Carnegie Mellon University

COVID-19 Updates

Information and resources for the CMU community

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Health & Wellness

Get tips for staying healthy and learn what to do should you feel ill.

  • Self-Assess Daily: Fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to participate in the Daily Symptom Self-Assessment survey, but may still do so. All faculty, staff, students and visitors who are not fully vaccinated must participate in the applicable CMU daily symptom self-assessment survey, which includes temperature monitoring, for any day they are planning to be on campus or at any CMU facility. 
  • Keep Distance: Be mindful of physical distancing and your proximity to others.
  • Wear a Facial Covering: Individuals who are not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or who work in health care (conducting clinical work), child care or public transportation settings must wear a facial covering (sufficient to cover the nose and mouth) at all times as required by PA and/or CDC regulations, and whenever physical distancing of six feet or more cannot be maintained outdoors.
  • Wash Your Hands: All CMU community members should continue to practice good hygiene, including frequent hand washing or using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

Download the NOVID App


CMU faculty, staff and students are encouraged to download NOVID. The app, created at CMU, is uniquely designed to anonymously track the spread of COVID-19 within a user’s network.

CMU users: enter the word “TARTANS” on the settings page to join the NOVID CMU community and gain access to university-specific COVID announcements, helpful links, surveys and follow-up advice.

Download the COVID Alert PA App


COVID Alert PA is the official mobile app by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) that uses the Exposure Notification System (ENS).

You can now add your phone to the fight against COVID-19 by going to the Google Play Store or Apple App Store and downloading the free COVID Alert PA app to your smartphone.

Guidelines for Reducing Health Risks

Every individual has an important role to play to protect from the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We want to empower everyone to use strategies that will keep our community safe. Here are some guidelines to follow:

  • Practice good personal health by washing your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, and make sure you wash your thumbs, wrists and in between your fingers. This is the best defense against the spread of all viruses.
  • If not fully vaccinated, wear a facial covering when not in your own residence.
  • Continue to be cautious and adhere to proper respiratory etiquette (e.g., covering coughs and sneezes), even if wearing face coverings.
  • Physically distance from others. This might include:

    • Using drive thru, delivery or take out when possible for food, medicine and essentials
    • Rearranging rooms to keep a safe distance
    • Avoiding public transit 
  • Replace in-person meetings with remote options. If you must meet in person, follow the allowable space requirements set out in the minimum requirements to return to on-campus work.
  • When using shared break areas and kitchens, wipe food containers and appliance handles with a disinfectant at each use. Shared food should be eliminated and any catered food should be individually sealed and wrapped.
  • Keep your areas clean and free of clutter to allow for easier sanitizing and cleaning. This includes both residential, recreational and professional spaces.

  • Maintain a log of others with whom you have close in-person contact (within 6 feet of another person for 15 minutes or more). This is not official contact tracing; however, the information may prove helpful, should coronavirus exposure occur.
  • Avoid sharing equipment and belongings not in your residence. Minimize the use of common equipment (e.g., printers, etc.), and sanitize surfaces before and after operating these if you must use them.
  • Do a daily self-check of your physical symptoms before leaving your residence.
  • Educate yourself about COVID-19 and keep up to date on the latest information about reducing risks.

See additional guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on preventing COVID-19 spread in communities.