Health & Wellness

Update for USU Community on Coronavirus

Update Oct. 14, 2021

Case Counts at USU

As of today, there are 92 active cases of COVID-19 among students, staff, and faculty at USU campuses or centers across Utah.

Active cases are those that have tested positive within the last two weeks, including: those who self-reported to the university, cases identified through testing on the Logan campus, and cases the university has received notice of through the Utah Department of Health.

Case counts are updated every weekday, and graphs showing the 7-day case trend and a comparison of fall 2020 to fall 2021 cases are updated weekly at usu.edu/covid-19.

Vaccine Declaration Process Opens Oct. 20

As part of USU’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement for students for spring semester, students must complete a vaccine declaration process before registering for spring classes. This process opens Wednesday, Oct. 20, the same day the spring class schedule is released.

When they log in to the registration system or to view the class schedule, students will be notified they have an “action item” to complete. The vaccine declaration process will guide them through a series of options to let USU know if they are vaccinated, plan to be vaccinated before spring semester, or choose to take an exemption from the requirement.

Students who have uploaded proof of COVID-19 vaccination to Aggie Health will bypass this process. Complete details on USU’s vaccine requirement, declaration process, and exemptions can be found at vaccine.usu.edu/requirement.


Update Sept. 30, 2021

Case Counts at USU

As of today, there are 75 active cases of COVID-19 among students, staff, and faculty at USU campuses or centers across Utah.

Active cases are those that have tested positive within the last two weeks, including: those who self-reported to the university, cases identified through testing on the Logan campus, and cases the university has received notice of through the Utah Department of Health.

Case counts are updated every weekday, and graphs showing the 7-day case trend and a comparison of fall 2020 to fall 2021 cases are updated weekly at usu.edu/covid-19.

Vaccine Declaration Process Opens Oct. 20

On Aug. 27, USU announced that it would require students to be vaccinated for COVID-19 for Spring Semester 2022.

Starting Wednesday, Oct. 20, students will be able to declare their vaccination status before registering for spring semester courses. This process will consist of answering several questions before they can proceed with registration.

Students who have been vaccinated are encouraged to upload proof of vaccination to Aggie Health. Those with uploaded vaccine records will not need to complete the declaration process.

Students who have not been vaccinated can say they plan to do so, or they can choose to take a medical, religious, or personal exemption from the requirement. Those taking religious and personal exemptions will have the option of including a short statement. There are no additional forms or documentation required.

Complete details on the vaccine requirement and declaration process are at usu.edu/covid-19/testing/vaccine-requirement.

Flu Shots, COVID Vaccines for Logan Employees

USU is holding a clinic for flu shots and COVID-19 vaccines for employees and their eligible dependents on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Taggart Student Center Ballroom. Employees should pre-register at usu.edu/wellness/services/flu-shot-clinic.


Update Sept. 23, 2021

Case Counts at USU

As of today, there are 131 active cases of COVID-19 among students, staff, and faculty at USU campuses or centers across Utah.

Active cases are those that have tested positive within the last two weeks, including: those who self-reported to the university, cases identified through testing on the Logan campus, and cases the university has received notice of through the Utah Department of Health.

Case counts are updated every weekday, and graphs showing the 7-day case trend and a comparison of fall 2020 to fall 2021 cases are updated weekly at usu.edu/covid-19.

Help Keep Classes out of “Red”

The university implemented a color-coding system for managing classroom exposure to COVID-19 before fall semester began. When a class has two or more active cases that cannot be contained through individual quarantine, it goes to “red” status, where classes are held online until people are cleared to return to the classroom.

Both students and faculty play important roles in helping to keep classes happening in person.

Faculty should make sure that students enter their seat assignments for their class in Canvas. This is a critical step that allows USU’s case containment team to identify who in a classroom had close contact with any positive case.

For students, it is extremely important to respond if they are contacted by the case containment team. If students cannot be reached, they cannot be cleared to attend classes, and this could prevent active cases from being contained.

More details on the color-coding system can be found at usu.edu/covid-19/students/classroom-exposure.

First, Second Vaccine Doses Available at Clinic

USU and Bear River Health Department will host September’s last vaccination clinic on the Logan campus on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1-4 p.m. in the Taggart Student Center. The clinic will have both first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine available (also known by its retail name, Comirnaty).

Anyone who received their first vaccine dose at on-campus clinics Aug. 31 at Day on the Quad or Sept. 8 at the Eccles Conference Center should plan to get their second dose in the next few weeks. Pre-register for the Sept. 29 clinic here: brhd.jotform.com/212374785866975.

USU and BRHD will continue to partner for on-campus clinics in October. You can find clinic dates and other vaccination options at vaccine.usu.edu.


Update Sept. 16, 2021

Case Counts at USU

As of today, there are 138 active cases of COVID-19 among students, staff, and faculty at USU campuses or centers across Utah.

Active cases are those that have tested positive within the last two weeks, including: those who self-reported to the university, cases identified through testing on the Logan campus, and cases the university has received notice of through the Utah Department of Health.

Case counts are updated every weekday, and graphs showing the 7-day case trend and a comparison of fall 2020 to fall 2021 cases are updated weekly at usu.edu/covid-19.

Check USU COVID-19 Site for Updates, Information

The university’s COVID-19 website not only provides daily case count updates, it is also constantly updated with news about USU’s vaccine requirement, testing and case containment, upcoming vaccine clinics and more. Some popular pages include:


Update Sept. 9, 2021

Case Counts at USU

As of today, there are 93 active cases of COVID-19 among students, staff, and faculty at USU campuses or centers across Utah.

Active cases are those that have tested positive within the last two weeks, including: those who self-reported to the university, cases identified through testing on the Logan campus, and cases the university has received notice of through the Utah Department of Health.

Case counts are updated daily, and graphs showing the 7-day case trend and a comparison of fall 2020 to fall 2021 cases are updated weekly at usu.edu/covid-19.

Wednesday Vaccine Clinics

USU is partnering with Bear River Health Department to offer COVID-19 vaccine clinics through the month of September on the Logan campus. All clinics this month will offer the first dose of the Comirnaty vaccine, the new marketing name for the FDA-approved Pfizer vaccine. Follow-up clinics will be scheduled for second doses.

Clinics will be held:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1-4 p.m. at Eccles Conference Center
  • Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1-4 p.m. at Taggart Student Center

Walk-ins are welcome, or you can pre-register with this form.

State Reports Risk Factors for Unvaccinated Utahns

The Utah Department of Health has been tracking the differences in COVID-19 risks between vaccinated and unvaccinated residents since Feb. 1, 2021. Currently, unvaccinated Utahns are:

  • 5 times more likely to test positive
  • 2 times more likely to be hospitalized
  • 2 times more likely to die from COVID-19

UDOH updates these numbers, overall vaccination rates and other vaccine-related data at coronavirus-dashboard.utah.gov/risk.html.


Update Sept. 2, 2021

Case Counts at USU

As of today, there are 66 active cases of COVID-19 among students, staff, and faculty at USU campuses or centers across Utah.

Active cases are those that have tested positive within the last two weeks, including: those who self-reported to the university, cases identified through testing on the Logan campus, and cases the university has received notice of through the Utah Department of Health.

Case counts are updated daily, and a 7-day trend graph is updated weekly at usu.edu/covid-19.

Wednesday Vaccine Clinics

USU will partner with Bear River Health Department to offer COVID-19 vaccine clinics through the month of September on the Logan campus. All clinics this month will offer the first dose of the Comirnaty vaccine, the new marketing name for the FDA-approved Pfizer vaccine. Follow-up clinics will be scheduled for second doses.

Clinics will be held:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 8 and 15, 1-4 p.m. at Eccles Conference Center.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1-4 p.m. at Taggart Student Center.

Walk-ins are welcome, or you can pre-register with this form.


Update Aug. 19, 2021

Case Counts at USU

As of today, there are 28 active cases of COVID-19 among students, staff or faculty members at USU campuses or centers across Utah.

Active cases are those that have tested positive within the last two weeks, including: those who self-reported to the university, cases identified through testing on the Logan campus, and cases the university has received notice of through the Utah Department of Health.

Case counts and a 7-day trend graph are updated weekly at usu.edu/covid-19.

Masks Required on Aggie Shuttle

In accordance with a CDC requirement for masks on any “public conveyance” in the U.S., the Aggie Shuttle on Logan campus will require passengers to wear masks this fall. Signs will be posted on buses and at all stops. USU asks that students, employees and visitors wear masks in building at all campuses and locations to help keep university classes, events and activities happening in person.

Logan Testing Hours Increase

Beginning Monday, Aug. 23, COVID-19 testing at the East Stadium lot on the Logan campus will be available to students and employees Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Fridays from 8-11 a.m. You can register for a test through aggiehealth.usu.edu.


Update Aug. 12, 2021

Case Counts at USU

As of today, there are 20 active cases of COVID-19 among students, staff or faculty members at USU campuses or centers across Utah. There have been no new cases at the university in the past two days.

Active cases are those that have tested positive within the last two weeks, including: those who self-reported to the university, cases identified through testing on the Logan campus, and cases the university has received notice of through the Utah Department of Health.

Case counts and a 7-day trend graph are updated weekly at usu.edu/covid-19.

What to Expect for Fall

There is a lot of activity at USU campuses and locations as staff and faculty prepare for fall semester. Here’s what you need to know about vaccines, masks, and other COVID-related practices at the university:

  • State law prohibits state universities from requiring vaccines or However, USU strongly encourages everyone – including vaccinated individuals – to wear masks indoors. This is in accordance with recent CDC guidance for areas with a high rate of COVID-19 transmission, which includes most of Utah.
  • The university also strongly encourages everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine if they are able. USU will partner with local health departments to hold vaccination clinics in the first weeks of the semester. Vaccines are the best tool available to keep students learning and participating in campus activities instead of quarantining or isolating.
  • USU’s COVID-19 case containment team continues to monitor positive cases, provide notifications about possible exposure, and answer questions about quarantine and isolation. The university will also continue to monitor wastewater to help identify potential outbreaks and provide targeted testing.

If you have specific concerns about COVID-19 practices at USU, you can submit a concern to university officials. General questions can be sent to covid-19@usu.edu.

Stay Home if You’re Sick

USU President Noelle Cockett sent an email to all faculty and staff on Aug. 11 with a strong message: Please stay home if you’re sick. The university offers COVID-19 leave to both benefited and non-benefited employees who miss work because they are sick with COVID-19, have been exposed and asked to quarantine or isolate, or other virus-related issues. Employees should communicate with their supervisors, who can help guide the process to get appropriate leave time.

Students who are feeling ill or who have been exposed to COVID-19 are asked to stay home, as well. Faculty are able to provide academic accommodations for students who miss class for COVID-related issues.

Any USU student or employee who is experiencing symptoms, has tested positive for COVID-19, has been exposed to someone who tested positive, or has been asked to quarantine by health officials should fill out the COVID-19 questionnaire. This notifies USU’s case containment team and, for students, begins the process of assisting with services and accommodations through the COVID Care Team.

Note: Due to low case counts and reduced activity on USU campuses during the summer, the Utah State Today COVID-19 update will be published as needed instead of weekly.


Update May 13, 2021

COVID-19 Update Changes

Due to low case counts and reduced activity on USU campuses during the summer, the Utah State Today COVID-19 update will be published as needed instead of weekly.

Case Counts at USU

As of today, there are 8 “active” cases of COVID-19 among students, staff or faculty members at USU campuses or centers across Utah. There have been no new cases at the university in the past two days.

Active cases are those that have tested positive within the last two weeks, including: those who self-reported to the university, cases identified through testing on the Logan campus, and cases the university has received notice of through the Utah Department of Health.

Case counts and a 7-day trend graph will be updated weekly throughout the summer at usu.edu/covid-19.

Summer: A Season of Transition

President Noelle Cockett sent messages to USU students and employees outlining upcoming changes in campus COVID protocols and expectations. As of June 1, USU’s indoor mask requirement becomes a recommendation, especially for people who are within 6 feet of others. Also, university departments will begin bringing employees who have been working remotely back to campus, with the expectation that employees will fully return by Aug. 15.

“These changes will shift responsibility for protecting ourselves from infection with COVID-19 from the university to a more personal responsibility,” Cockett said in the messages, pointing out that two of the best tools we have available for staying healthy are getting the COVID-19 vaccine and staying home when sick.

Message to faculty and staff


Update May 6, 2021

Case Counts at USU

As of today, there are 14 “active” cases of COVID-19 among students, staff or faculty members at USU campuses or centers across Utah. There have been no new cases at the university in the past two days.

Active cases are those that have tested positive within the last two weeks, including: those who self-reported to the university, cases identified through testing on the Logan campus, and cases the university has received notice of through the Utah Department of Health.

More information about case counts and a 7-day trend graph (updated every Friday) are available at usu.edu/covid-19.

Pfizer Second-Dose Clinics at Logan Campus

In partnership with the Bear River Health Department (BRHD), USU is offering two Pfizer second-dose COVID-19 vaccination clinics on the Logan campus, Friday, May 7, and Friday, May 14, at the Eccles Conference Center. The clinics will run from 10 a.m. to noon.

People who received their first Pfizer vaccine at one of USU’s on-campus April 16 may sign up for May 7 or 14. Those who came to the April 23 clinic should sign up for May 14.

To schedule an appointment, visit vaccine.usu.edu.

If you’re unable to attend one of these on-campus clinics for your second dose, you can go to another BRHD vaccination site. Visit brhd.org/covid-19-vaccine-information and scroll down to the second-dose calendar, where you can make an appointment or find a walk-in clinic.


Update April 29, 2021

Case Counts at USU

As of today, there are 23 “active” cases of COVID-19 among students, staff or faculty members at USU campuses or centers across Utah.

Active cases are those that have tested positive within the last two weeks, including: those who self-reported to the university, cases identified through testing on the Logan campus, and cases the university has received notice of through the Utah Department of Health.

More information about case counts and a 7-day trend graph (updated every Friday) are available at usu.edu/covid-19.

Pfizer Second-Dose Clinics at Logan Campus

In partnership with the Bear River Health Department (BRHD), USU is offering two Pfizer second-dose COVID-19 vaccination clinics on the Logan campus, Friday, May 7, and Friday, May 14, at the Eccles Conference Center. The clinics will run from 10 a.m. to noon.

People who received their first Pfizer vaccine at one of USU’s on-campus April 16 may sign up for May 7 or 14. Those who came to the April 23 clinic should sign up for May 14.

To schedule an appointment, visit vaccine.usu.edu.

If you’re unable to attend one of these on-campus clinics for your second dose, you can schedule an appointment at another BRHD clinic. Visit brhd.org/covid-19-vaccine-information and scroll down to the second-dose calendar.

USU Offers Student Exit Testing

All Utah State University residential campuses will offer free COVID-19 “exit testing” sessions on campus for students who would like to get tested before leaving at the end of spring semester.

Students can register for a testing appointment at aggiehealth.usu.edu. You can be tested if you are partially or fully vaccinated; that will not affect results. Vaccines can reduce COVID symptoms, so testing is a good way to know for sure whether or not you have the virus.

Exit testing locations and times:

Logan

  • Eccles Conference Center
  • Tuesday, May 4
  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

USU Eastern

  • Jennifer Leavitt Student Center
  • Tuesday, May 4
  • 10 a.m. to noon

USU Blanding

  • Arts and Events Center
  • Tuesday, May 4: noon to 1:30 p.m.

Update April 22, 2021

Case Counts at USU

As of today, there are 28 “active” cases of COVID-19 among students, staff or faculty members at USU campuses or centers across Utah.

Active cases are those that have tested positive within the last two weeks, including: those who self-reported to the university, cases identified through testing on the Logan campus, and cases the university has received notice of through the Utah Department of Health.

More information about case counts and a 7-day trend graph (updated every Friday) are available at usu.edu/covid-19.

Open Vaccine Appointments Friday in Logan

In partnership with the Bear River Health Department (BRHD), USU is offering a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on the Logan campus for students, employees, and their spouses and children age 16 and up:

  • Friday, April 23
  • 9 a.m. to noon
  • Eccles Conference Center

This clinic will provide the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. It’s likely the final vaccine clinic on campus this spring. For more information, visit vaccine.usu.edu.

USU to Offer Student Exit Testing

All Utah State University residential campuses will offer free COVID-19 “exit testing” sessions on campus for students who would like to get tested before leaving at the end of spring semester.

Students can register for a testing appointment at aggiehealth.usu.edu. You can be tested if you are partially or fully vaccinated; that will not affect results. Vaccines can reduce COVID symptoms, so testing is a good way to know for sure whether or not you have the virus.

Exit testing locations and times:

Logan

  • Eccles Conference Center
  • Tuesday, April 27
  • Tuesday, May 4
  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

USU Eastern

  • Jennifer Leavitt Student Center
  • Wednesday, April 28
  • Tuesday, May 4
  • 10 a.m. to noon

USU Blanding

  • Arts and Events Center
  • Tuesday, April 27: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 4: noon to 1:30 p.m.

Update April 15, 2021

Case Counts at USU

As of today, there are 32 “active” cases of COVID-19 among students, staff or faculty members at USU campuses or centers across Utah.

Active cases are those that have tested positive within the last two weeks, including: those who self-reported to the university, cases identified through testing on the Logan campus, and cases the university has received notice of through the Utah Department of Health.

More information about case counts and a 7-day trend graph (updated every Friday) are available at usu.edu/covid-19.

Updates to USU Face Coverings Policy

While USU continues to require masks or face coverings in all university buildings or vehicles at campuses across the state, there are a few recent changes:

  • Masks are no longer required outdoors, although they can still be required for large gatherings or USU-sponsored events.
  • In USU’s indoor recreation facilities, you may remove your mask if you are actively using exercise equipment or while actively participating in an exercise or training class.

More details on USU’s face coverings policy can be found at usu.edu/covid-19/staying-healthy/face-coverings.

Johnson & Johnson Vaccines Paused for Review

Distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been paused for study after six people who received the vaccine reported a rare and serious type of blood clot. All six cases occurred among women between the ages of 18 and 48, and symptoms occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination.

If you’ve received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine recently, contact your healthcare provider and seek medical treatment if you develop these symptoms within the next few weeks:

  • Severe headache
  • Abdominal pain
  • Leg pain
  • Shortness of breath

More information: Utah Department of Health Recommends Temporary Pause of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Administration

Fraud Alert: Mask Exemption Cards

The Utah Department of Health has received reports of individuals reproducing and presenting mask exemption cards with the state of Utah seal on them to businesses and schools. These cards are fake; the state of Utah, UDOH, and local health departments do not provide mask exemption cards. Mask exemptions and how to obtain them are outlined in these public health orders:

Change in Utah Vaccine Policy

At the direction of Governor Spencer Cox, individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days may now receive COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccines are available from health departments, pharmacies, and health care providers. To find locations where you can be vaccinated, visit coronavirus.utah.gov/vaccine-distribution or use vaccinefinder.org.

Update April 8, 2021

Case Counts at USU

As of today, there are 38 “active” cases of COVID-19 among students, staff or faculty members at USU campuses or centers across Utah.

Active cases are those that have tested positive within the last two weeks, including: those who self-reported to the university, cases identified through testing on the Logan campus, and cases the university has received notice of through the Utah Department of Health.

More information about case counts and a 7-day trend graph (updated every Friday) are available at usu.edu/covid-19.

Update April 1, 2021

Case Counts at USU

As of today, there are 48 “active” cases of COVID-19 among students, staff or faculty members at USU campuses or centers across Utah.

Active cases are those that have tested positive within the last two weeks, including: those who self-reported to the university, cases identified through testing on the Logan campus, and cases the university has received notice of through the Utah Department of Health.

More information about case counts and a 7-day trend graph (updated every Friday) are available at usu.edu/covid-19.

Vaccine Clinic Coming to Logan Campus

In partnership with the Bear River Health Department, USU is holding an on-campus vaccination clinic for students and employees on Friday, April 9, at the Eccles Conference Center, 9 a.m. to noon. You must make an appointment in advance, and signups are first-come, first-served. The university will send more details on Friday, April 2, through the USU alert system. Ensure you receive alerts by text and email by updating your information in myid.usu.edu.

This clinic will have the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is a single dose. There are 1,000 doses available; USU and BRHD hope to offer additional clinics depending on vaccine supply.

Vaccines are also available from health departments, pharmacies, and health care providers. To find other locations where you can be vaccinated, visit coronavirus.utah.gov/vaccine-distribution or use vaccinefinder.org.


Update March 25, 2021

Case Counts at USU

As of today, there are 62 “active” cases of COVID-19 among students, staff or faculty members at USU campuses or centers across Utah.

Active cases are those that have tested positive within the last two weeks, including: those who self-reported to the university, cases identified through testing on the Logan campus, and cases the university has received notice of through the Utah Department of Health.

More information about case counts and a 7-day trend graph (updated every Friday) are available at usu.edu/covid-19.

Vaccine Appointments Open to Ages 16+

USU strongly encourages COVID-19 vaccination for all students and employees who are able to do so. To find out where you can be vaccinated, visit coronavirus.utah.gov/vaccine-distribution or use vaccinefinder.org.

Testing Services Still Available

A lot of COVID-19 news is now focused on vaccines, but preventative actions and testing remain important pieces in keeping case numbers moving downward. USU continues to provide testing for students and employees on the Logan campus through aggiehealth.usu.edu, and the Utah Department of Health provides free rapid antigen testing throughout the state. You should get tested if you have any symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19. More information is available at usu.edu/covid-19/testing.


Update March 18, 2021

Case Counts at USU

As of today, there are 72 “active” cases of COVID-19 among students, staff or faculty members at USU campuses or centers across Utah.

Active cases are those that have tested positive within the last two weeks, including: those who self-reported to the university, cases identified through testing on the Logan campus, and cases the university has received notice of through the Utah Department of Health.

More information about case counts and a 7-day trend graph (updated every Friday) are available at usu.edu/covid-19.

Vaccine Appointments Open to Ages 16+ Next Week

Governor Spencer Cox announced this morning that all Utah residents age 16 and over will be able to start scheduling vaccination appointments as of Wednesday, March 24. “There will not be vaccine available for everyone in the state, I want to be clear about that,” Cox said, asking that people be patient as they attempt to make an appointment.

To find out where you can be vaccinated, visit coronavirus.utah.gov/vaccine-distribution or use vaccinefinder.org.

Mask Requirements Continue on USU Campuses

Although the number of vaccinated Utahns continues to rise and COVID cases have declined since winter, the statewide and USU mask requirements remain in effect and are important to help keep transmission rates down. Masks are required:

  • Inside all university buildings.
  • In USU vehicles when riding with others, or in a personal vehicle while on university business.
  • Outside when it is difficult to stay 6 feet from others.
  • Elevators, hallways, break rooms, and other common areas where social distancing may not be possible.

Update March 11, 2021

Case Counts at USU

As of today, there are 69 “active” cases of COVID-19 among students, staff or faculty members at USU campuses or centers across Utah. That is half the number of active cases as one month ago.

Active cases are those that have tested positive within the last two weeks, including: those who self-reported to the university, cases identified through testing on the Logan campus, and cases the university has received notice of through the Utah Department of Health.

More information about case counts and a 7-day trend graph (updated every Friday) are available at usu.edu/covid-19.

CDC Releases Guidelines for the Fully Vaccinated

Nearly 600,000 Utahns have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination as of today, and 14% are considered fully vaccinated. Governor Spencer Cox anticipates that all adults in Utah will be eligible for vaccination as of April 1.

As the vaccination numbers continue to increase, the CDC has published the first set of public health guidelines for fully vaccinated people. The guidelines advise on indoor visiting and quarantine questions and state that this group still take precautions in public that include wearing a mask and social distancing.


Update March 4, 2021

Case Counts at USU

As of today, there are 65 “active” cases of COVID-19 among students, staff or faculty members at USU campuses or centers across Utah. Active cases are those that have tested positive within the last two weeks, including: those who self-reported to the university, cases identified through testing on the Logan campus, and cases the university has received notice of through the Utah Department of Health.

More information about case counts and a 7-day trend graph (updated every Friday) are available at usu.edu/covid-19.

USU Launches Testing Reports

COVID-19 testing continues each week for students and employees at USU. On the Logan campus, testing appointments can be scheduled 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday at East Stadium, and students participate in random testing each Tuesday. Testing numbers and positivity rates from these efforts, as well as testing at USU Eastern and USU Blanding, are now available online at usu.edu/covid-19/testing/reports.

Vaccine Eligibility Increases in Utah

As vaccine availability increases in the state, the number of Utahns eligible to receive the vaccine rises as well. Added to the eligibility list as of Monday, March 8, are people 50 and older, and people with diabetes (type 1 or 2), a BMI of 30 or higher, or chronic kidney disease. If you belong to one of those groups, you’re encouraged to make a vaccination appointment beginning March 8.

State estimates now predict that any adult who wants a vaccine will be able to get one beginning in early April.

A complete list of eligible Utahns will now include:

  • Healthcare workers
  • Long-term care facility staff and residents
  • First responders
  • K-12 teachers or school staff
  • Utahns 50 years and older
  • People 16 years or older with certain underlying medical conditions

You can find out where to get vaccinated at coronavirus.utah.gov/vaccine-distribution or vaccinefinder.org.


Update Feb. 25, 2021

Case Counts at USU

As of today, there are 100 “active” cases of COVID-19 among students, staff or faculty members at USU campuses or centers across Utah. Active cases are those that have tested positive within the last two weeks, including: those who self-reported to the university, cases identified through testing on the Logan campus, and cases the university has received notice of through the Utah Department of Health.

More information about case counts and a 7-day trend graph (updated every Friday) are available at usu.edu/covid-19.

USU Mobile Testing Unit Up and Running

The university has expanded its COVID-19 student and employee testing efforts to include a mobile lab. With this added flexibility, USU will be able to conduct screenings at off-campus housing complexes in Logan and in more locations around campus.

Vaccine Eligibility Expanded

As of Feb. 25, Utahns age 16 and over with certain medical conditions are now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines. A complete list of these conditions, as well as information on where to get vaccinated, is available at coronavirus.utah.gov/vaccine-distribution.


Update Feb. 18, 2021

Case Counts at USU

As of today, there are 112 “active” cases of COVID-19 among students, staff or faculty members at USU campuses or centers across Utah. Active cases are those that have tested positive within the last two weeks, including: those who self-reported to the university, cases identified through testing on the Logan campus, and cases the university has received notice of through the Utah Department of Health.

More information about case counts and a 7-day trend graph are available at usu.edu/covid-19.

Exposure Notifications on Your Phone

If you are an iPhone or Android phone user, you may have recently received an alert about a new COVID-19 exposure alert feature. This service was launched in partnership with the Utah Department of Health, and people must opt in to activate it. You can find complete details on how it works on the coronavirus.utah.gov Exposure Notifications page.


Update Feb. 11, 2021

Case Counts at USU

As of today, there are 118 “active” cases of COVID-19 among students, staff or faculty members at USU campuses or centers across Utah. Active cases are those that have tested positive within the last two weeks, including: those who self-reported to the university, cases identified through testing on the Logan campus, and cases the university has received notice of through the Utah Department of Health.

More information about case counts and a 7-day trend graph are available at usu.edu/covid-19.

Community COVID-19 Testing Comes to Logan Campus

The state of Utah is offering free rapid antigen testing in Logan on Saturdays in February for adults and children over 5. Testing will be held Feb. 13, 20 and 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at

USU’s East Stadium lot, just west of Aggie Village. Anyone older than age 5 can get tested, even if they do not have symptoms of COVID-19. While USU students and employees can take advantage of free university-run screening, this is a convenient opportunity to get other household members tested. Register online at c19.health.utah.gov/surveys/?s=TCRCL9RD8E&siteid=USU.

First Results from Random Testing

Students on USU’s Logan campus who live in a residence hall or have an in-person course component are eligible to be selected for random COVID-19 testing. The first “Tuesday Testing” took place Feb. 9, with 217 rapid tests performed and no positive results.


Update Feb. 4, 2021

Case Counts at USU

As of today, there are 167 “active” cases of COVID-19 among students, staff or faculty members at USU campuses or centers across Utah. Active cases are those that have tested positive within the last two weeks, including: those who self-reported to the university, cases identified through testing on the Logan campus, and cases the university has received notice of through the Utah Department of Health.

More information about case counts and a 7-day trend graph are available at usu.edu/covid-19.

Vaccine Immunity Takes Time

As more people receive COVID-19 vaccines, the CDC has shared reminders that it typically takes a few weeks for bodies to build immunity after vaccinations. Learn more by visiting Myths and Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines.

Student Entry Testing Summary

Students returning to campus for spring semester were asked to participate in COVID-19 entry testing. In Logan, testing took place for the first two weeks of the semester at the Eccles Conference Center. There were 4,801 tests completed with a positivity rate of .6 percent.

Weekly Random Testing to Begin

Students on USU’s Logan campus who live in a residence hall or have an in-person course component are eligible to be selected for random COVID-19 testing. These “Tuesday Testing” sessions will take place throughout spring semester beginning Feb. 9. USU is required to conduct these screenings by the Utah System of Higher Education’s COVID-19 Intensive Testing Plan.


Update Jan. 28, 2021

Case Counts at USU

As of today, there are 214 “active” cases of COVID-19 among students, staff or faculty members at USU campuses or centers across Utah. Active cases are those that have tested positive within the last two weeks, including: those who self-reported to the university, cases identified through testing on the Logan campus, and cases the university has received notice of through the Utah Department of Health.

More information about case counts and a 7-day trend graph are available at usu.edu/covid-19.

COVID-19 Testing Continues

While student entry testing wraps up this week, USU students, faculty and staff can still be tested for free on the Logan campus on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can get a test whether or not you have symptoms: Visit usu.edu/covid-19/testing for complete details and schedule a test through aggiehealth.usu.edu. For those outside the Logan area, the Utah Department of Health lists testing locations throughout the state.

Updating Operation Plans

Supervisors at USU recently received an email asking them to review and update department operation plans to ensure they reflect current COVID-19 guidelines. Plans should include continued requirements for wearing masks and social distancing—these guidelines remain in place for all employees until further guidance is released by the CDC or local health departments. Supervisors who would like to have changes reviewed can submit their plan to risk@usu.edu.


Update Jan. 21, 2021

Case Counts at USU

As of today, there are 180 “active” cases of COVID-19 among students, staff or faculty members at USU campuses or centers across Utah. Active cases are those that have tested positive within the last two weeks, including: those who self-reported to the university, cases identified through testing on the Logan campus, and cases the university has received notice of through the Utah Department of Health.

More information about case counts and a 7-day trend graph are available at usu.edu/covid-19.

Student Entry Testing Begins

A USU Safety Alert on Jan. 19 reminded students, faculty, and staff that the university is providing entry testing for students to screen for COVID-19 in the first weeks of spring semester. Rapid antigen testing is available to students at the Logan, Eastern, and Blanding campuses and USU Brigham City. On Jan. 19 and 20, the first two days of testing, 2,224 tests were completed with 16 positive results. Employees interested in being tested can schedule an appointment at the East Stadium Testing Site on the Logan campus.

Upload Proof of Positive Test or Vaccination

If you’re a USU student or employee who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days at a non-USU testing site, you can help the USU Case Containment team by uploading your proof of positive test results at covid19.usu.edu/upload. This allows the team to better advise on quarantine requirements. You can also use the site to upload proof of receiving both doses of the COVID vaccine.

CDC: Wear a Mask, Even After Vaccinating

As the COVID-19 vaccine becomes available to more people, the CDC advises continuing to wear a mask and social distance, along with practicing other means of prevention—even if you have received both doses of the vaccine or have recovered from the virus. According to the CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination: “While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic.” Read the complete FAQ.

Masks are required in all USU buildings, and outdoors within 6 feet of others. There are no exceptions.


Update Jan. 14, 2021

Case Counts at USU

As of today, there are 156 “active” cases of COVID-19 among students, staff or faculty members at USU campuses or centers across Utah. Active cases are those that have tested positive within the last two weeks, including: those who self-reported to the university, cases identified through testing on the Logan campus, and cases the university has received notice of through the Utah Department of Health.

More information about case counts and a 7-day trend graph is available at www.usu.edu/covid-19.

Vaccinations Becoming Available

The COVID-19 vaccine is currently available in Utah to healthcare workers, long-term care facility staff and residents, first responders, and K-12 teachers and school staff. Beginning Monday, Jan. 18, Utah residents over age 70 are also eligible. Contact your local health department to schedule an appointment or to find out when vaccination clinics will be held.

When a vaccine is available to you, please get one. According to health officials, the benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine far outweigh the risks. Learn more about Utah’s vaccine distribution plan and strategy.

Tests Required for International Travelers

The U.S. will be requiring negative COVID-19 tests from incoming international air travelers beginning Jan. 26, 2021. Because this is after the beginning of USU’s spring semester, this order should not have a widespread effect on arriving students. However, anyone considering international air travel out of the U.S. will need to provide a negative test result to return. The CDC explains how this change will affect travelers.

Student Entry Testing

Utah State University is providing entry testing for students to screen for COVID-19 as spring 2021 semester begins on Jan. 19. Rapid antigen testing will be available to students the first weeks of the semester on the Logan, Eastern, and Blanding campuses. Students who live in on-campus housing or have at least one class with an in-person component are expected to register for testing. Students do not need to be tested if they have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days or have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.


Update Jan. 7, 2021

Case Counts at USU

As of today, there are 100 “active” cases of COVID-19 among students, staff or faculty members at USU campuses or centers across Utah. Active cases are those that have tested positive within the last two weeks, including: those who self-reported to the university, cases identified through testing on the Logan campus, and cases the university has received notice of through local health departments.

More information about case counts and a 7-day trend graph is available at www.usu.edu/covid-19.

Student Entry Testing

Utah State University will provide entry testing for students in order to screen for COVID-19 as spring 2021 semester begins on Jan. 19. Rapid antigen testing will be available to students the first weeks of the spring semester at the Eccles Conference Center. Students who live in on-campus housing or who have at least one class with an in-person component should register for testing. Students do not need to be tested if they have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days or have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Testing During Fall Semester

Over fall semester, USU administered 17,571 COVID-19 tests to students and employees, most on the Logan campus. This was a significant collaborative effort by the USU Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, the Department of Nursing, and Student Health Services. All test results are reported to the Utah Department of Health, which then provides case numbers to local health departments across Utah.

Get Tested if You Have Symptoms or Exposure

If you have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19, get tested. Testing is recommended at the onset of symptoms or about seven days after the date of exposure. Employees near the Logan campus can access free testing Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the East Stadium Testing Site. Testing is also available in Cache Valley for family members and across Utah, including at new temporary rapid testing sites. Find a testing site near you.

Continue to Take Precautions

Those who are able to work remotely should continue to do so as spring semester begins. For those who must be on campus to complete their work, wearing masks and social distancing will continue to be required, even as vaccines roll out.

Questions about USU’s efforts to address the coronavirus pandemic can be sent to covid-19@usu.edu.


Update Dec. 17, 2020

Case Counts at USU

As of today, there are 235 “active” cases of COVID-19 among students, staff or faculty members at USU campuses or centers across Utah. Active cases are those that have tested positive within the last two weeks, including: those who self-reported to the university, cases identified through testing on the Logan campus, and cases the university has received notice of through local health departments.

More information about case counts and a 7-day trend graph is available at www.usu.edu/covid-19.

Testing on Campus During Winter Break

The East Stadium Testing Site on the Logan campus will remain open from 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow, Dec. 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 21, 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Dec. 22, and then close until 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan 4. Tests can be scheduled online four days in advance. Community-based testing remains open for the most part over the next two weeks, and there are testing locations throughout the state.

Continue to Take Precautions over the Holiday

The Utah Department of Health encourages Utahns to continue diligently practicing precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19: wear a mask, practice social distancing, limit close contacts and avoid large gatherings. Health officials have provided tips for celebrating the season safely.

Questions about USU’s efforts to address the coronavirus pandemic can be sent to covid-19@usu.edu.


Update Dec. 10, 2020

Case Counts at USU

As of today, there are 277 “active” cases of COVID-19 among students, staff or faculty members at USU campuses or centers across Utah. Active cases are those that have tested positive within the last two weeks, including: those who self-reported to the university, cases identified through testing on the Logan campus, and cases the university has received notice of through local health departments.

More information about case counts and a 7-day trend graph is available at www.usu.edu/covid-19.

In a news briefing today, Dr. Angela Dunn and Governor Gary Herbert said that the two-week stay at home order and precautions taken by Utahns during Thanksgiving may have helped prevent a larger expected surge due to the holiday. University officials appreciate everyone doing their part to keep spread down and protect each other, and ask that students, staff and faculty continue to practice precautions during the upcoming holiday season.

More on Quarantine Guidelines

Last week, the Utah Department of Health clarified revised quarantine guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As a reminder, individuals who have had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 may quarantine for only 10 days as long as they remain symptom-free. Individuals can be tested on day 7 of quarantine, and if they test negative and still do not have any symptoms of COVID-19, they can end quarantine. Anyone in quarantine should continue to monitor for symptoms for 14 days and wear a mask. Please see the graphic at right for more.

Testing Site in Logan

The East Stadium Testing Site on the Logan remains open Monday through Friday. The testing site will close at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 22 and reopen Monday, Jan. 4. Learn more about COVID-19 testing at USU, as well as community-based testing resources, at www.usu.edu/covid-19/testing.

Questions about USU’s efforts to address the coronavirus pandemic can be sent to covid-19@usu.edu.


Update Dec. 3, 2020

Case Counts at USU

As of today, there are 243 “active” cases of COVID-19 among students, staff or faculty members at USU campuses or centers across Utah. Active cases are those that have tested positive within the last two weeks, including: those who self-reported to the university, cases identified through testing on the Logan campus, and cases the university has received notice of through local health departments.

More information about case counts and a 7-day trend graph is available at www.usu.edu/covid-19.

Quarantine Guidelines Changed

Today, the Utah Department of Health clarified revised quarantine guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Individuals who have had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 may quarantine for only 10 days as long as they remain symptom-free. Individuals can be tested on day 7 of quarantine, and if they test negative and still do not have any symptoms of COVID-19, they can end quarantine.

Individuals who choose not to get tested or who are living with someone who has COVID-19, must quarantine for 10 days after the last time they were around the person who has COVID-19.

USU’s case containment team is working with individuals in quarantine to clarify changes to quarantine end dates. Those who are in quarantine and have questions about how this change affects them may email cci@usu.edu.

Testing Site in Logan

The East Stadium Testing Site in Logan continues to collect samples for 350+ tests daily. The site is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and current students and employees can schedule a test in Aggie Health.

Mental Health Resources Available to Students and Employees

As the pandemic continues to wear on mental and emotional well-being, USU officials encourage students and employees to use available resources to take care of their mental health.

Employee can find information about mental health resources through Aggies Thrive. Resources include USU’s Employee Assistance Program that offers up to six free confidential counseling sessions each year.

Students on all campuses can access mental health services, including web-based services, counseling, and self-help tools.

Questions about USU’s efforts to address the coronavirus pandemic can be sent to covid-19@usu.edu.


Update Nov. 18, 2020

Case Counts at USU

As of today, there are 527 “active” cases of COVID-19 among students, staff or faculty members at USU campuses or centers across Utah. This is an increase of 113 active cases over the last seven days, including 70 new cases today. Active cases are those that have tested positive within the last two weeks, including: those who self-reported to the university, cases identified through testing on the Logan campus, and cases the university has received notice of through local health departments.

More information about case counts and a 7-day trend graph is available at www.usu.edu/covid-19.

Remote Instruction Begins

USU instruction will be remote after Friday, Nov. 20, through Friday, Dec. 11. This provides the opportunity for students who are visiting permanent homes for Thanksgiving to stay until spring semester begins, thereby limiting travel for the holidays.

At this time, approximately 70% of students who live in on-campus housing are planning to leave for the remainder of fall semester.

USU Monitoring Tests for Students

USU began providing monitoring testing for students on the Logan campus on Wednesday, Nov. 11, and testing will continue through Friday, Nov. 20. Students are strongly encouraged to get tested before they leave for Thanksgiving break, and monitoring testing is provided to those who do not have symptoms or known exposure to COVID-19.

As of Tuesday, Nov. 17, USU had tested 4,081 at a testing site in the Taggart Student Center, and 1.4% of those tests were positive. Information about these positive results was forwarded to USU’s case containment team to provide information about how to self-isolate as well as trace contacts. Of those positive cases, the vast majority had very mild symptoms they didn’t readily connect to being ill with COVID-19. The most common symptoms in this group were a headache or a slight sore throat upon waking that goes away. This really reinforces that it’s important to pay attention to any symptoms and stay home even with mild ones.

Student testing will begin today and tomorrow at the USU Eastern and Blanding campuses and continue the first part of next week.

Watch a video about student testing.

Testing During Thanksgiving Week

The East Stadium Testing Site on the Logan campus will be open for current students and employees on Monday and Tuesday next week, but will be closed Wednesday through Sunday for the Thanksgiving break. Those who have symptoms, think they may have been exposed, or are just concerned, are welcome to get tested. To schedule a test, visit Aggie Health.

Testing will continue to be available in local communities through health care providers. Find a COVID-19 test anywhere in Utah at https://coronavirus.utah.gov/testing-locations/.

Testing will be open and available Nov. 30, and students and employees returning from Thanksgiving travels are encouraged to get tested. Health officials recommend waiting 5-7 days after the date of potential exposure to COVID-19 to improve testing accuracy.

Celebrating Thanksgiving Safely

USU encourages all students and employees to practice extra caution over the Thanksgiving holiday. Continue to take basic precautions of wearing a mask and social distancing. In addition, the state of Utah has issued guidance for celebrating Thanksgiving more safely at https://coronavirus.utah.gov/holidays/. Their tips include the following:

  • The smaller the number of people, the safer.
  • Only invite people you’re around often. You reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 when you limit the amount of people you are in close contact with.
  • Avoid going to multiple gatherings with people from different households.
  • The host should keep a list of the names and contact information for anyone who attends the gathering, in case contact tracing is needed later.

Questions about USU’s efforts to address the coronavirus pandemic can be sent to covid-19@usu.edu.


Update November 12, 2020

Case Counts at USU

As of today, there are 414 “active” cases of COVID-19 among students, staff or faculty members at USU campuses or centers across Utah. This is an increase of 161 active cases over the last seven days, including 81 new cases today. Active cases are those that have tested positive within the last two weeks, including: those who self-reported to the university, cases identified through testing on the Logan campus, and cases the university has received notice of through local health departments.

More information about case counts and a 7-day trend graph is available at www.usu.edu/covid-19.

Utah in State of Emergency

On Sunday night, Nov. 8, Governor Gary Herbert declared a new State of Emergency in Utah due to sharply climbing COVID-19 numbers across the Utah. State leaders also expressed serious concerns about the increased hospitalizations and report that health care facilities and staff are being overwhelmed. Governor Herbert issued a statewide mask mandate, restricted social gatherings that include more than one household and called for the cancellation of events.

Governor Herbert also called for mandatory testing of university students in the state beginning Jan. 1.

USU sent out a safety alert today with more information about state restrictions and information about testing.

Testing at USU

USU began on-campus COVID-19 testing in Logan for employees and students mid-October, and is now providing approximately 320 tests per day at the East Maverik Stadium Testing Site.

The university also began mandatory testing for students this week on Wednesday, Nov. 11, in the Taggart Student Center Ballroom. Daily testing for asymptomatic students will run through next Wednesday, Nov. 18.

The university also continues to offer testing to students and employees who have symptoms of COVID-19 and to employees who would like a test for any reason. Both students and employees can make a testing appointment at Aggie Health.

USU is working to bring student testing to campuses in Price and Blanding in the next few weeks, and all other statewide campuses by Jan. 1.

Questions about USU’s efforts to address the coronavirus pandemic can be sent to covid-19@usu.edu.


Update November 5, 2020

Case Counts at USU

As of today, there are 253 “active” cases of COVID-19 among students, staff or faculty members at USU campuses or centers across Utah. This is an increase of 81 active cases over the last seven days. Active cases are those that have tested positive within the last two weeks, including: those who self-reported to the university, cases identified through testing on the Logan campus, and cases the university has received notice of through local health departments.

More information about case counts at USU is available at www.usu.edu/covid-19.

State Case Counts

Case counts across the state of Utah have increased greatly over the last few weeks, with a record daily case count of 2,807 reported today. The positive test rate for the last 7-days is now 19.5%, which indicates that cases are going undetected. Public health officials have said a positive test rate below 5% indicates enough testing is occurring.

Most of the state of Utah has been designated as having a high level of COVID-19 transmission, requiring that face coverings be worn and social gatherings limited to 10 people or fewer. This transmission level also places limits on businesses and hosted events as well.

The Bear River Health Department released a statement today expressing concern about the rapid increase and spread of COVID-19 in the community and its impact on hospitals and the health care system. Health officials wrote, in particular that “events should only occur if masks are worn, physical distancing between household group is maintained, and the state’s event management template is completed and followed.”

Testing for Those Leaving for Thanksgiving

To help you reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, USU will provide testing to students and employees who are leaving Cache Valley for Thanksgiving break. Test results can be used to determine your best course of action for the holiday. The university asks employees and students to complete a very quick survey to help them plan for the number of individuals who would like to be tested.

COVID-19 Testing on the Logan Campus

USU continues to encourage any employee or student who has symptoms or may have been exposed to COVID-19 to get tested at USU’s Testing Center. Learn more or schedule a test at www.usu.edu/covid-19/testing. Test results are usually available within 24-48 hours. Those who do not have symptoms should be tested 5-7 days after being exposed to COVID-19 in order to improve the accuracy of the test.

Questions about USU’s efforts to address the coronavirus pandemic can be sent to covid-19@usu.edu.


Update October 29, 2020

Case Counts at USU

As of today, there are 172 “active” cases of COVID-19 among students, staff or faculty members at USU campuses or centers across Utah. Active cases are those that have tested positive within the last two weeks, including: those who self-reported to the university, cases identified through testing on the Logan campus, and cases the university has received notice of through local health departments.

USU has also added a new graph showing the trends of new cases. This graph helps illustrate the current pandemic situation on campus and how it has changed. Today, new numbers on the dashboard also show total new and active cases broken out by USU’s three residential campuses in Logan, Price and Blanding, as well as at statewide campuses throughout Utah.

More information about case counts is available at www.usu.edu/covid-19.

USU Disburses $1.8 Million in CARES Act Funding to Students

Utah State University has awarded more than $1.8 million in a third cycle of emergency grants to students who have experienced unanticipated expenses related to the disruption of campus operations because of COVID-19.

The emergency grants are made possible through an allocation from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to aid students. USU has already disbursed a total of $6.2 million to 9,930 students. Emergency grants were disbursed in May, and technology grants were made over the late summer and early fall semester.

COVID-19 Testing on the Logan Campus

USU encourages any employee or student who has symptoms or may have been exposed to COVID-19 to get tested at USU’s Testing Center. Learn more or schedule a test at www.usu.edu/covid-19/testing. Test results are usually available within 24-48 hours.

Questions about USU’s efforts to address the coronavirus pandemic can be sent to covid-19@usu.edu.


Update October 22, 2020

Case Counts at USU

As of today, there are 271 students, staff or faculty members at USU campuses or centers across Utah who have reported confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the last two weeks. These “active” cases include those who self-reported to the university, cases identified through testing on the Logan campus, and cases the university has received notice of through local health departments.

More information about case counts is available at www.usu.edu/covid-19.

President Cockett Encourages USU Community to Stay Focused

With eight weeks left in the semester, President Noelle E. Cockett released a video encouraging students, staff and faculty to stay focused on preventing the spread of COVID-19 and finish the semester strong. President Cockett pointed to face coverings, social distancing, staying home when sick, and getting tested as the keys to keeping the coronavirus contained on USU campuses.

Watch the video

COVID-19 Testing on the Logan Campus

USU’s COVID-19 Testing Site on the Logan campus is available for any student, faculty or staff member who has symptoms of an illness or thinks they may have been exposed to COVID-19. To learn more or schedule a test, visit www.usu.edu/covid-19/testing. Test results are usually available within 24 hours.

USU Named in Ranking for COVID-19 Response

Last week, Utah State University was ranked as one of the top 10 colleges in the nation for its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. College Magazine ranked USU at No. 6 overall, for providing housing and meal refunds in spring 2020, giving instructional delivery options to students in fall 2020, adjusting its 2020-21 academic calendar, and identifying students in need of extra financial help.

Questions about USU’s efforts to address the coronavirus pandemic can be sent to covid-19@usu.edu.


Update October 15, 2020

Case Counts at USU

As of today, there are 227 students, staff or faculty members at USU campuses or centers across Utah who have reported confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the last two weeks. These “active” cases include 195 students living either on or off campus. These cases include those who self-reported to the university, cases identified through testing on the Logan campus, and cases the university has received notice of through local health departments.

More information about case counts is available at www.usu.edu/covid-19.

Expanded Testing in Logan

Utah State University has expanded COVID-19 testing for employees and students on the Logan campus. For several weeks, the university has offered rapid tests at the Student Health and Wellness Center to students who had COVID-19 symptoms. Now testing will be available to employees, as well as to those without symptoms who think they may have been exposed.

The COVID-19 testing site and lab will process 180 tests per day, with results available within 24 to 48 hours. Positive test results will be automatically sent to the USU case containment team so that students and employees are contacted quickly with instructions for their isolation or quarantine. Testing is free to both students and employees and is funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

The new testing site is located on the east side of Maverik Stadium. A new webpage, www.usu.edu/covid-19/testing, explains how to access a COVID-19 test. Students and employees who have symptoms will fill out the COVID-19 Questionnaire. These individuals will be pre-approved for a rapid test, as well as the COVID-19 PCR test that verifies the result of the rapid test. The rapid test allows the university to quickly identify those who are positive in most cases. However, even if the rapid PCR test is negative, all symptomatic individuals should continue to stay home until they are well and their COVID-19 PCR test confirms the negative result. Students and employees who do not have symptoms will schedule their test by logging into Aggie Health.

Counseling and Psychological Services

Utah State University’s Counseling and Psychological Services is putting a special focus on its mental health and wellness preventative services right now, with workshops and support groups that are open to anyone affiliated with USU on any campus. All other services range from single sessions to ongoing meetings to group therapy. All mental health services on all USU campuses are in online and virtual formats, as all physical offices are closed. Students can find services by campus and/or make an appointment by calling (435) 797-1012 for Logan, (435) 678-0710 for Blanding, while students at USU Eastern and other statewide campuses can make appointments online.


Update October 8, 2020

Case Counts at USU

As of today, there are 324 students, staff or faculty members at USU campuses or centers across Utah who have reported confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the last three weeks. This is a decrease from 350 since last Thursday, Oct. 1. These “active” cases include 303 students living either on or off campus. These cases include those who self-reported to the university, cases identified through testing on the Logan campus, and cases the university has received notice of through local health departments.

More information about case counts is available at www.usu.edu/covid-19.

Accommodations for Affected Students

Provost Frank Galey sent a message to faculty this week about options for providing accommodations for students who test positive and those asked to quarantine due to exposure to the coronavirus. Faculty who teach in-person classes are automatically notified of students who test positive by the COVID CARE Team. The notification is for the purpose of providing academic accommodations, not for the purpose of case investigations. Faculty may reach out to the Center for Innovative Design and Instruction (CIDI) for options for to students to attend class remotely.

Protocol for Exposure to a Confirmed or Suspected Case of COVID-19

The university provides steps that should be taken whenever a member of the USU community is exposed to the coronavirus, whether the exposure occurs in the classroom, at work or in the home. Learn more about the university’s protocol.

Questions about USU’s efforts to address the coronavirus pandemic may be sent to covid-19@usu.edu.


Update October 1, 2020

Case Counts at USU

As of today, there are 350 students, staff or faculty members at USU campuses or centers across Utah who have reported confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the last three weeks. These “active” cases include 339 students living either on or off campus. These cases include those who self-reported to the university, cases identified through testing on campus, and cases the university has received notice of through local health departments.

More information about case counts are available at www.usu.edu/covid-19.

Update on LLC Cluster

The university offered testing to 483 students in the Living Learning Center (LLC) community on the Logan campus during the week of Sept. 21. A total of 46 students were identified as positive for COVID-19 in the LLC community, including those students who tested positive prior to last week. For more information about the LLC cluster, see weekly updates below.

The university began providing testing to symptomatic students in the last few weeks and will be expanding access to testing in the next few weeks. Please check future weekly updates and Utah State Today for more information in the future.

Case Containment Process

Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19, tested positive, is waiting for COVID-19 test results, or has been asked by a university or public health official must submit the COVID-19 Questionnaire. Once a questionnaire is submitted, USU’s case containment investigates the close contacts of those who tested positive, refers individuals for testing on campus as needed, and refers students to the COVID CARE Team for services and academic accommodations.

Learn more about the case containment process at www.usu.edu/covid-19/if-you-are-sick/case-containment.

Face Covering Policy

The university has seen strong compliance with its policy and a state order requiring face coverings within all buildings. Those on campuses are also encouraged to wear a face covering outside if they are not able to maintain 6-feet social distancing. 

Questions about USU’s efforts to address the coronavirus pandemic can be sent to covid-19@usu.edu.


Update September 24, 2020

Case Counts at USU

As of today, there are 307 students, staff or faculty members at USU campuses or centers across Utah who have reported confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the last three weeks. These “active” cases include 298 students. The cases include those who self-reported to the university, cases identified through testing on campus, and cases the university has received notice of through local health departments.

More information about case counts are available at www.usu.edu/covid-19.

Update on LLC Cluster

The university offered testing to 483 students in the Living Learning Center (LLC) community on the Logan campus over the last three days. On Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 21 and 22, USU’s testing center sampled 100 students who were targeted for quicker testing. All the remaining students living in the LLC community were tested on Wednesday, Sept. 23, with the help of the Utah Department of Health’s mobile testing unit. This was a precautionary step and the students tested Sept. 23 were not asked to restrict their movements or stay home unless they or their close contacts tested positive for the coronavirus. At this time, there are 31 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the LLC community.

This cluster of cases in the LLC drives home the importance of USU’s policy on face coverings and ensuring social distancing in classrooms, without which many more individuals could have been exposed and would be required to quarantine.  

Questions about USU’s efforts to address the coronavirus pandemic can be sent to covid-19@usu.edu.


Update September 21, 2020

Through ongoing COVID-19 monitoring and case containment efforts, Utah State University has identified a potential cluster of COVID-19 cases in the Living Learning Center (LLC) on the main Logan campus. LLC Community includes six buildings and a total of 483 students. There are currently 15 students who have tested positive for COVID-19 in this area. 

In response to this potential cluster of cases, USU is working with the Bear River Health Department and the Utah Department of Health to organize on-campus testing for students living in the LLC. Targeted testing is being conducted today and tomorrow (Monday, Sept. 21 and Tuesday, Sept. 22) through USU’s own testing system for approximately 100 students who have been prioritized for testing. The Utah Department of Health will provide a mobile testing site on Wednesday to finish up testing of all remaining students in the LLC.

Students in the targeted testing group should watch for an email from USU Student Health Services (student.health@usu.edu) with the subject line: IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM STUDENT HEALTH. This email provides a link for scheduling an appointment and obtaining a QR code that is needed at the testing site.

Until this case containment process is complete, the students identified for targeted testing have been told to restrict their activities, including not going to class and only socializing with those in their household. These students received an email from President Cockett about the procedures Sunday evening.

Common spaces in all LLC buildings have been closed as a precaution recommended by local health officials.

This situation continues to highlight how essential it is that everyone practice the four principles of prevention: wear a mask, even outside; practice social distancing; stay home when sick; and keep hands and living/working spaces clean. 

Learn more about USU’s efforts to prevent COVID-19 at www.covid19.usu.edu

If you have questions about this case containment effort, please email covid-19@usu.edu.


Update September 17, 2020

Case Counts at USU

As of today, 192 students, staff or faculty members across Utah have reported confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the last three weeks. These cases include those who self-reported to the university, cases identified through testing on campus, and cases the university has received notice of through local health departments.

How USU Responds to Cases of COVID-19

Anyone in the campus community who has tested positive for COVID-19 or had exposure to someone with COVID-19 should fill out the COVID-19 Questionnaire so the USU case containment team can work to prevent spread of the coronavirus on campus.

Learn more about how USU handles cases:


Update September 10, 2020

Case Counts at USU

As of today, 89 students, staff or faculty members across Utah have reported confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the last three weeks. These cases include those who self-reported to the university, cases identified through testing on campus, and cases the university has received notice of through local health departments.

The university expected and planned for cases of COVID-19 during fall semester, and USU’s case containment team is working hard to trace close contacts of confirmed cases. If you are contacted by this team, please respond quickly in order learn more about how you can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. USU’s COVID CARE Team works with students to identify and facilitate accommodations for students asked to self-isolate or quarantine.

On-campus Testing in Logan

The Logan campus has testing now available on campus due to assistance from the Utah Department of Health. Students living both on and off campus have access to testing if they have symptoms of COVID-19 and have filled out the COVID-19 Questionnaire. Students cannot be tested without first filling out the questionnaire.

Fill out the COVID-19 Questionnaire

Students, faculty and staff are asked to fill out the COVID-19 Questionnaire for the following reasons:

  • Have symptoms of COVID-19 or are getting tested
  • Received testing and waiting on test results
  • Tested positive for COVID-19
  • Have had close contact with an individual who has a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19
  • Have been asked to quarantine or isolate.

CARES Act Grant Allocation Cycle Closed

The university technology grant allocation of CARES Act grants is now closed. Students who were awarded a CARES technology grant based on their FAFSA application received an email sent to their preferred email account. These students must accept their award by September 15, and then funds will be dispersed and sent to the student by check or direct deposit. The university is considering future initiatives to disperse funds to students in the most effective way possible.


Update September 4, 2020

A total of four students who were living in the four residence halls at the time they were quarantined on Sunday have tested positive for COVID-19, and these students have been moved into other areas to self-isolate. Utah State is working to confirm test results from a few dozen remaining, but more positive test results are not expected. Students testing positive for COVID-19 live in three of the four residence halls. None lived in the same suite. Suitemates of these students will continue to quarantine. Eleven students chose to not get tested and instead opted for a full 14-day quarantine.

USU’s case containment team has released 38 suites from quarantine (out of 52), and they are working to confirm results to release the remaining suites that do not have a student infected with COVID-19.

None of the students who tested positive had indicated they had any symptoms, highlighting the importance of prevention practices such as wearing a mask and social distancing. These have been identified as key tools in preventing the spread of the coronavirus, particularly as infected individuals may unknowingly spread COVID-19 before they develop symptoms or even when they are asymptomatic.

Additionally, due to the outreach and education created by this situation, an additional two on-campus students and several off-campus students reported COVID-19 symptoms to USU and then tested positive for the virus. USU encourages anyone who has symptoms associated with COVID-19 to stay home, and fill out USU’s COVID-19 Questionnaire.


Update September 3, 2020

Results for Quarantined Residence Hall

Utah State University has received test results from more than 80% of the students in the four residence halls who were tested for COVID-19 on Sunday. As of noon today (Thursday, Sept. 3), there are four students who have reported positive results. The 287 students living in Morgan, Jones, Rich, and Davis Halls have been asked to submit their test results to the university through USU’s COVID-19 Questionnaire.

The university is releasing students from quarantine on a suite-by-suite basis after everyone in the suite reports a negative test result, as long as they are not tied to a positive case through contact tracing. Twenty-nine suites in the four residence halls have now been release from quarantine, representing just over half of the students living there.

The university supports students in either quarantine or self-isolation through academic accommodations, resources, and meal delivery for on-campus students organized by USU’s COVID CARE Team. The university provides more information about COVID-19 cases affiliated with USU across the state at www.usu.edu/covid-19. On Sunday, USU asked 287 students in four residence halls to quarantine due to elevated levels of the coronavirus RNA in wastewater (sewage) sampled from that area of campus.  Intermountain Healthcare began testing students on Sunday and stayed late to test almost half of the students. The remaining students were tested on Monday. The university worked with the Utah Department of Health and Bear River Health Department on an appropriate response for the situation.

Wastewater (sewage) monitoring is an important public health tool used across the state and nation, and in mid-August, federal agencies created the National Wastewater Surveillance System to better understand the extent of COVID-19 infections in communities. Monitoring wastewater provides an early-warning system to alert public health officials that there are individuals infected with COVID-19, often before infected individuals have developed symptoms or know they are ill. Utah tests wastewater to monitor for COVID-19 at 42 sample sites representing 80% of the state’s population. 

Let USU Know if You Are Ill

The university asks students and employees to fill out the COVID-19 Questionnaire if they:

  • Have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Have been tested for COVID-19 and are waiting for results.
  • Have received a positive COVID-19 test result.
  • Have had close contact with an individual who has a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19.
  • Have been asked to quarantine or isolate.

Practice the Four Prevention Principles

The university reminds all students and employees that USU Policy requires everyone to wear a face covering in all buildings, and even outside when individuals cannot maintain 6-feet distance between themselves and others. Everyone should also practice the four principles of prevention at all times: mask up, practice social distancing, stay home when sick, and wash hands and keep work and living space clean.


Update August 30, 2020

Wastewater Monitoring Shows Elevated Levels of Coronavirus for Four Residence Halls

Utah State University’s wastewater monitoring for COVID-19 has detected elevated levels of the COVID-19 virus in wastewater samples from the following residence halls on the Logan campus: Rich, Jones, Morgan, and Davis. No other testing samples on campus taken this week show elevated levels of the virus. There are no reported positive tests for COVID-19 in these residence halls right now.

USU sent a safety alert to students, faculty, and staff at the Logan campus with more information about how the situation is being addressed.

Wastewater testing provides an early alert warning for the university to address potential cases and prevent the spread of the virus further. In response to this early detection system, USU is implementing the following response for the four residence halls affected.

More information about how USU is addressing the coronavirus pandemic on its Utah campuses can be found at www.usu.edu/covid-19.


Update August 27, 2020

COVID-19 Update for Start of Fall Semester 2020

With classes beginning on Monday, August 31, Utah State University is gearing up to meet its core mission of education, research and outreach amid the global pandemic. Students began moving into on-campus housing on August 15 in a phased approach to avoid congregating at move-in time. The freshman course, Connections, kicked off last night, August 26, on the Logan campus. Though it will look quite a bit different this year, the 5th annual Connections Luminary will still take place to celebrate the beginning of the year and the freshman class.

Class Delivery Methods

All members of the community are required to wear face coverings in any campus building and even outside when maintaining social distancing of 6 feet is difficult. Classes are being offered in new and innovative ways that include in-person only, face-to-face and web hybrid, and online only. For classes offered in person, face coverings are required and seats have been marked to provide for social distancing. All classrooms will hold fewer students for fall.

USU Protection Pledge

All students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to take the USU Protection Pledge to protect themselves, each other and the community. This includes following university guidelines for prevention and submitting the COVID Questionnaire if in quarantine or isolation. For students, completing the questionnaire activates the COVID CARE Team to provide access to services, accommodations, and resources. More information about what to do when ill and where to get tested is at www.usu.edu/covid-19/if-you-are-sick.

COVID Care Kits

USU is providing all students and frontline staff with kits that include two face masks, a thermometer, hand sanitizer, a sticker, and a pamphlet about prevention. Kits are available to students now, and employees will learn how they can get one in the coming week.

USU COVID-19 Case Counts

USU has introduced a new COVID-19 case count dashboard. The new dashboard includes new cases, active cases diagnosed within the last three weeks, and total cases since the pandemic began. The case counts include USU students, staff and faculty throughout the USU statewide system, including those working or learning remotely and not on a campus. As of today, August 27, USU has two new cases and 17 actives cases across the state.

Over the last week, USU officials have sent several communications to students and families, as well as employees. All communications to the campus community are available online:

More information about USU’s efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in USU communities throughout the state can be found at covid-19.usu.edu.


Update June 29, 2020

USU President Sends Email Detailing Latest Guidelines Regarding COVID-19

A university-wide email went to all Utah State University employees from USU President Noelle Cockett on Friday, June 26, detailing the latest guidelines and issues regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics discussed in the email include returning to onsite operations, budget changes from the state legislature, what to do in case of a COVID-19 diagnosis, university and personal travel and Governor Gary Herbert’s executive order on wearing masks in all state facilities. 

To read the email in its entirety, visit https://www.usu.edu/covid-19/communications/employees

To view Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s executive order, visit https://coronavirus-download.utah.gov/Governor/EO-2020-35-Updating-Requirement-Regarding-Face-Coverings-in-State-Facilities.pdf.


Update June 18, 2020

USU Announces Changes to the Fall Semester Schedule and Community Expectations

USU administrators emailed students on June 18, 2020, to provide information about the fall semester schedule and set expectations for personal responsibility in maintaining in-person classes. 

Utah State University will adjust the fall 2020 semester schedule on all campuses in order to decrease the risk of COVID-19 spreading. The day allotted for “fall break” (Oct. 16) was canceled, and instruction beginning the  week of Thanksgiving break will be remote only. This will allow those students whose permanent home is away from USU campuses to stay there until the beginning of spring semester, reducing the opportunity for spread of the coronavirus in classrooms.

“Universities face unique challenges in preventing the transmission COVID-19, and we are taking unique steps to minimize the risk of spread and keep our students and employees on our campuses this fall,” said Frank Galey, USU’s executive vice president and provost.

Teaching Formats for Fall Classes

Teaching formats for fall classes will change to ensure social distancing in classroom settings. Classroom delivery methods will include: traditional face-to-face or interactive video conferencing (IVC), web broadcast, online, hybrid face-to-face, as well as a blend of these.

The university is currently making changes to the teaching formats for fall classes. Students will receive a communication the week of June 29 with information about their final class schedule and the teaching format for those classes. They will be prompted to review their schedules at that time.

USU has offered online courses and distance education for decades and will leverage its expertise to offer students effective learning opportunities in the fall. The university is also gearing up academic support resources to help students prepare to learn successfully in whatever format their classes are offered.

Classroom Expectations for Fall

The university expects face coverings or masks to be worn whenever it is difficult to maintain 6 feet from others. For the physical classrooms, all students and instructors will be expected to wear face coverings and to social distance. Attendance will also be taken to assist later in tracing contacts in case someone in the class is diagnosed with COVID-19.

Personal Responsibility to Protect Campus Community

The university is calling on all students, staff and faculty to do their part to minimize risk to the rest of the community.

“At Utah State, we often talk about ‘Aggies Think Care Act’ and about taking personal responsibility for the well-being of our community,” said James Morales, vice president for student affairs. “This has never been more relevant than right now, when an individual’s actions could significantly affect the health and lives of others.”

The university will send more communications in the coming weeks about fall classes, academic support services, and on-campus housing. Students should make sure to check their preferred email address for future details. More information about the university’s response to the current pandemic is at www.usu.edu/covid-19.

Fall semester begins Monday, Aug. 31. Because of Thanksgiving break (Nov. 25-27), instruction will go remote after Friday, Nov. 20. The last day of classes is Friday, Dec. 11. Finals will be held remotely during the week of December 14-18.


Update June 5, 2020

President Cockett Issues Message about Getting Ready for Return to Campus

Dear USU Faculty and Staff,

As we get ready for a return to onsite operations, I want to share with you a variety of scenarios that may unfold in the coming months and our thinking behind these plans. 

While there is discussion of moving the state of Utah to the “green/new normal,” there is also concern from state health officials about the recent rise in positive case numbers in Utah, including in Cache County. Therefore, the university will continue to be vigilant in reducing the risk of COVID-19 infection on our campuses and centers. This is the only way our university will be able to prevent a widespread outbreak on our campuses or centers and possibly into the local community. 

Also, we want to deliver a successful fall semester with in-person learning opportunities for our students and stakeholders. Widespread infection on one of our campuses or centers would force us to return to remote services, eliminating these in-person experiences.

To view the entire message in its entirety, visit https://www.usu.edu/covid-19/communications/employees.


Update May 27, 2020

USU Issues Update on Commencement for the Graduation Class of 2020

Utah State University will not hold commencement-related ceremonies this August and September, as previously anticipated. 
 
As the public health situation has continued to unfold, the university has determined it would be difficult to host the number of people who traditionally attend a commencement ceremony and maintain safety protocols for social distancing and avoiding mass gatherings. Such a gathering could have many impacts on our local community. 
 
Though specific details about that celebration and its timing remain unclear given the many questions surrounding the pandemic, the university will revisit plans for an in-person event as the risk of COVID-19 decreases more significantly. At that time, more information will be provided to the class of 2020.


Update May 15, 2020

USU Getting Ready for Employees to Return to Campus in “Yellow Low-Risk Phase”

Governor Gary Herbert announced this week that most of the state will move to the yellow low-risk phase of the Utah Leads 2.0 plan beginning Saturday, May 16. While this change provides the opportunity to bring more employees back to campuses across the state, USU is planning to do so in a carefully phased approach to protect campuses and their surrounding communities.

 “We all look forward to being back on campus, and resuming in-person operations is the first step to getting ready to welcome our students back,” said USU President Noelle Cockett. “I want to thank everyone at USU’s campuses for following public health guidelines and continuing to protect the health and safety of our Aggie family.”

Creating Guidelines to Return to Campus

USU administrators are currently in the process of creating guidelines for departments and offices to resume more in-person operations in a phased approach that allows for responding to COVID-19 related challenges. In the next few weeks, they will finalize these guidelines, train supervisors, and President Cockett will host a virtual town hall for employees.

Protecting High-Risk Individuals

While the Utah Leads 2.0 plan provides for more employees returning to the workplace in the yellow low-risk phase, public health officials have also emphasized the importance of protecting high-risk individuals until the threat of COVID-19 is over. Employees who are at a high risk for COVID-19 complications, and those employees with high-risk household members, may be concerned about how to return to work safely. USU administrators have these concerns at the forefront as they plan for the future.

Continuing Prevention Precautions

The coronavirus can be spread even before individuals become symptomatic, so it is particularly important that all employees follow public health guidance to protect each other and their household members.

  • Wear a cloth face mask when interacting with those from other households, especially when it is not possible to maintain a 6-foot physical distance.
  • Practice social distancing with those from other households.
  • Follow strict hygiene standards. Clean hands frequently, avoid touching the face, cover coughs and sneezes, and regularly clean high-touch surfaces.

Staying Home When Sick

Employees who develop any symptoms of an illness should stay home and not come to campus. If an employee comes to work ill, they risk infecting others and causing colleagues to be quarantined. The Utah Department of Health recommends COVID-19 testing for anyone with one of the following symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle aches and chills, or decreased sense of smell or taste.


Update May 1, 2020

USU Announces Plans for Operating in the Stabilization Phase, Plan for the Next Phase

In an email to students and employees this morning, Utah State University President Noelle Cockett announced how the university will operate under the orange stabilization phase of Governor Gary Herbert’s Utah Leads 2.0 plan. The move from the red urgent phase to the orange stabilization phase signals a move from high to moderate COVID-19 risk for everyone except high-risk individuals.

“I recognize the tremendous burden many of you are feeling as the university has responded rapidly to the current public health crisis,” Cockett said in her email to campus. “Your efforts have kept COVID-19 cases to a minimum and have ensured that we did our part to protect our campus communities across the state. Your efforts have also allowed us to stay focused on our critical mission of educating the next generation of citizens and scholars.”

For most students and employees, the move will not greatly affect how they are currently learning or working, but it will provide a path forward in the careful transition to expanding activities in the future.

Students will continue to learn online for the first 7-week and the 14-week session of summer semester. The university hopes to provide face-to-face learning opportunities during the second 7-week summer session, contingent on whether the state is able to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 and move to the yellow phase. For fall semester, the university is planning a mixture of online, blended and face-to-face learning opportunities.

Employees will continue to work remotely if they can. Employees who are unable to work remotely or need to meet with others will follow the governor’s guidelines to protect themselves and others. In her email, Cockett also said campus departments and offices will begin making plans for how to carefully bring more employees back to campus when the state transitions to the yellow low-risk phase.

The email reminded students and employees to follow the guidance of public health officials to wear a cloth mask, follow strict hygiene standards, continue to social distance, and stay home if experiencing any symptoms.

The complete email can be found at https://www.usu.edu/covid-19/communications/all-campus.


Update: April 11, 2020

USU President Invites Everyone to Virtual Town Hall on COVID-19 Friday, April 17

President Noelle Cockett invites students, faculty, and staff at USU campuses across the state to learn the latest about how the university is addressing challenges from COVID 19 and ask their own questions to leadership. 

Friday, April 17, 2020

Submit a Question
Email your questions ahead of time to covid-19@usu.edu. If we do not have time to answer your question during the Town Hall, we will respond by email.

Panelists 

  • Noelle E. Cockett, USU President
  • Robert Wagner, Vice President for Academic Instructional Services
  • Dave Cowley, Vice President for Business and Finance
  • James Morales, Vice President for Student Affairs

Moderator

  • Bill Plate, Vice President for Marketing and Communications

Update: April 8, 2020

University Travel and Events Canceled Until June 1, 2020

All Utah State University nonessential travel, events, and events on campus are canceled until June 1, 2020. These actions are in line with USU's infectious disease plan and the timeline provided in Utah Governor Herbert's Utah Leads Together plan. The governor’s plan estimates the “urgent phase” to last until between May 11 to June 8 with the next phase including limited gatherings and a lessening of travel restrictions. USU is canceling events and travel until June 1 in order to reflect the direction from public health officials. In the coming weeks, university officials will continue to evaluate the COVID-19 situation and consult with public health officials to determine when and how travel and events will gradually be reinstated. The university is currently operating at a Level 2 in its infectious disease plan on most campuses. Some statewide campuses and centers have moved to Level 1 to comply with local orders.


Update: April 3, 2020

USU’s Lyric Repertory Company Postpones 2020 Summer Season to Summer 2021

Utah State University’s Lyric Repertory Company will postpone its 2020 summer season. This decision was made in light of the timeline provided in Utah Governor Herbert’s economic response plan, Utah Leads Together and his directive to Stay Safe, Stay Home.

Brighton Beach Memoirs, All Shook Up, Hudson: A Historical Musical, The Thanksgiving Play (staged reading) and Murder on the Nile will all be performed during summer 2021, and all actors, designers and technicians hired for this year have been offered a job next year. The Lyric Repertory Theatre plans to offer its scheduled spotlight concert this year, an event that is a fundraiser for the Lyric and a memorial to the Lyric’s founder Vosco Call, as a virtual event via social media. The box office will contact those who have already purchased tickets and they will receive a full refund.


Update: April 3, 2020

Email to USU Students

Provost Frank Galey and Vice President for Student Affairs James Morales sent an email to students today outlining extensions to deadlines for changing letter grades to pass/fail or for withdrawing from a course. The email also provided information about upcoming summer and fall semester registration and how to find support resources for academics and mental health.

To view the email in its entirety, visit https://www.usu.edu/covid-19/communications/students.


Update: April 2, 2020 

In-Person Summer Citizen Program Activities Canceled

USU has made the decision to cancel the in-person classes, socials, open houses, and tours previously planned for the 2020 Summer Citizens Program. As an alternative, USU is currently exploring options for moving some of the 2020 Program classes and events into a remote learning forum. More updates on these efforts will be provided in coming weeks. This decision was driven by the desire to ensure the health and safety of the campus and Cache Valley community and its visitors and was based upon the current projections, plans, and restrictions from both the state of Utah and the federal government. Learn more about the Summer Citizen Program at https://summercitizens.usu.edu/covid-19.cfm.


Update April 1, 2020 

Late last night, March 31, USU received a report from a student who tested positive for COVID-19. This student has been at their permanent home in another state and is recovering and isolating there.


Update: March 31, 2020

First Known Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in USU Community

USU will continue to provide information about the university’s response to COVID-19, as well as resources for our campus communities, at www.usu.edu/covid-19.

Utah State University has confirmed that two separate individuals in the Logan campus community have tested positive for COVID-19. One is an employee who has not been on campus for more than 14 days. The other is a student who lives off campus. Both are recovering and isolating at home. In order to protect their privacy, no other information about these individuals will be provided. Note, USU relies on those who test positive to inform the university as this is protected health information.

“I know this information may cause our students and employees concern, and I want to reassure you that we are working hard to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” said USU President Noelle Cockett. “We’ll get through this by treating each other with compassion and doing our part to prevent the spread.”

When an individual tests positive for COVID-19, the local health department works with the individual to identify those who may be at risk of infection. Learn more about how Bear River Health Department handles cases at https://brhd.org/coronavirus/.

Though these are the first confirmed cases involving members of the USU campus community, the university has already been planning and preparing to address additional cases across the state in the coming days and weeks. In addition, with limited access to testing, there will be more cases in our community that are not confirmed. The prevention actions everyone should take remain the same: work remotely whenever possible, stay at home when sick, practice good hygiene, and practice social distancing.

More information about confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state is available from the Utah Department of Health.

If You Become Ill

The symptoms of COVID-19 include a fever, cough, or shortness of breath. According to Utah health officials, anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, and who do not have some other clinical diagnosis (such as influenza) can be tested for the disease. However, not everyone needs to be tested, and most people who become sick with COVID-19 will recover on their own at home without medical attention. If you are sick, you must isolate at home to avoid spreading the illness to others. If you have life-threatening symptoms, seek emergency care immediately.

Visit www.usu.edu/covid-19 to learn more about how USU is addressing COVID-19.


Update: March 30, 2020

USU Salt Lake Center in Taylorsville Goes Remote

In light of the public health order in Salt Lake County, the Salt Lake Center in Taylorsville will move to Level 1 under the USU Infectious Disease Plan on March 31 at 5 p.m. This means that all functions will be performed remotely and off site except functions designated as on-site essential. The campus building will be closed beginning March 31 at 5 p.m. and will remain closed through April 13, 2020. Students and employees at the center were emailed about how this will affect them, and told to collect what they need to learn and work from home by 5 p.m. tomorrow. 


Update: March 28, 2020

COVID-19 Update from President Cockett 

Yesterday, March 27, Governor Gary Herbert released a "Stay Safe, Stay Home" directive for the state of Utah further emphasizing the urgency of social distancing and staying home. The health and safety of all our campus community members - students, faculty and staff - depend upon us making the right decisions and following the guidance of our public health experts.

I want to provide details for how our campus will continue to operate in response to these actions. As of today, USU is still operating in Level 2 of our Infectious Disease Response Plan. But we are preparing for the potential of county health officials taking actions in the future that would move us to Level 1 status, defined as "all functions performed remotely and off site except functions designated as on-site essential".

If a USU campus or center moves to Level 1: 

  • USU administrators will identify which employees will provide essential on-site functions (such as security, animal care, on-campus housing, etc.). Those employees designated as essential for on-site work will be contacted by their supervisors. Public health guidelines for social distancing and increased sanitation will continue to be implemented to protect all essential on-site employees.
  • All other employees who are able to work remotely will do so (using email, phone, or other online platforms). 
  • All employees (wage-hourly and benefitted) who cannot perform their work remotely or do not have an assignment that is designated as on-site essential will be paid through "COVID-19 administrative leave." Supervisors will provide more details on this in the near future. 

For students who live in on-campus housing:

  • Residence halls will remain open to students living on campus, and essential services will continue even under Level 1 status. 
  • Public health guidelines for social distancing and improved sanitation will continue to be implemented to protect students and staff.

For updated information about how USU is addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, continue to visit https://www.usu.edu/covid-19/.

I greatly appreciate our staff and faculty members' incredible efforts in these unprecedented times. I am continually impressed and amazed by how our campus members have pulled together to get things done and take care of each other. Times like these show that we are truly a statewide family of Aggies.

Most sincerely,

Noelle E. Cockett
President
Utah State University 


Update: March 25, 2020

Idaho Issues Stay at Home Order

Governor Brad Little has issued a “Stay at Home” order for the state of Idaho for the next 21 days. Only essential services are allowed to stay open, and all Idahoans were told to self-isolate inside their homes, regardless if they are ill. Exceptions were made for seeking essential services such as food, prescription medications and fuel.

Utah State University has some employees who have an Idaho home address, and the university is working to identify those affected by the order to identify options for working remotely. More information can be found at https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/.


Update: March 24, 2020

Student Information Updates

Pass/Fail Deadline Extended:
USU has extended the deadline to April 15, 2020, for students to designate Pass/Fail (P/F) for Spring 2020 Semester courses. Deadlines for students and other updates on this topic are available online at https://www.usu.edu/registrar/covid/.

Building Hours and Changes:
Visit https://dps.usu.edu/emergency/covid-19/facilities to learn about building hour changes and restrictions to some areas of campus, including computer labs, dining services and libraries. Most buildings on the Logan campus will now close at 7 p.m.

Summer and Fall Registration:

  • Summer
    • USU will be moving forward with summer 2020 registration beginning Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Courses offered during the summer semester will be those that can be delivered remotely as it is assumed the university will not be back to regular operation by May 4.
  • Fall
    • Registration for fall 2020 semester begins Monday, April 6, 2020. At this time, the university is planning on a full fall schedule of courses as anticipated prior to the COVID-19 protocols. However, due to the fluidity of the COVID-19 situation, fall semester plans may change over time. Visit www.usu.edu/covid-19 for up-to-date information.

Navajo Nation Shelter in Place Order:
The Navajo Nation issued a “shelter in place” order Friday, March 20, stemming from a public health emergency declaration for the entirety of the Navajo Nation. You can read more about it on their Facebook page.  USU students who were on the Navajo Nation at the time of the order will not be allowed to travel back to USU’s campuses. USU is working with affected students to identify options to help them finish classes and continue their educational track.   


Update: March 23, 2020

USU Reschedules In-Person Commencement Events for August 2020

Utah State University President Noelle Cockett announced Monday, March 23, USU will conduct an in-person commencement ceremony in Logan on Aug. 28-29, 2020. Statewide campuses will plan graduation events for the first two weeks of September, with specific dates to be determined. All events are contingent on public health circumstances surrounding the global pandemic.

The university canceled its April 30 and May 1 commencement and convocation events in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. All other institutions in the Utah System of Higher Education also canceled or postponed commencement events this spring. 

In August, graduates will have the opportunity to participate in traditional commencement celebrations, in addition to events unique to this year. The university has planned a full commencement in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, and colleges will schedule their own ceremonies for the afternoon of Aug. 29. 

More details will be released at a later date on USU’s commencement home page, USU social media accounts, and Utah State Today. Please email commencement2020@usu.edu with any questions regarding commencement.


Update: March 19, 2020, 5 p.m.

Dear Faculty and Staff Members,

As Utah State University continues to monitor and actively respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency, I want to provide you with answers to questions that are being asked.

Stay Home When Sick
Public health officials want everyone who is ill to stay home. Those who live on campus should contact their resident assistant (RAs) if they are ill and/or think they were exposed to COVID-19.

Self-Isolation
If you are told to self-isolate, or told by the local health department to quarantine, report this to Risk Management by completing the self-isolation questionnaire. Because a positive result in a COVID-19 test is protected health information, we will only know of confirmed cases in our community if employees or students tell us.

Those who are ill should stay home and recover. If you have had direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you must stay home and self-isolate. Employees who are ill are not expected to work remotely. For more information on employee leave, see the employee FAQs.

Working Remotely
Supervisors have received an email with direction to facilitate remote work for those can work from home. For those who can accomplish their work remotely, they should be encouraged to do so. For staff who cannot accomplish their work remotely, supervisors have been given direction to create opportunities for social distancing and work with employees to come up with creative solutions.

The university is working to make sure individuals can continue to work and receive pay while navigating through this crisis.

Meetings
Whenever possible, hold meetings remotely to protect those involved. Face-to-face meetings should only be held in a way that promotes social distancing.

Merrill-Cazier Library
The Merrill-Cazier Library on the Logan campus remains open to USU students and employees but is closed to the general public. New procedures have been implemented in the Library over the last few days to promote social distancing. Learn about these changes on the Merrill-Cazier Library’s website.

Updates
See the latest updates at www.usu.edu/covid-19

Thank you for your cooperation as we get through the COVID-19 crisis. We appreciate all you are doing to protect our Aggie family.

Best regards,

Noelle E. Cockett
President


Update: March 18, 2020, 4:10 p.m.

At the time of this update, there are two confirmed cases in Cache County. These confirmed cases reaffirm our need to practice social distancing.

Remote Delivery of Classes

Remote delivery of Spring 2020 Semester classes is now in effect. Students should have already been contacted by their instructors with information about their classes. If you have not been contacted, or you cannot find information about your class in Canvas, contact provost@usu.edu.

Testing Centers

USU’s Testing Centers at all campuses (Logan, Statewide and Eastern) will close effective today, Wednesday, March 18. This closure will remain in effect as long as all USU classes are delivered remotely. Access to other university facilities has been restricted as a precautionary measure in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Although USU campuses have not closed outdoor public fields, you must practice social distancing and limit the number of people within any group so that these areas can remain open. 

Refunds of Tuition and Fees

USU realizes remote delivery of coursework is a different learning experience than was anticipated when the semester began. Please be patient and open to this new approach. USU will not be refunding tuition or course fees as courses, grades, and credit are still offered. Likewise, student fees will not be refunded. The COVID-19 crisis has created a variety of unexpected challenges for everyone and has placed USU in a position where it must respond in atypical ways.

Remaining on Campus

If it is possible, you should return home to a permanent residence. For non-resident students who are establishing Utah residency, leaving the state of Utah will not affect residency status.

For those who check out of USU Housing, USU is providing prorated refunds for their housing and dining contracts, as well as for parking permits (USU Parking at 435-797-3414). 

For those students who must remain in USU on-campus housing, it is extremely important that individuals with potential COVID-19 symptoms report to their Resident Life assistant (RA) by email or phone. We will arrange for evaluation, and if necessary, self-isolation of the sick student, including the delivery of meals, for the required 14 days.

Dining Services

Dining Services will offer take-out meals only. For those living on-campus, food services will be available through the end of the semester.  

Using Computer Labs
If you have your own computer or laptop, and sufficient internet, please work in your own home instead of coming onto the USU campus. If you do not have sufficient internet, but do have your own device, please use the USU Bluezone to do your schoolwork. If you do not have a device, USU computer labs will remain open for essential needs. Lab facilitators will be enforcing social distancing and strict sanitation protocols.

Student Employees

USU student employees who have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, or who have recently traveled to a CDC level 3 area should not report to work and should self-isolate for 14 days or until symptom free (whichever is longer). The university will pay USU student employees who are ill or must self-isolate for up to 14 days. Check with your supervisor if you need to access this COVID-19 related sick pay.

Students whose work has changed or disappeared may still find other work on campus, if desired. Students should work with their supervisor to see if there is other work available in their area or go to www.jobs.usu.edu and log in to search for “temporary work” on campus. For additional questions contact Human Resources at 435-797-0122 or hr@usu.edu.

University Events Including Commencement

USU has extended the closure of USU events until May 1 in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Cancellations include its 133rd commencement ceremony in Logan and all graduation events at statewide campuses. The university intends to honor its graduates at a later date and will release more details soon. Please email commencement2020@usu.edu with any questions regarding commencement.

Social Distancing

Please practice social distancing. This means putting distance (6 feet) between you and others, particularly people who are sick. Avoid meeting in groups, especially groups over 10, and stay at home as much as possible.

If You Feel Sick

The symptoms of COVID-19 include a fever (100.4 F or higher), a cough, or shortness of breath. Testing for COVID-19 is not yet widely available, and USU is not authorized to perform the test. COVID-19 symptoms are similar to many other respiratory illnesses. State health officials ask that only those with severe symptoms who need medical care seek a COVID-19 test. If you are ill at all, please stay home and self-isolate. Learn more at www.usu.edu/covid-19.


Update: March 18, 2020, 3:30 p.m.

USU Cancels Commencement Ceremonies amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Utah State University is canceling its scheduled 133rd commencement ceremony in Logan, and all graduation events at its statewide campuses, this spring in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The university intends to honor its graduates at a later date and will release more details soon.  

“Our top priority is the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and their families,” said President Noelle Cockett. “We are disappointed we won’t be celebrating our students’ accomplishments at this time, but we are committed to doing everything possible to protect our community. I look forward to celebrating with my fellow Aggies at a later date. In the meantime, I ask all of us to support each other in the coming days and weeks.”

 USU is joining all other institutions in the Utah System of Higher Education in collectively canceling or postponing commencement events this spring. Over the last several days, USU has moved all classes to remote delivery, canceled or postponed public events, and made additional steps to mitigate the spread of the virus.The main commencement event had been scheduled for April 30 on the Logan campus, when undergraduates and graduate students assemble in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Colleges were scheduled to hold convocations and hooding ceremonies on April 30 and May 1; those have also been canceled. Other graduation events at statewide campuses, which were scheduled to start April 16, have also been canceled.

For the most updated information about how USU is responding to the ongoing COVID-19 threat, visit http://usu.edu/covid-19


Update: March 16, 2020

Email to Students on March 16, 2020

Dear USU Students: 

As a follow up to President Noelle Cockett’s message on the evening of Saturday, March 14, we want to provide you with updates. 

On-Campus Housing

If possible, we encourage you to leave your on-campus housing and return to your permanent home. Prorated refunds are available on housing and meal plans. USU will continue to provide services to those who are not able to leave. 

On-Campus Recreational Facilities

 Due to the potential risk of spreading the coronavirus, the Aggie Recreation Center (ARC), the USU Fieldhouse, and recreational facilities in HPER will be closed to the public beginning Tuesday, March 17. 

Remote Learning

You will receive information from your instructor(s) on how to proceed remotely in your course(s) by Monday, March 16 at 5:00 pm. Your instructors have been directed to communicate with you in one of two ways:

In your Canvas course page (https://usu.instructure.com/ ) as an Announcement. You can customize your Canvas communication preferences to include both email and/or text.

If your instructor is already communicating with you via another mechanism, you may continue to receive information using that method. 

If you do not receive communication from your instructor by Monday, March 16 at 5:00 pm, please reach out to them. If you still haven’t heard from your instructor by Tuesday, March 17 at 12:00 pm (noon) contact the Provost’s Office: provost@usu.edu

Sincerely,

Frank Galey, Executive Vice President and Provost
James Morales, Vice President for Student Affairs


Email to Students on March 12, 2020

Dear Students:

As you know, USU is canceling all classes on Friday, March 13, through Tuesday, March 17. Beginning Wednesday, March 18, USU will begin making courses available online. In light of this, please do not make any immediate decisions about your housing situation or leaving campus permanently.

Some online courses will be available Wednesday, March 18, while other courses may take longer to be available online for students. Additionally, a limited number of courses may still require in-person participation (i.e. labs, studios), with additional safety procedures to help protect students. 

In the coming days you will receive information via email about the availability of your courses online as well as additional course participation requirements. Although classes are temporarily closed, and many courses will be taught online beginning next week, the university will remain open. Residence halls, dining services, the library, computer labs, Counseling and Psychological Services, and other student services will continue to be available to students. Students are not being asked to leave campus but to continue using best practices for prevention consistent with the university’s recommendations.

Please be diligent in monitoring your email from the university, including communication from your instructors and updates on the COVID-19 website.

Thank you,

Francis Galey, Provost 
 James Morales, Vice President for Student Affairs


Update: March 14, 2020

As you know, we are in unprecedented times that require unprecedented actions. Our priority at this time is to keep Utah State University students, staff, and faculty, as well as all of our families and communities, safe and healthy. We have had to make many decisions in a very short time period. Decisions have been altered or adapted as the situation has evolved and more changes are likely. Please frequently check for updates at www.usu.edu/COVID-19.

I regret that these rapid changes have caused anxiety. I greatly appreciate all of you for being flexible and understanding. Here are some important updates: 

All University campuses and centers are currently open.  

The status of specific offices and centers may change over time, and if there are reduced hours or closures (such as the Swaner EcoCenter in Summit County), we will provide that information at www.usu.edu/COVID-19.    

Several options have been developed for employees who need to remain home. 
Employee FAQs were sent out to all department heads and directors at noon today. These FAQs will be updated often.  

Students will be able to complete Spring 2020 Semester coursework remotely. 
The ability to complete courses remotely will include a variety of options, such as Canvas and other remote learning options, alternative assignments, or competency-based evaluation. Faculty will communicate directly with students on the delivery of their courses. Students should log in to Canvas to update their communication settings (email and text). Technical and clinical programs, practicums, and internships will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

A decision about USU’s commencement ceremonies will be made by April 1.
If any of USU’s commencement ceremonies are cancelled, we will make alternate plans in order to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates.USU will prorate refunds for USU housing and meal plans. 

Students living in on-campus housing may stay. Those who wish to move out of on-campus housing will receive a prorated refund based on the date they move out. Find more information, including USU Housing contacts in the student FAQs.   

USU has cancelled nonessential university-related travel.
All essential travel must be approved by vice presidents or deans in consultation with Risk Management. If you have traveled out of state in the last 14 days, for either professional or personal reasons, or if you plan to travel out of state, please complete the travel registration survey.If you have been asked to self-isolate, please register. 

Those in self-isolation need to complete the self-isolation questionnaire.  

USU faculty and staff are working around the clock to address issues as they come up, and we appreciate your patience. I am absolutely confident that our Aggie family will navigate through this unprecedented time. 


Update: March 12, 2020

Utah State University Begins Transition to Online Course Delivery

Utah State University will move academic courses online on Wednesday, March 18. Classes on Friday, March 13 through Tuesday, March 17, will be canceled to allow faculty members time to move their classes into the online learning environment. This transition to online course delivery is part of USU’s efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to the campus community. The university will communicate directly with students as early as possible about when their classes will go online. 

“Our primary goal is to protect the health and safety of students and employees while maintaining the highest level of academic instruction possible,” said USU President Noelle Cockett. “USU has a long history of online learning, and this will benefit students and faculty as we transition to providing digital education to our students.”

The Office of the Provost and Academic Instructional Services are working with faculty to help them move their classes online. USU Online’s robust infrastructure will help ease this transition. 

“Our core mission is teaching and learning, and we are doing everything possible to protect our students’ education as we address this public health threat,” said President Cockett.

Staff will continue business as usual as much as possible, with an emphasis on social distancing and avoiding meetings over 20 people. Staff who are at greater risk for complications from COVID-19 may work with their supervisors to make accommodations. All employees who are ill should stay at home, rest, recover, and prevent the spread of germs. 

On Wednesday, March 11, USU canceled all events and travel through April 8 as a preventative measure in order to protect the health and safety of campus while continuing to meet its core educational mission. These actions, combined with moving classes online, will support the efforts of public health officials to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19, slowing the spread of the disease and ensuring health care providers in the state have the capacity to address an outbreak. 

The university is also making plans for students who live on campus. There are 4,132 individuals who live in USU housing, and the university said the wellbeing of residents is top of mind. Housing will remain open, and essential services will remain available through the end of the semester. Events in Residence Life have been canceled. 

The university will continue to sort through many questions from campus community members, and officials said they will have more answers in the coming days to address this unprecedented public health situation. The public can continue to receive updates at http://usu.edu/covid-19, where all university communication regarding virus prevention and mitigation is posted. Questions about travel cancellations can be sent to risk@usu.edu

The university wants to remind the community that state officials have set up the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707. Individuals should call this line if they have symptoms and are worried they have this virus. If an individual is very ill with symptoms of COVID-19, they should call ahead before visiting their health care provider or the emergency room.


Update: March 11, 2020

Important Announcement from USU President Noelle E. Cockett

Utah State University President Noelle E. Cockett has announced university’s actions to prevent COVID-19 from appearing and spreading in campus communities throughout the state. 
 
USU’s primary objective is to protect the health and safety of its campus communities throughout the state. With this in mind, the USU COVID-19 Task Force is focused on protecting the university’s core mission of education and research by preventing the spread of COVID-19. 
 
To view the announcement in its entirety, visit: https://dps.usu.edu/emergency/covid-19/letter-allcampus.


Update: March 5, 2020 

The Utah Department of Health has activated a hotline for anyone who has questions about COVID-19: 1-800-456-7707.

USU is continuing to take actions to prevent the appearance of COVID-19 in our campus community, and we will provide more information as it is available. 

Health officials are reminding everyone to be careful about where they get information about COVID-19. Rumors on social media are causing confusion and spreading misinformation. Please do not share items on social media without confirming them through reputable health organizations and mainstream media outlets, in particular, the Utah Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Know the facts to stop the spread of rumors (source: CDC):

  1. Diseases can make anyone sick regardless of their race or ethnicity. People of Asian descent, including Chinese Americans, are not more likely to get COVID-19 than any other American. Help stop fear by letting people know that being of Asian descent does not increase the chance of getting or spreading COVID-19.
  2. The risk of getting COVID-19 in the United States is currently low. Some people who live in or have recently traveled to places where many people have gotten sick with COVID-19 may be monitored by health officials to protect their health and the health of other people in the community.
  3. Someone who has completed quarantine or has been released from isolation does not pose a risk of infection to other people. 
  4. You can help stop COVID-19 by knowing the signs and symptoms: Fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Seek medical advice if you develop symptoms AND have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently been in an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.
  5. There are simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Stay home when you are sick. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Learn more about how USU is preventing the appearance of COVID-19 in the USU community at usu.edu/COVID-19.
 


Update March 2, 2020

Yesterday evening, March 1, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidance on student foreign travel for institutions of higher education. This statement recommends that universities “consider postponing or canceling upcoming foreign exchange programs” and “consider asking current program participants to return to their home country.” The statement specifically referenced problems students may face, including “unpredictable circumstances, travel restrictions, and challenges in returning home or accessing health care while abroad.” This CDC guidance extends to countries without current travel advisories or guidance.

The health and safety of our students and employees abroad is of the upmost concern for Utah State University. In light of the CDC’s guidance, USU has asked those in semester-long study abroad programs and those employees conducting university-related international travel to consider returning home.  

Learn more about university-related international travel and what USU is doing about COVID-19


Update Feb. 27, 2020

Utah State University officials continue to work with local health departments to monitor federal and state guidelines concerning the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Information about this disease, including confirmed cases in the United States and how the disease is spread, can be found from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. USU officials recommend that community members get information about COVID-19 from reliable sources only.

USU is committed to protecting the health and safety of the USU community. An interdisciplinary team of campus officials is monitoring and will continue to monitor COVID-19 and evaluate its potential impact on the campus community, including community members traveling internationally. As part of this effort, USU is monitoring CDC travel guidance, the U.S. State Department’s travel advisories and International SOS risk assessments to advise USU travelers on school-sponsored trips or planning future trips.

For the most updated information about how USU is addressing issues related to the COVID-19, visit https://dps.usu.edu/emergency/COVID-19


Original Story: Jan. 28, 2020

This message is a follow up to the email to students and employees sent Friday, Jan. 24 about the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The message below was emailed to all students and employees on Tuesday, Jan. 28. 2020.

Utah State University wants to reassure the campus community that the coronavirus is NOT spreading in the United States, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers the immediate health risk from 2019-nCoV to the American public to be low. Utah State University is working with the Bear River Health Department to monitor this and other illnesses.

The CDC is closely tracking the virus and providing updated information to the public. Here is what you need to know:

  • No cases have been confirmed in Utah: There are five confirmed cases of coronavirus in the U.S., including one confirmed, non-severe case in a student at Arizona State University. By comparison, influenza activity is widespread and high in Utah at this time with 407 hospitalizations reported so far this season.
  • Individuals without symptoms are not thought to be contagious: 2019-nCoV is thought to spread by direct person-to-person contact when people who are ill cough or sneeze. This is how influenza and other respiratory diseases spread.
  • Symptoms may be mild to severe: The CDC believes symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath

The CDC recommends everyday preventative actions to prevent the spread of all respiratory diseases, including 2019-nCoV and influenza.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If a tissue is unavailable, use the inside of your elbow, never your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

If you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, and have travelled to impacted areas within the last two weeks, please seek care at a local emergency department (Logan Regional Hospital or Cache Valley Hospital). Call the hospital ahead of time to let them know you are coming.

  • Cache Valley Hospital:  435-713-9700
  • Logan Regional Hospital: 435-716-1000

At this time, the U.S. Department of State has issued a level 4 travel alert (do not travel) to the Hubei province and a level 3 travel alert (reconsider travel) to China. The CDC has issued a level 3 alert: avoid nonessential travel to China.

Learn more from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

CONTACT

Amanda DeRito
Associate VP of Strategic Communications
University Marketing and Communications
435-797-2759
Amanda.derito@usu.edu

Emilie Wheeler
News Director
University Marketing and Communications
435-797-0744
emilie.wheeler@usu.edu


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