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Fall 2021 UpDate for Dec. 1

Information on testing, the importance of flu shots and more

Visit www.udel.edu/coronavirus to keep informed about the latest updates and guidelines. This comprehensive site highlights the latest information about UD’s response, as well as frequently asked questions and a data dashboard on current campus statistics. Have a specific question? Check the FAQs, which are updated regularly as questions come in to coronavirus@udel.edu.

Vaccination clinic for kids: Spaces are still available at the pediatric COVID-19 vaccination clinic for children, scheduled from 3-7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 1, in Clayton Hall. The event is open to unvaccinated children, ages 5 to 11, seeking the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

December and January COVID testing and vaccination: Blue Hens who traveled over the fall break should get a COVID-19 test this week, especially if using campus facilities, as the weekly testing requirement still applies. Students with any symptom of illness should call Student Health at 302-831-2226 to make an appointment for symptomatic testing.

Members of the UD community who will be using campus facilities for the first time this Winter Session must provide proof of vaccination by Jan. 1. Instructions for providing documentation are found on the Student Health website.

Safeguard your health; get a flu shot: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone over the age of 6 months get a flu vaccine every season, with rare exceptions. Vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits and missed school or work, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations and deaths. The vaccine is widely available at many local drug stores, or you can use the CDC’s Flu Vaccine Finder. For UD students, flu clinics are offered every Friday through Dec. 17 at Student Health Services, and appointments may be booked online.

Testing opportunities: Members of the University community have multiple testing opportunities available to them on the Newark campus each week: two every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, three every Tuesday and one each Friday. For specifics on campus surveillance testing and community testing, visit UD’s coronavirus site.

Need to get the COVID-19 vaccine or a booster? Many area pharmacies are now offering COVID-19 vaccinations and booster shots. In addition, the Hudson State Service Center, 501 Ogletown Rd., Newark, holds vaccination clinics from 8:30-11:15 a.m. and 1:15-4 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. Walk-ins are welcome, and there is no cost. The center has all three vaccines and can also administer child vaccinations. Questions? Call 302-283-7570.

Research town hall: The next virtual research town hall, hosted by Charlie Riordan, vice president for research, scholarship and innovation, will be held Monday, Dec. 13, from 1–2 p.m. Julie McGee, interim director of the Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center, will join the town hall to share information about the center’s activities. Please register to attend. Contact UDResearch@udel.edu with your research-related questions.

Deadline extended on vaccine mandate for employees: The deadline for UD employees to be vaccinated or have an approved exemption for medical or religious reasons has now been extended to Jan. 18, 2022. If you have not yet been vaccinated, there are opportunities throughout the state. For more information about the vaccine mandate, including FAQs, visit the Working at UD site.

Don’t forget to check in: All members of the UD community who are on campus must complete the daily health screening at covidcheck.udel.edu. Several University facilities are reviewing the Daily Health Check to affirm your status to be on campus safely, including at all dining halls, the Little Bob, the Morris Library and the museums. In addition, all faculty have been given the option of checking compliance in classrooms. Learn more about the Daily Health Check in this short videoprepared by Student Life.

Wear your mask: In keeping with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, masks are required in all University indoor facilities, with limited exceptions, whether individuals are vaccinated or not. In classrooms and indoor campus spaces, mask use and physical distancing continue to be highly effective at slowing the spread of the coronavirus. To maximize health and safety, everyone should put on their masks before entering a building.

Testing positive or coming into contact with someone who has: Guidelines on what to do if you test positive for COVID-19 or if you come into close contact with someone who has tested positive are detailed in the COVID-19 Testing section of the Frequently Asked Questions on UD’s Coronavirus website. Students are reminded to check the Student Health Services website for additional information.

Support available: The Employee Assistance Program is now provided through ComPsych GuidanceResources. This is a free program available for State of Delaware Group Health Plan non-Medicare members and their dependents. As part of ComPsych’s commitment, EAP services are available through the end of the national COVID-19 public health emergency to all state of Delaware employees, including temporary, casual, seasonal and benefit eligible employees who are not currently enrolled in a state of Delaware Highmark Delaware or Aetna health plan. In addition, Employee Health and Wellbeing has a variety of resources available to assist employees.

Questions? Send an email to coronavirus@udel.edu.

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