Stay Vigilant; COVID Remains in Our Community

Dear Members of the UNH Durham Community,

COVID remains in our community, and we continue to closely monitor campus, state and regional data. The number of positive cases on our campus is up—not unexpectedly—because of everyone returning to campus for the spring semester as well as the omicron variant. Most of the students who test positive and must isolate are going home as we requested and at this time our resources are not overwhelmed. Thank you to everyone for doing your part and for your flexibility—faculty for accommodating students who are out of the classroom, staff who continue to be creative in finding ways to ensure students have access to the things they need for a successful semester, and students for keeping your Wildcat Pass active and adhering to all testing and mask protocols.

A few important reminders:

  • The university will soon have rapid/antigen tests available for any member of the community who meets criteria for early end to isolation AFTER FIVE DAYS, including a negative rapid/antigen test on day five or later. A satellite site in the old New England Center will open soon to accommodate COVID testing. Please watch your email next week for more detailed information.
    • As stated in the Jan. 18 email about changes to isolation and quarantine, the university is not providing rapid/antigen tests at this time; Health & Wellness is not able to provide rapid/antigen tests for the purpose of ending isolation early and the COVID Lab also cannot be used to test out of isolation.
  • Wear a mask. Masks are required in all indoor campus spaces. Avoid using single-layer cloth masks if possible.
  • Get boosted. Opportunities can be found hereYou must quarantine if you are exposed to a household member with COVID-19 if you don’t have the booster.
  • If you have received a booster, report it to Health & Wellness.
  • If you are experiencing COVID-like symptoms, go to Health & Wellness to get tested; don’t drop a sample into one of the boxes.
  • Members of the university community can report violations of COVID policies.

Paul Dean
Chief of Police /Associate VP for Public Safety and Risk Management and Co-Chair of UNH Testing and Tracing Committee

Peter Degnan, MD
Medical Director, Health & Wellness

Marian McCord
Senior Vice Provost for Research, Economic Engagement and Outreach; and Co-Chair of UNH Testing and Tracing Committee