Health Updates

Influenza

October 3, 2022

Due to current influenza trends occuring across the globe, cases of the flu could be higher than usual this year. UC's medical experts encourage you to get a flu vaccine, learn about symptoms and when to seek medical care.

Monkeypox

August 12, 2022

University Health Services is closely monitoring Monkeypox. It is a viral disease that has been declared a public health emergency. All members of the Bearcats community should learn about symptoms, protective measures, and what to do if exposed.


COVID-19

July 25, 2022
In response to local increases in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations facial masking is required in all buildings of the College of Medicine. Facial masks (N95 and KN95 are recommended) must be worn at all times except when alone in an enclosed office or when eating.

It will be at the discretion of meeting conveners as to whether to switch to virtual meetings or keep in-person meetings, however, when meeting in person, face masks should be worn along with maintaining physical distancing.

Classes within the College of Medicine will continue in person, but face masks will be required in class.


Vaccine Practices

The University of Cincinnati no longer requires but strongly recommends faculty, staff and students receive COVID-19 vaccines.  It is important to note that the university will continue to consult with medical and public health experts and may change its response as needed.

According to the CDC, up-to-date vaccination, which includes boosters, is generally the most effective way to protect oneself and others from COVID-19. In particular, students in residential housing are strongly encouraged to get COVID-19 vaccines and booster doses.


COVID-19 Toolkit

A COVID-19 Toolkit is now available with resources to keep you and others safe.
The toolkit includes information and resources regarding:

  • Vaccines
  • Testing
  • Treatments
  • Masking

Following updated CDC guidance, facial masks are no longer required to be worn inside campus buildings. Guidance is subject to change.

It is important to note:
Masks will continue to be required on UC operated transportation, in clinical settings and for at least ten days after an exposure to COVID-19 or a COVID-19 diagnosis, regardless of vaccination status.   


Isolation

Given that broad access to vaccines is available, on-campus isolation housing is on reserve for residential student use but may be limited depending on events. Thus, on-campus  isolation housing cannot be guaranteed at any time. All student residents should have individual plans for isolation housing in the event they are required to do so. Let’s remember that vaccination, including a booster dose, is currently the best way to prevent the need to quarantine or isolate.

UC COVID Check App

The UC COVID Check App will remain in use and operation during the Fall 2022 Semester. 

 Students are required – and faculty, staff and visitors are strongly encouraged – to report via the UC COVID Check App if they develop viral symptoms, receive a positive COVID test result or have been in close contact with a COVID-positive person.   

Questions

Contact the UC COVID Check Team:

  • (513) 558-1772
  • (513) 558-1773

The COVID Check phone lines are staffed Monday - Thursday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Friday - Sunday from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

You can also email uccovidcheck@ucmail.uc.edu for assistance.