COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Alert Protocol

Whether individuals or the campus community receive notifications about suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 depends on many factors. Please read the information below to learn about different scenarios and the University’s notification plans for those scenarios.

USM follows the guidelines of state and federal public health officials and other authorities when addressing COVID-19 cases involving its students, faculty and staff.

Reporting COVID-19 Case Details

Please Note: For privacy reasons, the University does not report names, affiliations, or health conditions of students, faculty, or staff who test positive for COVID-19 unless a public health agency advises that the University do so.

Reporting a Positive COVID-19 Test/Exposure/Concerns

USM reviews and verifies COVID-19 confirmed cases, and we’re responding to concerns from the campus community regarding COVID-19.

1) All employees and students must use the COVID-19 Reporting Form when:

  • You receive a positive COVID-19 test result or a COVID-positive diagnosis from an outside/community physician (mandatory)
  • You are advised that you are a Close Contact to a COVID-19 positive person within the past 10 days, by an outside/community case investigator (mandatory)

2) We encourage employees and students to use the COVID-19 Reporting Form when:

  • You have concerns about a member of the USM community having COVID-19, whether on or off-campus
  • Please note: employees and students are not required to use the COVID-19 Reporting Form when they have concerns about a member of the USM community having COVID-19. In these instances, you may use the form at your discretion

When the University learns of a probable or confirmed case at any campus location, USM Health Services contacts the individual and those known to have been in contact with them. Health Services will work to learn more about symptoms, provide public health guidance for quarantining and testing, and appropriately communicate information about the case.

  • Guidance is provided directly to individuals and other members of the campus community as defined by the Case Confirmation and Notification process outlined below.

Community transmission of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 continues throughout the United States and around the world. Following the actions outlined in the Healthy Huskies Promise will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep yourself, classmates, family members, professors, and staff healthy during the pandemic.


Case Confirmations and Notifications
What happens on a case-by-case basis, depending on the scenario

  • Scenario A: An asymptomatic individual is quarantined due to exposure to sick people or after travel.
    Confirmation Process: The individual receives a report or is identified during contact tracing resulting from a confirmed case.
    Notification Process: The University will not issue an all-campus notification.

  • Scenario B: An individual has mild flu and/or cold symptoms not consistent with COVID-19 per healthcare provider’s report.
    Confirmation Process: The individual receives a report.
    Notification Process: The University will not issue an all-campus notification.

  • Scenario C: An individual has symptoms consistent with COVID-19, but has no test confirmation; the individual is advised by healthcare provider to quarantine per CDC guidance.
    Confirmation Process: The individual receives a report.
    Notification Process: The University will not issue an all-campus notification, but will provide direct communication and guidance to students and/or employees if they were near or in direct contact with the individual (as determined by contact tracing) on a case-by-case basis.*

  • Scenario D: An individual self-reports a positive lab test for COVID-19, but is outside of the greater Portland area with no direct contact to campus.
    Confirmation Process: Public health agency provides confirmation to the individual.
    Notification Process: The University will not issue an all-campus notification, but will provide direct communication and guidance to students and/or employees if they were near or in direct contact with the individual (as determined by contact tracing) who tested positive.

  • Scenario E: An individual reports a positive lab test for COVID-19, confirmed by a public health agency, and has had direct contact with the campus.
    Confirmation Process: The Maine CDC provides confirmation to the individual and to the University.
    Notification Process: Public notification will be made via the System's Together for Maine Daily Briefings, which include positive counts at each System campus; the University will provide direct communication and guidance to students and/or employees if they were near or in direct contact with the individual who tested positive (as determined by contact tracing).

*Based on the last contact on campus or in the community and timing of symptom onset.