COVID-19 update from the Public Health Promotion Center – Community News

COVID-19 update from the Public Health Promotion Center

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The Public Health Promotion Center (PHPC) continues to provide flu shots as well as COVID-19 boosters. We strongly encourage everyone qualifying to get your COVID-19 booster and flu shots. Then make an appointment via the Appointment Scheduling Page for COVID-19 Vaccination. Appointments will be added continuously. Visit the Website UMass COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for clinic dates.

According to CDC guidelines, people age 18 and older who work or live in school are eligible for booster doses six months after completing their Pfizer or Moderna primary series.

The latest PHPC data from November 3-9 shows 35 new positive cases. The cumulative seven-day college positivity rate is 0.67%. The state’s seven-day positivity rate is 2.15%. Most cases are short-lived resulting in mild to moderate illness and there are currently no hospitalizations. Details on the number of cases and vaccinations can be found on the university’s COVID-19 dashboard, which is updated every Thursday.

The campus has continued with weekly adaptive COVID-19 testing since its launch in mid-September. The adaptive testing program selects students both on and off campus to undergo additional testing so that we can better understand the transmission of the COVID-19 virus in our community.

The on-campus face covering requirement will remain in effect for the remainder of the fall semester and will be reviewed prior to the spring semester.

Remain vigilant in following all public health protocols, including wearing masks indoors and outdoors when social distancing is not possible. Everyone should keep checking themselves for Covid19 symptoms every day before coming to campus. If you don’t feel well, stay home and get tested. Testing is free and readily available at the Public Health Promotion Center.

Keep in mind that the steps you take make an important difference. Keep taking care of yourself and each other.


Co-Directors of the Center for Public Health Promotion (PHPC)

Ann Becker, Director of Public Health

Jeffrey Hescock, Executive Director of Environmental Health and Safety