Carnegie Mellon University

COVID-19 Updates

Information and resources for the CMU community

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Testing, Reporting & Wellness

Reporting CMU COVID-19 case numbers, testing for COVID-19 and providing the CMU community with tips for staying healthy continue to be key components of the university's ongoing strategy to detect and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Tips for Staying Healthy

  • 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: Facial coverings (sufficient to cover the nose and mouth) are now required on campus at all times, regardless of vaccination status.
  • 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

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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

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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.

Additional Health & Wellness Guidelines

  • Continue to be cautious and adhere to proper respiratory etiquette (e.g., covering coughs and sneezes), even if wearing face coverings.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.