COVID-19 Metric Thresholds & Mitigation Strategies

In consultation with the Sangamon County Department of Public Health, UIS has developed metrics to monitor the spread of COVID-19 on our campus. These metrics will help UIS determine whether to implement mitigation strategies and to what degree. It is important to note, however, that testing metrics are one important piece of a larger landscape our university will consider.

A number of mitigation strategies have been identified to help stop the spread of infection on campus and will be deployed based on a comprehensive view of the campus’ overall health (campus metrics + situational factors).

UIS will post online the daily and overall testing numbers, the daily campus positivity rate and seven-day rolling positivity rate. The UIS Testing website is uis.edu/covid-19/testing.

The UIS COVID-19 Rapid Response Team (CRRT) has been charged with tracking the university’s metrics, convening regularly to discuss response strategies to newly identified positive cases and advise the UIS executive team about mitigation strategies.

MITIGATION STRATEGIES

Mitigation strategies may include but are not limited to:

  • Close or limit physical traffic to certain on-campus facilities
  • Decrease gathering capacity or require virtual-only gatherings, meetings and events
  • Cancel or postpone events
  • Discourage visitors to campus
  • Allow carry-out only in the Food Studio and Starbucks
  • Transition all classes to remote delivery for a period of time
  • Issue a campus-wide stay-at-home order utilizing the RAVE alert system
  • Limit on-site work to essential personnel only
  • Increase testing frequency

THRESHOLD METRICS

  • Target Criteria
    The following “Target” metrics have been identified as an appropriate range to allow, before mitigation strategies would be considered:

    • No more than 1% positivity rate (daily and seven-day rolling) for on-ground community (all employees and students)
    • No more than 0.5% positivity rate (daily and seven-day rolling) for residential students
    • No more than two new cases in a single day or three consecutive days of increased cases
    • Isolation/quarantine available space capacity is greater than 40%
  • Stage 1 Warning Criteria
    If a “Stage 1 Warning” metric is met, the CRRT will convene to discuss mitigation strategies, up to or including a COVID-19 RAVE Alert and two-day stay-home order/remote-only learning.

    • 1-2% positivity rate (daily and seven-day rolling) of on-ground community
    • 0.5-1% positivity rate (daily and seven-day rolling) for residential students
    • Isolation/quarantine available space capacity is 20-40%
    • Three or four cases in a single day or at least three consecutive days of increased positivity rate
  • Stage 2 Warning Criteria
    If a “Stage 2 Warning” metric is met, the CRRT will convene and discuss mitigation strategies, up to or including a COVID-19 RAVE Alert and stay-home order/remote-only learning for greater than two days.

    • Greater than 2% positivity rate (daily and seven-day rolling) of on-ground community
    • Greater than 1% positivity rate (daily and seven-day rolling) for residential students)
    • Isolation/quarantine available space capacity is less than 20%
    • Five or more cases in a single day or five consecutive days of increased positivity rate