COVID-19

The health and safety of the University of Bridgeport community remains our first priority.

Our ability to move forward during this pandemic will require each of us, without exception — faculty, staff and students — to comply with all COVID-related health and safety rules as articulated by the Emergency Response Team.

All University community members should have a clear and consistent understanding of University policies. Please refer to this continuously-evolving site often for vital information about testing, contact tracing, campus life and the University’s ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

University Announcements

New Guidelines for Isolation and Quarantine

University of Bridgeport's COVID-19 policies and procedures have been updated to reflect new CDC guidelines for isolation and quarantine. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with these and other related University policies.

Guidelines for Students    Guidelines for Faculty & Staff

Weekly Testing

Random Testing - A random sampling of all commuter students, employees, service providers, other University community members and residential students will be included in weekly COVID-19 testing. Testing is one tool to identify the person-to-person spread of the virus and guide the implementation of control measures throughout the semester.

What to Do If You Become Ill

If you experience fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, stay home and contact a healthcare provider for guidance—do not go to a healthcare facility before you have called your doctor or a hospital emergency room for instructions.

We encourage students who are concerned that they may have had close contact with an ill person who is experiencing flu-like symptoms to call UB Student Health Services at (203) 576-4712, or come into the Health Sciences Center to see someone in Student Health Services from 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. When Health Services is closed, students should contact AMR through Campus Security at 203-576-4913. Faculty and staff should consult with their primary care physician for advice and guidance.

About COVID-19

The risk of COVID-19 infection is dependent on exposure, but details about the virus are still emerging. The most important route of transmission is likely close contact (six feet or less) with sick patients who spread respiratory droplets when they cough or sneeze. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. It may be possible for someone to be infected by touching an object or surface contaminated by COVID-19 virus and then touching their own mouth, nose, or potentially their eyes. The risk of spread from asymptomatic people and from touching surfaces is much lower than droplet spread from sick patients. The reported incubation period (time from exposure to the onset of symptoms) ranges from two to 14 days.

Severity of COVID-19 infection ranges from mild to severe. Fever of >100.4° F (>38° C), cough, and shortness of breath are the most frequently reported symptoms. COVID-19 symptoms overlap with those of influenza and other respiratory infections. Therefore, the CDC has published guidelines to identify patients at risk of COVID-19 and determine when testing is necessary.