Public Health Measures
Ongoing Public Health and Safety Measures for all UVA Community members
Public Health Measures
All members of the University community must comply with policies and procedures designed to keep the community safe. A summary of these public health measures is provided here:
- Daily Health Check. All UVA Health employees, as well as Academic Division faculty, staff, and students in the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and Health Sciences Library are required to complete a daily health check through HOOS Health Check before coming to any UVA Health facility. We continue to encourage all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to consider whether they have any symptoms of COVID-19 before coming to Grounds and to stay home if they are feeling ill. Any Academic Division employees who are entering the Medical Center space to work or provide services will still need to complete the HOOS Health Check in advance, in compliance with federal regulations. The HOOS Health Check app is available for free download in the Apple and Google Play stores. You may also complete the daily health check on the HOOS Health Check website.
- Guidance for community members who have contracted COVID-19. All UVA community members who are in the Charlottesville region this semester will be required to follow University health and safety policies around masks, physical distancing, testing, gatherings, and other key behaviors, including those who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 or who have been vaccinated. There are many reasons for this approach, including:
- The science around whether previous COVID-19 patients can contract the virus and spread it to others again is inconclusive.
- People who contract COVID-19 may shed the virus for a period of time that extends past the alleviation of symptoms or a positive test.
- Fellow UVA community members have no way of knowing which people previously tested positive and which are putting themselves and others at risk by ignoring health and safety standards. Universal adherence will avoid anxiety and potential conflict.
- Most importantly, following these standards is part of the commitment people who are on Grounds make to the University and to each other.
All unvaccinated students, faculty, staff, contractors, and visitors must wear masks at all times when they are inside, except when they are alone and in their own private space (e.g., in an individual office or in a private bedroom or bathroom) or a private space shared with a roommate (e.g., a double bedroom room in a residence hall). Unvaccinated students, faculty, staff, contractors, and visitors must wear masks in shared common spaces indoors. When they are outside, unvaccinated students, faculty, staff, contractors, and visitors must wear a mask even when they can maintain a physical distance of at least six feet.
Masks are required by both vaccinated and unvaccinated students, faculty, staff, contractors and visitors under the following circumstances:
- When in specified areas of the UVA Health Medical Center, clinics, and academic/administrative areas, as indicated in UVA Health guidance (faculty, staff and contractors should follow the guidance at https://emergency.healthsystem.virginia.edu/safety-ppe-infection-control/ppe-policy-universal-masking/; visitors should follow guidance at https://uvahealth.com/patients-visitors/visiting-patient)
- When in the Student Health and Wellness Center
- When in saliva testing facilities
- When engaged in any activities involving K-12 students
When using public transportation (University Transit System)
Everyone should sanitize hands before removing their mask or returning it to their face.
Physical Distancing: Students, faculty, staff, and contractors do not need to maintain six feet or more from others.
Events and Gatherings: To reduce the risk of the potential spread of COVID-19, gatherings and events should be conducted virtually whenever possible. In-person events should be held outdoors if possible, and individuals should follow CDC guidelines for safe in-person gatherings and events.
Visitors to the University: Visitors are allowed on Grounds and must comply with the face coverings requirements listed above.
(Exceptions to face coverings and events and gatherings remain in effect as outlined in University Policy SEC-045: University Policy SEC-045: COVID-19 Health & Safety Requirement – Prevalence Testing, Face Masks, Physical Distancing, Events and Gatherings, and Visitors.)
We will continue to monitor 1) public health conditions; 2) federal, state, local directives; and, 3) CDC and VDH guidelines closely and will adjust this policy as circumstances warrant in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Restrictions around gathering in large groups will be reconsidered before the Fall 2021 Semester.
- Travel. University-related domestic travel is allowed, as long as travelers follow CDC guidelines, which call for individuals to be fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized COVID vaccine before they travel. The University strongly encourages adherence to both VDH guidance for travelers and CDC considerations on traveling away from your local community in the United States. Personal Travel: If you must travel, we ask all University faculty, staff, and students to take account of state and territorial health department websites and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the latest travel guidance.
For details, please review University Policy SEC-046: Health & Safety Requirement –Restrictions on Travel for Business & Instructional Purposes.
All University-related international travel by faculty and staff must follow the policy on Faculty and Staff International Travel.
Effective enforcement relies on a commitment by students, faculty, and staff to remind one another of appropriate policies and guidelines, and to hold one another accountable. If you see something, you should respectfully say something. Remind them of the appropriate public health guideline and ask if you can help them. For example, you might offer to assist them in locating a mask or accessing a resource. Respectfully engaging with others to promote compliance is the best way to ensure the University maintains a healthy and safe environment for all. UVA HR has also developed guidance for managers and employees.
The University has defined non-compliance of University adopted public health policies and guidelines into two categories: minor and infrequent, and significant or repetitive. Minor and infrequent non-compliance is defined as unintentional or accidental violations of the University’s adopted public health policies or guidelines that occur infrequently, without the intent to harm or disrupt, and result in prompt action by the offending party to enter into compliance. Minor and infrequent non-compliance should be addressed at the lowest level possible through community ownership and active bystander engagement. Significant non-compliance is defined as intentional or reckless violations of the University’s adopted public health policies or guidelines. Such violations include engaging in conduct which intentionally or recklessly threatens the health and safety of the University community. Repetitive non-compliance refers to repeated violations of University adopted public health policies or guidelines despite informal feedback and/or bystander engagement. The University has provided a reporting platform for significant or repetitive violations. This platform can be found on the Just Report It and UVA Emergency Management websites.
In addition to the reporting platforms available to members of the UVA community, the University has developed a reporting form, specifically for persons in the surrounding community, to share concerns or to report behavior that may be contrary to our policies and the expectations of our students and employees regarding COVID-19 compliance. For more information, please visit the Community Concerns Reporting Portal.