UMKC leadership have been working with public health officials and medical experts to develop a comprehensive set of guidelines to help protect the health and safety of our community. The following are resources to help our UMKC community during COVID-19.

Free COVID-19 testing for students, faculty and staff

There are several options to receive a free COVID-19 test.

Click here to find testing availability through the Kansas City Health Department.

Click here to find testing availability through the Jackson County Health Department.

To find testing availability on campus, visit go.umkc.edu/covidtesting

Testing can also be found through private pharmacies such as Walgreens and CVS.

If you test positive, were exposed to COVID-19 or are exhibiting symptoms:

UMKC has notification processes for both students and employees. Start with this step: 

  • Students: Call the Student Helpline, 816-235-2222.
  • Employees: Contact your supervisor.
  • After-hours: Call 816-235-COVI.

Do not visit campus or any public areas. Follow the advice of your health-care provider, cooperate with contact tracing with public health officials and continue to practice good health hygiene

If you test positive, stay home. Within four hours of your learning of your positive test, you need to start the process for notifying UMKC so we can notify campus of a positive case and begin necessary sanitization.

For more information, see Health and Safety.  

Vaccination policy

Due to a federal court order which blocks the federal government from enforcing a vaccination mandate for federal contractors, the University of Missouri System has suspended policy HR-703, which required certain employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The vaccination requirements implemented in August 2021 for University of Missouri Health System employees and for UMKC faculty, staff and students who have direct patient contact in health care settings, remain in effect.

For more information, visit our Vaccines page.

Need a vaccine?

For information regarding on-campus vaccine clinics, visit our Vaccines page. 

We continue to offer vaccinations to members of our campus community through our partners at University Health Truman Medical Center. Information on walk-in vaccination availability can be found here.

The CDC defines fully vaccinated as those who are 14 days or more beyond their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or 14 days beyond the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Current masking guidance

Masks are recommended but no longer required on the UMKC campus, as outlined by the University of Missouri System. In keeping with CDC recommendations, UMKC officials request that all individuals wear well-fitting masks in indoor spaces – especially when social distancing is not possible.

Masks are required in the following spaces:

  • School of Dentistry building
  • Student Health and Wellness
  • Community Counseling and Assessment Services

Visit our Health & Safety page for more information.

 

We care for all Roos during this difficult time

As this situation continues to evolve, we understand that some among us may face unique challenges related to health or caregiving. We ask that you stay in close communication with your professors and/or supervisor regarding any issues that may impact your ability to participate in class or at work.

Each of us should do our part to minimize risk while simultaneously working to promote the UMKC Culture of Care during this time. Each of us has a responsibility to ensure that discrimination, shunning and bullying that sometimes accompany an outbreak never occur at UMKC.

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Free COVID-19 Testing For Students, Faculty and Staff

COVID tests available by appointment