Starting May 10, UAB students, faculty and staff who are not considered health care personnel and do not work in or visit UAB clinical buildings or settings will no longer be required to complete Healthcheck. Before you stop Healthcheck, please confirm that you do not fit into a category listed below.

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.

Employee Health

UAB and the UA System are committed to maintaining a safe environment for its employees, and the transition back from Limited Business Operations that is informed by state and local laws, as well as guidance from health organizations such as the CDC. Outlined below are what defines close contact and what to do if students, faculty and staff have one, as well as what to do if you or someone you know has symptoms or tests positive. UAB Human Resources provides additional entry guidance for supervisors, including non-compliance, dress code, employee illness, attendance, work schedules, childcare, accommodations, etc.

Personal Safety Practices

Personal Protective Equipment:

Certain measures are needed to reduce the risk of exposure and the spread of COVID-19. Everyone on UAB's campus is required to wear a mask/face covering at all times when on campus except at a private workstation/private office that is in an enclosed space where no others are present. Study rooms and workstations in the libraries are public spaces and therefore require masks/face coverings.

Cloth masks/face coverings may be used to minimize the risks to others near you. You can spread COVID-19 to others even when you do not feel sick. N95 masks should be limited to first responders, health care providers, and employees working with materials that require N95 masks as part of their ordinary safety plan. See CDC guidelines for the use of cloth face coverings. Employees and students working in the healthcare environment should follow the PPE guidelines for their specific area.

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. If you do not have one, a face-covering/mask may be obtained from your supervisor. 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 retail stores. Here are the current online shops and brick and mortar stores that sell the officially licensed UAB-branded masks you've been looking for. As the demand for face masks grows, you can expect to find more retail options added to the list.

Working in Office Environments

If you work in an open environment, be sure to maintain at least 3 feet distance from co-workers. Departments should assess open work environments and meeting rooms to institute measures to physically separate employees, other coworkers, and customers based on the social distancing requirement of 3 feet. Employees should exercise good judgment and common courtesy to wear a mask/face covering where others are present. A mask/face covering is not required if you are working alone in a confined office space or cubicle. Masks/face coverings should be worn in reception/receiving areas, walking in hallways where others travel, and in restrooms, break rooms, conference rooms, and other meeting locations.

Working Outdoors

Masks/face coverings are not required to be worn by employees while working outdoors, provided they can maintain appropriate distancing from others. Otherwise, masks/face coverings should be worn while outside on campus, such as walking between buildings or attending an outdoor event.

Employees are reminded that the City of Birmingham Mask Ordinance, requiring individuals to wear a mask when in public places and in close contact with other people, remains in effect through May 24.

Each member of the UAB community must be personally responsible for general health and safety monitoring and act to facilitate and maintain compliance with established guidelines. To sustain a culture of safety, there must be vigilance, monitoring, effective structures for reporting concerns, and appropriate corrective action for non-compliance. Click here to learn more.

How to Clean your Cloth Masks

Wash it with the rest of your laundry

Just use regular laundry detergent and the warmest water setting for the cloth used to make the mask.

...or wash it by hand

Mix non-expired bleach containing 5.25%–8.25% sodium hypochlorite with room-temperature water and soak the mask for five minutes.

Use these measurements

  • 4 teaspoons of bleach per quart of room-temperature water or
  • 5 tablespoons of bleach per gallon of water

Rinse the mask thoroughly with cool or room-temperature water and pour the bleach solution down the drain.

Then dry the mask thoroughly.

Use the highest heat setting for the fabric and leave the mask in the dryer until completely dry, or lay flat, preferably in direct sunlight, and allow to air-dry completely.

Per Centers for Diseases Control guidelines.

Social Distancing:

Keeping space between you and others is one of the best tools to avoid being exposed to the COVID-19 virus and slow its spread. Since people can spread the virus before they know they are ill, it is important to stay away from others when possible, even when you have no symptoms.

 

Students, faculty, and staff should follow these social distancing practices:

  • Stay at least 3 feet apart (about one arm's length) at all times.
  • When in open spaces such as labs, hallways, lobbies, maintain social distancing of at least 3 feet apart.
  • All workstations should be oriented to a minimum of 3 feet apart in all directions.
  • Do not gather in groups that cannot comply with social distancing.
  • Stay out of crowded places, and avoid mass gatherings.
  • If you meet in person, wipe down surfaces, chairs, and equipment after each use, and maintain social distancing of at least 3 feet.
  • When using common breakrooms, coffee stations, or refrigerators to store food.
  • Rearrange furniture in common areas to maintain social distancing.
  • Do not bring children, visitors, guests, or pets to the workplace.
  • If duties require movement to other physical areas on campus, practice social distancing, and follow all health and safety guidelines for those locations.
  • Some activities may require personnel to work within the 3-foot social distancing guidelines. It is critical to keep those interactions to a minimum.

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.

Gloves/Goggles/Face Shields:

The CDC indicates that gloves are not necessary for general use and do not replace good hand hygiene. Students, faculty, and staff do not need to wear goggles or face shields as part of general activity on campus. Health care workers and clinical and research personnel should follow the PPE guidelines for their specific work area.

Coughing/Sneezing Hygiene:

If you are in an enclosed workspace/private office and you do not have a mask, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw tissues in the trash and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with a hand sanitizer.

Exposure Guidance in a Healthcare Setting:

Clinical Student has contact with a positive patient within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes NOT during an aerosol-generating procedure Student
wearing no mask
Student
wearing cloth mask
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wearing surgical mask, no eye protection
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wearing surgical mask or N95 with eye protection, no gown
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wearing gown, gloves, eye protection and N95
Patient not masked Exposed Exposed Exposed Not exposed Not exposed
Patient in cloth or surgical mask Exposed Exposed Not exposed Not exposed Not exposed
Contact with a positive patient for any amount of time during an aerosol-generating procedure Exposed Exposed Exposed Exposed Not exposed

Events

UAB expects most events and meetings will still be virtual. In certain circumstances, UAB will allow gatherings of up to 50 people who are able to physically distance at least 3 feet apart indoors and 100 people who are able to physically distance at least 3 feet apart outdoors.

Parameters for gatherings on campus include:

Maintaining 3 feet of distance between all participants

Following facility guidelines

Keeping indoor events to 50 or fewer participants

For information on visitors coming to campus, click here.

Facilities, Parking & Transportation

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

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.

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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).

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.