UPIKE is currently at Level Two

UPIKE plans to safely conduct face-to-face classes throughout the 2020/2021 academic year. This goal will take teamwork and consideration for the entire UPIKE family. 

With the guidance of state officials and the Pike County Health Department, UPIKE has established COVID-19 Guidelines. UPIKE’s guidelines outline four levels, which are based on the COVID-19 infection rate in Eastern Kentucky. 

To see a brief summary of each level, click on the buttons below.

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Current Campus COVID-19 Dashboard


Total Active Cases


Total Students in Quarantine


Total Positive Cases Since January 1, 2021

The total positive cases reported is the total number of positive test results received by the university since January 1, 2021

The total negative tests reported is the approximate number of negative test results received by the university since January 1, 2021 (not all testing agencies report negative tests to UPIKE).

The number of total tests reported is the sum of positive and negative tests reported to the university since January 1, 2021.

Total active cases refers to the number of students who have been placed in isolation by the Pike County Health Department (PCHD).

Total students in quarantine refers to the number of students who are currently in quarantine as a result of being placed in quarantine by the PCHD.

This dashboard represents results submitted to the university as of Thursday, April 15, 2021

Isolation – only students who have received a positive COVID-19 test are placed in isolation by the PCHD.

Quarantine – only students who have been identified as direct contacts of a person who tested positive for COVID-19 are placed in quarantine by the PCHD.

Direct Contact – A direct contact is a person who has spent more than 15 minutes within six feet of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Self-quarantine – Sometimes, students and others get sick, but test negative for COVID-19. We encourage those students to self-quarantine and consider being retested in a few days. Self-quarantine numbers will not be reported here, but we will report those we know about in the weekly narrative report.

Key Objectives

  1. Limiting the spread of COVID – distancing, cloth face masks, flexible course delivery, class size, facility cleaning, travel restrictions, etc. 
  2. Creation of extended family groups – No one can live in isolation forever, it is not healthy. Therefore, we are creating extended family groups that will allow students, faculty, and staff to interact with some people (if they choose to) without PPE.
  3. Testing and contact tracing – Base-line testing, temperature screening, health surveys, intermittent testing, symptomatic testing, and tracing of all contacts. 

Coordinating signage has been installed on campus to reflect which level and guidelines campus should follow each day. Updates can also be found on the Healthy at UPIKE page as well as the COVID-19 page.

UPIKE will follow a hyper-flex model, which means instruction could easily and quickly move to online or remote learning when necessary. 

Healthy at UPIKE Tips

Wear a cloth mask while
inside buildings.
Stand 6 feet apart from others.

Wash your hands often with
soap and water.

Modifications made for Fall 2020

Faculty and staff carefully prepared for the 2020 academic year and many modifications have been made for safety.

  • Classroom modifications to allow for physical distance
  • Increased signage
  • Frequent cleaning of surfaces and high-traffic areas on campus
  • Limited seating and to-go options at dining services
  • Added sanitizer stations across campus
practice safe hand sanitizing
practice social distancing

Virtual Q&A

Important Contacts

University of Pikeville
(606) 218-5250

UPIKE COVID-19 Hotline
(606) 218-4491

Office of Student Affairs
(606) 218-5224

Family Connections
(606) 218-5815

(606) 218-8661

Campus Nurse
(606) 218-5048

Updated Thursday, April 15, 2021