The University of Hawaiʻi provides information about positive COVID-19 cases for people identified as being affiliated with one of UH’s 10 campuses. This includes students and employees, and possible repeat visitor(s) to a campus. The criteria for a case to be officially counted is below after the “Summary of Cases” and “Positive Cases on Campus” dashboards.

The positive cases of COVID-19 are counted and announced if the following criteria are met:

  • The individual has been on a UH campus within the previous 14 days of testing positive for COVID-19;
  • The individual who tests positive poses a potential infection risk to others, as determined by the individual UH campus, because they came into close contact with someone while on campus; close contact is described by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as, “within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes over the course of a 24 hour period, starting from 2 days before illness onset until the time the patient is isolated”; and/or
  • When a specific space on campus, such as an office or classroom, needs to be closed and/or cleaned and disinfected.

UH protocols for informing a campus community of a positive COVID-19 case.

All personal information provided will remain confidential and all privacy and confidentiality laws will be followed, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

The university will not disclose the identity of any employee or student who is diagnosed with or is suspected of having COVID-19, except on a need-to-know basis. The university may also notify public health authorities if they learn that a student or employee has tested positive for COVID-19, and public health authorities have not already been notified, as this is a direct threat to public health.

To confidentially report a positive or suspected case of COVID-19 see the list of campus contacts.

Last modified: January 11, 2021