COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates

Last update: January 7, 2022

Salt Lake County Mask Mandate Order

Effective: January 8 to February 7

Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson signed a public health order Friday evening that Dr. Angela Dunn, the executive director of the Salt Lake County Health Department, issued earlier in the day. The order requires people, regardless of vaccination status, to wear “well-fitting masks” when indoors or gathering in large groups outdoors in Salt Lake County.

People younger than 2 years old and people with medical conditions, impairments or disabilities that prevent the ability to wear a mask would be exempt, according to the order. Anyone who works alone or works in a field where a mask would hamper work is also possibly exempt, as is anyone seated at a restaurant or bar that is actively eating or drinking.

Read the Order: Salt Lake County Public Health Order


Spring 2022 Semester Updates

Spring 2022 Return to Campus Town Hall
On January 7, 2022 a town hall meeting on COVID-19 protocols was held online.

Note that the comments in this town hall regarding mask mandates were made before the Salt Lake County public health order requiring masks. This order applies to the University of Utah.


The new omicron coronavirus variant is unknown at this time, but we will continue to follow the wise guidance of our U of U Health colleagues, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and our Salt Lake County and Utah State Health Departments. We strongly encourage all members of our campus community and our visitors to complete the two-shot COVID vaccination cycle and get their booster shots—they are the best protection against serious coronavirus infection and hospitalization. Weekly vaccination clinics will continue this spring at the Union Building. At the same time, we urge everyone on campus to follow public health guidelines for social distancing and masking.

This spring semester, frequent and comprehensive testing will be our most helpful tool in tracking and containing the spread of this new variant on campus. Our public health team has made it even easier for members of the campus community to find out if they have contracted COVID. Along with regular testing clinics, beginning on Jan. 10“self-serve” saliva tests will be available to any student, faculty or staff member at several locations across campus, including Housing and Residential Education (HRE) buildings, libraries, several colleges and the Union Building. No appointments are necessary. Tests will be collected twice a day.

For more information about picking up a test, visit the university’s coronavirus webpage.

Attached, you also will find our updated Instructional Guidelines. These include standard syllabus language for:

  • Masking, vaccination and testing
  • Isolating and quarantining following classroom exposures
  • Shifting from in-person to online coursework, lectures and exams
  • Mental health resources
  • ADA accommodations

Reminder:  U of U Health masking policies still require masks in all UHealth facilities, including academic facilities like Eccles Health Sciences Education Building (EHSEB) and the Eccles Health Sciences Library (EHSL).

For the latest information from UHealth, please visit:
Learn more about the updated Universal Face Covering (Masking) and Eye Protection Policy by clicking on the links below:

Thank you for your continued diligence with masking and for recognizing our responsibility to protect our patients and each other.



For latest regulations, news, and testing information and appointments:
Find additional testing locations, visit the state’s coronavirus site at
U of U Health faculty and staff with COVID-19 symptoms or confirmed exposure should call work Wellness at 801-581-2227 (select option 1) before returning to work.

COVID-19 Vaccine & BOOSTER Availability

Get the most current information for the COVID-19 Vaccination through the University of Utah Health.


Eccles Library Services Updates

This page contains relevant information related to the Eccles Health Sciences Library current operations and response to the COVID-19 pandemic including updates to operations, access to online resources, and other helpful links.


Library Hours


Contact Us


2022 Holiday closures & reduced hours

Closures Date
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Monday, January 17
Presidents’ Day Monday, February 21
Memorial Day Monday, May 30
Independence Day Monday, July 4
Pioneer Day (observed) Monday, July 25
Labor Day Monday, September 5
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 24
Day after Thanksgiving Friday, November 25
Christmas Day (observed) Monday, December 26


Hope Fox Eccles Health Library (HFEHL)

Accessing Collections

Search our catalog for electronic and physical resources. If the item you are interested is available as an electronic copy, the e-version will be supplied to you in place of the physical copy. Email us with the title, author, and year of publication of the item(s) you are interested in or call 801-581-5534.


Research & Instruction Support

We will continue to support requests for new electronic materials to be added to course reserve during the closure period, and we will be able to fulfill requests for document delivery electronically during this period as well. If you have questions, please contact regarding course reserve or regarding interlibrary loan and document delivery.

  • Off Campus Access – Most library resources are available to current University students, faculty and staff from home or other remote locations. Login with your uNID and get easy access to library resources — article databases, e-journals, and e-books.
  • Research Databases A to Z – We offer access to thousands of books, articles, images, charts, and primary sources for all your research and project needs.
  • Online Journals
  • Research Guides are available to assist you with research, information, and reference


Study Rooms

Due to COVID-19, we ask all occupants to keep their masks on while using our study rooms. Study rooms available for use are: 27, 29, 30 and 006 (lower level) and we ask that occupancy stay below two (2) people. To make a reservation, please request a room here.


Tree of Hippocrates Education Studio

The Tree of Hippocrates Education Studio is opening on a reservation-only basis August 3. THE Studio will be open for reservations Monday – Friday, 9am – 3pm. Library patrons may reserve THE Studio in advance here.

THE Studio COVID-19 Guidelines

  • NO ENTRY for those with COVID-19 symptoms in the last 48 hours
  • ONE (1) person limit within the THE Studio
  • 6-FOOT distancing
  • WASH HANDS upon entry and exit to and from the space

Before and after every studio session, library and custodial staff will perform a full cleaning of THE Studio’s equipment and space.


U Libraries COVID-19 Guidance

We are working to ensure the University of Utah teaching and learning experience remains exceptional. As we continue to support remote teaching and learning, we are developing a phased approach to reopening and resuming access to in-person services when it is safe to do so.