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.
Read more from the CDC about this shift to a different stage of the pandemic and what the end of the COVID-19 PHE declaration means for most people.
Read more from HHS about the federal government’s transition away from the emergency phase.
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.
Access to free vaccines is not expected to change for now.
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.
COVID-19 at-home tests will still be available, but insurance providers are no longer required to waive costs or provide free tests.
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 for faculty, staff and students, while supplies last. Individuals can pick up test kits at the following locations on campus:
- Kepner Hall
- Gunter Hall
- Mckee Hall
- Guggenheim Hall
- Candelaria Hall
Residence Hall Decks
- Harrison Hall (Basin Neighborhood)
- South Hall (Ridge Neighborhood)
- Weibking Hall (Mesa Neighborhood)
- Arlington Park Apartments
- 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
Treatments will remain available for free while supplies last.
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.
When to Isolate
Regardless of vaccination status, the CDC recommends that you should isolate from others when you have COVID-19.
Use the CDC’s Isolation and Exposure Calculator to help you determine if you need to isolate or take other steps to prevent spreading COVID-19 to others.