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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Last Updated: Jan. 13, 2022

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Most Recent Updates

An executive order by President Biden requires all federal contractors be vaccinated by Dec. 8. The University of Idaho receives an average of $22 million annually in federal non-grant contracts and, as such, is required to abide by this mandate if we are to continue to receive this work. This puts the university in the untenable position to either forgo the federal contracts and related university jobs or comply and potentially lose unvaccinated employees otherwise in good standing. While the state of Idaho and Idaho’s institutions of higher education are challenging this executive order in a lawsuit , we will simultaneously work in concert with Idaho State University, Boise State University and other affected state agencies to comply with the executive order to preserve the tens of millions of dollars and related U of I jobs tied to our federal contracts. It is necessary for all University of Idaho employees to take seriously this mandate and ensure you are vaccinated by Friday, Dec. 17.

Face coverings are required in any indoor university-sponsored event or space, regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings do not need to be worn if you are working alone in an enclosed workspace or office. This requirement will be reviewed every three weeks and changes will be communicated.

COVID-19 testing is available by contacting the Vandal Health Clinic at 208-885-6693 or by contacting your regular physician.

Federal COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate FAQ

Yes. All University of Idaho employees — no matter what classification, unit or location — must be vaccinated to meet the federal mandate.

The mandate, direction from our state, the ramifications and implementation are complicated. University leadership has been working with leadership from the Governor’s office, sister institutions and the State Board of Education to best understand what it means.

Governor Little has indicated that his Executive Order does not prohibit the institutions of higher education from complying with the federal mandate for federal contractors.

All employees must submit proof of completed vaccination by 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, 2021.

Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines are accepted.

Yes. The vaccine is free. Pre-register for a vaccine clinic on the Moscow campus or find a clinic near you.

If you have not yet been vaccinated, be sure to consider recommended waiting times between doses of the two-dose vaccine options. To meet the Friday, Dec. 17, deadline to complete the immunization cycle, keep these dates in mind:

  • Moderna: Complete first dose by Friday, Nov. 19, second dose by Dec. 17, to submit by 5 p.m., Dec. 17.
  • Pfizer: Complete first dose by Friday, Nov. 26, second dose by Dec. 17, to submit by 5 p.m., Dec. 17.
  • Johnson & Johnson: Complete single dose by Dec. 17, to submit by 5 p.m., Dec. 17.

Submit proof of vaccination online by 5 p.m. Pacific time Friday, Dec. 17, 2021.

You will be asked to provide a digital copy of both sides of your vaccine card.

  • Proof of Vaccination

An employee is anyone (student, faculty or staff) who receives wages from the University of Idaho.

No. Only students who are also university employees are required to be vaccinated.

All employees are expected to complete the full cycle of immunization (two doses of Pfizer or Moderna or one dose of Johnson & Johnson) or have an approved exemption on file by Friday, Dec. 17. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.

  • Proof of Vaccination
  • Medical exemption process
  • Religious exemption process

Fully vaccinated means the full cycle of immunization (two doses of Pfizer or Moderna or one dose of Johnson & Johnson) plus two weeks for full vaccination. Employees must have completed the immunizations by Friday, Dec. 17, but do not have to have the full two weeks post-immunization to submit proof.

Limited exemptions may be approved for medical reasons or approved religious reasons.

All requests must be filed by 5 p.m. Pacific time Friday, Nov. 12, to allow the university time to review your exemption request. While the university will accept exemption requests after the deadline, if the exemption is denied, it may not allow you sufficient time to become fully vaccinated before the Friday, Dec. 17, deadline.

  • Medical exemption process
  • Religious exemption process

You can apply for a temporary or long-term exemption by using either the medical or religious exemption.

  • Medical exemption process
  • Religious exemption process

All employees are required to be vaccinated or have an approved exemption by Friday, Dec. 17. Failure to comply may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.

  • Proof of Vaccination
  • Medical exemption process
  • Religious exemption process

Idaho joined a lawsuit filed by the state of Georgia to request a stay of the executive order. The suit claims the executive order is coercive and that the White House does not have legal authority to impose the vaccine requirement. Idaho State Board of Education has signed on to the suit, thus representing the University of Idaho and Idaho’s other institutions of higher education.

We do not know how long the litigation will take, nor can we guarantee the outcome. The State Board of Education agreed the institutions should work toward compliance. Therefore, we must work toward compliance until we are instructed otherwise.

Other than the time employees spend supporting the efforts of the Idaho Attorney General’s office, the Governor’s office and others in support of the litigation, we do not anticipate any direct litigation costs.

No. Compliance with this vaccine mandate is being managed centrally by Human Resources.

COVID-19 Testing Data

Numbers in this section reflect those reported to the university during this time period. These reports come from a variety of sources (students, staff, faculty, VandalCARE form, Idaho Public Health and more).

Jan. 1-7, 2022

Reported Cases: 6

Dec. 11-17, 2021

Reported Cases: 0

Dec. 4-10

Reported Cases: 4

Nov. 27 to Dec. 3

Reported Cases: 6

Nov 20-26

Reported Cases: 1

Nov 13-19

Reported Cases: 4

Nov. 6-12

Reported Cases: 4

Oct. 30 to Nov. 5

Reported Cases: 4

Oct. 23-29

Reported Cases: 9

Oct. 16-22

Reported Cases: 6

Oct. 9-15

Reported Cases: 7

Oct. 2-8

Reported Cases: 5

Sept. 25 to Oct. 1

Reported Cases: 4

Sept. 18-24

Reported Cases: 2

Sept. 11-17

Reported Cases: 9

Sept. 4-10

Reported Cases: 4

Aug. 28 to Sept. 3

Reported Cases: 27

Aug. 21-27, 2021

Reported Cases: 11

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

Spring Semester Totals - Jan. 1 to May 14 – Posted on May 21

Total Test Results Received: 18,475
Total Positive Results: 373
Percent of Positives to Total: 2.41%

This concludes our reporting on testing results.

May 8-14 – Posted on May 17

Total Test Results Received: 180
Total Positive Results: 1
Percent of Positives to Total: 0.56%

These results include random surveillance testing of asymptomatic students and employees, as well as testing of symptomatic and close contacts of positives.

May 1-7 – Posted on May 10

Total Test Results Received: 348
Total Positive Results: 5
Percent of Positives to Total: 1.44%

These results include random surveillance testing of asymptomatic students and employees, as well as testing of symptomatic and close contacts of positives.

Apr. 24 to Apr. 30 – Posted on May 3

Total Test Results Received: 454
Total Positive Results: 12
Percent of Positives to Total: 2.64%

These results include random surveillance testing of asymptomatic students and employees, as well as testing of symptomatic and close contacts of positives.

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

Total Test Results Received: 503
Total Positive Results: 27
Percent of Positives to Total: 5.37%

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. 10 to Apr. 16 – Posted on Apr. 19

Total Test Results Received: 474
Total Positive Results: 19*
Percent of Positives to Total: 4.01%*

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. *Duplicate previous positives were removed twice. Positives increased from 17 to 19 and 3.59% to 4.01% from original report.

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 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. 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%

COVID-19 Guidance

Masks are required in all university buildings on the Moscow campus. Statewide masking protocols are under the direction of the local executive officer or site manager. Please continue to follow your local guidance.

Yes. There are no restrictions on gathering sizes within indoor spaces.

  • Appointments for a testing referral to Gritman’s testing clinic can be made at the Vandal Health Clinic —208-885-6693 to make an appointment — or through your primary care provider.
  • Take-home Vault saliva-based test can be picked up from noon to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday outside the Student Rec Center east entrance (in front of the Rental Center) with a valid VandalCard. You are still encouraged to consult with a medical professional if you are symptomatic and in need of medical care.

People who are fully vaccinated, including recommended boosters, do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19. You should wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days from the date of your last close contact with someone with COVID-19 (the date of last close contact is considered day 0). Get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. If you test positive or develop COVID-19 symptoms, isolate from other people and follow isolation recommendations. Visit the CDC website for more information about quarantine and isolation..

If you come into close contact with someone with COVID-19, you should quarantine if you are in one of the following groups:

  • You are ages 18 or older and completed the primary series of recommended vaccine, but have not received a recommended booster shot when eligible.
  • You received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine (completing the primary series) over two months ago and have not received a recommended booster shot.
  • You are not vaccinated or have not completed a primary vaccine series.

  • Stay home and away from other people for at least five days (day 0 through day 5) after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19. The date of your exposure is considered day 0. Wear a well-fitting mask when around others at home, if possible.
  • For 10 days after your last close contact with someone with COVID-19, watch for fever (100.4◦F or greater), cough, shortness of breath, or other COVID-19 symptoms.
  • If you develop symptoms, get tested immediately and isolate until you receive your test results. If you test positive, follow isolation recommendations.
  • If you do not develop symptoms, get tested at least five days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.

Visit the CDC website for more information about quarantine.

Stay home and monitor your health.

Think about the people you have recently been around. (Public Health will ask.)

Answer the phone call from the health department.

Guidance courtesy of CDC.

Stay home and isolate from others, regardless of vaccination status. See below for information on when to end isolation.

All positive COVID-19 tests should be reported through a VandalCare Report. If you live in campus housing, a Greek chapter house or are an athlete, space is available in Targhee Hall for you to recover without further exposing others. If you live off campus, you are expected to isolate in your own space.

Stay home. Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.

Take care of yourself. Get rest and stay hydrated. Take over-the-counter medicines, such as acetaminophen, to help you feel better.

Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you have trouble breathing or have any other emergency warning signs or if you think it is an emergency.

Avoid public transportation, ride-sharing or taxis.

Guidance courtesy of CDC.

In general, if you had COVID-19 and had any symptoms, isolate for at least five days from date of positive COVID-19 test.

  • You can end isolation after five full days if you are fever-free (including no chills or body aches) for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and your other symptoms have improved (loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation).
  • You should continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public for five additional days (day 6 through day 10) after the end of your five-day isolation period. If you are unable to wear a mask when around others, you should continue to isolate for a full 10 days. Avoid people who are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease, and nursing homes and other high-risk settings, until after at least 10 days.
  • If you continue to have fever or your other symptoms have not improved after five days of isolation, you should wait to end your isolation after another five days or until you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and your other symptoms have improved. Continue to wear a well-fitting mask. Contact your healthcare provider if you have questions.

Follow guidance of your medical provider and view more details about isolation for those asymptomatic or severely ill with COVID-19 online.

Vaccines are strongly encouraged but cannot be required, per an executive order. According to the CDC, the best way to keep our Vandal Family healthy is to get vaccinated. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and where to get them. Clinics will be on the Moscow campus. Pre-register now.

Vandal Health Clinic

Physical Address:

831 Ash Street
Moscow, ID 83843

Phone: 208-885-6693

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