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.

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 masks 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 masks 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 Face Masks:

  • Cloth masks: Cloth masks 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 masks.
  • Disposable masks: These are acceptable but must be disposed of safely and properly in trash bins.
  • A face shield can be used in addition to but not in place of a mask.

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.

Isolation & Quarantine

Definitions:

  • Quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others. When a person is in “quarantine”, that indicates that they have been in close contact, or “exposed”, with someone with COVID-19 infection but do not have symptoms themselves.
  • Isolation keeps someone who is infected with the virus away from others, even in their home. When a person is in “isolation” that indicates that they have had a positive COVID-19 test, whether symptomatic or asymptomatic, and have been tested and awaiting their test result.

Click here for more information on quarantining and isolation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Recommendations:

According to the CDC, most persons with COVID-19 illness, isolation and precautions can generally be discontinued 10 days after symptom onset and once they are fever-free for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications, and with improvement of other symptoms. A limited number of persons with severe illness may produce replication-competent virus beyond 10 days that may warrant extending duration of isolation and precautions for up to 20 days after symptom onset; consider consultation with infection control experts. For persons who never develop symptoms, isolation and other precautions can be discontinued 10 days after the date of their first positive COVID test.

If an unvaccinated employee has had a true exposure they are asked to report exposure here and quarantine, or stay home, for 14 days after last contact with a person who has COVID-19. It is not possible to “test out” of quarantine, i.e. a negative test does not end the quarantine early. A person could develop symptoms at any time during this 14-day period. However, testing can still be useful in exposed persons. Employee Health will discuss testing options with employees and will notify an employee's close contacts of their exposure. Supervisors should not communicate close contacts to employees. By using the exposure and symptom form, your test results and close contacts will be by Employee Health. No manager/supervisor should notify other employees of someone’s test results or exposure.

The Health subcommittee will provide campus health officers with regular updates on quarantine and isolation guidelines based on changing guidance from Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH). UA System campuses have protocols in place to contact campus members who report a COVID-positive test or multiple COVID-related symptoms.

COVID-positive tests, suspected close contacts, or an increase in COVID-related symptoms MUST BE reported in the Employee Exposure and Symptom Form.

Quarantine Protocols:

Vaccinated persons with exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if the following conditions are met:

  • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., more than 2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or more than 2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine)
  • Are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure

University Events

UAB's guidelines for events and gatherings that are university-sponsored on or off campus were updated on Aug. 12, 2021, to protect the health and safety of our campus. Learn more about the guidelines.