« USciences COVID-19 Task Force Update (10/9/2020) | Main | USciences COVID-19 Task Force Update (10/23/2020) »


USciences COVID-19 Task Force Update (10/15/20)

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students, 

This fall, we have seen that the number of COVID-19 cases is rising regionally and nationally. We must remain steadfast in the behaviors that help to protect our community from the spread of the virus as we approach the end of the semester. It is because of this vigilance that we have seen fewer new cases in our community this week - however, we cannot let up. 

We ask our community to continue to abide by important health behaviors: 

  • Wear a mask whenever outside of your home or residence hall room. Masks and social distancing is necessary when participating in social activities. Specifically, this includes when you may be studying or in the presence of other students who do not reside in your living unit.
  • Wash your hands often, wash your mask, avoid touching your face, and when needed, use hand sanitizer.
  • Every day before leaving your room, take your temperature, assess any symptoms, and take stock of how you feel. If you don’t feel well, don’t leave!
  • Stay physically distant from individuals who live outside of your home. Have anyone visiting your home or residence wear a mask and maintain 6 feet social distance at all times. 

In addition to protection from the coronavirus, these healthy behaviors will also protect against the spread of seasonal flu. If you have not already done so, we encourage our campus community to get the flu vaccine this year.  Most health insurance plans will cover the flu vaccine, and it is widely available at pharmacies without a doctor’s prescription. 

Refrain from participating in recognized high-risk activities that have contributed to the spread, including:

  • Small groups studying together, indoors, without social distancing or masks
  • Recreational group athletic activities 
  • Casual interactions between residence hall or apartment neighbors without social distancing or masks. 


The University Community will continue to enforce mask-wearing on campus. When wearing a mask, the mask should cover your mouth and nose completely.


It is on all members of our community to hold each other accountable to ensure individuals are wearing masks to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  Students who are not wearing a mask per University guidelines will be referred to the University Student Conduct Process.  Faculty and staff not wearing a mask may be referred to Human Resources.


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. 


If a faculty or staff member becomes aware of a student with symptoms or with known contact with a positive case, please notify Dr. Siebert and include the student’s name and email address.


COVID-19 Cases




New cases since 10/8/2020



Total cases since 8/28/2020




Employee Access to the ARC

Faculty and Staff may now utilize the Athletic Recreation Center facilities to exercise between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.


All individuals utilizing the facility are required to follow the protocols outlined on page 28 of the Return to Campus Guidelines.  Please remember that masks are required at all times, even while exercising, and locker rooms are open for changing and restroom use only. 


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!


USciences COVID-19 Information


Thank you for your ongoing attention and support,

COVID-19 Task Force