Risk Status

COVID-19 Status Levels

The Campus Risk Status is based on an analysis of a combination of both campus and neighboring community indicators, including number of cases, positivity and transmission rates, cluster cases, vaccination, testing and care capacity.

Definitions and Related Potential Mitigations

Green: Low Risk

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Factors of a Low risk status include: Cases are infrequent or sporadic and low compared to our predictive model. Containment of isolated cases. Local community case rates are low. The health risks from infection are reduced due to high vaccination rates.

Mitigations for all or parts of campus may include but are not limited to any or all of the following:

  • Face coverings guidance and other public health measures.
  • Participation in asymptomatic testing.
  • Gatherings conform to requirements listed in the Guidance on Events and Conferences and comply with government limitations.
  • Visitors may be limited on campus, per Visitor Policy.
  • Vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals may be subject to different requirements and restrictions.
  • Travel restrictions may apply.

Yellow:  Low to Moderate Risk

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Factors of a Low to Moderate risk status include: Case rates are low to moderate or there are higher cases due to contained clusters. The health risks from infection are reduced due to high vaccination rates. There is a potential for increased cases or transmission due to higher local community case rates, transmission rates on or around campus, or higher campus population or activity level (e.g., Move-in or Commencement). 

Mitigations for all or parts of campus may include but are not limited to those listed above and any or all of the following:

  • Additional face coverings requirements.
  • Additional limitations on gatherings.
  • Reduction in visitor exemptions.
  • Additional restrictions on indoor dining.
  • Increased frequency of testing for some populations.
  • Increased travel restrictions.

Orange: Moderate to High Risk

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Factors of a Moderate to High risk status include: Case rates are moderate to high, transmission rates are high, and/or there is reduced capacity for patient care on campus or in local hospitals, isolation space, testing, contact tracing, or other services. There is a potential for increased cases or transmissions due to higher local community case rates, transmission rates on or around campus, or higher campus population or activity (e.g., Move-in or Commencement). Multiple factors forecast that the rate of infection may continue to increase.

Mitigations for all or parts of campus may include but are not limited to those listed above and any or all of the following:

  • Frequency of testing may be increased further for some populations and/or expanded to others.
  • Targeted restrictions of mobility off campus.
  • Targeted quarantine for campus locations with clusters of infection.
  • Specific employees may be asked to work remotely.
  • Grab-and-go meals or other dining limitations.
  • Targeted or temporary hybrid or remote learning.
  • Targeted or temporary de-densification with remote work.
  • Changes to research operations level per the University’s plan for the Phased Resumption of On-Campus Research.

 

Red: High Risk

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Factors of a High risk status include: Case rates are high and transmission rates are high, affecting our ability to provide patient care on campus or in local hospitals, isolation space, quarantine, testing, contact tracing, or other services. There is a potential for increased cases or transmissions due to higher local community case rates, transmission rates on or around campus, or higher campus population or activity (e.g., Move-in or Commencement). Multiple factors forecast that the rate of infection may continue to increase.

Mitigations for all or parts of campus may include but are not limited to those listed above and any or all of the following:

  • Frequency of testing may be increased even further for some populations.
  • Classes moved to online only.
  • Additional employees may be asked to work remotely.
  • Broad or targeted quarantine of students living in campus housing.
  • Research operations moved to a more restrictive phase.
  • Further restrict in-person gathering, event, and meetings of any size.