Updated May 19, 2020
COVID-19 is present in Monroe County at this time. Epidemiological evidence suggests that the disease is prevalent within our local community, which means that confirmed diagnoses and mandatory quarantines will increase daily until the infection runs its course in the community.
To date, five staff members and four students at the University (excluding the Medical Center) have self-reported to University Health Service (UHS) that they have tested positive for COVID-19. None of these individuals remain on campus, and the student cases listed here do not include those individuals who have been home for more than two weeks and who have subsequently received a diagnosis through their local health department. For accurate and timely information, the Monroe County Department of Public Health has a dedicated Coronavirus Resources website, where daily updates on confirmed cases are provided.
We are committed to protecting the safety of our University community and our broader Rochester community, as well. The University has a legal responsibility to notify the campus community when something has occurred that raises safety or security concerns. The information on this page provides information we are permitted to release.
County health departments are responsible for contact tracing, which is the process of reaching out to individuals who have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The University does not do contact tracing. Generally, if you aren’t contacted, health officials have determined that you weren’t exposed to COVID-19 through an individual who has tested positive. However, everyone is encouraged to self-monitor for symptoms because the illness is so prevalent, and to practice social distancing and hand hygiene.
Find out what to do if you or a close contact have symptoms or think you may have been exposed
Below is a checklist of steps to take. This guidance is consistent with the best available public health advice and applies to employees and students, with the exception of those who work at the Medical Center, for which there is separate guidance.
If a classmate or colleague is tested for COVID-19:
- The person being tested will isolate. Current CDC guidance says that unless you have recently spent more than five minutes in close contact (within 6 feet) with this person, you shouldn’t need to be concerned about contracting COVID-19 from them.
- If you have spent more than five minutes with the individual being tested, you should call UHS at (585) 275-2662 for further guidance. You may be required to self-quarantine. Right now, only people who have COVID-19 symptoms are being tested. See URMC Symptom Assessment. If you become symptomatic, call your primary care physician or UHS.
- Your department head or an administrator should contact University Facilities at (585) 273-4567 to arrange proper cleaning and sanitization of the office or living spaces where you and your friend/colleague are based. University Facilities is prepared for these requests and is equipped to perform these types of cleanings.
- Try to stay calm and wait for the results of the individual’s COVID-19 test to come back.
If you are concerned you have been exposed to the coronavirus:
All University faculty members, post-docs, trainees, and staff should call their primary care provider (PCP). Your PCP knows your medical history and can provide the most informed guidance. If you do not have a primary care provider, please call (888) 928-0011 for guidance.
All University students should call UHS at (585) 275-2662 to discuss your personal circumstances. Health care providers there are in the best position to guide you on your next steps. Note: When calling UHS, please be patient with the process. UHS staff members are taking all of the calls, but the volume of callers may be high.
For your safety and for the safety of medical professionals and their other patients, please call before you visit any medical office.
Remember to keep up the habits that help prevent COVID-19 infection:
- Maintain social distancing—putting 6 feet of space between you and others in your daily interactions.
- Clean hands frequently with soap and water (wash for at least 20 seconds) or alcohol-based sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay hydrated and get plenty of rest.
If you would like to discuss your concerns with someone, there are many resources at the University available to you.
Our commitment to privacy
We will make every effort to keep faculty, students, and staff up-to-date about COVID-19 cases, but as an educational and medical institution, we are obligated to protect the privacy of each individual who is part of our University community. We ask that all members of that community do the same. This is a difficult time for everyone, and we need to focus our attention on providing support and service to the people who need our care.
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