Communications

UMKC proactively created a task force to keep campuses updated and safe.

The Student Health and Wellness Center and UMKC Health Sciences District professionals are in regular communication with city, county and state health officials and will share additional information on this web page as it becomes available. If you have questions, please contact umkcfeedback@umkc.edu

Below, you'll find an overview of: 

  • Campus COVID-19 case notifications and notification policy
  • Additional policies and guidelines related to COVID-19
  • Campus-wide communications from leadership

Fall Semester 2020 On-Campus COVID-19 Cases

Type of Case Active Resolved Total
Students 23 119 142
Employees 5 11 16
Grand Totals 28 130 158
  • Data as of Oct. 27. Totals are updated each weekday.
  • Totals of off-campus/remote cases are 80 (71 students and 9 employees).
  • All data is counted from Aug. 17, when students and employees began to return to campus.
  • These numbers do not include visitor data, though campus will be notified of positive visitor cases.

Daily New On-Campus Cases

Bar graph indicating rolling average number of cases; in the last 7 days the daily number, in chronological order least to most recent, has been 11, 3, 4, 3, 2, 3, 4.

  • Data as of Oct. 27; the graphic is updated each weekday.
  • This chart shows a rolling 7-day average of COVID cases on campus.
  • All data is counted from Aug. 17, when students and employees began to return to campus.
  • These numbers do not include visitor data, though campus will be notified of positive visitor cases.

COVID-19 Case Notifications

The following are notices of positive cases within the UMKC campus community, including visitors. See the UMKC notification policy below.

October cases

October 27, 2020 - Two COVID cases on campus

October 26, 2020 - One COVID case on campus

October 25, 2020 - One COVID case on campus

October 24, 2020 - Three COVID cases on campus, including one visitor

October 23, 2020 – Two COVID cases on campus

October 22, 2020 – Three COVID cases on campus

October 21, 2020 – One COVID case on campus

October 20, 2020 – One COVID case on campus

October 18, 2020 – One COVID case on campus

October 16, 2020 – Five COVID cases on campus

October 14, 2020 – Two COVID cases on campus

October 13, 2020 – Two COVID cases on campus

October 12, 2020 – Five COVID cases on campus

October 11, 2020 – Five COVID cases on campus

October 10, 2020 – Three COVID cases on campus

October 9, 2020 – Five COVID cases on campus

October 7, 2020 – Four COVID cases on campus

October 6, 2020 – Four COVID cases on campus

October 5, 2020 – Four COVID cases on campus

October 3, 2020 – Nine COVID cases on campus

October 2, 2020 – Four COVID cases on campus

October 1, 2020 – Two COVID cases on campus

September 30, 2020 – Two COVID cases on campus

September 29, 2020 – Two COVID cases on campus

September 28, 2020 – One COVID case on campus

September 27, 2020 – Four COVID cases on campus, including one visitor

September 26, 2020 – One COVID case on campus

September 25, 2020 – Three COVID cases on campus

September 24, 2020 – Three COVID cases on campus

September 23, 2020 – Three COVID cases on campus

September 22, 2020 – One COVID case on campus

September 21, 2020 – Three COVID cases on campus

September 19, 2020 – Three COVID cases on campus

September 18, 2020 – Two COVID cases on campus

September 17, 2020 – Two COVID cases on campus

September 16, 2020 – Four COVID cases on campus

September 15, 2020 – Three COVID cases on campus

September 14, 2020 – Two COVID cases on campus

September 13, 2020 - Three COVID cases on campus and Athletics news

September 12, 2020 – Four COVID cases on campus

September 11, 2020 – Three COVID cases on campus

September 10, 2020 – 12 COVID cases on campus, including one visitor

September 9, 2020 – Five COVID cases on campus

September 8, 2020 – Four COVID cases on campus

September 7, 2020 - Two COVID cases on campus

September 6, 2020 - Two COVID cases on campus

September 5, 2020 – Four COVID cases on campus

September 4, 2020 - COVID case at Swinney Center 

September 3, 2020 - Six COVID cases on campus

UMKC will publicly notify the campus of positive COVID cases under the following circumstances:

  • First, public health authorities or the individual with confirmed positive test must notify UMKC of a confirmed case.
  • The notification process is available online for students and employees.

If that condition is met and the confirmed case involves an individual who has been on campus and has had significant exposure to others, UMKC will post on this page:

  1. A general notification to campus if public health authorities report that a broad group of individuals in one or more locations may have been exposed. This notification page also is linked from the campus Coronavirus website.
  2. In addition, a targeted notification may go out to specific individuals, if public health authorities think they potentially may have been exposed. UMKC health and wellness staff are coordinating with the local health department on notification of those individuals.

No notification would include personally identifying details of the individual to protect their privacy, according to state and federal guidelines. This includes no listing of name, gender or other potentially identifying details (class standing, degree program, etc.).

Under state law, personal privacy is protected and local health departments have jurisdiction in all public health matters. UMKC relies on these health experts to determine protocols for how to handle positive tests of faculty, staff or students on campus. These protocols guide campus health authorities’ assessment of positive cases as well as initiation of “contact tracing” to determine who an individual may have come into close contact with. In addition, protocols by local health agencies and the CDC guide the university’s practices to clean and disinfect any affected spaces and to provide additional health/medical information to affected individuals.  

These privacy safeguards mean that UMKC may have very limited testing information about its community as a whole. There may be many positive tests that the university’s leadership, including faculty and staff, don’t know about, especially those that are off-campus.

UMKC has taken, and will continue to take, a number of actions to monitor and protect the safety of our on-site community, protocols and precautions regarding public hygiene and enhanced cleaning protocols to minimize health risks on campus.

We remind everyone to remain vigilant and practice good hygiene. That includes following these recommendations, which include: wear a face covering, maintain social distancing, wash your hands regularly, monitor your health and stay home if you are sick.

Campus Coronavirus Planning Team

The COVID-19 outbreak remains one of the greatest and most comprehensive challenges the University of Missouri-Kansas City and higher education has faced in this lifetime.

The Chancellor formed a campus coronavirus planning team, guided by our medical experts and key university leaders. This team works closely with campus leadership to make decisions to maintain a safe and healthy environment for our UMKC community.

 

  • Chair, Sheri Gormley, Chancellor’s Office
  • Obie Austin, Student Health and Wellness
  • Mark Diedrich, University of Missouri System Emergency Management
  • Stacy Downs, Strategic Marketing and Communications
  • Dennis Elmore, Campus Health and Safety
  • Diane Filion, Provost’s Office/Faculty Affairs
  • Kimiko Black Gilmore, Chancellor’s Office
  • Michael Graves, Campus Facilities Management
  • Justin Guggenmos, Information Technology Services
  • Ursula Gurney, Athletics
  • Mary Anne Jackson, School of Medicine
  • Jody Jeffries, Auxiliary and Dining Services
  • Troy Lillebo, External Relations and Constituent Engagement
  • Lindsey Magrone, Information Technology Services Project Management
  • Dea Marx, Covid Information
  • Jill Reyes, Human Resources
  • Laura Rupp, Events
  • Joy Stevenson, International Affairs
  • Kristen Temple, Residential Life