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COVID-19 Research Operations Update from the VPR

As a reminder, University of Utah’s onsite research is still restricted to “Limited Research Activities” ONLY while the U remains in the Orange Phase, (see the Research Alert Levels table for more information.) As the number of positive Coronavirus cases increases in Utah, we strongly urge our research community to remain diligent in all hygiene and protective efforts, and practice caution with all onsite research activities.  
  
Here are the VPR COVID-19 updates:
  
Executive Order from White House on Immigration Restrictions
On Monday, June 22, 2020, President Trump issued an Executive Order titled “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak”. As of this moment, the order will go into effect on June 24, 2020 through December 31, 2020. Please see the full statement from Vice President Weyrich on the impacts of this Executive Order on our University of Utah community.  
  
Face Coverings Required in all Utah Higher Education Buildings
Face masks are required in all higher education buildings, as mandated by Utah State Governor Herbert. The campus-wide face covering policy described at the University’s return to campus website is in full effect, and applies to everyone who comes to campus. 
  
Dr. Good Addresses the Latest Utah Coronavirus Numbers in the COVID-19 Pandemic
Please take a moment to view the COVID-19 video update from Dr. Michael Good, SVP of Health Sciences, on case counts in Utah, how the UofU Health system is handling hospitalization rates, updates on how to prevent community transmission, and how the state of Utah continues to respond to the pandemic.  
  
VPR Website Update
The main VPR website and Research Community Updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been updated. 

AAMC and CITI Program research training for return to campus in the fall
The AAMC has collaborated with CITI Program to launch a complimentary course to train research staff, students, and faculty on COVID-19 safety as they return to campus this fall. The course features recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, and includes optional modules on specific areas such as research with human subjects and safe lab reactivation involving animal research. The complimentary course is available through Oct. 1, 2020.

Thank you for your continued support as we strive to provide updated information and guidance on the VPR website as quickly as possible. We appreciate all of your hard work to keep limited research operations running smoothly and safely during these challenging events.  
 
Sincerely,  
  
Andy Weyrich 
Vice President for Research  
  
Diane Pataki 
Associate Vice President for Research 

Erin Rothwell 
Associate Vice President for Research Compliance & Integrity 

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Last Updated: 4/13/21