UAB continues to consult public health and infectious diseases experts to assess the pandemic and make data-driven decisions to safely pursue our vital mission. As of Monday, July 26, 2021, all campuses in the UA System will return to in-person instruction, events and activities. Read the full memo here.

Due to the recent surge of COVID-19 and updated CDC guidance, UAB will require face coverings indoors on campus – regardless of vaccine status – effective Thursday, July 29.

There are limited times when individuals can be unmasked indoors on the university campus (exceptions may not apply to clinical buildings – please continue to follow established protocols for clinical buildings).

  • Employees can unmask if alone in a private workspace (e.g., office or cubicle)
  • Students can unmask in their residence hall room
  • Individuals can briefly unmask while actively eating or drinking if a minimum of 6 feet of social distancing can be maintained

Safe and effective vaccines are free and easy to get. If you have not yet been vaccinated, please do so as soon as possible to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, including the more contagious and dangerous Delta Variant. Click here to learn about COVID-19 vaccines. Additional guidance on lifted COVID restrictions can be found through out this site.

The UA System Health & Safety Task Force is increasingly concerned about the rise in COVID-19 cases throughout the state, as well as the prevalence of the delta variant. Widespread vaccination is key to mitigating further increases. The Task Force will remain intact and will continue to monitor data points such as vaccination rates on campus and in the community, COVID-positive cases per 100,000 individuals, age-specific hospitalization rates, rate of breakthrough infection or reinfection, and prevalence of emerging variants. This Plan remains subject to change based on these factors.

Starting May 10, many members of the UAB community will no longer be required to complete a daily Healthcheck to access campus. However, in part to comply with a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requirement, students, faculty and staff who are considered health care personnel or have a touchpoint in a clinical building or setting will be required to complete Healthcheck daily until further notice. Click here to learn more about if you should or should not fill out Healthcheck daily.

In the event you experience a COVID symptom or exposure after discontinuing daily Healthcheck, fill out the correct form here:

All individuals should continue to complete a daily Healthcheck through May 9. To stop Healthcheck text message reminders, simply respond STOP to your Healthcheck text on May 10 or do not respond to Healthcheck for six days.

Personal Safety Practices

UAB will require face coverings indoors on campus – regardless of vaccine status – effective Thursday, July 29.

There are limited times when individuals can be unmasked indoors on the university campus (exceptions may not apply to clinical buildings – please continue to follow established protocols for clinical buildings).

  • Employees can unmask if alone in a private workspace (e.g., office or cubicle)
  • Students can unmask in their residence hall room
  • Individuals can briefly unmask while actively eating or drinking if a minimum of 6 feet of social distancing can be maintained

We will continue to monitor key data with public health and infectious disease experts and update this temporary guidance as necessary.

Options for Masks and Face Coverings:

  • Cloth masks: Cloth masks/face coverings may be used to minimize the risks to others near you. Cloth face masks must be laundered each day. See CDC guidelines for the use of cloth face coverings.
  • Disposable masks: These are acceptable but must be disposed of safely and properly in trash bins.

UAB-branded face masks are available for purchase through a number of retail stores. Here are the current online shops and brick and mortar stores that sell the officially licensed UAB-branded masks.

Handwashing and Hand Sanitizers:

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing or touching your face. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Hand sanitizers will be available at multiple locations in your building, and you should place a hand sanitizer in your workspace for easy access.

Events

Campus events can return to in-person with masking required for everyone, regardless of your vaccination status. Athletics should follow NCAA and conference guidelines.

Facilities, Parking & Transportation

Building security has changed across our campus. For updated access information, visit UAB Building Safety Procedures. Buildings that require Healthcheck

  • 2020 Building (University Boulevard 2020 Building)
  • 2221 2nd Avenue Warehouse
  • 3100 4th Avenue South Warehouse
  • 400 10th Avenue South
  • 405 21st Street Warehouse
  • 516 Building (Hospital Support Building)
  • 526 Building (Hospital Support Building)
  • 5th Avenue Parking Deck
  • 6th Avenue Parking Deck, with addition
  • 725 Building (Eyster Building)
  • 820 Building (Corporate Health Systems)
  • Annex (corner of 5th Avenue and 21st Street South)
  • Avondale Business Center
  • Boshell Diabetes Education and Research Building
  • Bridges within UAB Hospital
  • Community Health Services Building (CH-19)
  • Community Health Services Building (CH-20)
  • Center for Research In Womens Health (CRWH)
  • Callahan Eye Hospital
  • Center for Psychiatric Medicine
  • Center for Psychiatric Medicine Parking
  • Civitan International Research Center
  • Community Care Building
  • Dewberry Building
  • Faculty Office Tower
  • General Services Building
  • Health Clinic Hoover
  • Health Clinic Inverness
  • Highlands Orthopaedic Specialties Building (OSB)
  • Highlands Physician's Office Builiding (POB)
  • Highlands Parking Deck
  • Hospital Support Building
  • Jefferson Tower, with South Wing Addition
  • John Whitaker Building
  • Kirklin Clinic at Acton Road
  • Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospitals
  • Kirklin Clinic Parking Deck (TKC)
  • Kirklin Clinic Retail Area (501 & 509) (TKC)
  • Kracke Building
  • Legacy of Hope
  • Medical Center Hotel
  • Medical Education Building
  • New Hillman Building
  • North Pavilion (UAB Hospital)
  • North Wing-Jefferson Tower Addition
  • Old Hillman Building
  • Quarterback Tower
  • Russell Ambulatory Wing, University Hospital
  • Southern Research Institute Site (SRI)
  • Spain & McDonald Clinic
  • Spain Rehab
  • Spain Tower
  • Trash Compactor Facility
  • Trauma Communications Center
  • UAB Gardendale (FED)
  • UAB Gardendale Primary and Specialty Care
  • UAB Greystone
  • UAB Highlands
  • UAB Hoover Primary and Specialty Care
  • UAB Inverness
  • UAB Leeds
  • UAB Plastic Surgery (Mountain Brook)
  • UAB Proton Therapy
  • UAB School of Dentistry
  • UAB Urgent Care
  • Wallace Tumor Institute with 4th, 5th and 6th floor expansion and NMR addition
  • West Pavilion
  • White Building
  • Women & Infants Center

Building Services has enhanced its cleaning protocols for cleaning methods and frequency while using appropriate personal protective equipment. Workspaces, classrooms, and frequently touched surfaces that should have the highest priority for cleaning and disinfection have been identified (e.g., door handles, railings, restrooms, break rooms).UAB’s Environmental Services Specialists will be using the COVID-19 Prevention: Enhanced Cleaning and Disinfection Protocols to ensure our campus is as clean and safe as possible.

Cleaning materials provided:

clean common areas graphics For the comfort of anyone using a space, Facilities will be providing sanitizing wipes that can be used to wipe down all work surfaces before and after use. Materials will be provided for: classrooms, shared space, or equipment (e.g., copiers, printers, computers, keyboards, mouse, phone, equipment, coffee makers, desks and tables, light switches, doorknobs, etc.).

 

As you come to campus, remember:

  • All UAB buildings remain accessible by badge-access only.
  • You may not hold or prop open doors for any other person.
  • Always wear a mask when on campus. Avoid touching your face. Wash your hands or sanitize as soon as you get to your destination.
  • Water fountains should not be used. Water bottle refilling stations, often attached to a water fountain, can be used as they are automatic.
  • Blazer Express riders are required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

 

On-going Cleaning:

Many of the custodial services you have seen in the past in public spaces will continue as normal, including:

  • Daily or more frequent cleaning of restrooms, lobbies and break rooms
  • Dusting and vacuuming
  • Glass cleaning
  • Emptying and relining trash and recycling receptacles

Extra Cleaning and Sanitization:

In addition to UAB’s standard cleaning, the Building Services department is using hospital-grade disinfectant products to sanitize frequently touched surfaces, such as:

  • Door handles
  • Elevator buttons
  • Light switches
  • Chair armrests
  • Handrails
  • Other areas

UAB is using disinfectant mist machines that increase the number of surfaces cleaned per hour and ensures hard-to-clean surfaces are disinfected.

Possible or Confirmed COVID-19 Cleaning Protocol:

Supervisors should contact Building Services (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if an employee or student in their area has tested positive or been exposed to COVID-19 for additional cleaning. In the case where a departmental structure is in place, the department should do this. Determine whether enhanced cleaning of affected work spaces and/or communal areas is necessary only for a positive COVID-19 test result. Your organization or executive administrator/chair can assist with this determination, if needed, and they may also consult Occupational Medicine. If additional enhanced cleaning occurs, communicate back to the department that the area has been cleaned. Specialist areas such as laboratories will not be cleaned unless requested.

Cleaning in Specific Campus Scenarios:

The information below outlines the base level of cleaning/sanitizing our Facilities team will be conducting. If you need additional service, please submit a work order online or call 4-WORK (205-934-9675).

  • Public Areas

    Public areas will be cleaned 5 days per week.

    • Remove trash
    • Disinfect all touch points
    • Clean adjacent restrooms and monitoring throughout shifts
    • Disinfect waiting rooms, seating areas, and elevators
    • Clean entrances and glass
    • Disinfect with misting machine spray at least 2 times per week
    • Lounges/break rooms and conference rooms to be cleaned on continual basis
  • Classroom & Lecture Areas

    Classrooms and lecture areas will be cleaned 5 days per week.

    • Remove trash
    • Disinfect all touch points
    • Vacuum at least 2 times per week
    • Disinfect desks, workstations and chairs
  • Labs

    Labs will be cleaned 3 days per week.

    • Disinfect all touch points
    • Remove trash
    • Dust mopping
    • Damp mopping
    • Restock paper or soaps
  • Clinic Space

    Clinic space will be cleaned 5 days per week.

    • Remove trash
    • Dust mopping
    • Damp mopping
    • Replenish soap and paper supplies
    • Disinfect all non-medical equipment touch points
    • Disinfect counter tops/sinks, as requested
  • Non-Hospital Clinic Waiting Rooms

    Non-hospital clinic waiting rooms will be cleaned 5 days per week.

    • Remove trash
    • Disinfect furniture touch points once per day. Additional cleaning of furniture touch points recommended to be performed by clinic staff several times daily.
    • Cleaning adjacent restrooms twice per day and monitoring throughout shifts
    • Vacuum/damp mop
    • Clean entrances and glass
  • Stairwells

    Stairwells will be cleaned 5 days per week.

    • Dust mopping
    • Disinfect touch points
    • High dusting, where possible
  • Corridors

    Main corridors will be cleaned 5 days a week.

    • Dust mopping
    • Spot damp mopping
    • Disinfect touch points
    • High dusting, where possible
  • Private Offices

    The Facilities team has committed to enhanced cleaning in public spaces. Other than a monthly vacuuming, Environmental Services Specialists will only be working in private office spaces when a specific work order is called into 4-WORK (205-934-9675) or submitted through our online system.

    After the form is completed, our EVS team will complete the work as a non-emergency work order. UAB Facilities will continue to respond and address emergency issues as in the past. The time saved not servicing private offices will enable Building Services to provide the safest, virus free environment possible.

    How You Can Help

    • Place smaller waste receptacles in the corridor outside your office for it to be emptied and relined or take your waste to a common space receptacle that will be emptied daily
    • Use larger office waste receptacles for food waste and wet trash to control odors
    • Use provided cleaners to sanitize office space (i.e., keyboards, desk space, doorknobs, phones, etc.)

    Our team is here to help. If you need additional service in your private office or cleaning materials to wipe down your own space, please submit a work order online or call 4-WORK (205-934-9675).

  • Shared Spaces

    Protocols and practices for shared spaces, such as break rooms and kitchens, include: 

    • Common kitchen or eating areas will remain open.
    • Ensure proper distancing while in any shared space.
    • Masks will be required except while eating.
    • Water fountains should not be used. Water bottle refilling stations, often attached to a water fountain, can be used as they are automatic.
    • Refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers and other appliances are allowed with the expectations that each user is expected to disinfect after each use with the provided disinfectant wipes.
    • Shared food or “pot luck” should be highly discouraged. For example, bringing in a box of donuts or baking a cake for all.
  • Blazer Express

    Enhanced cleaning procedures have been instituted on Blazer Express vehicles to protect the safety of all riders and drivers. Riders are required to wear a mask while riding in Blazer Express vehicles and maintain social distancing. View current routes.

Mental & Emotional Well-being

If you are experiencing a crisis, call 911, call the National Suicide Hotline (1-800-273-8255), call the Birmingham Crisis Line at 205-323-7777, or text “UAB” to 741741 to text with a crisis counselor.

Disease outbreaks such as the current novel coronavirus (COVID-19) can bring stress and increased levels of fear and anxiety. Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created this resource related to mental health and coping during COVID-19.

The Employee Assistance Counseling Center (EACC) is available to offer emotional support to faculty and staff and has increased available services during this stressful period. If you are experiencing a crisis, call 911, call the Birmingham Crisis Line at 205-323-7777 or text “UAB” to 741-741 to text with a crisis counselor.

Children; people who have preexisting mental health conditions, including problems with substance use; and people who are helping with the response to COVID-19, including doctors and other health care providers, may respond more strongly to the stress of a crisis. People with preexisting mental health conditions should continue with their treatment plans during an emergency and monitor for any new symptoms.

Reactions to pandemic stress include fear and worry about your own health status and that of your loved ones, changes in sleep or eating patterns, difficulty sleeping or concentrating, worsening of chronic health problems, or increased use of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs. Here are some signs of distress:

  • Increased anxiety, worry, fear, and feelings of being overwhelmed.
  • Depressive symptoms that persist and/or intensify.
  • Inability to focus or concentrate accompanied by decreased work performance.
  • A feeling of hopelessness and/or a paralyzing fear about the future.
  • Sudden anger and disruptive behaviors or noticeable changes in personality.
  • Sleep difficulties.
  • Excessive crying.
  • Isolating or withdrawing from others, fear of going into public situations.
  • Unhealthy coping (e.g., increased alcohol or drug use, engaging in risky/impulsive behaviors).

 

People can cope with stress and support themselves by:

  • Acknowledge reactions. Allow yourself time to reflect on what you are feeling and how you may be reacting to any fears and uncertainties of the future.
  • Maintain your day-to-day normal activities and social outlets as it follows guidance from the CDC, particularly when it comes to social distancing. Resist withdrawing and isolating yourself from the support and caring that others can provide.
  • Seek accurate information from the CDC and limit exposure to social media and news reports that provide no new information.
  • Pay attention to positive news instead of only focusing on negative and fear-producing reports.
  • Follow the protection and prevention tips given by medical professionals, national medical authorities, and your own medical doctor.
  • Practice calming rituals:
    • Stay grounded in the present moment, which can help you maintain an internal sense of stability and balance when outside events feel threatening. 
    • Deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and mindfulness exercises can help. 
  • Download the myStrength app. Call or email the UAB Employee Assistance Counseling Center for your access code. The app is free and confidential for UAB employees.
  • Take care of your body by getting regular exercise and plenty of sleep, eat healthy meals, take deep breaths, and stretch. Meditation may also help.
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Take breaks from the news, make time to unwind, and do activities you normally enjoy.
  • Maintain positive thinking.
  • Coping with these feelings and getting help when you need it will help you, your family, and your community recover from a disaster. Connect with family, friends, and others in your community. Take care of yourself and each other and know when and how to seek help.