Page Updated November 21, 2020

Please consult this page regularly for the latest updates and developments that reflect the University’s ongoing efforts and communications during the COVID-19 pandemic. For System-wide information and updates, see the University of Maine System Together For Maine website.

As UMF President Edward Serna and other campus leaders continue to share important updates by email, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to frequently check and carefully read all campus messages.

If you have questions about UMF’s COVID-19-related policies and updates, please email umf.safereturn@maine.edu.

Thank you for doing your part to help safeguard yourself and others against the spread of COVID-19.


Dear UMF Community –

We received notification today that a case of COVID-19 has been identified in our campus community. The individual tested positive after presenting symptoms.

The individual, who is not a residential student, is isolating off campus and the positive test result has been reported to the Maine CDC and contact tracing is underway.

We anticipate receiving the remainder of the Phase III Round VII test results in the next couple of days. In the meantime, you can access a daily update regarding asymptomatic on-campus tests through the University of Maine System dashboard.

As always, wear your face covering, keep your distance, wash your hands well and often.

Be well, Beavers,

Edward Serna

President

Dear UMF Community –

We received notification today that a case of COVID-19 has been identified in our campus community. The individual tested positive after participating in UMF’s final round of asymptomatic testing.

The individual is isolating and their roommate has moved into quarantine. The positive test result has been reported to the Maine CDC, and contact tracing is underway. Any individuals moved into isolation and quarantine will be supported by our Peer Care Managers.

As always, wear your face covering, keep your distance, wash your hands well and often.

Be well, Beavers,

Edward Serna

President

Dear Faculty and Staff:

We are writing to share information about campus operations after November 25 and over winter break.

Last round of asymptomatic testing for the fall semester

On November 17-19, we are conducting the final round of asymptomatic testing. This last round for the fall semester is considered  “amplified” testing which includes 200 randomly selected faculty, staff, and students and approximately 800 additional students identified for this testing.

Testing for faculty and staff 

In addition to the University’s own asymptomatic testing program, resources are available to you in Maine, as Maine’s standing order allows anyone who believes they need a test to get one.

If you are in a situation where you may have been exposed to COVID-19, you were in close proximity to someone who is known to be sick, symptomatic or positive for COVID-19, or you plan to travel at the end of the semester and need a COVID-19 test beyond what the University of Maine System has already provided, resources are available to you.

If you have a concern about your health or otherwise want to get a COVID-19 test apart from or in addition to those being provided by the University, you can:

  • Contact your healthcare provider for guidance;
  • Contact your campus healthcare center if available and applicable to your situation;
  • Review the State of Maine’s list of available locations to obtain a test;
  • Review the list of testing locations beyond Maine  if you will be traveling outside the state;
  • Independently secure your own test from one a private provider of your own choosing. The University’s private testing partners are Vault Health and Convenient MD (fees will apply);
  • Call the University COVID Hotline at 207-581-2681 for more information.

November 25: transition day

On November 25, our semester transitions to full virtual mode.  Residence hall students, with the exception of students who are approved for emergency housing, will leave by November 25 (they are welcome to leave their belongings in their rooms).

Workplace changes

After November 25, campus will continue to conduct business, with most units converting back to primarily remote work.  If you can work remotely, but plan or need to work on campus, please fill out this form.

Anyone who accesses buildings must use the card access door (if there is one) and everyone must sign in and out of the buildings.

Several functions will remain physically open with limited hours, and continue to use strict safety procedures:  FRC, Admissions, University Store, and Testing; there may be more, but these are the functions as of today.

Student workers may work on campus after November 25 under the same conditions as this summer, with pre approval.  If you would like to request permission for students to work on campus anytime over break, please fill out this form.

Technology resources

If you anticipate having technological challenges after the November 25 transition, please fill out this UMF Fall 2020 Technology Resource Request. IT will work with you and your manager to help you address work-related issues. Also, refer to the IT Resources and Tools pages created in March and updated regularly.

Spring 2021 move in and testing 

Regular move in day for students who live on campus will move back in on January 20 and 21.  Community Assistants will move in the week of January 10 and Orientation Leaders (tentatively) the week of January 17.

We will be conducting testing again before the spring semester on January 20 and 21. The following groups must be tested: all residence hall students; all off campus students who will have been out of Maine over winter break, IF they will be taking in person classes, working on campus, or coming to campus; all winter and spring athletes.

In closing…

As November 25, the holidays, and the final (virtual) stretch of the semester approach, we want to remind everyone that your responsibility to your community — both here at Farmington and back home with your families — does not diminish. This means continuing to avoid gatherings, continuing to wear a face covering, maintaining physical distancing, following the guidance of requirements of civil authorities, and seeking out medical care or further testing when warranted.  Please be mindful when arriving in other states that quarantine or testing requirements may apply to you.  Please also do your utmost to keep your loved ones and communities safe if you are moving about or visiting with others during finals and winter break. To paraphrase Maine’s CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah: The virus is everywhere among us and you can help make sure it is not the uninvited guest to your winter season.

If any of these plans change due to changes in the spread of the virus or in state guidance, we will be back in touch.

Good luck finishing up the semester!

UMF Safe Return

Dear Beavers,

We are writing to share information about campus operations after November 25 and over winter break.  But first, we want to say: congratulations on making it this far!  You should be proud of all you have done to keep our community safe.

Last round of required asymptomatic testing

We are conducting the final round of required asymptomatic testing for the fall semester on November 17-19.

As you know, the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Maine is on the rise. We are testing the maximum number of folks possible — over 1000 faculty, staff and students — in order to support the health and safety of our community and personal travel needs of asymptomatic students.

November 25: transition day

After November 25, our semester transitions to full virtual mode.  Residence hall students, with the exception of students who will be in emergency housing, must leave by November 25.  If you are a residence hall student coming back in the spring semester, you are welcome to leave your belongings in your room.

Technology resources

If you anticipate having technological challenges after the November 25 transition, please fill out this UMF Fall 2020 Technology Resource Request. IT will do their best to help you address hurdles related to technology. Also, refer to the IT Resources and Tools pages created in March and updated regularly.

Spring 2021 move in and testing

We are looking forward to having students back on campus for Spring 2021!

Regular move in days for students who live on campus will be January 20 and 21.  If you need to move in earlier than that, please fill out the winter break housing application. NOTE: Community Assistants (CA’s) and Orientation Leaders (OL’s) have their own move in days and do not need to fill out the winter break application.

We will be conducting testing again before the spring semester on January 20 and 21.  We have learned a lot about testing this semester, and we are certain the process will be quick and easy moving forward (we are using the same company that we have used for asymptomatic testing).  Anyone who tests will have to shelter in place in their residence hall room or apartment until they and their roommate’s results are back (anticipated to be 48-72 hours). NOTE: CA’s and OL’s will be tested on their own move in days.

The following groups must be tested:

  • All residence hall students

  • All off campus students who will have been out of Maine over winter break, IF they will be taking in person classes, working on campus, or coming to campus

  • All winter and spring athletes

In closing…

As November 25, the holidays, and the final (virtual) stretch of the semester approach, we want to remind everyone that your responsibility to your community — both here at Farmington and back home with your families — does not diminish. This means continuing to avoid gatherings, continuing to wear a face covering, maintaining physical distancing, following the guidance of requirements of civil authorities, and seeking out medical care or further testing when warranted.

Please be mindful when arriving in other states that quarantine or testing requirements may apply to you.  You must do your utmost to keep your loved ones and communities safe if you are moving about or visiting with others during finals and winter break.

If any of these plans change due to changes in the spread of the virus or in state guidance, we will be back in touch.

Good luck finishing up the semester!

Sincerely,

UMF Safe Return

Dear UMF Community –

We have received notification of a UMF community member testing positive for COVID-19 after participating in the Phase III Round VI asymptomatic random sampling testing process. The individual is currently in isolation and their roommate has been moved into quarantine. Both students are receiving appropriate support at this time. The positive test result has been reported to the Maine CDC, which will lead contact tracing and notify employees, students, and visitors who may have been affected with support from UMF. You may be contacted by the CDC and/or UMF if affected.

Final Phase III Round VII random sample testing will be held the week before Thanksgiving Break on November 11 – November 17. Random sample testing is crucial in minimizing the spread of the coronavirus at our campus. If randomly selected to participate, you are required to engage in the process.

As cases in Franklin County, and across Maine, continue to rise, it is important that we remain steadfast in our commitment to the health and safety guidelines. You must wear your face covering even when maintaining a safe distance is possible, always keep your distance, and wash your hands well and often for at least 20 seconds.

We’re nearing the in-person finish line, and I have hope that we will all continue to do our part as a community to keep one another safe and healthy. We will be in touch as additional information becomes available.

We all wish our student a speedy recovery.

Be well, Beavers,

Edward Serna

President

Dear UMF Community –

As promised in this morning’s message, I’m writing with an update regarding the positive COVID-19 cases on our campus. We’ve had a meeting with the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and they have reaffirmed that we are following or exceeding all their recommended health and safety guidelines and protocols. 

I want to reiterate that our asymptomatic testing program is working as designed. Phases 1, 2, and 3 revealed no positive tests.  We have just completed Phase 4 of testing, which included all on-campus students and 100 randomly selected off-campus students, faculty, and staff. As of today, three positive cases have been identified in Phase 4 of testing, and all “close contacts” of COVID-19 positive individuals have been notified.  If no one has been in touch with you, that means at this point you have not been identified as having had “close contact.” 

What is a Close Contact?:   

Per the CDC, for COVID-19, a “close contact” is defined as any individual who was within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days before positive test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated. Face coverings greatly restrict the spread of the virus even when there is close contact. 

If no one is in touch with you, that means you have not been identified as having had “close contact.” When there has been no “close contact,” changes in campus workspaces or classroom operations are not warranted.  

Many of you have asked what the threshold for a campus closure is, so I would also like to shed some light on how those decisions are made. 

What Constitutes a Campus Closure?:

I would also like to address the campus closure decision-making process. The University of Maine System (UMS), in collaboration with the Science Advisory Board, follows over a dozen factors related to the spread of the coronavirus and our capacity to handle positive cases on each campus. Campus-level assessments are based on a variety of epidemiological and other data, both quantitative and qualitative. These data include, but are not limited to: new case rates; positivity rates for the university, the region, and the state; and, the guidance of civil authorities for K-12 education in the region. That information and much more is publicly posted every week on the Maine CDC website. There is not a specific formula or strict cutoff point, such as a positivity rate above a particular threshold, or a specific number of new cases per capita. That is because no single metric fully captures the risk of COVID-19 in a county or within a school. The final decision to close will be made by the Chancellor, in collaboration with the University President and Board of Trustees.

In closing, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of staying the course and following the health and safety guidelines set forth by UMF, UMS, and the Maine CDC. Wear your face coverings, keep your distance, wash your hands, participate in required asymptomatic testing when chosen, and make use of the hand sanitizer stations and disinfectant wipes in classrooms and entryways. 

We have five weeks left until Thanksgiving break and our shift to fully remote learning. I have confidence that our community can curb the spread of COVID-19 on campus. It is because of caring and diligent students and staff like yourself that we have been so successful and will continue to be, moving forward. 

All the best during these challenging times,

Edward Serna

President

Dear UMF Community –

We have received notification of a second and third UMF community member testing positive for COVID-19 after participating in the Phase III Round IV asymptomatic testing process.

The individuals are currently in isolation and their roommate(s) has been moved into quarantine. Both students are receiving appropriate support at this time. The positive test result has been reported to the Maine CDC, which will conduct contact tracing and notify employees, students, and visitors who may have been affected with support from UMF. You may be contacted by the CDC and/or UMF if affected.

The flu clinic that was scheduled for today is going to be rescheduled so the medical personnel can assist the CDC in assessing the situation, perform contact tracing and confirm the isolated nature of these cases.

If you are signed up for the asymptomatic testing that is happening today, you should still show up for your appointment.

Our Phase III random sample testing initiative will continue until the Thanksgiving Break when we transition to remote learning for the remainder of the fall semester.  Random sample testing is important in minimizing the spread of the coronavirus at our campus. If randomly selected to participate, you are strongly encouraged to engage in the process.

As I am sure you’re well aware by now, the virus spreads through folks who have close contact with others, and is far more likely when individuals are not wearing face coverings. According to the CDC, for COVID-19, a close contact is defined as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to positive test specimen collection ) until the time the patient is isolated.  Face coverings greatly restrict the spread of the virus even when there is close contact.

It is important to remember that our plan to keep our campus and community safe is working. We will continue to monitor the situation on an hourly basis. At this time, it is imperative that we all follow the safety guidelines that have been set out for us by UMF, UMS, and the CDC. Please wear your face covering, keep your distance, and wash your hands well and often.

We really are all in this together, and I am thankful to our student body, staff, and faculty for keeping this semester running smoothly. We will be in touch as additional information becomes available. The next scheduled update will be sent at 2 pm.

We all wish our students a speedy recovery.

Be well, Beavers,

Edward Serna

President

Dear UMF Community –

We have received confirmation that a UMF community member has tested positive for COVID-19 after participating in the Phase III Round IV asymptomatic testing process.

The individual has been contacted and is currently in isolation and their roommate has been moved into quarantine. Both students are receiving appropriate support at this time. The positive test result has been reported to the Maine CDC, which will conduct contact tracing and notify employees, students, and visitors who may have been affected with support from UMF. You may be contacted by the CDC and/or UMF if affected.

Our Phase III random sample testing initiative will continue until the Thanksgiving Break when we transition to remote learning for the remainder of the fall semester.  Random sample testing is important in minimizing the spread of the coronavirus at our campus. If randomly selected to participate, you are strongly encouraged to engage in the process.

This is the first positive case on campus. Until today, UMF’s asymptomatic testing program has identified no positive COVID-19 cases, with just over 2500 tests having been administered since August 11.

System-wide, more than 21,000 test results have been received and are reported on the UMS COVID-19 Testing Summary dashboard. For UMS daily case updates from each System campus, please see the Together for Maine website. Tomorrow’s update will include this new positive result linked to UMF.

The COVID-19 situation in Maine is shifting and positive case numbers all around the state are on the rise. We must continue our efforts to stop the spread. Please wear your face coverings, keep your distance, stay home if you are sick, wash your hands, participate in the asymptomatic testing program if randomly chosen. Help us keep our communities safe. And remember, we’re all in this together – even at six feet apart.

We all wish our student a speedy recovery. We’ll be in touch with further updates as necessary.

Be well, Beavers,

Edward Serna

President

Dear UMF Community –

Early this evening the CDC confirmed that a UMF student, currently living in Cumberland County, who has not been on campus this semester, has tested positive for COVID-19. They are isolating at home and working with the Maine CDC. The individual was tested by their primary care provider and did not participate in the on-campus asymptomatic testing program. As a result, the Maine CDC determined that quarantining of UMF students, faculty or staff is not warranted.

To date, UMF’s asymptomatic testing program has identified no positive COVID-19 cases, with almost 2000 students, staff, and faculty having been tested since August 11.

System-wide, more than 17,000 test results have been received and are reported on the UMS COVID-19 Testing Summary dashboard. For UMS daily case updates from each System campus, please see the Together for Maine website. Tomorrow’s update will include this new positive result linked to UMF, but will not be reflected on the asymptomatic testing dashboard, as the individual did not participate in the UMF asymptomatic testing initiative.

As the COVID-19 situation in Maine begins to shift, it is more important than ever that we continue to be diligent in our efforts to stop the spread. Please do everything you can — wear your face coverings, keep your distance, stay home if you are sick, wash your hands, participate in the asymptomatic testing program if randomly chosen — to help us keep our communities safe. I’ve said before, and I’ll say it again, we’re all in this together – even at six feet apart.

We all wish our student a speedy recovery. We’ll be in touch with further updates as necessary.

Be well, Beavers,

Edward Serna

President

Statement and Scope

This Campus Events Policy governs University of Maine at Farmington faculty, staff, student and community events on campus during the COVID-19 pandemic. This policy is meant to supplement — not replace — any federal, state, or county health and safety regulations with which UMF must comply.

This policy is guided by the following principles:

  • The health and safety of the UMF community is the University’s top priority
  • Campus events are an important part of the UMF experience

Process

Event plans must be submitted to the UMF Incident Commander (Laurie Gardner) and Operations Chief (Keenan Farwell) at least 10 working days before the event. Space that has been tentatively reserved through Conferences and Events for the event will not be confirmed until the event plan has been approved.

Please create your event plan as a Google document, and “share” it with Laurie and Keenan when it is ready. The shared Google doc will be used for comments, questions and revisions on its way to approval.

Event Plans must include the following:

  • Date
  • Time
  • Place
  • Set up (include a map or diagram if relevant)
  • Covid capacity for the venue / venues (if more than one as part of an event)
      – This information can be obtained from Facilities Management or Conferences and Events
  • How the event will be publicized / how folks can RSVP
    – Invitees must understand that attendance is limited, who is invited, how and by when to sign up, and information about what will be expected in terms of covid safety (social distancing, wearing masks)
    – RSVP mechanism for folks to indicate that they will uphold the guidelines
     – Note: Google forms can be an easy way to collect responses.
  • How folks will “check in” (so that only folks who RSVP attend); who will be assigned to do this
  • How the venue(s) will be set up to achieve social distancing
  • “Traffic” flow to achieve / maintain social distancing
  • Where the bathrooms are that folks can use.
    – Note: The Student Center is the only building that does not require card access. All other buildings will require a UMF ID for access.
  • What will happen if folks do not engage in social distancing or mask wearing
  • Accessibility (physical space, interpreter, captioning)
  • Food (only prepackaged, individualized items); food cannot be eaten in indoor venues because masks are required.

Event Resources

  • If the event is on campus: contact Events Services for additional resources, such as wooden easels, microphones, IT support, etc.

Visitors

  • If the event is on campus, the COVID-19 Campus Visitors policy must be followed (included below)

Please see our September 14, 2020 — Campus Visitors During COVID-19 Pandemic item below.

Campus Visitors During COVID-19 Pandemic  |  September 14, 2020

Statement and Scope

This policy governs University of Maine at Farmington campus visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic, guided by the following principles:

  • The health and safety of the UMF community is the University’s top priority.
  • One method of decreasing density and therefore increasing the safety of our community is by restricting visitors to campus.
  • Visitors are required to adhere to new protocols in place to keep the UMF community safe.

This policy applies to all visitors to property owned or leased by UMF. This policy is meant to supplement — not replace — any federal, state, or county health and safety regulations with which UMF must comply.

Limited Visitations

UMF campus spaces and buildings are open only for official University business. Campus spaces and buildings are not open to the general public, although campus offices that serve the public will continue to do so.

Visitors are permitted on UMF property only for the specific purposes listed below. All visitors must check in with the Conferences and Events Office located inside the front entrance of the Olsen Student Center (111 South Street), adhere to University guidelines and be hosted by a University employee, department or registered student organization.

A visitor is defined as any individual entering UMF property who is not an employee or a registered student. Volunteers, employees of vendors or contractors that have business on campus and other people listed below are considered visitors.

  • Invited speakers or hired performers / artists
  • Family member of a registered student who is supporting a student related to an emergency health situation
  • An individual who has an appointment for research needs that require in-person Library access
  • Prospective or admitted students and their families for Admissions, recruiting or other UMF hosted events
  • Donor or Alumni visits arranged by Institutional Development
  • Hired contractors and vendor services for official University business
  • Prospective rental clients hosted by the Conferences & Events Office
  • Other visitors, on official University business, as approved by the Administration

Requirements for Hosting Visitors

When a department or student organization invites visitors to UMF property, the following protocols are required to be in place:

  • As the host, you must inform your visitors of this policy prior to their visit in writing (can be via email).
  • Visitors are required to follow the Maine CDC Public Guidance.
  • To the extent possible, visits should be scheduled for low-traffic areas and times.
  • If any visitors are showing symptoms of a communicable disease such as persistent cough, or otherwise are not following UMF health and safety protocols, they should be asked to leave campus.
  • If there is publicity for the program (i.e. if it is not a classroom visit or for a specific, limited faculty/staff/student audience), the hosting entity will need to create a plan. This plan will need to include information on how COVID-19 check-in screening will be conducted, as well as collection of names, email addresses, and phone numbers of all visitors is required. The plan will need to be submitted 10-14 business days prior to the event to UMF’s Director of Facilities Management for review and approval. No publicity is to occur until approval is received.
  • As campus spaces and buildings are not open to the general public, visitors must be escorted by the host to gain entry to campus buildings.

Requirements for Visitors

All visitors permitted on campus will be required to check in with the Conferences & Events Office located in the Olsen Student Center (111 South Street). The exception to this process is when a program has received prior approval as outlined above.

  • The Conferences and Events Office will be open 8:00am to 4:30 pm Monday – Friday. If a department has a speaker, classroom guest, performer, etc., who needs to check in after 4:30pm or on the weekend, arrangements need to be made 48 business hours prior to the arrival. Please phone 207-778-7344 or email umf.conferences@maine.edu for additional information.
  • Speakers at campus events will need to adhere to the same policy UMF has set regarding classroom instruction. That is, face coverings must be worn at all times, including when lecturing. Speakers may not remove their face covering for water breaks unless those breaks are taken outdoors and must follow standard physical distancing guidelines.
  • Unless otherwise identified below, visitors must follow health and safety protocols adopted by UMF and as required by federal, state, or county regulations. This includes, but is not limited to: self-monitoring of COVID-19 symptoms before coming on campus; complying with UMF’s face-covering policy; and regular hand washing.

Fitness & Recreation Center and Mainely Outdoors
Visitors to UMF Fitness & Recreation Center and Mainely Outdoors do not need to check in with the Conferences & Events Office, as they will be checked in at the entrances to both of those facilities.

Mantor Library
Mantor Library is open to the public by appointment only for research needs and at the discretion of the Library Director on a case-by-case basis. Curbside checkout service is available to public Mantor Library patrons. Open access to the building, however, remains keycard only — meaning only UMF students and staff may enter.

Appointments for the public must be made 24 hours in advance. To arrange for an appointment or curbside pickup, contact Mantor Library at 207-778-7210 or email umfmantorlibrary-group@maine.edu.

Employees of Vendors or independent contractors who regularly and consistently interact with residential students for significant periods of time
Employees of University Vendors who regularly and consistently interact with residential students for significant periods of time (for example, the University’s food service provider) must maintain a COVID-19 Safety Plan that complies with all federal, state, and local requirements.

Vendors and Suppliers of Goods and Services to be delivered to or performed on campus
As a condition for continuous or intermittent access to University campuses or facilities, vendors and suppliers of goods and services must maintain a COVID-19 Safety Plan that complies with all federal, state, and local requirements.

Companies are required to ensure that their subcontractors, if any, comply with this requirement.

Plans must be provided to the University upon verbal or written request and will be kept on file in the Facilities Management Office.

Vendors and suppliers of goods and services must check-in with Facilities Management and complete the COVID-19 screening process prior to accessing campus and comply with the University’s face-covering policy, physical distancing requirements, regular hand washing, and signage posted in the buildings they are entering.

Construction Contractors
All Construction Contractors must check in at the Facilities Management Office prior to working on campus and must follow University COVID-19 safety guidelines and develop written Site Specific COVID-19 Safety Plans for projects on campus that comply with all federal, state, and local requirements before work can begin.

All contractors must check-in with Facilities Management and complete the COVID-19 screening process prior to accessing campus and will be required to have their written site-specific safety plans reviewed and approved by Facilities Management prior to commencement of work on campus and will be subject to continuous review by the University leading up to project completion.

Construction Contractors who employ subcontractors are required to ensure that their subcontractors, if any, comply with this requirement.

Visits by Family and Friends
Personal visitors, including family members and friends of students or employees, are not allowed on campus except as specifically described herein.

Exception Requests
Requests for access to campus by other Visitors not described in this policy will be considered on a case-by-case basis and should be submitted to the relevant Vice President at least 48 hours in advance of the visit. The Vice President will advance the request to the appropriate party for approval.

Important Links

University (UMF) Guidelines

Return to Campus Training Guide

UMaine System’s Together for Maine website

Maine CDC Public Guidance

Dear UMF Community –

I want to thank the many students as well as the members of our faculty and staff who have participated in our widespread coronavirus asymptomatic testing program.

As of today, more than 13,000 tests were conducted during the first two phases of the University of Maine System screening strategy.  Through these tests, universities across the System identified 13 cases of infection that may have otherwise gone undetected.  Here at UMF, our test results have not produced any positive cases of COVID-19.

The University of Maine System —  in consultation with campus testing leaders and University scientists — has finalized plans for Phase 3 testing and monitoring through the conclusion of in-person instruction on November 25.

We anticipate approximately ten percent of our students, staff, and faculty to participate in each round of testing, which will occur every ten days or so through the Thanksgiving holiday. Testing notifications for the first round of sampling can be expected shortly.

Your participation is key to helping us obtain a clearer picture of the prevalence of COVID-19 on our campus and also in keeping the Farmington community safe and healthy. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to email the UMF Safe Return Committee at umf.safereturn@maine.edu.

Thank you for doing your part this fall as we face the challenges of this pandemic together.

Best,

Edward Serna
President

There are now zero known active COVID-19 cases in the UMF community.

Dear UMF Community –

We have confirmed that an adjunct faculty member who lives in the greater Farmington area tested positive for COVID-19 after traveling back to Maine from out of state. The individual was tested by their primary care provider and did not participate in the on-campus asymptomatic testing program.  As a result, the Maine CDC has determined that no quarantining of UMF students, faculty or staff is required at this time. The adjunct faculty member is in isolation at home and is working with the Maine CDC with support from UMF.

To date, UMF’s asymptomatic testing program has identified no positive COVID-19 cases, with more than 800 students, staff, and faculty having been tested over the last three weeks. 

System-wide, more than 3,400 test results have been received and are reported on the UMS COVID-19 Testing Summary dashboard. For UMS daily case updates from each System campus, please see the Together for Maine website. Today’s update will include this new positive result linked to UMF, but will not be reflected on the asymptomatic testing dashboard, as the individual did not participate in the UMF asymptomatic testing initiative.

The Farmington community is close-knit — it’s why many of you chose to come here. As students, staff, and faculty we must all exercise an abundance of caution on campus, and in our surrounding community. The only way to minimize the spread of the virus is to collectively comply with all of our safety measures. Like I’ve said before, we’re all in this together – even at six feet apart. 

We’ll be in touch with further updates, as necessary. 

Be well, Beavers,

Edward Serna
President


Farmington-specific Messages

We have developed a series of pages to help guide you on our Return to Campus plans. Please check back frequently as we will update our Communication Updates and FAQs throughout the Fall Semester.

Communication Updates FAQ for Students & Parents FAQ for Employees FAQ for General Public & Visitors FAQ for Vendors, Suppliers & Contractors

The University of Maine System has prepared a broad System-wide resources page and FAQ.

UMaine System's Together for Maine site UMaine System's Daily COVID Updates

Contact Us

If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at: umf.safereturn@maine.edu


The University consistently seeks to take steps to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infections (or any other spread of disease) in accordance with applicable law, regulation, and guidance provided by health authorities. These efforts may include policies and safeguards implemented by the University such as symptom checks, social distancing, use of facial coverings, and isolating and quarantining when required. Despite these efforts, the University cannot categorically guarantee that any person entering University campuses or facilities will not contract COVID-19 or any other communicable disease and any such person must assess and accept the risks of illness or injury for themselves.