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COVID-19 Information

UMass Lowell Health Services and Environmental and Emergency Management continue to monitor the status of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recognizing that information changes rapidly, please visit the Mass. Department of Public Health Coronavirus page and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for the most up-to-date information.  

Email your questions to health_services@uml.edu. The Health Services staff are ready, willing and able to discuss the most recent information and guidance.

Quarantine & Isolation Plan

Quarantine

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. Even if you feel healthy and well you may be required to quarantine if you have been identified as having had contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19. As we have learned more about the Corona virus, guidance from the Center for Disease Control and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health on the amount of time one should quarantine has changed several times in the course of the last few months. UMass Lowell will follow the most up to date guidance in establishing our protocols. 

Students living in the residence halls will quarantine in their current residence hall assignment. They should stay in their bedroom and have no contact with other people for the number of days outlined by public health after their last exposure to someone with known disease. Individuals should only leave their room to get food left at their residence hall door or to use the bathroom in their suite or hall floor and should wear a mask whenever leaving their room. If in a suite, they should not leave the suite except in the case of an emergency such as a fire alarm or medical crisis.

  • Per standard public health protocols, students who are quarantined will be contacted by a Health Services staff member on a periodic basis to conduct a general wellness review including a symptom review that will be documented in their existing medical record and treated as all other protected health information (PHI) would be in a medical record.
  • If directed by an outside agency to quarantine, students should report that information to the Wellness Center. Health Services will register that information in the student’s health record and will follow up with the student during the quarantine period.
  • Check your temperature twice a day and watch for symptoms of COVID-19.  Students should notify their health care provider first if symptoms emerge and then notify the Wellness Center to update their health record. 
  • Stay away from people who are at higher-risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.
  • Students will have food delivered to their rooms by a representative of the University during quarantine. The ordering and delivery of food other than that provided by dining services left directly in front of the student’s room is not allowed during quarantine in the residence hall.

Isolation

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.

Students testing on campus who have a positive result will be notified by a member of the Health Services staff to discuss initiation of isolation including arrangements for relocation to the ICC for the duration of isolation. If a residential student determines that they wish to isolate off campus they must remain off campus until they are officially released from isolation by public health or other designated public entity and provide Health Services with documentation of that release.

  • Once in isolation students must stay in their bedroom and have no contact with other people for the number of days outlined by public health. Individuals should only leave their room to get food left at their room door except in the case of an emergency such as a fire alarm or medical crisis.
  • Students will have food delivered to their rooms by a representative of the university during isolation. The ordering and delivery of food other than that provided by dining services left directly in front of the student’s room is not allowed during isolation in the residence hall. 
  • Per standard public health protocols, students who are isolated will be contacted by a Health Services staff member on a periodic basis to conduct a general wellness review including a symptom review that will be documented in their existing medical record and treated as all other protected health information (PHI) would be in a medical record.

Be Prepared & Have a Go Bag

The contents of Abby Lipski's go bag Photo 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 an isolation protocol on campus.

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 go to your self-designated off campus isolation location or relocate to the on campus isolation housing 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.

If you need to be moved to on campus isolation housing, rest assured that basics like a bed, bed linens and meals will be provided.

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 temporarily moved. 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.