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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Last Updated: Aug. 6, 2020

We Are Open

This page is not intended to be all-encompassing and should not be considered to be providing medical or legal advice. In all instances, you should consult with a relevant expert for guidance specific to your circumstances.


Most Recent Updates

Aug. 4 Faculty and Staff Town Hall

U of I Leadership Presents the Plan to Re-Open

U of I Well Prepared for Fall Start-Up

The University of Idaho will deliver excellent in-person education beginning Aug. 24. It will look a bit different, of course, and will require flexibility and agility by each of us. We are in uncharted territory with COVID-19, and we need to do everything we can to prevent spread and to have an immediate response should spread of the virus take place in our community.

We each have an obligation to make our university as safe as possible. Some steps taken to prepare for as safe of a return as possible:

  • Acknowledgment of the Healthy Vandal Pledge.
  • Mandatory face coverings
  • Development of our own analysis lab to decrease time of test results
  • Mandatory testing for students, at no cost to the student
  • Strongly encouraging free testing for faculty and staff
  • Surveillance Testing
  • Contact tracing
  • On-campus facilities for quarantine and isolation
  • Installation of thermal scanners in high-traffic areas
  • Triple Zoom capable classrooms
  • PPE kits for all faculty, staff and students
  • Installation of plexiglass for face-to-face interactions
  • Increased frequency of classroom cleaning
  • Disinfectant and hand sanitizer in every classroom
  • Healthy Vandals campaign, to educate and normalize new protocols

Testing Information

All Moscow-based students engaging in in-class learning are required to have a negative COVID-19 test. Faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to participate in testing. All tests administered by U of I in collaboration with Gritman Medical Center are free of charge to the individual.

Time slots are available for first come, first serve sign-up by students and university employees through the online schedule program, which also includes a short questionnaire. Faculty and staff are encouraged to be tested in early August as we will be holding Aug. 13-21 for students only. The following dates are available:

  • Aug. 6-7: Students, Faculty and Staff
  • Aug. 10-12: Students, Faculty and Staff
  • Aug. 13-21: Students Only
  • Aug. 24-26: Faculty and Staff Only

Please bring a photo ID and the QR Code from the online sign-up to your testing appointment.

Those who test negative will receive an email within approximately 24-48 hours after the analysis is complete. Those who test positive will receive a phone call from a Gritman Medical Center physician. Gritman Medical Center — our testing partner — will also send those tested a link to complete the setup of Gritman’s Patient Portal. Finishing patient portal setup is not required to receive test results.

Please see the map for testing location and traffic flow.

Questions regarding testing, PPE or other COVID-19-related start-up needs should be sent to covid19questions@uidaho.edu.

If you have concern about yourself or others, file a VandalCARE report or email askjoe@uidaho.edu.

General Information

This current form of coronavirus is a respiratory illness with symptoms including fever, cough and shortness of breath.

The understanding of COVID-19 is growing. Originally thought to have a direct connection to a fish and meat market in China, the virus appears to now be spread not only by direct contact but also through community spread – meaning unknown sources including human carriers who do not display symptoms.

Basic hygiene practices are the best way to avoid contracting the illness.

  • Wash your hands often, using soap and water, for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • Stay home when you are sick;
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash;
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

To help slow the spread of the virus, U of I moved all classes to online/remote delivery. The statewide Stay-at-Home Order March 25 resulted in most faculty and staff moving off site. U of I buildings across the state are closed to the public, including students.

We continue to work directly with Public Health-Idaho North Central District to asses risk and monitor the situation. U of I is also monitoring the situation statewide.

A face covering is an item that covers the nose and mouth, including cloth masks, scarves, bandanas or buffs or medical-grade masks. All faculty, staff, students and visitors across all U of I locations must use face coverings whenever in any U of I building, unless one of the following exceptions is met:

  • When working alone in an enclosed workspace;
  • In an office where 6 feet social distancing can be constantly maintained
  • When exercising in a fitness facility, so long as the facility’s safety protocols are otherwise followed;
  • When eating in a dining facility, so long as the facility’s safety protocols are otherwise followed; and
  • Where space can be designed to provide for adequate barriers or consistent social distancing.

Face coverings are required on campus in outdoor settings where 6 feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained.

U of I has an Infectious Disease Response Team (IDRT) that has been expanded to prepare for possible COVID-19 spread to include not only representatives from a variety of university departments, but also city and county representatives. This team is monitoring the virus as well as planning a response should there be major impact to the university anywhere in the state.

To see a real-time update on COVID-19, see Johns Hopkins University’s tracker map.

The IDRT is monitoring all statewide locations as the state reopens. Several Vandals have been confirmed positive across the state, and one case has been confirmed directly on the Moscow campus. That person has fully recovered and the quarantine period has passed for those who may have been exposed.

U of I is communicating regularly with Gritman Medical Center. The hospital, in close coordination with Public Health, is well-trained and prepared to respond.

U of I has an Infectious Disease Response Protocol and a team that is monitoring the situation and is prepared to implement a response, if necessary. As always, the safety of students, guests, faculty and staff is a priority.

U of I is communicating regularly with all other public institutions in the state and the Idaho State Board of Education.

Effective Thursday, March 26, University of Idaho Extension will be discontinuing all in-person meetings and programming and will move to an entirely virtual environment. Service to clientele will continue through phone calls, emails, websites, social media and other appropriate means. All events for the spring will be canceled, postponed or transitioned to digital delivery to keep communities healthy and event hosts will be communicating these changes with all participants. We will continue to evaluate the delivery of programming.

Care

  • The Counseling and Testing Center is available at 208-885-6716 for students experiencing anxiety. Staff and faculty can find assistance through the free and confidential Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) resources.
  • VandalCARE provides an opportunity for you to notify the Dean of Students Office if you believe a campus community member is in distress or displaying concerning behavior. You can file a report of concern about someone you know or even for yourself.

If you’re sick, self-isolate. This means stay home and limit contact with others. If your medical symptoms become more than you can handle, or you’re starting to develop fever, cough and shortness of breath, call your primary care provider, the Vandal Health Clinic (208-885-6693) or the Gritman Medical Center COVID-19 Hotline and website with symptom checker information. For minor cold-like symptoms, medical attention is not needed. Call ahead before you visit a doctor’s office or emergency room. They will ask about your symptoms and help you determine next steps.

If you have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, self-isolate in order to reduce the spread of the virus.

Only a healthcare provider can order the COVID-19 test. If your symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath, call your healthcare provider for evaluation and information about how to be tested.

The University of Idaho has sick leave and other leave available to employees. Please work with your supervisor or contact Human Resources at 208-885-3697 or benefits@uidaho.edu. Students should contact the faculty member to arrange for absence and to make up any missed work.

Those with preexisting health conditions are at higher risk of complications from COVID-19. You should follow the CDC guidelines and contact your healthcare provider for guidance.

Yes. According to the CDC you should:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
  • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Do not use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

To reduce your risk of infection from this and other illnesses, please follow, and encourage others to follow, basic protocols including:

  • Wash your hands often, using soap and water, for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • Stay home when you are sick;
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash;
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

U of I will waive member cost-sharing for coronavirus (COVID-19) testing to employees and dependents covered on the U of I health plans. This includes copays, deductibles and coinsurance for plan participants for testing for coronavirus. (There may be other costs associated with the testing such as doctor visits, etc.)

SHIP, for those students insured this way, will provide diagnostic COVD-19 testing at approved location in accordance with CDC guidelines. UnitedHealthcare Student Resources (UHCSR), the claims administrator, can assist students with information relative to their benefits including access to virtual care options. The UHCSR customer service number is 1-800-767-0700. Coverage brochures, network provider lists and links to other resources are available at uidaho.edu/SHIP and uhcsr.com/uidaho.

Students who have private insurance should contact their provider to inquire about diagnostic benefits.

Travel

U of I is restricting all travel, foreign and domestic. Any university-related travel must be approved by your supervisor and relevant vice president. Travelers should not rely on approvals given before travel restrictions went into effect.

U of I and the State of Idaho are not asking individuals to quarantine or self-isolate on arrival when traveling from afar. The information from the CDC, while sometime more stringent, is guidance, not a requirement. If you are concerned about your health, you should seek advice from your healthcare provider.

U of I is not sponsoring any international travel at this time.

The first step is to look into the possibility of having your flight changed or refunded. Many airlines are offering flexibility. If your airline is not flexible, you will need to work with the finance team in your area to process a reimbursement. This may require higher level approval in your area as funding needs come from departmental budgets. All departments have been asked to track such expenses as COVID-19 related expenses.

Campus Cleanliness

Custodians have increased the frequency of wipe-downs on commonly used surfaces. Environmental Health and Safety is assisting custodians to provide more resources in high-traffic areas. Departments across campus are working together to use commercial equipment designed to clean large, heavily used spaces.

Custodians on the Moscow campus are using cleaners from the EPA-recommended cleaner list. Other U of I locations have received this list to guide them.

Offices and lab spaces should be cleaned regularly by those using them. Custodial staff is focusing on high-traffic, public areas, including classrooms and gathering spaces.

OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 (PDF) and CDC recommendations are used as we assist other units in maintaining a healthy work environment for those that cannot work from home and must still work on campus.

Vandal Health Clinic

Physical Address:

831 Ash Street
Moscow, ID 83843

Phone: 208-885-6693

Directions to Vandal Health Clinic