COVID-19 Updates and Mitigation Efforts for Spring 2022

This communication was sent Jan. 6, 2022.

Dear Colleagues:

I hope all of you enjoyed a great winter break. 

As we prepare for the start of our spring 2022 semester, like many of you we continue to monitor the increase in COVID-19 cases in Utah caused by the Omicron and Delta variants.

Having experienced pandemic disruptions before, the high case counts can cause uncertainty and anxiety. We are committed to monitoring circumstances daily and communicating openly throughout this time to help navigate the changing conditions. We ask for your patience and flexibility with colleagues and students.

We will continue following the guidelines and mitigation protocols that helped keep our campus case counts relatively low this past year, and our vaccination rates high. 

We plan to start the semester Jan. 10, teaching courses in the format they were originally scheduled, and with all campus offices and services open regular hours. 

As we have seen in other industries, the potential for disruption due to high case counts is likely. In that event, the university may need to consider alternative arrangements, modifications to regular operations or other accommodations. Watch for forthcoming guidance from Human Resources and the Provost’s Office that will provide additional information on how to temporarily move face-to-face courses and services online or otherwise work remotely, as circumstances dictate.

Please communicate clearly with students and colleagues during this time to coordinate and support each other in the best way possible while navigating what is hopefully a short-term spike in cases. 

Maintaining the well-being of our campus community remains our top priority. 

Here are some reminders regarding our current COVID-19 protocols and resources.

Vaccinations/Boosters

Getting a COVID vaccine remains the best protection available.

The state of Utah has made booster doses available for anyone age 18 or older who got a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines at least 6 months ago, or a first dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least 2 months ago.

If you fall into one of these categories, we strongly encourage you to get a COVID booster.
Vaccination Clinics:

Weber State continues to partner with area health departments to offer free vaccination clinics.

  • Booster shots are available at both Shepherd Union and the Community Education Center.
  • All vaccines are free.
  • No health insurance is required.

Ogden Campus Shepherd Union Atrium

Vaccinations are available every Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through the end of January.
Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments can also be made through the Weber-Morgan Health Department website.

Community Education Center (2605 Monroe Blvd. in Ogden)

Vaccinations are available each Monday and Wednesday, 12–7 p.m. through the end of February.
Walk-ins are welcome, but to expedite the process, you can sign up on the Weber-Morgan Health Department website.

Many local pharmacies also have appointments available for vaccinations and booster doses.

Symptomatic and High-Exposure COVID Testing

The Student Health Center offers symptomatic and high-exposure testing on WSU's Ogden campus. Testing will be available Monday through Friday, by appointment only, by calling 801-626-6459. For more information, visit the testing and safety page.

We will also be providing post holiday/travel testing in the Public Safety Building weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through January 14.

Exposure Protocols

  • The Utah Department of Health has adopted new CDC guidelines on isolation and quarantine for the general population.
    • Isolation guidelines apply to individuals who test positive for COVID-19.
    • Quarantine guidelines apply to those who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  • Guidelines may vary depending on an individual’s age and vaccination status.
  • Members of the WSU community who test positive for COVID should fill out the self-report form, to help the university’s contact tracing efforts.

Mitigation Efforts

  • Stay home when feeling ill.
  • Get tested if you think you might have COVID-19.
  • Face coverings are strongly encouraged.
    • KN95 masks are available at the Public Safety Building. 
    • Disposable masks and hand sanitizer will be available in each classroom.
  • Visit weber.edu/coronavirus for additional mitigation protocols.

The Omicron variant of COVID-19 has prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to revise and update pandemic protocols. We continue to monitor these changing guidelines and will update our campus community as new guidelines emerge from the CDC or Utah Department of Health. 

Upcoming Faculty/Staff Town Hall

We will hold our latest faculty and staff town hall meeting Jan. 12 at 3:30 p.m. Feel free to submit questions ahead of time.

As we enter the third year of this pandemic, we appreciate your ongoing patience, vigilance and efforts to help keep our campus safer for our students, colleagues and visitors.

Dane LeBlanc
Director of Public Safety