Page Updated January 30, 2021

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:

Hello! Greetings from the Asymptomatic Testing Team.  We are writing to let you know about Phase 6 asymptomatic testing in Spring 2021.

SPRING 2021: PHASE 6

Spring 2021 asymptomatic testing will take place weekly for all UMF community members who:

  • live on campus

  • take or teach any classes on campus

  • work on campus

  • all student athletes (living on or off campus)

If you need to come to campus and are not part of the weekly testing group, please visit https://www.maine.edu/together/ for guidance.

EXCEPTIONS

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you are excused from testing for 90 days from the date of your positive test.  Please email umf.safereturn@maine.edu if you have tested positive within the last 90 days.  Include documentation that verifies your name, the date of the test, and the results.

Individuals who have been vaccinated must still be tested.

TIMES AND LOCATIONS

Testing will be conducted on the following days and times:

  • Tuesdays, 7 am – 7 pm

  • Wednesdays, 7 am – 7 pm

  • Thursdays, 7 am – 1 pm

Students living in the residence halls will test in Dearborn Gym Lobby

Commuters, staff, and faculty will test at 274 Front Street (UMF Campus Map)

INCLEMENT WEATHER

Residential students (testing at Dearborn Gym Lobby):  If the University cancels classes on your scheduled testing day, you will still be expected to keep your appointment.

Commuters, staff, and faculty (testing at 274 Front Street): Please reschedule for another time during the week of your original test.

PHASE 6, WEEK 1 (week of February 1)

We will be using the same Vault tests (PCR saliva tests) that we used in the fall for this first week of testing.  There is no shelter in place after testing in Phase 6.

To make your phase 6 appointment, please go to the appropriate link:

Residential students: See email for link.

Commuters, staff, and faculty: See email for link.

PHASE 6, WEEKS 2 AND BEYOND

Phase 6, week 2 (and beyond) scheduling, reminders, and results will be managed through the Safer Community app.  More information will be provided next week.

Thank you! We are looking forward to a safe and productive spring semester.

Sincerely,

The Asymptomatic Testing Team

Dear UMF Community,

Over the past week we have had six COVID-19 positive cases identified within our campus community.  Three on campus, and three off campus individuals tested positive. All individuals are currently isolating.

The positive test results have been reported to the Maine CDC. Contact tracing has been completed and any potential close-contacts have been informed. Per our standard protocol, if a person is identified as a close contact, timely notifications will occur separately from this email.

As a reminder, each Friday afternoon a digest of test results, including COVID-19 positive cases that have been identified within our community will be sent to you.

We have made it through move in and asymptomatic testing-Phases 4 and 5!  Thank you to all who participated during the month of January.  As you know, regular testing is a key component in keeping our community safe and containing the spread of the virus; so are wearing your face coverings, keeping your distance, and washing your hands well and often.

Welcome back, and have a great spring 2021 semester.

Sincerely,

UMF’s Asymptomatic Testing Team

Dear UMF Community,

Over the past week we have had two COVID-19 positive cases identified within our campus community. One individual tested positive off campus, and another was originally a close contact who subsequently tested positive. Both individuals are currently isolating.

The positive test results have been reported to the Maine CDC. Contact tracing has been completed and any potential close-contacts have been informed. Per our standard protocol, if a person is identified as a close contact, timely notifications will occur separately from this email.

As a reminder, we will send regular weekly reports of COVID-19 positives identified within our community. Each Friday afternoon, a digest of testing results will be sent to you.

Welcome back and as always, wear your face covering, keep your distance, wash your hands well and often.

UMF’s Asymptomatic Testing Team

Dear UMF Community –

We received notification earlier in the week of a COVID-19 case. The individual tested positive at home as they were preparing to return to campus.  The individual is isolating and the positive test result has been reported to the Maine CDC. Contact tracing has been completed and any potential close-contacts have been informed. Per our standard protocol, if a person is identified as a close-contact, a timely notification will occur separately from this email.

The individual who tested positive last week has been released from isolation.

UMF remains committed to transparency and open lines of communication. We also recognize that sending an email for each positive result does not enhance mitigation efforts. The use of isolation and quarantine protocols, contact tracing, and adherence to University policies and civil guidance are our best course of action.

By now you should have received emails on Phase 4 & 5 testing.  Phase 6 weekly testing (for everyone who will be living, taking classes, or working on campus) begins February 1st.  Campus communication for Phase 6 is being finalized and will be sent shortly.

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

UMF’s Asymptomatic Testing Team

Dear UMF Community –

We received notification last night that a case of COVID-19 has been identified within our campus community. The individual tested positive after participating in the most recent round of asymptomatic testing at UMF.

The individual is isolating and the positive test result has been reported to the Maine CDC. Contact tracing has been completed and any potential close-contacts have been informed. Per our standard protocol, if a person is identified as a close-contact, a timely notification will occur separately from this email.

UMF remains committed to transparency and open lines of communication. We also recognize that sending an email for each positive result does not enhance mitigation efforts. The use of isolation and quarantine protocols, contact tracing, and adherence to University policies and civil guidance are our best course of action.

From this week forward, we will send regular weekly reports of COVID-19 positives identified within our community. Each Friday afternoon, a digest of testing results will be sent to you.

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

UMF’s Asymptomatic Testing Team

Dear UMF:

Hello! Greetings from the Asymptomatic Testing Team.  We are writing to let you know about asymptomatic testing and residence hall move in for Spring 2021!

(Note:  If you tested or will be testing on Jan 4, 11, 13 or 15, this email does NOT apply to you so you can disregard it.)

RECAP OF FALL 2020

Last fall, we conducted three “phases” of asymptomatic testing as part of our efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  The three phases included move in day (Phase 1), follow up testing 10 days later (Phase 2), and testing throughout the fall semester (Phase 3).

PREVIEW OF SPRING 2021

Initial Spring 2021 testing (Phases 4 and 5) will take place for the same groups that were tested in Fall 2020:

  • all residential students

  • student athletes

  • all commuting students, faculty, and staff who will take classes or work on campus and have been out of Maine within 14 days of returning to campus

Phase 6 will be conducted over the course of the entire spring semester, and details are still being determined.

YOUR SPRING 2021 TESTS FOR PHASES 4 AND 5 

If you fall into one of the groups above, your Phase 4 test will take place on January 20 or 21  and you need to shelter in place after the test.  Shelter in place means you will not be able to leave your room (except to go to the bathroom) / suite / apartment / house.

Your Phase 5 test will take place on January 27 or 28.  You do not need to shelter in place after the second test.

Both days of testing will take place in Dearborn Gym Lobby from 8 am-7 pm.

We will be using the same Vault tests (PCR spit tests) that we used in the fall for Phase 3.  Students who live on campus will be released from shelter in place after both roommates have received negative test results.

MOVE IN

If you live in the residence halls, move in is January 20 or 21 (new and transfer students on January 20; all returning students either January 20 or 21).  Residence hall students must test first for Phase 4 in Dearborn and then move back in.  NOTE:  For safety’s sake, no guests are allowed in the residence halls during move in, so unfortunately your families and friends will not be able to help you move back in. Residence hall meals will be delivered to your halls during shelter-in-place.  If you have dietary needs, please email umf.safereturn@maine.edu by Monday, January 19 at 5:00 pm to provide us with your information.

ALTERNATIVE TO TESTING

If you provide your own negative PCR test results (not an antigen test), taken no later than 72 hours prior to January 20 and / or January 27, you do not need to participate one or both days of this testing program, and you do not need to shelter in place. Please send your test results to umf.healthcenter@maine.edu.

IF YOU HAVE PREVIOUSLY TESTED POSITIVE 

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you are exempt from testing for 90 days from the date of your positive test.  Please email umf.safereturn@maine.edu if you have tested positive within the last 90 days.  Include documentation that verifies your name, the date of the test, and the results.

 

IF YOU HAVE BEEN VACCINATED FOR COVID-19

If you have received one or two doses of the vaccine, you still need to be tested as part of this asymptomatic testing program.

SIGN UP FOR YOUR TESTING APPOINTMENTS

January 20 or 21 (Phase 4) – Sign up via the link in the email.

January 27 or 28 (Phase 5) – Sign up via the link in the email.

IMPORTANT CAVEAT

Please note that this information is current as of the day / time it is being sent.  As we know, things may change relative to all aspects of the virus, which may necessitate changes to our guidance and policies.

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If you have any questions, please contact us at umf.safereturn@maine.edu

Thank you! We are looking forward to a safe and productive spring semester.


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.