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Update: Spring 2023 COVID-19 Guidelines

A message to the University of Delaware community

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be felt around the world, and its impact on everyone in the University of Delaware community remains a top priority. We are closely monitoring the status on our campus, the state and the nation, as well as the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Delaware Division of Public Health.

To protect the health and safety of our entire community for the upcoming semester, we ask everyone to remain vigilant this semester and follow the protocols established last fall. Here is a brief overview of those guidelines, followed by more detailed information.

  • Testing — Individuals are strongly encouraged to get tested 24 hours before their return to campus for the spring semester. At-home testing is widely available on and near campus.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 — You must isolate yourself for five days, then wear a mask for five additional days as symptoms improve. On-campus students will be asked to isolate at home, if possible. We will not have space on campus for students who live off campus to isolate.
  • If you are exposed to someone with COVID-19 — You must wear a mask and monitor symptoms for 10 days, and are strongly encouraged to test five days after exposure or any time symptoms may develop. 
  • Vaccinations — All UD students must receive a COVID-19 primary vaccine series plus one booster when eligible. The bivalent booster is highly recommended.  Faculty and staff are highly encouraged to be up to date on vaccinations, including the updated bivalent booster released last fall.
  • Face masks — Masks are not required in most indoor settings on campus, except healthcare and clinical settings. For those returning to campus for the spring semester, this is a reminder that the CDC continues to recommend wearing a mask when you travel, particularly in airports, train and bus stations and on public transportation.

Any adjustments to campus protocols or requirements will be communicated through the LiveSafe app, University emails and at udel.edu/coronavirus.

Below is specific information about the University’s health and safety measures.


  • All students are required to have a COVID-19 primary series plus one booster, when eligible or request an exemption. All UD faculty and staff are highly encouraged to be up to date on vaccinations.
  • Individuals who are immunocompromised should consult their healthcare provider for additional booster recommendations.
  • Students should submit COVID-19 vaccine documentation through the UD Health Portal.
  • UD will host a COVID-19 vaccine/booster and flu clinic on Monday, Feb. 6, at Pencader Dining Hall on the Laird Campus. Details and registration information are available online.
  • COVID-19 vaccines/boosters are available for students at Student Health Services, as well as widely available at local pharmacies


  • Individuals, especially students living on campus, are strongly encouraged to obtain a COVID-19 test 24 hours prior to their arrival on campus for the spring semester. If you test positive, you must isolate for five days before coming to campus.
  • At-home antigen test kits continue to be available on campus
  • Symptomatic testing is available to students through Student Health Services. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 302-831-2226.
  • COVID-19 testing continues to be available at area pharmacies, and the Hudson State Service Center just east of campus on Ogletown Road offers both COVID-19 testing and vaccination services on a walk-in basis.


  • Students who test positive for COVID-19 at any point during the semester should upload their test results to the UD Health Portaland follow the isolation guidelines below.
  • Employees who test positive and need to isolate should inform their supervisors and follow standard sick leave procedures.  
  • In accordance with guidance from the CDC and Delaware Division of Public Health, individuals who test positive for COVID-19 are required to isolate for five full days, plus wear a mask for five additional days. Use the CDC’s Isolation Calendar Calculator for assistance.
  • Students who need to isolate should communicate with their professors regarding missed academic work, as well as uploading their test results to the UD Health Portal.
  • Students in the residence halls will be expected to isolate at home. If going home is not an option for you, please contact your Resident Adviser to explore whether on-campus isolation housing is available. 


  • Individuals who are exposed to someone with COVID-19 no longer need to quarantine, based on current CDC guidance. All individuals with a COVID-19 exposure, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask for 10 days, have a negative test five days after their exposure, and monitor for symptoms for 10 days.


  • High-quality masks are effective in reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus through airborne droplets, especially indoors. Because students live and socialize in close quarters on campus, masks can be a particularly useful tool in the fight against COVID-19.
  • Masks are not required in most indoor campus locations, except for UD healthcare and clinical settings. Individuals may always make the personal decision to wear a mask to protect themselves and others around them.
  • Masks continue to be required for people who are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 10 days or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  • KN95 and surgical masks are available on campus.


  • If you have any questions, please visit udel.edu/coronavirus for the most up-to-date information.

As always, individuals are reminded to wash or sanitize their hands frequently, stay home if they are sick, and follow appropriate guidelines for isolation. By taking these actions and working together, we can help ensure a safe and enjoyable academic year at the University of Delaware.

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