Updated June 1, 2021

Safety Protocols, COVID-19 Testing

Face Coverings

Required:  Face coverings are still required at all times when indoors on University property or inside University administered facilities.

Current exceptions to the University’s indoors face covering requirement include:

  • When a person is alone in an office or other room with a closed-door
  • When eating or drinking in a space where eating or drinking is permitted
  • When a medical accommodation has been granted by the appropriate University official
  • When a situation (e.g. childcare settings) or a person (e.g. children younger than age 2) are specifically exempted by Maine civil authorities
  • In other special circumstances as may be determined by campus leadership

There is no exception to the face-covering requirement for instructional purposes. Physical barriers, such as clear plastic screens, may be used in combination with face-covering but are not a substitute for face coverings.

Not Required:  Face coverings are not required when outdoors on university property, regardless of vaccination status.

Summer Asymptomatic Testing

If you live, work or have any physical presence on campus this summer, choose one of the below options to help keep our community safe:

Option 1:
If you are fully vaccinated with the Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, you may voluntarily provide verification of your fully vaccinated status through the UMS PointnClick COVID-19 Vaccination Verification initiative.

Fully-vaccinated people are exempt from both weekly asymptomatic testing and from quarantine following a known exposure to a COVID-19 positive person if they are asymptomatic.

Fully-vaccinated means a person is at least 2 weeks beyond the final dose of the vaccine received.

Option 2:
Continue to sign up for your weekly testing appointment using the PointnClick web portal.

All summer testing will be conducted at 274 Front Street (the future Sweatt-Winter Childcare Center, across the street from the Roberts Learning Center)

  • Tuesdays 8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wednesdays  8:00am – 5:00pm

Walk-in appointments at those times are always available on those days

Vaccinations and / or asymptomatic testing are critical to keeping our community safe and containing the spread of the virus. We urge all students, faculty, and staff to participate in Maine’s vaccination drive. Until you are fully vaccinated, we thank you for your continued participation in our weekly testing program.

Please Note: This information is current as of the day / time it was published. As we know, things may change relative to all aspects of the virus, which may necessitate changes to our guidance and policies. If you have any questions, please contact us at umf.safereturn@maine.edu


Limited Campus Visitations

For June, University of Maine at Farmington campus spaces and buildings are not yet open to the general public, although campus offices that serve the public are slowly reopening as UMaine System and State CDC guidelines are eased.

Effective July 1, all campus facilities will resume their pre-COVID-19 pandemic access, as long as all folks on campus uphold the masking policies described above.

Certain campus buildings have re-opened in June to the public with modified schedules and protocols. Visit their websites for contact them directly for details.

Visitors to other buildings 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.

Conferences and Events

The campus will be open to hosting events. There may still be pandemic-related requirements that might be applicable. Please continue to work with the Conference and Events Office to schedule space.  Part of the space request process will be submitting a Reservation Request / Event Plan.

Contact the UMF Conferences & Events Office for details eleight@maine.edu


2021-2022 Academic Calendar

The 2021-2022 Academic Calendar is set and there are several back-to-normal dates to be aware of, such as certain holiday breaks, spring break and more.

See the Academic & Student Housing Calendar

Return to Work

Planning for return to a more pre-pandemic work environment is underway at the UMaine System level and details will be shared with campuses soon.

For now, campus work arrangements will remain unchanged for faculty, staff and students unless a change has been approved by your supervisor. UMF expects a transition to begin around July 1, 2021, and continue into the summer months.

More to come when final details are worked out.


Looking Ahead to Fall 2021: UMaine System Chancellor Expects UMF to Return to In-Person College Experience

I’m happy to let you know that we are announcing later this morning that we expect to welcome our students, faculty and staff back to our university campuses this fall to safely resume the most traditional in-person college experiences we all took for granted before the pandemic.

That’s right. We expect to return as normally as possible this coming fall.

We’ve been together safely through this challenging year by following the recommendations of our UMS Scientific Advisory Board, Maine’s public health authorities, and the testing, masking, social distancing and other public health measures we have in place. Now, with the promise of a Maine spring and summer ahead, with public health restrictions easing and with new confidence stemming from the growing numbers who can and will receive the pandemic-ending vaccines that are available, it feels like we can finally say that the pandemic’s grip is loosening. So we’re kicking our planning into high gear to provide the most traditional, on-campus college experiences this fall that we can safely manage.

I should be clear, though. Your health and safety, and the health and safety of our university communities, remains our top priority. So does respect for Maine’s public health authorities and their guidance. We’ve been able to limit the spread of COVID in our university communities because of these commitments. We’re going to keep following them. That means social distancing and face coverings everywhere on our campuses will continue to be the rule as we complete the semester and manage university events. And we’ll continue to test everyone in our in-person community every week through commencement. It’s also true that working through the pandemic has shown us new opportunities and, in some cases, new ways of doing business. We intend to learn from these experiences as we work to return to near normalcy this fall.

I owe all of you my thanks. Your discipline and concern for the welfare of everyone in the UMS community and the state has kept us safely together through what has been perhaps the most challenging year in our lifetimes. That same resilience and commitment will make our fall return to normalcy both safe and rewarding.

I’m looking forward to it.

Sincerely,

Dannel P. Malloy
University of Maine System Chancellor


Farmington-specific COVID-19 Vaccination Information

The student UMF Peer Care Managers (Hunter Ellis, Brianna Hinkley, Brooke-Lynn Hinkley, Nora Laprise, Chelsea Pruitt, Madison Vigeant) developed a Guide to COVID-19 Vaccines.

  • To save the lives of Maine people at greatest risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19.
  • To ensure vaccine providers can efficiently and quickly vaccinate as many people as possible.

Source: maine.gov/COVID19/VACCINE

Now! Right now, everyone in Maine age 12+ can get vaccinated

Pre-register for a COVID-19 vaccine through the State of Maine here: https://vaccinateme.maine.gov

Vaccination Sites in Farmington

There are 4 places in Farmington, Maine where you can get your vaccine

MaineHealth Vaccine Clinic (Franklin Memorial Hospital campus)
To schedule an appointment, visit:  https://vaccine.mainehealth.org
Or phone 877-780-7545

Walgreens Pharmacy
To schedule an appointment, visit:  https://www.Walgreens.com/ScheduleVaccine
Or phone 1-800-walgreens (1-800-925-473367)
Walk-ins are not accepted

Walmart Pharmacy
To schedule an appointment, visit:  https://www.walmart.com/COVIDvaccine
Please check your eligibility before scheduling an appointment

Hannaford Pharmacy
By appointment only
For info, visit:  https://www.hannaford.com/pharmacy/covid-19-vaccine

There are three main authorized and recommended vaccines:

Pfizer

  • 2 shots, 21 days apart
  • Recommended for people over the age of 16
  • Most side effects were mild to moderate

Moderna

  • 2 shots, 28 days apart
  • Recommended for people over the age of 18
  • Most side effects were mild to moderate

Johnson + Johnson (Jannsen)

  • 1 shot
  • Recommended for people over the age of 18
  • Side effects were common within 7 days of getting vaccinated but were mostly mild to moderate
  • COVID-19 Vaccine development was accelerated without compromising safety
  • Vaccines are thoroughly tested for safety before they’re approved for use
  • Vaccine side effects are usually mild
  • Pneumonia vaccines do not prevent COVID-19
  • Vaccine test trials involve a diverse range of volunteers
  • You won’t be able to make a COVID-19 Vaccine at home
  • COVID-19 vaccine trials are following safety and ethical standards

Source: World Health Organization


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


Additional Resources

Federal Reports


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.