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USciences COVID-19 Task Force Update (9/24/2020)

To: All Staff, Faculty, and Students

Fall is now officially here, and our community continues to work together to stay healthy. Thanks to everyone for their ongoing vigilance.

The Task Force has received several questions regarding the number of cases in our community, and after discussion we have decided we will use this weekly communication to report both new and cumulative positive tests weekly throughout the semester.  

We continue to remind everyone to abide by our four key guidelines for being on campus in order to keep our total cases as low as they are today:

  1. Wear a mask
  2. Keep 6 feet apart
  3. Practice good hygiene
  4. Monitor your health daily


COVID-19 Cases




New cases since 9/20/2020



Total cases since 8/28/2020




Any employee or student who has tested positive, has COVID-19 symptoms, or has had direct exposure to an individual who tested positive or has COVID-19 symptoms is asked to contact Dr. Siebert immediately at b.siebert@usciences.edu for a COVID-19 screening and necessary contact tracing. 

Philadelphia guidance for gatherings

Effective September 14, the City of Philadelphia increased the number of individuals permitted at outdoor gatherings from 50 to 150.  Commissioner of Health Thomas Farley noted that despite the increased number of permitted attendees, other measures continue to remain in place, including mask wearing at all times, and maintenance of at least 6 foot distance between people.  The City also recommends that food and drink not be served at these gatherings, due to the inability to wear a mask while eating and drinking.

The University continues to maintain strict limits on events on campus, with review and discussion at the Task Force of any proposed gatherings prior to approval.  Employees should reach out to Michele Albert, Director of University Events at m.albert@usciences.edu with any questions on this topic. Student organizations are not permitted to host in-person gatherings until further notice, and more information will be coming out in the next week. Students should contact Tricia Purcell with any questions. 

Wellness during COVID-19

We remind our community of the many resources available for support both during the pandemic and beyond.  

  • Please explore the Office of Health and Wellness site for tips, tricks, and resources.  This is available to the entire community – students, faculty, and staff.
  • Follow SHAC on Twitter and Facebook for tips and helpful links. 
  • Employees may access and explore ESI’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for a variety of resources, including emotional well-being, work-life balance, legal resources, financial education, pet help, as well as a variety of training resources.  

Please take advantage of these valuable resources!

Flu Vaccine Clinic

Just a reminder that we will hold the on-campus flu vaccine clinic on Thursday, October 1 from 8am to 5pm in the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) in the lower level of the ARC. In order to maintain social distancing at our on-campus clinic, we will be asking individuals to sign up for a specific time slot.  We will be unable to accommodate walk-ins without an appointment.

Information on the clinic was sent to everyone’s USciences email yesterday (Wednesday, September 23), including a link for appointment signup. Please review all of this information carefully. 

Please note that you do not need to obtain your flu vaccine through USciences; your local pharmacy or health care provider can also provide this service, which is covered by most health insurance.  Whether on-campus or elsewhere, we encourage you to get your flu shot! 

USciences COVID-19 Information

Thank you for your ongoing attention and support,

COVID-19 Task Force