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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Last Updated: April 19, 2021

Why Vandals Still Have It Covered

Remember to continue to wear a face covering and follow the Healthy Vandal Pledge to keep our campus and communities safer, even after you've been vaccinated or previously infected with COVID-19.

Many university resources are available for members of the Vandal Family interested in learning more about recent responses to COVID-19. The information below and on directed pages provides needed tools for those interested in U of I-related updates.

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

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

Most Recent Updates

Mid-Semester Testing

Surveillance testing continues through the remainder of the semester. If you receive an email invitation to participate, please do so. This is the best way for us to monitor to movement of COVID-19 on our campus.

Vaccination clinics are held each week at the Student Recreation Center. Make an appointment for a vaccine today.

The state remains in Phase 3 of Idaho Rebounds, allowing limited events in the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center and gatherings of up to 50 people. Gathering limits do not apply to the classroom.

All University of Idaho-hosted events should comply with Healthy Vandals protocols including face coverings and social distancing.

COVID-19 Test Reporting

U of I reports results weekly of tests processed through testing protocols for Moscow-based university-wide testing. This is not necessarily inclusive of all positive cases in people associated with U of I. The numbers below are a snapshot for the time period described and are reported using the Idaho Public Health guidelines, though numbers here may not match the official reporting of Idaho Public Health. In an effort to produce timely reporting, numbers reported here may include some people who were known to previously be positive, have already completed their required quarantine period and are no longer infectious. These people are not included in the public health reporting.

Idaho Public Health reporting is available on their website.

The U of I statistics below:

  • Include both U of I employees and students;
  • Do not reflect the number of swabs collected;
  • Do not represent total number of unique individuals who have been tested;
  • Do not reflect the number of infectious cases

Apr. 10 to Apr. 16 – Posted on Apr. 19

Total Test Results Received: 474
Total Positive Results: 17
Percent of Positives to Total: 3.59%

These results include random surveillance testing of asymptomatic students and employees as well as testing of symptomatic and close contacts of positives.The general re-test is complete so the number of tests will be smaller for the remainder of the semester.

Apr. 3 to Apr. 9 – Posted on Apr. 12

Total Test Results Received: 667
Total Positive Results: 21
Percent of Positives to Total: 3.15%

These results include random surveillance testing of asymptomatic students and employees, and testing of symptomatic and close contacts of positives. The general re-test is complete so the number of tests will be smaller for the remainder of the semester.

Mar. 27 to Apr. 2 – Posted on Apr. 5

Total Test Results Received: 1,031
Total Positive Results: 12
Percent of Positives to Total: 1.16%

These results include mass testing of asymptomatic students and employees.

Mar. 20 to Mar. 26 – Posted on Mar. 29

Total Test Results Received: 3,970
Total Positive Results: 14
Percent of Positives to Total: 0.35%

These results include mass testing of asymptomatic students and employees.

Mar. 13 to Mar. 19 – Posted on Mar. 22

Total Test Results Received: 376
Total Positive Results: 11
Percent of Positives to Total: 2.93%

These results include random surveillance testing of asymptomatic people and requested tests by symptomatic people.

Mar. 6 to Mar. 12 – Posted on Mar. 15

Total Test Results Received: 837
Total Positive Results: 31
Percent of Positives to Total: 3.70%

These results include random surveillance testing of asymptomatic people, symptomatic people and targeted surveillance of known close contacts and others living with people who have tested positive.

Feb. 27 to Mar. 5 – Posted on Mar. 8

Total Test Results Received: 745
Total Positive Results: 28
Percent of Positives to Total: 3.76%

These results include random surveillance testing of asymptomatic people, symptomatic people and targeted surveillance of known close contacts and others living with positives.

Feb. 20 to Feb. 26 – Posted on Mar. 1

Total Test Results Received: 802
Total Positive Results: 61
Percent of Positives to Total: 7.61%

These results include random surveillance testing of asymptomatic people, symptomatic people and targeted surveillance of known close contacts and others living with positives.

Feb. 13 to Feb. 19 – Posted on Feb. 22

Total Test Results Received: 311
Total Positive Results: 4
Percent of Positives to Total: 1.29%

The university has concluded the initial mass testing for the start of the spring semester. These results include random surveillance testing.

Feb. 6 to Feb. 12 – Posted on Feb. 16

Total Test Results Received: 655
Total Positive Results: 6
Percent of Positives to Total: 0.92%

The university has concluded the initial mass testing for the start of the spring semester. These results include random surveillance testing.

Jan. 30 to Feb. 5 – Posted on Feb. 8

Total Test Results Received: 529
Total Positive Results: 6
Percent of Positives to Total: 1.13%

The university is conducting mass testing for the start of the semester and has experienced five consecutive weeks of 1.80% or less in positive results.

Jan. 23 to Jan. 29 – Posted on Feb. 1

Total Test Results Received: 570
Total Positive Results: 8
Percent of Positives to Total: 1.40%

The university is conducting mass testing for the start of the semester and has experienced four consecutive weeks of 1.80% or less in positive results.

Jan. 16 to Jan. 22 – Posted on Jan. 25

Total Test Results Received: 778
Total Positive Results: 14
Percent of Positives to Total: 1.80%

The university is conducting mass testing for the start of the semester. The first 6,023 tests had 1.78% result positive.

Jan. 9 to Jan. 15 – Posted on Jan. 19

Total Test Results Received: 3,437
Total Positive Results: 61
Percent of Positives to Total: 1.77%

The university is conducting mass testing for the start of the semester.

Jan. 1 to Jan. 8 – Posted on Jan. 11

Total Test Results Received: 1808
Total Positive Results: 32
Percent of Positives to Total: 1.77%

The university is conducting mass testing for the start of the semester.

Dec. 19 to Dec. 31 – Posted on Jan. 4

Total Tests Received: 216
Total Positive Tests: 2
Percent of Positives to Total: 0.93%

The university returned 23,559 COVID-19 test results in 2020. The positivity rate was 2.72%.

Dec. 12 to Dec. 18 – Posted on Dec. 21

Total Tests Received: 470
Total Positive Tests: 5
Percent of Positives to Total: 1.06%

The results include symptomatic testing, close contact testing after the six-day minimum wait period from last exposure and those who wanted tested before the holiday break. It did not include the random general surveillance testing of asymptomatic members of the U of I community.

The university currently has 2.73% of positives in total results received since the start of testing in early August. This does not include the positive cases in Athletics prior to the start of the university-wide testing.

Dec. 5 to Dec. 11 – Posted on Dec. 14

Total Tests Received: 399
Total Positive Tests: 12
Percent of Positives to Total: 3.01%

The results include symptomatic testing, close contact testing after the six-day minimum wait period from last exposure and those who wanted tested after Thanksgiving break. It did not include the random general surveillance testing of asymptomatic members of the U of I community.

The university currently has 2.77% of positives in total results received since the start of testing in early August. This does not include the positive cases in Athletics prior to the start of the university-wide testing.

Nov. 28 to Dec. 4 – Posted on Dec. 7

Total Tests Received: 296
Total Positive Tests: 14
Percent of Positives to Total: 4.73%

The results include symptomatic testing and close contact testing after the six-day minimum wait period from last exposure. It did not include the random general surveillance testing of asymptomatic members of the U of I community, so, as expected, the percentage of positives is higher than weeks with random general surveillance.

The university currently has 2.76% of positives in total results received since the start of testing in early August. The number of active positives to total population changes daily and continues to be low in the 1.0%-1.5% range. This does not include the positive cases in Athletics prior to the start of the university-wide testing.

Nov. 21 to Nov. 27 – Posted on Dec. 1

Total Tests Received: 402
Total Positive Tests: 22
Percent of Positives to Total: 5.47%

Testing this week was provided as a service to U of I students and employees who wanted to be tested before and during the holiday break. The results include symptomatic testing, close contact testing after the six-day minimum wait period from last exposure and voluntary testing by U of I students and employees who thought they may have been exposed and wanted to be sure they were negative before being around family and friends. It did not include the random general surveillance testing of asymptomatic members of the U of I community, so, as expected, the percentage of positives is higher than weeks with random general surveillance.

The university currently has 2.74% of positives in total results received since the start of testing in early August. The number of active positives to total population changes daily and continues to be low in the 1.0%-1.5% range. This does not include the positive cases in Athletics prior to the start of the university-wide testing.

Nov. 14 to Nov. 20 – Posted on Nov. 23

Total Tests Received: 1,095
Total Positive Tests: 60
Percent of Positives to Total: 5.48%

Testing this week was provided as a service to U of I students and employees who wanted to be tested before the holiday break. The results include symptomatic testing, close contact testing after the six-day minimum wait period from last exposure, and voluntary testing by U of I students and employees who thought they may have been exposed and wanted to be sure they were negative before being around family and friends. It did not include the random general surveillance testing of asymptomatic members of the U of I community, so, as expected, we did see an increase in the percent of positives.

The university currently has 2.69% of positives in total results received since the start of testing in early August. The number of active positives to total population changes daily and continues to be low in the 1.0%-1.5% range. This does not include the positive cases in Athletics prior to the start of the university-wide testing.

Nov. 14 to Nov. 20 – Posted on Nov. 23

Total Tests Received: 1,095
Total Positive Tests: 60
Percent of Positives to Total: 5.48%

Testing this week was provided as a service to U of I students and employees who wanted tested before the holiday break. The results include symptomatic testing, close contact testing after the six day minimum wait period from last exposure, and voluntary testing by U of I students and employees who thought they may have been exposed and wanted to be sure they were negative before being around family and friends. It did not include the random general surveillance testing of asymptomatic members of the U of I community, so, as expected, we did see an increase in the percent of positives.

The university currently has 2.69% of positives in total results received since the start of testing in early August. The number of active positives to total population changes daily and continues to be low in the 1.0%-1.5% range. This does not include the positive cases in Athletics prior to the start of the university-wide testing.

Nov. 7 to Nov. 13 – Posted on Nov. 16

Total Tests Received: 1,756
Total Positive Tests: 66
Percent of Positives to Total: 3.76%

This week included random surveillance testing of our asymptomatic population, increased symptomatic testing and increased close contact testing after the six day minimum wait period from last exposure. Next week will not include the random general surveillance testing, so we do expect an increase in the percent of positives as symptomatic testing will be a larger percentage of the overall tests conducted.

The university currently has 2.54% of positives in total results received since the start of testing in early August. The number of active positives to total population changes daily and continues to be low in the 1.0%-1.5% range. This does not include the positive cases in Athletics prior to the start of the university-wide testing.

Oct. 31 to Nov. 6 – Posted on Nov. 9

Total Tests Received: 999
Total Positive Tests: 25
Percent of Positives to Total: 2.50%

The university currently has 2.43% of positives in total results received since the start of testing in early August. The number of active positives to total population changes daily and continues to be low in the 1.0%-1.5% range. This does not include the positive cases in Athletics prior to the start of the university-wide testing.

Oct. 24 to Oct. 30 – Posted on Nov. 2

Total Tests Received: 789
Total Positive Tests: 7
Percent of Positives to Total: 0.89%

The university currently has 2.42% of positives in total results received since the start of testing in early August. The number of active positives to total population changes daily and continues to be low in the 1.0%-1.5% range. This does not include the positive cases in Athletics prior to the start of the university-wide testing.

Oct. 17 to Oct. 23 – Posted on Oct. 26

Total Tests Received: 912
Total Positive Tests: 21
Percent of Positives to Total: 2.3%

The university currently has 2.49% of positives in total results received since the start of testing in early August. The number of active positives to total population changes daily and continues to be low in the 1.0%-1.5% range. This does not include the positive cases in Athletics prior to the start of the university-wide testing.

Oct. 17 to Oct. 23 – Posted on Oct. 26

Total Tests Received: 912
Total Positive Tests: 21
Percent of Positives to Total: 2.3%

The university currently has 2.49% of positives in total results received since the start of testing in early August. The number of active positives to total population changes daily and continues to be low in the 1.0%-1.5% range. This does not include the positive cases in Athletics prior to the start of the university-wide testing.

Oct. 10 to Oct. 16 – Posted on Oct. 19

Total Tests Received: 2,757
Total Positive Tests: 43
Percent of Positives to Total: 1.56%

This was the second week of the university retest of all Moscow-based students attending in-person classes and we continue to see a decline in positives and spread. The average positive percentage rate of the most recent 5,256 students tested is 2.2%.

Oct. 3 to Oct. 9 – Posted on Oct. 12

Total Tests Received: 2,499
Total Positive Tests: 74
Percent of Positives to Total: 2.96%

This week the university initiated a re-test of all Moscow based students attending in person classes. There were positives in students living on and off campus. The highest concentration of positives were in the on campus Greek live-in population; however, there was a significant improvement over the past two weeks.

Sept. 26 to Oct. 2 – Posted on Oct. 4

Total Tests Received: 1,389
Total Positive Tests: 116
Percent of Positives to Total: 8.35%

These results are a mix of Greek specific testing and general surveillance of the entire U of I community. The live-in Greek chapters continue to be the primary source of the positives and 4X more infected than other students living on campus. There is little to no infection across the off campus students and employees.

Sept. 19 to Sept. 25 – Posted on Sept. 28

Total Tests Received: 561
Total Positive Tests: 67
Percent of Positives to Total: 11.94%

Targeted surveillance testing of close contacts to known clusters of positives was completed this week. Positives were primarily found in live-in members of Greek chapters. In addition to the targeted surveillance testing, we will conduct a large random surveillance testing next week with a broader cross-section of our population, including employees, to better understand the positive rate of the overall U of I community.

Sept. 12 to Sept. 18 – Posted on Sept. 21

Total Tests Received: 531
Total Positive Tests: 25
Percent of Positives to Total: 4.71%

Surveillance testing was primarily done this week focused on those who traveled over Labor Day weekend. Positives found in residence halls, sororities, off campus and employees.

Sept. 5 to Sept. 11 – Posted on Sept. 14

Total Tests Received: 744
Total Positive Tests: 12
Percent of Positives to Total: 1.61%

Initial screening of late arriving students, retesting of quarantined students and surveillance testing was primarily done this week. There was a small cluster of positives in a residence hall. 

Aug. 29 to Sept. 4 – Posted on Sept. 8

Total Tests Received: 205
Total Positive Tests: 4
Percent of Positives to Total: 1.95%

The percent of positives has increased as we have transitioned from initial screening to surveillance testing and testing of students who have been under official quarantine by Public Health for at least six days.

Aug. 22 to Aug. 28 – Posted on Aug. 31

Total Tests Received: 2,321
Total Positive Tests: 24
Percent of Positives to Total: 1.03%

Aug. 14 to Aug. 21 – Posted on Aug. 24

Total Tests Received: 2,860
Total Positive Tests: 25
Percent of Positives to Total Results Received: 0.87%

Initial Results to Aug. 13 – Posted on Aug. 14

Total Tests Received: 2,371
Total Positive Tests: 34
Percent of Positives to Total: 1.43%

Please continue to be a Healthy Vandal — wear your face covering, social distance and wash your hands.

Testing

  • All Moscow-based students must be tested before participating in in-person classes.
  • All residence hall students must be tested.
  • All Moscow-based faculty and staff are encouraged to be tested.
  • Faculty, staff and students at other locations should follow the guidance of their CEO or location executive.

Yes, the test is free for students, faculty and staff.

Weekly COVID-19 testing is available at the Student Recreation Center. Appointment times are available online.

If you are symptomatic, email covid19questions@uidaho.edu for a referral to Gritman Medical Center’s drive-thru (or walk-thru) site on Jackson Street, across from the hospital.

Moscow-based students were tested in January before resuming in-person learning and will be tested again after Spring Break. Random surveillance testing is being offered throughout the semester for faculty, staff and students. If you believe you have been exposed or are feeling ill, contact covid19questions@uidaho.edu to schedule a testing appointment.

The test is a TaqPath test on ThermoFisher equipment. It is a Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) and specifically looks for RNA from COVID-19.

Negative test results will be received via email. Positive test results will be relayed by a healthcare provider from Gritman Medical Center.

You will be contacted by Idaho Public Health to begin the contact tracing process.

Faculty and staff should isolate at home and consult a healthcare provider and your supervisor.

All students should file a VandalCARE report.

On-campus students will be contacted by a university representative to plan for relocation to an isolation space.

Off-campus students should isolate in your residence and file another VandalCARE report.

Public Health’s protocol is to notify anyone who had close contact with a positive case. Typically, this means indoor contact of more than 15 minutes with neither person wearing a face covering. That may vary depending on the situation.

We have three lab machines used for testing. The university owned two — they were recalibrated for this purpose — and the university purchased a third. All are investments in our research and help us continue on our goal of reaching R1 research status while helping keep our campus safer during the pandemic.

We can test 1,000 people per day.

We are covering the cost with university dollars.

$1 million to $2 million for testing, equipment and labor has been invested to keep our campus as safe as possible.

Surveillance testing is random testing conducted throughout the semester to assess trends and to contribute to the data used by those modeling the possible movement of COVID-19.

Our primary concerns are our students and employees. At this time, testing is not available to anyone outside the university.

Testing is not mandatory for faculty and staff, so no exemption is needed.

Students should contact the Dean of Students Office to begin the exemption process.

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 a primary focus on disinfection of high-touch surfaces. Event staff is assisting custodians to provide more resources in high-use spaces. Additional staffing will support extra cleaning in high-use classrooms and in residential restrooms.

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.

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