Iowa State University COVID-19 Information:
Iowa State University has created a site that is continually updated as the COVID-19 pandemic presses on. Access the Campus COVID Updates page to learn more about the University's response, find other useful links and stay informed! For ISU campus specific data, please access the ISU COVID-19 Public Health Data Update site and for information on the state of Iowa please access the Iowa Coronavirus Information site.
This pandemic has been tough on everyone, so be sure to take care of yourself and check in on your friends and co-workers whenever possible. Remember it is okay to not be okay, and we encourage our students, staff & faculty to take advantage of campus resources, ISU WellBeing and to Keep Community. Stay Informed. Be Well. - Mental Health & Wellness.
ISU’s face covering policy summer 2021:
Based on the CDC recommendations, we are making the following changes to ISU’s face covering policy, effective immediately (May 19, 2021):
- Wearing a face covering in most places on campus is optional for persons who are fully vaccinated.
- During the summer term, face coverings may be required in learning spaces or research laboratories as determined by individual faculty members.
- Faculty and staff in their individual enclosed smaller offices can require face coverings for themselves and visitors.
- Face coverings continue to be required in healthcare settings and for everyone on buses (CyRide) and other forms of public transportation.
Whether someone is wearing a face covering – or is not wearing a face covering – should not be used as an indication of their vaccination status. A person who is vaccinated may choose to continue wearing a face covering for other health or personal reasons. We ask all members of the campus community to be respectful and supportive of others’ right to wear a face covering, and to not ask others about their vaccination status.
ATRB Workspace Guidelines:
To ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, please review the Advanced Teaching and Research Building's (ATRB) workspace guidelines (PDF) to learn more about our building specific guidelines. Please access ATRB room availabilty (PDF) for more information on rooms in ATRB where it is safe to consume food.
If you conduct research on any of the ISU Research and Demonstration Farms please look at their specific guidelines, as well.
Testing for students, staff & faculty:
Testing is available through Thielen Student Health Center (TSHC) for any student, faculty, or staff member who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, as indicated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), or has been in contact with someone who has a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19. Students, faculty, and staff should call Thielen Student Health Center at 515-294-5801 to schedule a test. For those who do not meet the testing guidelines for TSHC, other testing options are available through Test Iowa.
If you do not feel well, please stay home. If you receive positive test results, please complete the COVID Reporting Form: (If you are positive for COVID).
Vaccine effectiveness and availability:
According to the CDC, the COVID-19 vaccine provides you with effective protection against the virus, even if others around you have not been vaccinated. If you are vaccinated, you are at low risk of transmitting COVID-19 to others. Iowa State University strongly encourages students, faculty, and staff to get vaccinated if they are able as this is one of the most effective ways to mitigate the virus. If you would like to get vaccinated, opportunities are widely available. Click on the state’s vaccine finder to make an appointment.