Healthy Huskies

Healthy Huskies Update (Oct. 8, 2020)

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Earlier this week, I had the good fortune to report in the Monday Missive that the number of positive cases at USM had dropped to zero. 

While the results of this week’s asymptomatic testing could reveal positive cases, I am deeply heartened by our collective success thus far in keeping ourselves and our families healthy. 

As we look forward to the long weekend ahead, I want to thank you for your vigilance with masking up, keeping yourselves at least six feet from others, washing/sanitizing your hands, and avoiding large gatherings. Following the basic prevention protocols of the Healthy Huskies Promise remains vital to keeping everyone in the pack healthy — especially people who are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Please keep this in mind during the long weekend.

Testing of all residential students and student-athletes resumes this coming Wednesday. If you are among these two groups of students, please continue to do your part to keep yourselves, your families, and everyone in the USM community safe. For details on next week’s testing times, and location, please see the information below.

I wish you all the best for continued good health and success this semester,
Glenn Cummings

Two Days to Get Your Shot

The Maine CDC says getting a flu shot is especially important this year. To make it easier for you, Health Services and the School of Nursing are offering these two walk-in clinics:

  • Thursday, Oct 15, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Abromson Center, Portland
  • Thursday, Oct 22, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Room 170, Lewiston-Auburn

No appointment is necessary, but please remember to bring your insurance card with you. (For those who do not present an insurance card, the cost is $20.)

Looking for Events and Assistance? Need a Study Buddy? Use Navigate USM.

With the free Navigate USM app, you can easily see campus events, find a study buddy for a class, build to-do lists, manage your class schedule, explore careers related to majors and interests, find out if you have holds on your accounts, and check out campus resources — all in one place. Learn how to find and download the app.

This Is Your New Entrée to Campus Events

USM’s Passport Initiative is your ticket to access campus programs, events, and the USM community. With uniquely numbered and assigned passports, undergraduate students can earn multiple chances to win valuable prizes — all for nothing more than having fun. The more passport-approved events you attend, the more times your name gets added to end-of-semester raffles for a PlayStation 5, an Xbox Series X, an Apple iPad Air, a book stipend, and Husky Bucks among other prizes. Check your email for a message with your passport number and learn more about how to use your passport at participating events.

Wednesday is Asymptomatic Testing Day

If you are a residential student or a student-athlete, your next asymptomatic testing day is this coming Wednesday, Oct. 14. If you cannot come to Costello Field House on the Gorham Campus from 8 to 11:45 a.m. or 12:30 to 3 p.m., please contact as soon as possible. Your participation in asymptomatic testing is one of the most important ways to keep yourselves, your classmates, and your families safe. It's quick, easy, and painless — and it’s important to keeping everyone in the pack healthy. See the Testing FAQ page for more information.

Let Dean Mondor Know How You’re Doing

Dean of Students Rodney Mondor knows these are difficult times, and his team continues to work on ways to keep students feeling connected to each other and everyone in the USM community. Completing the Dean of Students Check-In Survey is one way you can help him help you.

Are You in the Clear?

More than two hundred USM students, faculty, and staff have downloaded and signed up to use #CampusClear, the free app that provides a daily prompt to indicate any symptoms you may be experiencing. Self-screening is easy and takes only a few seconds. Learn how to download and use #CampusClear for iOS and Android.

What's USM's Number?

There are two ways to see the latest positive-case counts at USM and each System campus: The University of Maine System is now providing daily announcements of positive counts at each campus and other testing-related updates on the Together for Maine website. You can also find aggregated test result data on the System’s COVID-19 Testing Summary dashboard. (Scroll down a bit at the link to see the dashboard.)

What To Do in the Gorham Area This Weekend

All masked up and nowhere to go? Check out this list of Gorham-area events and activities compiled by Christina Lowery, Director of Housing and Residential Life.

Find Frequently-Asked-For Contact Info and Hours of Operation

Details about University offices and departments can be found on the Current and Admitted Student FAQ page of the Healthy Huskies website. But if you’re seeking quick access to contact information and hours of operation for the offices and departments you need to connect with, check the Frequently Requested Contact Information page.

See All Past Health Huskies Updates

In case you missed any of the past Health Huskies Updates (on Which Face Coverings Are OK for Use on Campus, System Sanctions for Hosting and Attending Prohibited Events, Pro Tips to Be a Better Learner on Brightspace and Zoom, and the Fall Calendar Change for Oct. 13, among others), you can find all the past Healthy Huskies Updates for students here. (Past faculty and staff updates are here.)


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