COVID-19 Update and Planning

December 17, 2021

 

Dear Colleagues—

As we approach the final weekend of finals we want to stress that positive cases of COVID-19 continue to grow and the omicron variant is in New Hampshire and spreading. Additional information about omicron can be found here. In addition, we have seen a significant increase in the number of positive tests for influenza (seasonal flu) that are impacting classroom attendance.  

Please continue to follow our established COVID safety protocols.

  • Continue to test as requested (you should drop an extra test if you are not feeling well, and may choose to test weekly instead of biweekly)
  • Wear a mask in all campus indoor spaces except when eating, in private offices or in personal residence hall rooms
  • Maintain physical distance whenever possible. If faculty need a larger room for their exam, please contact the registrar
  • Faculty with exams on Monday and Tuesday may choose to move exams online based on circumstances in their class

The leadership team continues to evaluate the changing circumstances on our campuses, in the state and in the nation. Earlier this week the International Travel Risk Review Committee made the difficult decision to cancel all J-term international travel programs. Individuals involved in J-term international programs have already been notified and are being assisted through the Global Education Office.  

Winter break testing is now in place. Please review requirements here . Vaccination remains a critical protection and we encourage all members of our community to be vaccinated. If you are eligible, get a vaccine booster as this has demonstrated additional protection including against the omicron variant. 

We continue to monitor data and will be doing so over the break. We are planning for testing to continue in the spring semester as well as evaluating changes to our policies around gathering size, prearrival testing, spectators at athletics events, mask wearing and others. Please continue to watch your email for more detailed information in early January regarding the spring semester and stay safe.

Best, 

Paul Dean
Chief of Police/Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Risk Management

Co-Chair of UNH Testing and Tracing Committee

Marian McCord
Senior Vice Provost for Research, Economic Engagement, and Outreach

Co-Chair of UNH Testing and Tracing Committeeh