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COVID-19 Glossary of Terms

Isolation is the restriction of an individual's freedom which is necessary to ensure individual and/or public health and welfare. (i) A person may be advised by the Health Officer and/or authorized designee to voluntarily restrict his or her freedom of movement so as to limit contact with other persons. (ii) Action may be taken by the Health Officer and/or authorized designee for the protection of public health and welfare to legally and formally restrict a person's freedom of movement or performance of an activity (per Wyoming Department of Health Regulations).

(A) The physical separation and confinement of an individual or group of individuals that has been, or may have been, exposed to, or is reasonably believed to be infected with, a contagious or possibly contagious disease, from nonquarantined individuals, to prevent or limit the transmission of the disease to nonquarantined individuals; (B) The isolation of a geographic area where individuals are located who have been or are reasonably believed to have been exposed to or infected by a contagious or possibly contagious disease; or (C) The physical separation and confinement of an individual or group of individuals or the isolation of a geographic area where a public health emergency of unknown effect has occurred or is reasonably believed to have occurred (per Wyoming Statutes Title 35. Public Health and Safety 35-4-115.)

Compliance is defined as meeting the weekly testing expectations or receiving testing accommodation or exemption approval for the week.

Testing expectations are as followed:

  • Twice a week testing for undergraduate students
  • Once a week testing for graduate students
  • One a week testing for employees

Failure to meet the Surveillance Testing Program expectations for your designated group.

University-approved removal from the university’s Surveillance Testing Program.

A self-isolated worker is an employee who is working in any percentage on campus, but able to self-isolate. In this circumstance, self-isolation is defined as working in a private space with a closed door OR in a large shared space (such as a laboratory) with good ventilation where you are partitioned off from others, are able to work more than 6-feet apart, and have received approval from your supervisor. If you work in a large shared space, you must always wear a face mask and practice social distancing. Practicing good workplace hygiene, especially with shared equipment, is essential under these conditions. Self-isolated workers do not come into close contact with any other employees, student, and/or customers for an extended period at the workplace. For more information on how to socially distance please visit the and prevent yourself and others from getting sick please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Employees who meet the above definition should be indicated as able to self-isolate while on campus in HCM by their DHR. These workers must also understand this indication removes them from the testing population. As such it also comes with an expectation that they not frequent high traffic areas on campus such as Union, Half Acre Gym, library, in-person classes or athletic events. If a worker would like to include such activities in their campus presence OR they would simply prefer to be in the testing population, they should opt into testing via HCM self-service.

Note: that all updates to an employee’s status must be completed AND fully approved in HCM prior to 3:30 pm Thursday to be reflected in the following week’s testing population.

Examples include:

  • Employee working behind closed doors for most of their day and does not have a front facing job where they interact with customers. They may not go to the Union for coffee.
  • Custodian working alone on a night shift who can maintain 6 feet or more of distance from co-workers during meetings and on breaks.
  • Graduate student researcher working in a lab, wearing a mask, 6 feet apart from their lab mates. They must clean all shared equipment and may not go to the Union for lunch.

Distant Learners include all students who will NOT be returning to campus at any time during the fall semester. Distance learners do not intend to use any in-person campus resources, such as Half Acre, the Union, etc.

Employees who plan to work from home and will not return to campus at any time during the semester. Remote employees do not intend to use any in-person campus resources, such as Half Acre, the Union, etc.

Testing accommodations provide reasonable accommodation and testing alternatives for faculty, staff and students who require medical accommodation, who are at high risk, or who have a family member that is at high risk. Testing accommodations may or may not pull the individual out of the testing population.

The UW lab test is a saliva-based test that is processed in a pool of four samples at the Wyoming State Veterinary Lab (WSVL). The UW lab test is faster to submit, more cost effective, and provides rapid results, which allows the university to better detect COVID-19 cases early on. However, the UW lab test is not an official diagnostic test (currently, laboratory validated only; UW is pursuing CLIA certification and official FDA Authorization – see the FDA’s FAQs on Testing for SARS-CoV-2). Therefore, individuals part of a positive testing pool will need to complete a confirmatory test that the University will provide separately. An officially recognized positive test result is required to legally authorize Wyoming Department of Health actions, such as quarantine or isolation orders.

A confirmatory test is an officially recognized diagnostic test required to confirm if you are carrying the virus that causes COVID-19.

If you are asked to shelter-in-place, please take the following actions:

  • You are not permitted to attend class in-person and must attend classes virtually until you have received your test results with the appropriate next steps.
  • If you are an employee or student employee, you are permitted to go to work as long as you can socially distance at all times. Otherwise, please notify your supervisor to discuss a modified work schedule including remote work, if applicable.
  • When interaction is necessary, practice social distancing by maintaining 6-feet of separation from other people.
  • We recommend you limit activities and engagement that are non-University related unless you can socially distance.
  • You are not permitted to access the Wyoming Union (except for testing), Half Acre Gym, Libraries, or other on-campus resources. These resources may be accessed virtually.
  • You are not permitted to attend any UW-related social or athletic events.
  • Limit contact with others in Washakie Dining Center and eat your meals in your room or office.
  • Always wear a face covering.
  • Non-compliance with confirmatory testing and items outlined above may result in disciplinary action.

The CDC is a federal branch of the Department of Health and Human Services that “works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.” 

Identifying and monitoring people who may have come into contact with an infectious person.

COVID-19 is a respiratory virus that is spread by respiratory droplets from infected people and caused by SARS-CoV-2 and is short for “Coronavirus Disease 2019” (CDC).

COVID Pass App is a mobile-responsive application that provides guidance about next steps based on if an individual has symptoms or not. When an individual has no COVID-19 symptoms, “A ‘glance-able’ pass is created that could be viewed by staff or faculty (TBD), and the pass can be exported to user logs on at least a daily basis. The pass is displayed on the screen and a copy is automatically sent to the user's email address. If the user is not showing symptoms, an attestation is required to receive the COVID Pass for the day.” If an individual has one or more COVID-19 symptoms the app will give them a list of next steps. Web portal login will be made available for those without a smartphone. UW will create its own free digital symptom screening tool using open-source code that can be accessed using a web address for computers or a smartphone application. The purpose of COVID Pass is to slow down the spread of COVID-19 by keeping individuals with symptoms from entering campus and communal spaces.

All students and employees will be required to complete a brief self-screen on a daily basis through the COVID Pass App to assess whether they have any COVID-19 symptoms.

Social distancing requires individuals to maintain at least 6 feet of physical space between themselves and other people and to not gather in large groups. In addition, masks must be worn when in communal spaces to keep others safe.

Individuals showing symptoms of COVID-19. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. Please visit the CDC page on COVID-19 symptoms for more information.

Per CDC and Wyoming Department of Health guidelines, close contact is defined as someone who has been within six (6) feet of a COVID-19 positive patient for 15 minutes or longer.

All employees and students are required to wear masks or other face coverings (e.g. cloth face masks, bandanas, etc.) that cover the nose and mouth while on University-owned property or when conducting University business or activities, including instruction and research (with the exception of when individuals are alone in an office or dorm room, for example).

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Contact UW’s COVID-19 Response Team by calling  (307) 766-COVD (2683) or emailing
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