Dear campus community,
We continue to monitor COVID-19 trends in our community through our symptomatic, adaptive and voluntary testing program as well as wastewater monitoring. The latest COVID-19 test data for the UMass community for 9.-15. March shows 40 new positive cases. The university’s positivity rate is 1.38% compared to last week’s rate of 1.45%. The state’s seven-day positivity rate is 1.53%. Individuals who test positive continue to report that they experience minimal to moderate symptoms of infection.
Please continue to monitor yourself for Symptoms of covid-19 every day before coming to campus. If you feel uncomfortable, stay home and get tested. University Health Services has symptomatic testing available to students, or if you have an unobserved test kit on hand, you can drop it off at one of the campus kiosks.
KN95 masks will remain available for free at the Public Health Promotion Center (PHPC) in the Campus Center, and as a community we encourage everyone to respect the choices individuals will make about their own masking.
Thank you for all you do – stay home when you are sick, test when you have symptoms, and support each other as part of our community.
Co-Directors of the Public Health Promotion Center (PHPC)
Ann Becker, Director of Public Health
Jeffrey Hescock, CEO of Environmental Health and Safety