Campus Mitigation Levels
|Baseline||Moderate Mitigation||Increased Mitigation|
Vaccines provide protection from severe disease, hospitalization, and death. Severity of disease on campus is mild to moderate.
Essential services are not experiencing major impacts from the number of cases, either due to high demand or absenteeism. Isolation capacity and support for isolation are sufficient.
Area healthcare capacity is good. Testing is readily available on and off-campus.
Baseline mitigation may include:
Vaccines protect from severe disease, hospitalization, and death, but may be waning. Severity of disease on campus is mild to moderate.
Two or more essential services may be experiencing significant impacts from the number of cases, either due to high demand or absenteeism. Several classes held remotely due to absenteeism of students and/or faculty. Isolation capacity and/or support for isolation may be challenging.
Area healthcare capacity is stressed, with moderately high census and long wait times in emergency rooms. Off-campus testing capacity may be stressed, with limited availability of home test kits and/or high demand for testing.
Moderate mitigation may include:
Vaccines may not protect from severe disease, hospitalization, and death. Severity of disease on campus is mild to severe.
Two or more essential services may be experiencing serious impacts from the number of cases, either due to high demand or absenteeism. Isolation capacity and/or support for isolation may have serious obstacles. Most classes have moved to remote format due to the number of faculty and/or students in isolation or quarantine.
Area healthcare capacity may be seriously stressed, with high ICU and/or in-patient census and long wait times or diversion in emergency rooms. Off-campus testing capacity may be stressed, with limited availability of home test kits and/or high demand for testing.
High mitigation may include:
Conditions That Could Prompt a Change to the Mitigation Status
|Category||Baseline||Moderate Mitigation||Increased Mitigation|
Effective protection from severe disease
Effective to waning protection from severe disease
Effective to decreased protection from severe disease
|Disease severity (campus)||Mild to moderate||Mild to moderate. Few to no hospitalizations||Mild to severe|
|Case Impact||Minor impact on business continuity||Stressed continuity for one or more essential services. Several individual classes conducted remotely due to student or faculty absences.||Stressed continuity for two or more essential services. Most classes have moved to remote teaching due to student or faculty absences.|
|Isolation capacity and support||Sufficient combination of isolation facilities and isolation-in--place||Sufficient or with minor challenges to space or other support||Sufficient or with major obstacles|
|Area healthcare capacity||ICU capacity good
ER and hospital good
|ICU capacity good to moderately full
ER and hospital good to stressed
|ICU capacity good to full
ER and hospital good to diverted
|Testing capacity||Good. Lab turnaround time within planned limits.||Good to stressed. Moderate delays in turnaround time for test results.||Good to severely impacted. Extended turnaround time for test results|
Mitigations May Include
|Category||Available on Demand||Moderate Mitigation||Increased Mitigation|
As required by local, state, or federal mandate; targeted requirements as needed
|Universal or targeted mask mandate||Universal mask mandate|
|Testing||Required for unvaccinated individuals, other targeted populations||Asymptomatic testing required for broad populations||Asymptomatic testing required for all students, faculty, staff.|
|Teaching||In person||In person, limited remote||Limited to full remote|
|Research||Level 1 no restrictions||Level 1-2 minor restrictions||Level 2-4 minor to major restrictions|
|Work||In person||Limited remote work required||Remote work, as possible|
|Social Distancing||Not required||Not required||May be required|
|Visitors||Vaccination may be required||Some restrictions||Essential visitors only|
|Gatherings||Limited requirements, such as keeping attendance||Restrictions may include limiting food, requiring masks, limiting guests, etc.||Occupancy limits, mask requirements|
|Symptom Check||None||Limited requirements||Broad requirements|
|Vaccination||Required for students, faculty, staff. May be required for visitors.||Required for faculty, staff, students, visitors.||Required for faculty, staff, students, visitors.|
More Info on These Charts
- The Campus Mitigation Level is based on a comprehensive analysis of various indicators. Learn more about the Campus Mitigation Level.
- The number of positive cases includes both tests from the campus lab as well as outside tests reported to UHS.
- The case rate is the rate of cases per 100,000 population per week, consistent with CDC and NJ DOH data. Case rate includes self-reported rapid antigen tests that are not consistently included in regional data. For summer, the campus population is estimated at 10,000. During the academic year, the campus population is estimated at 17,000.
- Hospitalization data are COVID admissions per 100K population over the last 7 days. Levels are “low (<10), “medium” (10-15), and “high” (>15). For more information, see CDC data for Mercer County Hospitalizations.
- CDC Community Level is a measure of the impact of COVID-19 illness on health and healthcare systems.
- Campus Case Severity levels include: “mild” (no hospitalizations), “moderate” (few hospitalizations), and “severe” (hospitalizations and/or deaths).
- Essential Services Status levels include: “good” (no major impact), “fair” (one or more department or service activated business continuity plan), and “challenged” (two or more departments or services activated business continuity plan).
- Isolation Capacity levels include: ”good”, “fair” and “challenging” based on the availability of space and support for residential student isolation.
- Testing Capacity levels include: “good” (turnaround time 24 hours or less), “fair” (turnaround time 24-48 hours), “challenged” (need to limit testing).
- The University has granted a limited number of medical and religious vaccination exemptions.
- These data are reported weekly and include all tests processed by the Campus Testing Lab.
- The Daily Positives report on this dashboard will report zero cases from the days the lab is closed unless symptomatic cases are reported through UHS.