.

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 protection for workers caring for patients with respiratory infections. However, they cannot be used as a substitute for respiratory protection when it is needed. A review for accommodations may be requested through your supervisor. Federal CDC guidance is online.

In addition to 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 completing the COVID-19 Central Supply Request Form.

In addition to face coverings, what other PPE is there on campus for community members?

Other protective measures include the installation of hand sanitizer stations and hygiene barriers in high services areas. Signage will be strategically placed as a reminder to maintain social distancing, the need for frequent handwashing and what to do when you feel ill. In addition, UMS Safety Management offers guidance through the portal to University of Maine System employees. Its website includes factsheets on office safety guidance, the physical demands of returning to the workplace, and a workspace checklist.

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 UMS Scientific Advisory Board has a fact sheet on disinfection and cleaning during the pandemic.

Is there a public health campaign raising awareness of health and safety protocols on campus?

Yes. All members of our community will receive wellness kits containing face coverings, hand sanitizer, an information card and more as part of our Clippers Care public health campaign.

Communication

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

Please refer to the public health alerts page for this information.

How will UMM help maintain social distancing protocols?

Campuswide, there will be hygiene barriers, floor stickers in numerous areas and signage, and common space occupancy capacity guidelines. In situations where the 6 foot social distance is not attainable , employees will be required to wear a face covering, or OSHA approved face mask in specific  job roles and tasks.