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August 6, 2020

The UH Mānoa Health and Well-Being Working Group (HWBWG) is responsible for developing the guidelines for the response and management of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Mānoa campus for the fall 2020 semester.

The guidelines include:

The working group’s program summary on the well-being and behavioral health of the campus community is now available for public viewing.

The guidelines are based on science and evidence-based guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Hawaiʻi Department of Health (DOH) along with proven international best practices. The guidelines will continue to be updated based on the status of the pandemic and on changes in health care resources, operations and policy.

The working group’s proposal for COVID-19 screening and testing is available for public review, as is the group’s COVID-19 Testing Screening and Case Management Program Update and Positive COVID-19 Case or Contact Exposure Procedures (both September 10, 2020).

A summary of the original proposal is included below:

COVID-19 screening, testing, and surveillance

COVID-19 screening, testing and surveillance will be the responsibility of the UH Mānoa COVID-19 Response Team at the University Health Services Mānoa (UHSM).

UH Mānoa students and employees are asked to self-report to UHSM (808-956-8965) when they are symptomatic or have tested positive for COVID-19. The Hawaiʻi Department of Health will also report positive and suspected cases connected to UH Mānoa to UHSM.

Protocols have been adopted outlining measures that the university will take promptly upon notification that include quarantine or isolation, communication and facility disinfection.

The UHSM COVID-19 Resource Team will assist students and employees following the outlined protocols and will be responsible for clearing an individual’s return to campus. The team will also coordinate communication with health officials and the campus community.

Mandatory daily screening

The entire campus community, including all employees, students and visitors, will be required to use LumiSight UH, a daily, check-in mobile app (or the web-form version) that asks a series of questions on possible COVID-19 symptoms and exposure. Checking in daily using the LumiSight UH app is simple and takes less than 30 seconds. The user will review the list of symptoms and possible exposure to COVID-19 in the app, answer “yes” or “no,” and the app will indicate if they are cleared to come to campus or not.

The app/web form will immediately alert the response team if any responses indicate possible infection or exposure. The team will determine the appropriate steps that may include continued observation or referral for an in-person visit, telehealth visit and possibly testing.

Students housed in the on campus residence halls have been identified as a higher risk group and extra steps are being taken by Student Housing to prevent the spread of the virus.

On-campus management of an exposed or diagnosed individual

The working group developed a set of detailed guidelines for residence hall students who test positive or have been a close contact; and a second set of guidelines for all other students, faculty and staff who test positive or have been a close contact. All guidelines protect the identity of the individual and comply with state guidelines.

Both sets of guidelines include:

  • Advising the individual who tests positive or has been exposed
  • Daily checks with individuals who test positive or have been exposed
  • Immediately isolating the individual to prevent the spread of the virus
  • Notifying close contacts and offering testing, if available
  • Notifying the appropriate DOH officials
  • Cleaning, disinfecting and assessing impacted areas
  • UHSM will determine when an exposed or infected person meets the criteria to end residence hall or home isolation consistent with DOH and CDC recommendations

UH Mānoa will provide isolation accommodations for a student resident who tests positive for COVID-19, as well as possible student residents who are considered in need of quarantine arising from contact with the patient.


  • M. Boland (Dean, School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene)
  • J. Hedges (Dean, John A. Burns School of Medicine)

Working Group Members

  • Mary Boland (Group Co-Lead, Dean & Professor, School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene
  • Jerris Hedges (Group Co-Lead, Dean & Professor, John A. Burns School of Medicine
  • David Lassner (President, University of Hawaii System
  • Robin Arndt (Faculty & Field Education Coordinator, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work
  • Al Katz (Professor & Associate Chair, Mānoa Faculty Senate Representative Office of Public Health Studies
  • Jimmy Lagunero (Emergency Management Coordinator, Public Safety
  • Michele Tom (HR Specialist, Mānoa Staff Senate Representative, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic
  • Noreen Mokuau (Dean & Professor, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work
  • Lyn Nakagawa (Head Athletic Trainer. Athletic Department
  • Andrew Nichols (Director, University Health Services
  • Rosie Alegado (Associate Professor, SOEST and Kūaliʻi Council
  • Allyson Tanouye (Director, Counseling and Student Development Center

Scope of Work

During the planning for campus opening, the UH Mānoa leadership is engaging multiple individuals in the planning, monitoring and operational side of the process.

The HWBWT will support the UH Mānoa Provost Coordinating Committee and the Working Groups in the planning process for Fall 2020 with a focus on health and well-being.

Role of the Mānoa COVID-19 Health & Well-Being Working Group

  • Provide science and evidence-based guidance to complement planning and decision making of the UH Mānoa Provost Coordinating Committee related to campus opening and subsequent operation.
  • Anticipate and monitor (international, national, and local) changes in the status of the pandemic and health care resources and operations — including public health delivery and policy — to promote the safest possible campus operation in the era of COVID-19.
  • Identify high risk/priority areas warranting consideration for campus policy development related to COVID-19.
  • Assist with accurate and timely health and safety messaging of campus opening and operation.
  • Comment on draft plans for the hybrid reopening of in-person and virtual teaching, research, and student services to protect health and safety.


To allow for a nimble and evolving consultative and recommending body during the campus opening planning, the HWBWT will be co-led by Mary Boland (SNDH) and Jerris Hedges (JABOM) with a core group including Al Katz (OPHS), Noreen Mokuau and Robin Arndt (MBTSSW), Andy Nichols (UH Health Service), and President David Lassner.

These core group members will be bolstered by a campus representative consultative group of the HWBWT which will provide guidance on proposed health & well-being recommendations, wellness monitoring approaches, and messaging needs/best practices.

Participants on the consultative body include representatives from student groups, Mānoa faculty senate, Mānoa staff senate, facilities, public safety, student affairs and counseling, and athletics.


The core group will meet via teleconference at least every 2 weeks to do the following:

  • Monitor the status of measures being implemented to advance Health & Well-Being on campus.
  • Draft materials for review by the consultative body (using the shared drive function)
  • Review input from the consultative body to draft materials
  • Receive and review recommendations from the representative body for additional policy, procedures and messaging actions. Information will be received via the shared drive or via direct communication with the HWBWT co-leads.

Interaction with the UHM Provost Coordinating Committee

Once determined ready for broader discussion, any recommended policy, procedures and messaging actions will be forwarded by the HWBWT Committee core group to the UHM Provost Coordinating Committee for further determination.

References (this list will be updated)

CDC Considerations for Institutes of Higher Education

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