UW Emerge from Pause, Step 2 of Fall Return Plan News

14 September 2020

The University of Wyoming will resume its phased fall plan on Tuesday, after nearly two weeks of stagnation among the camping community helping to prevent the outbreak of COVID-19.

This means that the university is entering the first phase of the fall plan, with face-to-face instruction from first-year seminars, which begin on September seven, as well as some pharmacy and other graduate courses. Will be . Students on campus include all those from Phase 1 with all first-year students in the residence hall; Newcomers coming face-to-face at first-year seminars; All law students; Students in Literacy Research Center and Clinic; And first-year pharmacy students.

Bridge testing of staff and students on campus will continue and gradually the campus buildings will reopen. Campus students, faculty and staff will continue to use the COVID PASS tool for daily health screening of unexpected symptoms. During this fall, as outlined in the university’s COVID policy, everyone on the UW campus is required to practice for face protection and at a 6-foot physical distance.

“We were successful in allowing better control over test data and taking the necessary actions to limit the transmission of the virus,” says President Ed Seidel. “Now, we are ready to resume the phased withdrawal scheme so that additional measures can be taken to keep the premises as safe as possible. For us to avoid another break and for the next phase on September 28, everyone – on campus or off – should follow those measures and avoid large off-campus gatherings where far and / or face protection is employed Is not. ”

The president notes that while the traditional student-age population may not be negatively affected by the virus, as people of other ages, many members of the community who support the experience on campus include those at high risk.

“It is the responsibility of the UW to take care of all community members in requests to wear face protection, maintain away, and follow safe practices at off-campus gatherings,” Seidel says. “We have to keep UW’s infrastructure healthy, to be successful, and it takes everyone to achieve it at the highest level.”

Since Friday, 27 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported among UW students and staff – all but four of them detected through Walt Health in the university’s bridge testing program for asymptomatic individuals, including tests due to labor A backlog was experienced. Day off and last week’s weather. Twenty of the new cases are students; There are seven employees. Three students living on campus who were exhibiting symptoms, and one without symptoms, were found to be infected in tests conducted by outside providers.

This brings the total number of active cases among the UW community to 93 – 16 on-campus students, 64 on-campus students and 13 on-campus employees. Some 175 people are in 14-day quarantine due to contact with infected persons – 27 on campus and 148 off campus. The total number of COVID-19 cases among UW students and staff since the epidemic began is 171.

“We know that the virus is here, but we are able to manage it in such a way that our campus is kept relatively safe,” Seidel says. “As the situation changes rapidly and our understanding of the disease increases, we are developing new indicators and strategies to stay on top at UW. Everything we have done has a goal, and that is to provide an in-person campus experience for the UW community.

During Phase 3, scheduled classes 28-November. 20, all students are welcomed on campus, and the course will be delivered with a mix of in-person and online instruction. In-student student activities will be expanded, and many campus buildings will remain open, including Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center (possible by appointment). The university will conduct a monitoring test program under which all students, faculty and staff visiting the campus will conduct a saliva test at least once a week.

During Phase 4, scheduled November 23-December. 11, All the syllabus and final examination will be conducted online. Students will leave the residence hall, leaving only those exceptions. Campus buildings will be turned into restricted access, and monitoring trials for survivors on campus will continue.

More information about the stay is available at www.uwyo.edu/campus-return, which is being updated as soon as the information is available. Those with questions can also call (307) 766-COVD (2683) or email [email protected]

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