Dear UMW Community,
This week the COVID-19 community level remains low, as reported on the CDC tracker. Based on this level of transmission, the CDC’s recommended action is to “Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines. Get tested if you have symptoms. Wear a mask if you have symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19. Wear a mask on public transportation. You may choose to wear a mask at any time as an additional precaution to protect yourself and others.”
As you prepare to travel and gather with friends and family for Thanksgiving Break, please take COVID-19 self-test kits with you. These kits are available on campus and can be picked-up at the Student Health Center, Eagle Landing front desk, Human Resources, the Athletic Training room, or Marye House front desk. Note that many of the self-test use-by dates have been extended by the FDA.
If you are traveling, you may also want to check the community levels in your destination. The CDC answers frequently asked questions about travel, with recommendations for isolation, guidelines for travel after isolation, and guidance on travel after an exposure to COVID-19.
Please stay home if you are sick, and remember to take care of yourself and those around you by monitoring any symptoms and following CDC recommendations. If you are on campus during Thanksgiving Break and test positive, please complete the self-report form so we can follow-up to provide guidance and support.
UMW continues to evaluate the COVID-19 pandemic in accordance with public health guidance and will provide updates to the campus community when there are significant updates from the CDC or an increase in our community levels. We are also monitoring the latest data and information about the spread of monkeypox, as well as recent community updates regarding the flu and RSV. For local updates, visit the Rappahannock Area Health District website or see frequently asked questions about COVID on our website.
UMW’s Public Health Advisory Working Group