On May 11, 2023, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services allowed the federal COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) declaration to expire. While this move signals an end to the emergency phase of the pandemic, it does not mean COVID-19 is no longer a concern or that the response has ended.
UNC faculty, staff and students should continue following the COVID-19 guidelines and recommendations listed below.
At UNC, COVID-19 cases are now handled similarly to other illnesses for those who need assistance or accommodations:
- Employees should work with their supervisors and Human Resources or consult UNC's Work-related Accommodations.
- Students should work with their instructors.
- Students seeking accommodation can contact the Disability Resource Center.
- Students seeking additional support are encouraged to submit a Referral for Student Support form online.
Exposures and Positive Tests
Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 should isolate from others for at least five full days, regardless of their vaccination status. Inform close contacts that they might have been exposed so they can better protect themselves and those around them. More information about isolation.
Anyone who was exposed to someone with COVID-19 should start taking precautions for 10 full days. This includes wearing a high-quality mask and watching for symptoms. More information about COVID-19 exposures.
Use the CDC’s Isolation and Exposure Calculator to help determine the appropriate steps to take and how long you should take them if you have tested positive for or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
Meals: If you are a student living in the residence halls (with a meal plan) and have a roommate/friend who is willing to pick up your meals, email email@example.com with their name and email address. We will make sure Dining Services is aware of this special situation and that you are authorizing them to pick up your meals. Be sure your roommate/friend has your Bear On The Run container to gather your food items.
Academics: We encourage students who are isolating to reach out to their faculty members to better understand how they can keep up with classes during their illness.
UNC recommends following CDC guidelines regarding vaccination. Please visit your medical provider, a local pharmacy or the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment for more information about where to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine in Weld County.
The Student Health Center does not provide COVID-19 vaccinations.
Testing and Masks
Make sure you test at the right time. If you have symptoms, test immediately. If you were exposed and don’t have symptoms, wait at least five days after your exposure. Testing too early is likely to produce inaccurate results.
UNC will continue to offer free COVID-19 rapid at-home test kits and masks for faculty, staff and students, while supplies last. Individuals can pick up test kits and masks at the following locations on campus:
- Kepner Hall
- Gunter Hall
- Mckee Hall
- Guggenheim Hall
- Candelaria Hall
Residence Hall Desks
- Harrison Hall (The Basin Neighborhood)
- South Hall (The Ridge Neighborhood)
- Wiebking Hall (The Mesa Neighborhood)
- Arlington Park Apartments (The Mesa Neighborhood)
- Michener Library
- Skinner Music Library
- University Center information desk
- Holmes Dinning Hall
- Recreation Center
- Bear Pantry, room 2205
- Parson's Hall
- Carter Hall, outside of room 4007D
UNC’s Student Health Center (SHC) remains a Test to Treat facility, meaning patients can be tested, get a prescription for treatment (if they meet certain eligibility requirements) and have their prescription filled in one place. The SHC offers Paxlovid antiviral therapy through this program. Individuals wishing to take advantage of this service will need to call the SHC before arriving at 970-351-2412. Be sure to bring your insurance card to your appointment, as you will be billed for an office visit. If you have COVID symptoms, masks are still required when visiting the SHC.
Individuals can also reach out to their regular medical provider to explore treatment options.
About COVID-19 treatments:
- It's important to seek treatment quickly to lower the risk of serious illness.
- COVID-19 medications work best when they are taken within a few days of when symptoms first appear.
- Consultation with a healthcare provider is especially important if you are someone who is at higher risk for severe disease from COVID.
More information is available on the CDC's COVID-19 Treatments and Medication webpage.