For Everyone

The University of Maine System and its institutions remain operational, with appropriate safety measures implemented such as remote instruction, remote working for most employees and social distancing when applicable.

The University of Maine System will not be conducting day camps or overnight camps during summer 2020 on campus or at other non-university locations under the University’s auspices. (Certain limited exceptions may be granted by campus leadership and campus emergency operations teams for programs in August that serve incoming University first-year students but which may in some instances be referred to as “camps”.)

The University of Maine System will begin July 1 allowing additional activities previously curtailed by the pandemic, including:

  • Limited group gatherings up to 10 people. Such gathering must be consistent with the guidance of civil authorities requiring social distancing and face coverings. This topic will be closely monitored in anticipation of implementing further increases in allowable University group size limits within the month of July.
  • Community spaces and facilities such as libraries, museums, gyms, computer labs, and study hall spaces may begin opening July 1 consistent with the group gathering guidance above, upon approval by campus leadership and the campus emergency operations team, and in compliance with any other requirements which may be in place by civil authorities in Maine, in particular the Department of Economic and Community Development.
  • Retails stores may begin operating July 1 upon approval by campus leadership and the campus emergency operations team, and with any other requirements that may be in place by civil authorities in Maine, in particular the Department of Economic and Community Development. Note: Retail stores at this time do not include University food service operations apart from those essential dining operations which have continued at reduced operations and which may need to do so.
  • Childcare centers: Any childcare facilities operated by the University, under its auspices or in University facilities and not currently operating may begin opening July 1 upon approval by campus leadership and the campus emergency operations team, and in compliance with any other requirements that may be in place by civil authorities in Maine, in particular the Department of Health and Human Services.

Further, the University of Maine System beginning July 15 will resume additional activities previously curtailed by the pandemic and as now permitted by civil authorities, including:

  • Limited group gatherings up to 50 people. Such gathering must be consistent with the guidance of civil authorities requiring social distancing and face coverings.
  • Community spaces and facilities such as libraries, museums, gyms, computer labs, and study hall spaces may continue operating consistent with the group gathering guidance above, upon approval by campus leadership and the campus emergency operations team, and in compliance with any other applicable requirements which may be in place by civil authorities in Maine, in particular the Department of Economic and Community Development.

The response to COVID-19 continues to be a rapidly evolving situation even at this stage of the pandemic and this guidance is subject to change. Interested individuals and organizations are encouraged to check maine.edu/health-advisory routinely for updates. Employees and students in particular are encouraged to check the relevant sections of the web site for information particular to their needs as the University continues to consider its Safe Return planning. More information is planned and expected to become available over the course of June.
(Last reviewed/updated: 06/15/2020)

As with other respiratory illnesses, there are steps that everyone can take daily to reduce the risk of getting sick or infecting others with circulating viruses. There is currently no vaccine or broadly accepted treatment for COVID-19 that is known to be effective. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

  • Steps individuals can take to keep themselves and others safe include:
  • Wear a cloth face covering.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Learn about and practice social distancing.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water:
  • If soap and water are not readily available, rub your hands with an alcohol based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands).
  • Get a flu shot when appropriate.

The CDC web site provides a wealth of information about staying safe and slowing the spread of this virus.

The Maine CDC also provides an FAQ that answers may such frequently asked questions.

(Last reviewed/updated: 06/16/2020)

Yes. Individuals should wear a cloth face covering in public settings as further described below to comply with the orders of civil authorities in Maine and to follow the recommendations of public health experts. When circumstances are unknown or uncertain, having a cloth face covering available in case needed will allow individuals to best meet these directives and recommendations.

Additionally, because of the nature of campuses and the importance of face coverings in keeping individuals and the community safe, face coverings are required at all times on University of Maine System campuses, property and facilities, both indoors and outside.

Current exceptions to the University’s face covering requirement include: 1. when a person is alone in an office or other room with a closed door; 2. when a person is alone outside in a space where and when they can reasonably expect to be alone and they have a face covering available in the event it is needed; 3. when eating or drinking; 4. when a medical or disability situation requires an exemption; 5. When a situation (i.e. childcare settings) or a person (i.e. children younger than 2) are specifically exempted by Maine civil authorities; and, 6. in other special circumstances as may be determined by campus leadership.

University of Maine Employees should see related guidance in the ‘For Employees’ section of the Public Health Advisory Page that is specific to the wearing of cloth face coverings by employees.
With regard to civil orders in Maine, civil authorities require wearing a cloth face covering in public setting where physical distancing measures may be difficult to maintain.

“Public settings” mean:

  • indoor spaces that are accessible to the public such as grocery stores, retail stores, pharmacies and health care facilities;
  • outdoor spaces such as playgrounds, busy parking lots, and other areas such as lines for take-out service where the public typically gathers in a smaller area; and
  • public transportation such as a taxi, Uber, Lyft, ride-sharing or similar service; ferry, bus, or train; and any semi-enclosed transit stop or waiting area

Exceptions:

  • Cloth face coverings are not required for children under age 2;
  • a child in a child-care setting;
  • for anyone who has trouble breathing or related medical conditions;
  • who is otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance
  • A person who cannot wear a cloth face covering because of a medical condition is not required to produce medical documentation of the condition, provided that an employer may require such documentation from an employee in accordance with state and federal law.

(Last reviewed/updated: 06/16/2020)

You may be required to quarantine or self-isolate if:

  • You are newly arriving in or returning to Maine.
  • You are ill or may be ill with Covid-19.
  • You have been in close contact with an individual who is ill or may be ill with Covid-19.
  • You have been directed to do so by a medical provider or medical authority.

All individuals arriving in or returning to Maine – with exceptions for travelers from New Hampshire and Vermont – are required to self-quarantine for 14 days from the date of arrival to mitigate spread of COVID-19, as ordered by civil authorities as June 16, 2020. Individuals also can meet this requirement by attesting or showing the results of a recent negative test for Covid-19 that meets the specific requirements of civil authorities in Maine.

People who are ill or who may be ill, or individuals who have been in close contact with those who are ill or who may be ill, also may be required to self-isolate or quarantine.

Per the CDC guidelines, fifteen (15) days of self-isolation also is required for:

  • Any traveler to the U.S. (returning or coming for the first time) from any country under a CDC Warning Level 3, regardless of whether that direction is specifically given to them at the U.S. point of entry; Travelers Returning from International Travel
  • any student or employee who had direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19;
  • any student or employee who has had direct contact with someone who is under care for suspected exposure to COVID-19.
  • anyone who is under direction from a medical provider or appropriate medical authority to do so.
  • If you are unsure about whether or not 15 days of self-isolation may be required, contact your healthcare provider

Additionally, per Maine CDC, seven (7) days of self-isolation is recommended for:

  • People who came in close proximity to someone who was possibly exposed to COVID-19 and the person is asymptomatic. Maine CDC encourages people to self-isolate for 7 days. If symptoms should appear in that timeframe OR you have additional concerns, follow-up with your healthcare provider to discuss next steps.
  • If you are unsure or worried that you may have been exposed to COVID-19, please contact your medical provider for guidance. It is prudent to self-isolate until a medical provider has provided additional guidance.

If you are in the same household as someone who is isolating, consult with your healthcare provider to determine if you also need to follow isolation protocols.

For more information about quarantine and isolation, or for instructions on how to self-isolate reference, please see here.

(Last reviewed/updated: 06/16/2020)

If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your health care professional and tell them about any recent contact with other COVID-19 cases

  • Symptoms of COVID-19 may include:
    Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
Most patients experience mild symptoms and can recuperate at home, but others, particularly those with underlying medical conditions, may experience more severe respiratory illness. Learn more about COVID-19 symptoms.

If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your health care professional and tell them about any recent contact with other COVID-19 cases. Your healthcare professional will work with Maine CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.

(Last reviewed/updated: 06/16/2020)

All students, staff and faculty should please update information regarding emergency notifications in your emergency alerts profile. Follow this link for instructions. This will allow the University to best communicate with you.

Email: The Chancellor has been and will continue to send email updates at key junctures to keep the community advised. Presidents, in collaboration with each other and the Chancellor, also are doing likewise for your specific University.

Web site/s: The University is posting regular updates and information to a one-stop source web site for Covid-19 information: https://www.maine.edu/health-advisory/ . The web site also provides links to specific sites of the individual Universities of the University of Maine System. The web site also connects to more information from the Maine and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

If you have a question not answered by any of this guidance, the University also has a phone information line with recorded information and options for getting personal responses. That number is 207.581.2681.

(Last reviewed/updated: 06/16/2020)

Update your Contacts

Students and university employees are urged to update their contact information in MaineStreet as well as to review and update current Emergency Alert Notification preferences and subscriptions. It is critical that each campus be able to communicate directly with their communities through email and/or text messaging. We encourage you to follow these guides to review and/or update your information.

These guides can be found here: https://www.maine.edu/information-technology/support/update-account-information/.

Should you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact help@maine.edu or visit the UMS IT Support site: UMS IT Support site: https://www.maine.edu/information-technology/support/.
(Last reviewed/updated: 06/16/2020)

COVID-19 is a disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that has now been detected in hundreds of countries, including the United States, primarily during 2020. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Many of them infect animals, but some coronaviruses from animals can evolve into a new human coronavirus that can spread from person-to-person. This new virus prompted the World Health Organization to declare a pandemic on March 11, 2020. The virus itself is named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes is named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

For some people, this new virus causes mild symptoms like the common cold or influenza (flu), while for others it can cause severe pneumonia that requires medical care or hospitalization, and it is sometimes fatal. Scientists are still learning about this new virus and its associated disease.

Find out more about how Covid-19 spreads and what you can do to protect yourself.

(Last reviewed/updated: 06/16/2020)

The University of Maine System has formed the Fall 2020 Safe Return Planning Committee to prepare for the safe return to campus.  The group held its first organizational meeting last week and is charged with assessing COVID-19 guidance and conditions and developing appropriate actions and protocols that can be implemented to provide for a safe return to campus as Maine begins its return to the new world we all will face in the coming weeks.  More than 40 members of the university committee from the campus incident command teams were invited to the initial discussion.

The planning committee will be co-chaired by Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Robert Placido and Chief Facilities Management and General Services Officer Chip Gavin and will include planning leaders from the incident command teams for each campus and a representative from the University of Maine School of Law.  Committee members represent many of the academic and operational functions of the University of Maine System and experts from across the System will be asked to participate as needed to inform the planning process.

The Fall 2020 Safe Return Planning Committee will operate transparently, providing a monthly update to the University community starting in May and regular updates to the UMS President’s Council. The initial update will detail committee membership and a work plan.

Anyone with questions or suggestions is invited to contact Chip Gavin, Chief Facilities Management and General Services Officer.

(Last reviewed/updated: 04/21/2020)

The UMS Office of Student Success and Credential Attainment has compiled a list of community support for students and staff during COVID-19. The Resource for Adult Learners includes links and key information on a range of topics including food assistance, filing for unemployment, access to WiFi, student loan repayment assistance, and child care. Many of the resources included in the guide can also be of use to University employees.

(Last reviewed/updated: 04/13/2020)

Courses for the Summer Sessions I and II will be offered online because registration will begin before we can predict when fact-to-face instruction will be viable again. Summer programming, such as athletic camps and non-credit academic programs, will be assessed closer to their individual start dates, so they will not be cancelled at this time.

(Last reviewed/updated: 04/07/2020)

With the official launch of our new ‘virtual University‘ this week, reliance on technological solutions to continue instructional activities and business operations has hit an all time high. US:IT has continued efforts to provide additional tools and services to support the University community during this transition. We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of these new services through the IT Resource Guide.

(Last reviewed/updated: 03/27/2020)

Any in-person events or gatherings which include 10 or more people are prohibited. These restrictions include any events on University property, events being hosted by the University in a non-University location, and official participation by University students, staff, and faculty in such events regardless of location. If you are considering attending an event or gathering of any kind, but you are sick, please stay home.

(Last reviewed/updated: 03/18/2020)

The Tools for Remote Teaching, Learning and Work Resource Guide (https://www.maine.edu/information-technology/support/tools-resource-guide/) has been updated to include information regarding internet connectivity options across the state. The FCC recently announced the ‘Keep Americans Connected’ pledge which asks telecom providers to play their part to ensure citizens are able to maintain or gain internet access, including providing current mobile subscribers with unlimited data and free mobile hotspot services for the next 60 days. On the Resource Guide, we’ve included a NEW interactive graphical map showing the locations of educational sites in Maine where internet and/or computer access may be accessible to students (as of today). We’ve also included a listing of Public libraries in the State as well as the most popular national chains where free public WiFi is available. As the COVID-19 situation in Maine continues to change by the hour, the availability of these resources may be affected and we will be keeping this guide up to date.

(Last reviewed/updated: 03/16/2020)

Call your doctor.
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice. Call ahead before visiting your doctor or other medical provider.

For more information, visit the CDC site here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html

There is no specific treatment for illness caused by the novel coronavirus. However, many of the symptoms can be treated. Treatment is based on the patient’s condition. There is currently no vaccine to prevent novel coronavirus. Be aware of scam products for sale that make false claims to prevent or treat this new infection.

Call your healthcare provider if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread. Tell your healthcare provider about your recent travel or contact.

(Last reviewed/updated: 06/16/2020)

UMS employee information UMS has flexible and non-punitive leave policies for students and staff affected by COVID-19.

  • Employees are encouraged to stay home if when ill and to leave work if they become ill
  • Employees may stay home and, if feasible, work remotely when sick or caring for sick household members. Employees should discuss remote work arrangements with their supervisor.
  • UMS will continue to monitor state and federal agency guidance and adjust work and leave practices as appropriate. In the meantime, information regarding paid leave and Family Medical Leave (FML) can be found at on the my campus benefits page.
  • Continue to encourage welcoming environments for ALL members of our community.

(Last reviewed/updated: 03/13/2020)

According to the CDC, older adults and individuals with certain serious underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for Covid-19. Serious underlying medical conditions include, for example: heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease, among other conditions. These individuals should be especially mindful and diligent regarding Covid-19. Information about risk factors and the actions which individuals at higher risk can take is available here.
(Last reviewed/updated: 06/16/2020)