What to do if you ...

Have Concerns of Exposure

  • If you have been vaccinated and have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you do not need to quarantine as long as you have no symptoms, and your risk for infection is low. Wear a mask in public settings and monitor for any symptoms for 14 days.
  • If you have not been vaccinated and been exposed, please do not come to campus and contact your primary care provider to arrange to be tested. If you are identified as a close contact you will be directed to quarantine by local public health. Do not return to campus until you are cleared to do so by local public health.

Have Tested Positive

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, please do not come to campus.
  • Residential students or those attending courses on campus: call the COVID line at 978-934-COV2 (2682) or email Student_SymptomReporting@uml.edu to talk to a healthcare professional.
  • Employees: contact your supervisor and email the COVID-19 HR Response Team at COVID19HR@uml.edu or call Kim Casey at 978-934-3557.

Are Experiencing Symptoms

  • If you are experiencing symptoms, please do not come to campus, even if you are fully vaccinated, until you speak to your primary care provider.
Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the latest information on recommendations. 

Surveillance Testing Results for Week Ending 12/4/2021

Population TestedTotal Number TestedPositive ResultsPositivity Rate
Residential Students811
Off-campus Students2286
On Campus Vendor20
Non-UML Community0*
Prior Week Total136271.93%
Fall Semester 20212,839180.63%
2020-2021 Total163,9962640.41%
1Positive test results reflect our UMass Lowell (UML) campus community members only and does not reflect any results for non-UML community testing partners as they are external agencies who are not part of our UML community.

Surveillance testing is being conducted on students, faculty and staff who have been granted vaccination exemption. See below for more information on our campus testing program.

Other Reported COVID-19 Diagnoses

PopulationCases Reported
Residential students6
Off-Campus Students18
On Campus Vendor0
Non-UML Community0
Diagnosed Cases Reported Total30
Fall 2021 Total137

Reported cases in this category are separate from surveillance testing being conducted on campus. A COVID-19 diagnosis is protected health information and the university can only release in aggregate information campus community members choose to share.

All positive surveillance results and diagnosed cases listed above are reviewed by the university’s COVID-19 Risk Response Team in a timely manner to ensure an appropriate campus risk assessment review and mitigation strategy deployment. Numbers are generally updated on Mondays for the previous week. Learn about the COVID Campus Risk Response

City of Lowell reporting information.

State of Massachusetts reporting information.

If you feel you need to be tested for COVID-19, please visit Stop the Spread for more information on where to find testing locations. Residents of New Hampshire can find information about free testing in their state on the New Hampshire Homeland Security & Emergency Management Resource Center website. Anyone can register for testing at CVS.
To support the health of our community, students, faculty and staff should conduct a daily self-screening, to determine if it is appropriate for them to come to campus. Those who have test positive or are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, living either on or off-campus, will be expected to report those symptoms as follows:
  • Students: If you live on campus or are commuting to campus, call the COVID line at 978-934-COV2 (2682) or email Student_SymptomReporting@uml.edu to talk to a health care professional. You should stay in your room or at home until you talk to the professional to discuss next steps to support your health and the health of our community. If you are taking your classes remotely, contact your primary care provider.
  • Employees: Contact your supervisor and email the COVID-19 HR Response Team at COVID19HR@uml.edu or call Kim Casey at 978-934-3557.

Quarantine & Isolation Plan


Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick and to limit the risk of transmission of disease to others.

If you are not fully vaccinated and have a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, do not come to campus and initiate your quarantine. Please call your primary care physician and make arrangements to be tested right away. If you are negative, you should make arrangements for follow-up testing as you are advised by a medical professional, or immediately if symptoms develop during quarantine.

If you are fully vaccinated and have a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and you do not have any symptoms, you do not need to quarantine. Current guidance indicates you should make plans with your primary care physician to get tested three to five days after exposure. You should wear a face covering in public, indoor settings for 14 days or until you receive a negative test.

UMass Lowell will follow the most up to date guidance in establishing our protocols.


Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. Students will be required to isolate if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or are waiting for test results, have cough, fever, shortness of breath or other symptoms of COVID-19. Current guidance from the Center of Disease Control and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health is that those with COVID-19 remain in isolation for 10 days.

Be Prepared & Have a Go Bag

The contents of Abby Lipski's go bag Image by Abigail Lipski

As we continue to live through the COVID-19 pandemic, we want you to know that at UML keeping our community healthy and safe is embedded in everything we do.

With that in mind we’ve developed protocols based on guidance from health officials and have plans in place for students who have a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 to follow in order to isolate.

Making a Go Bag

To keep you and everyone in our community healthy and safe, as well as for your comfort, we want you to be ready should you test positive for COVID-19 while living on campus.

In an unpredictable time as we continue to live with a pandemic, taking charge of what you are able to control can be a very empowering. Creating a “Go Bag” is something completely in your control and is an important part of being prepared if you are instructed to isolate.

Right now, take about 15 minutes to get a “Go Bag” ready in the event that you need to leave your current room to isolate as time will be of the essence to minimize exposure to others should you need to move to another space. 

The suggested list (below) includes items that you may use on a regular basis - a good strategy might be for you to put all of the items nearby each other so you can gather them quickly.

As you put your Go Bag items together, please keep in mind that should you need to be in isolation, you will be in a different space for a period for about 10 days, so having all of the important stuff in your life ready to go will make life easier for you during that time period.  

Here are some suggested items as you consider what to include in your Go Bag.

  • ALWAYS have your UML ID with you – ALWAYS
  • Personal hygiene items, including bath towels
  • Face coverings
  • Containers of the medications you take, including nonprescription (over the counter drugs) as well as prescription medication. Be sure to have enough for 14 days just in case you need to isolate longer due to feeling poorly.
  • A thermometer (part of the supplies we advised students to bring when moving back on campus)
  • Phone and charger
  • Laptop and charger
  • All your important documents, including insurance cards and, if an international student, your passport
  • Notepad, pen/pencil
  • Several changes of clothes/underclothes/pajamas
  • Towels
  • If you keep snacks in your room, put a supply of them in your Go Bag

Doing this now is important as you may have very little time to prepare if you need to be placed into isolation. Having all of this together will allow you to grab and go and have the items you’ll need while away from your residence hall and leave you able to continue with school and personal responsibilities.