UMass Center for Public Health Promotion COVID-19 Update: April 14

Dear campus community,

The Center for Public Health Promotion continues to offer COVID-19 vaccines to anyone who needs to be vaccinated. A second booster is available to anyone over 50 and some immunocompromised people at least four months after their first booster.

These reminders are available Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. until April 30. Walk-ins will be accepted, but we encourage everyone to make an appointment. Please see the Massachusetts COVID-19 Recall Frequently Asked Questions for more information on eligibility.

We continue to monitor COVID-19 trends in the UMass community through our symptomatic, adaptive, and voluntary testing program as well as sewage monitoring. The latest COVID-19 testing data for the UMass community from April 6-12 shows 126 new positive cases. The university’s positivity rate is 3.70%, down from 4.64% last week. The state’s seven-day positivity rate is 3.48%. Those who test positive continue to report that they have minimal to moderate symptoms of infection, and there is one hospitalization to report. With the widespread availability of antigen testing, individuals should continue to report their positive tests to [email protected]

The CDC announced yesterday that it is extending the national mask mandate for public transportation until May 3, 2022. This federal mandate requires masks on board public transportation, including PVTA buses.

KN95 masks remain available free of charge at the University Center Public Health Promotion Center, and as a community, we encourage everyone to respect the choices individuals make regarding their own masking.

Please perform a daily symptom check. If you are sick, stay home and get tested. Be aware that allergy symptoms may resemble those of COVID-19; if in doubt, wear a mask, get tested, and exercise caution until you know the results. If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please wear a mask and get tested on the fifth day after exposure.

Thank you for all you do — staying home when you’re sick, getting tested when you have symptoms, and supporting each other as part of our community.

Sincerely,

Co-Directors of the Public Health Promotion Center (PHPC)

Ann Becker, Director of Public Health
Jeffrey Hescock, Executive Director of Environment, Health and Safety

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