COVID-19 & Public Health Preparedness at UM-Flint
UM-Flint continues to monitor and stay engaged with our institutional and community public health partners regarding COVID-19 and other community health-related issues. The university encourages all faculty, staff and students to remain informed and vigilant in helping to keep themselves and our campus community healthy and safe.
COVID-19 Vaccination at UM-Flint
UM-Flint strongly encourages but does not require that all members of its campus community receive the updated COVID-19 vaccination for Fall Winter virus season. You can read/download details of CDC’s current recommendation to stay up to date here and their announcement of the approval of the new updated COVID-19 vaccine here. However, the COVID-19 vaccine may be required for specific faculty, staff and students where other vaccination requirements are established by their school, college, unit, or third-party partners. Vaccination requirements are typical for those in the health sciences due to the instruction taking place within health care or clinical settings.
Questions regarding specific academic program requirements should be directed to the appropriate academic department.
Science has shown that fully vaccinated individuals help to mitigate the spread of the virus and variants in our communities. Other benefits include increased protection for the vaccinated person from becoming ill, or if they are infected, they are less likely to have a severe outcome. Learn more about the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccination and boosters and other immunizations by visiting the CDC, MDHHS or GCHD websites. Consult your primary care physician about your specific situation.
Other Immunizations to Consider
There has been a great emphasis on the COVID-19 vaccine during the past several years. However, other safe and protective vaccines are available and recommended by public health agencies as well, including:
- Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine
- Meningococcal A (MenACWY) vaccine
- Polio vaccine
- Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) vaccine
- Chicken pox/varicella vaccine
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine
- Influenza (Flu)
- Hepatitis A & B
The CDC offers immunization guidance to keep individuals and communities safe. Consult your primary care physician about your specific situation.
Finding COVID-19 Vaccination Providers Near You
- Michigan – MDHHS COVID-19 vaccine resources and related links are available here.
- If you live outside of Michigan, visit Vaccines.gov to find vaccination providers near you.
Lost your Michigan vaccination card? You can access your vaccine records at MCIR.org. Create an account and upload a government-approved document with a photo.
- Masks continue to remain an effective measure for personal protection against the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses, especially for individuals with a compromised immune status, who are not up-to-date on their vaccinations, or who have an increased risk of becoming ill.
- Wearing a mask is optional in all areas of the Flint campus, including instructional settings. However, the CDC recommends that positive or exposed individuals must still wear a mask while around others through Day 10 of their isolation or self-monitoring period.
- Masks are available at the following campus entrances: French Hall (Theater lobby), Murchie Science Building ( northeast entrance), Riverfront Residence Hall, First Street Residence Hall, Northbank Center 4th floor, William S. White Building, University Center (lobby by Kiva), and the University Pavilion (second floor).
- KN95 face coverings are available at Environment, Health & Safety (Northbank Center, Suite 801), Facilities and Operations (Hubbard Building), the Office of the Dean of Students (361 UCEN), and the circulation desk at the Thompson Library.
Anyone with signs or symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home, away from others, and get tested, including those who are fully vaccinated or have already had COVID-19. There are many locations to get tested at no cost, including:
- State of Michigan COVID Testing Resources.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- If you need assistance with testing options in your local community, please call (810) 766-6763.
- Free at-home COVID-19 test kits may be available via:
Please follow the steps below if you tested positive for COVID-19, are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or have been exposed to a person who tested positive.
Illness Reporting & Case Management
The campus COVID-19 Management Team continues to monitor COVID-19 activity in the UM-Flint community and provide guidance consistent with the Genesee County Health Department, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) guidance, as well as the CDC COVID-19 community level guidance.
TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19?
- Stay home, isolate from others for at least five days or more, and begin isolation/quarantine until your physician provides further advice and direction concerning when to return to campus from the university.
- Faculty/Staff: Notify your supervisor immediately.
- Students: Notify your faculty and, if involved in clinicals, the clinical supervisor and program director immediately.
- Submit an illness reporting form.
- Notify all of your close contacts, including individuals, that you were in close proximity within 48 hours before the onset of your COVID symptoms. Your notification is helpful for others in taking precautions to reduce the spread of illness. Close contacts are those whom you have been within 6 feet of for a total of 15 minutes during a period of one day.
Do NOT come to campus until you meet the following criteria:
- Must be fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine and;
- Other symptoms must be resolved or have substantially improved and;
- At least five days have passed since you tested positive for COVID-19. If your symptoms have not resolved, substantially improved, or if you have a severe illness, you are required to isolate longer and;
- Wear a well-fitting face mask over your nose and mouth (N95 or KN95 style is recommended) during the remainder of the 10 days following the positive test.
- Faculty and Staff: Clearance to return to campus will be issued through EHS and Human Resources via email.
- Students: Additional clearance requirements may apply if you participate in activities such as clinicals, internships or placements. Check with your program director, internship supervisor or clinical instructor for additional clearance details or requirements. If you do not meet the above criteria, inform your instructor, supervisor, program director and EHS.
SYMPTOMATIC BUT HAVE NOT TESTED
- Stay home and get tested before coming to campus. A PCR or two antigen tests 48 hours apart are two approaches to determine if you might have COVID-19.
- Seek advice from your physician.
- Faculty/Staff: Notify your supervisor immediately.
- Students: Notify your faculty and, if involved in clinicals, the clinical supervisor and program director immediately so they know your situation.
- If you test POSITIVE, continue to isolate for at least five days, notify your close contacts as soon as possible, submit an illness reporting form and wait for further guidance from EHS (and HR for Faculty/Staff) before coming to campus.
- If you test NEGATIVE with a PCR test or TWO NEGATIVE home antigen tests administered 48 hours apart, you should be fine to come to campus if you are feeling well. If you are experiencing mild symptoms, out of an abundance of caution, please wear a high-quality mask, either a N95 or KN95, until symptoms are resolved.
ASYMPTOMATIC BUT WERE EXPOSED
If you are asymptomatic but were exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you can be on campus and do most everyday activities as long as you follow these steps:
- Wear a well-fitted mask; a N95 or a KN95 works best and is preferable, that covers your nose and mouth at all times when indoors and around others for 10 days following your most recent exposure.
- Get tested five to seven days following exposure. If you test positive, report your results using the online report forms for students and employees located here.
- Maintain physical distance when around others, particularly vulnerable individuals.
- Self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. If you should have any of these symptoms in the next 10 days, stay home, isolate yourself away from campus and others, get tested, and report if you test positive using the online report forms for students and employees located here.
- Genesee County Health Department
- Michigan Health and Human Services Seasonal Respiratory Viruses
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization
- Faculty & Staff: UM Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office
- Students: UM-Flint Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)
ResponsiBLUE can be an effective tool for individuals as a suggested daily COVID-19 symptom self-checker. If you are sick or not feeling well, stay home, get tested and follow the illness reporting and case management guidance above.