UCM continues to monitor the evolving coronavirus situation. We remain in regular contact with state and county officials and CDC communications are reviewed daily. UCM has long had policies in place to deal with emergent situations such as this. A COVID-19 planning task force consisting of staff across multiple departments has been for some time assessing the risks based on information from the CDC, the State Department and from local, state and national experts. This group will continue to monitor the situation and meet regularly to ensure campus preparedness and responsiveness.
(Known Active Cases)
(Known Active Cases)
|Total Number of Cases No Longer Active||*Year-to Date Cases|
"Known Active Cases" reflects the report as of 9/24/2021 at 5:18 p.m. CDT
*"Year To Date" numbers reflect all active and no longer active cases reported to
the university since March 16, 2020
UCM Covid-19 statistics include self-reported cases that may have also been recorded
in Johnson County, Jackson County and other locations.
Note: As of February 12, 2021, the process for calculating "Total Number of Cases No Longer
Active," and "Year-to-Date Cases," has changed. A review of the faculty and staff
data revealed that the total number of positive cases included those who provided
medical documentation as well as those who simply self-isolated for possible Covid-19
exposure. The number has been corrected to reflect confirmed positive cases.
COVID-19 numbers related to the University of Central Missouri are coordinated by the University Student Health Center and UCM Human Resources in cooperation with Local Public Health Agencies. Many UCM students and some employees are residents of other counties, so numbers on this website could differ slightly from Johnson County (MO) data. New data will be shared every Friday by 2 p.m. and will reflect updated weekly numbers as of 5:00 p.m. Thursday.
As of April 9, all Missourians are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. This includes all UCM students, regardless of where they may live or whether or not they are taking in-person or online courses.
The well-being of our UCM family is our utmost priority. Students may contact the University Health Center using the UCM Student COVID Communication Form if they believe they are symptomatic, have been notified of exposure through contact tracing, or otherwise have reason to believe they may be infected. This will help us coordinate support and communication with your faculty. If you are a faculty or staff member, please contact the Office of Human Resources.
On Aug. 9, the University of Central Missouri initiated a face coverings requirement in response to revised Centers for Disease Control guidance with an intent to review this requirement no later than Sept. 16. As a result of compliance with university protocols, proactiveness in being vaccinated, and faculty, staff and students engaging in other actions that promote well-being, the university has been able to maintain otherwise normal operations during the fall.
Given the current environment, on-going national guidance, and a desire to continue mitigation efforts, President Roger Best today announced that the face coverings requirement in its current form will be extended. The university will review this requirement and provide another update no later than Oct. 14. Read More ->
The University of Central Missouri successfully completed fall 2020 and spring 2021 without closures or the need to return to remote learning thanks to the strong efforts of students, faculty and staff. Our ability to pull together to achieve a common goal made the difference. In May, when it appeared the nation was moving back towards the pre-COVID-19 environment and with the wide availability of an effective vaccine, the university lifted its face coverings requirement for vaccinated individuals.
Over the last few weeks, however, there has been a proliferation of the Delta variant, and this variant now accounts for about 98% of the known COVID cases in Missouri. Missouri's Department of Health and Senior Services indicates spread would be lessened by increased vaccination; currently, Missouri is among the lowest in the country in COVID vaccination rates. In light of this, university leadership, through consultation with medical personnel and other experts, has been evaluating the potential impact on the fall semester, and is temporarily revising university guidance on the use of face coverings.
Currently, face coverings are required in the University (Student) Health Center, Welch-Schmidt Center for Communication Disorders, Counseling Center and Central Missouri Clinic regardless of vaccination status. In addition,
Effective August 9
Regardless of vaccination status, face coverings will be required in the following instances and locations:
Exceptions include when actively eating and drinking, in residence hall rooms and apartments, and in private offices when no visitors are present.
Beginning August 16
Face coverings will be required indoors, in all university buildings, regardless of vaccination status. This includes the UCM Childcare Center for ages 2 and up. Exceptions include when actively eating and drinking, in residence hall rooms and apartments, and in private offices when no visitors are present.
The university will re-evaluate the guidance provided in this statement no later than September 16. As medical experts have expressed, the most effective way to reduce the spread of and risks associated with COVID-19 is to become fully vaccinated. As such, all UCM community members are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated and take other measures to stay healthy. Students and employees can find vaccination resources by clicking the COVID-19 link on the UCM website home page or going directly to COVID-19 Vaccination Opportunities.
Your continued support, cooperation and shared commitment to the well-being of yourself and others in this fluid environment is critical to ensuring a successful start to fall semester, and we appreciate your understanding the need for this modification.
If you have questions about coronavirus, or are interested in prior statements from UCM related to the virus, please visit: https://www.ucmo.edu/news/media-resources/corona-virus-covid-19/, and for all current campus guidelines relating to COVID-19 protocols, please visit, https://www.ucmo.edu/news/media-resources/return-to-campus-guide/.
The University of Central Missouri continues to maintain its effort to provide for a safe and healthy campus for students, employees and visitors alike. UCM is committed to providing our students with the best possible experience while also safeguarding their well-being against the backdrop of the global pandemic. Therefore, classes have been modified for the 2020-21 academic year, and details of these modifications will vary by course. Click Here to view the complete list of campus modifications.
The university will communicate updates through the UCM News Bureau and UCM Daily, as well as UCM's website, www.ucmo.edu, TextCaster text message service, UCM social media, your UCM email account, and traditional media. If you do not have TextCaster, we encourage you to sign up at ucmo.edu/textcaster.
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