Update on COVID-19 in the University Community

March 31, 2020

Dear UNH Community,

We write to inform you that we have been made aware that members of our university community have recently tested positive for COVID-19 and many more are presumed positive based on symptoms they are exhibiting. Everyone is showing mild symptoms and followed all recommendations to immediately self-quarantine. Please respect these individuals’ privacy and avoid speculation and rumors. In the instances we are aware of, at-risk contacts within the university community have received the appropriate guidance. While a majority of faculty, staff and students have been away from our campuses for more than the suggested quarantine period of 14 days, we wanted to make you aware and urge you to continue to follow all state and federal recommendations, especially to remain at home if you are in New Hampshire.  

We understand that having positive cases within our university community may add to your stress and anxiety. Students can contact Psychological and Counseling Services (PaCS) at (603) 862-2090 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Full-time academic, staff and adjunct employees and eligible dependents can receive help through the Employee Assistance Program Hotline (EAP) at (800) 424-1749. The EAP provides confidential, short-term counseling at no cost to the employee.

We all play a role in keeping our community healthy. Please continue to practice preventive measures to reduce the risk of infection and take good care of yourself and your family.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based (at least 60% alcohol) hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home and avoid public places when sick (i.e. social distancing)
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid being within 6 feet (close contact) of a person who is sick
  • Avoid sharing drinks, smoking/vaping devices, or other utensils or objects that may transmit saliva
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

In addition, UNH Health & Wellness physicians are available to assist with questions about COVID-19 and how members of the university community can best respond to the concerns of fellow faculty, staff and students. Please send questions with your contact information (name, email and phone number) to  HW.COVID19@unh.edu. A physician will email or call you, usually within the same day. 

Sincerely,

Peter Degnan, MD
Medical Director, UNH Health & Wellness

Paul Dean
Associate Vice President for Public Safety and
Risk Management and Chief, UNH Police Department