Testing is critical to our understanding of the prevalence of COVID-19 in our community. We have developed appropriate procedures to initiate early contact identification for anyone who tests positive, and protocols for isolation and quarantine so we can help protect against the further spread of the virus.
Requirements for students, faculty, staff, and affiliates:
There are significant consequences for students, faculty and staff who fail to comply with our COVID-19 policies, including canceled registration for students and progressive discipline, including termination, for employees.
In partnership with the University of Maryland School of Medicine, we will now be processing all on-campus COVID-19 tests through the Maryland Genomics SampleScanner (MG Scanner) mobile app. You can complete your one-time patient registration using return.umd.edu.
If You Have COVID-19 Symptoms
If You Do Not Have COVID-19 Symptoms
Please remember, do not come to the Stamp Student Union if you have symptoms; walk-in at the University Health Center testing tent instead.
Asymptomatic Testing Schedules Thanksgiving Week - Spring Semester
Unless specifically mentioned below, the twice-weekly testing requirement for unvaccinated individuals remains in place.
Free COVID-19 testing is available in the College Park area and across the state of Maryland. If you are required to get tested twice per week, the tests must be 72 hours apart and you must confirm your negative test result at return.umd.edu. If you test positive, contact the HEAL Line.
Free Local COVID-19 Testing Locations in Prince George’s County
The Prince George’s County Health Department website has information on COVID-19 testing. Information below is sourced from the County's testing site locator.
Negative test results from off-campus testing locations must be submitted by individuals to return.umd.edu. The UHC will not submit off-campus test results on your behalf.
Staff from the University Health Center will initiate Early Contact Identification to ensure that individuals on campus who are close contacts to the positive case are notified swiftly. Notification will be provided to individuals who may have been in close contact with the positive individual, as well as those who were in a shared space but were not in close contact. The Prince George’s Health Department will follow up with formal contact tracing of positive individuals.
Staff from the University Health Center will initiate Early Contact Identification to ensure that individuals on campus who are close contacts to the positive case are notified swiftly.
Definition of Close Contact: When you are within six feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period (for example, 1 continuous 15 minute exposure or 3 separate 5 minute exposures over 24 hours). This definition applies regardless of whether one or both parties were wearing a mask.
If you are fully vaccinated and do not have symptoms of COVID-19:
If you are not fully vaccinated:
The quarantine and isolation housing program is available for residential students who are unable to return to their permanent address to quarantine or isolate.
A Quarantine/Isolation (Q/I) Case Manager will be assigned to each student who will isolate or quarantine on campus. Consistent with last semester, affected residential students will be asked to move to Q/I housing in Leonardtown, in the designated Fraternity Row Chapter House, or at their permanent residence off-campus. Students in Q/I housing are required to stay 10 days, regardless of whether they are in quarantine or isolation.
For Students and Their Families
To ensure that case managers are able to meet the needs of students in Q/I housing, the case managers are a dedicated point of contact for students only. Family members of Q/I housed students can contact the Office of Parent and Family Affairs with questions or concerns at 301.314.8429 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Staff members are available from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday. Messages received outside of these hours, including weekends, will be returned as soon as possible and based on priority of need.
Students will receive transportation from their residence hall to Q/I housing. Only clothes, toiletries, prescription medicines, and academic tools/materials (including computing equipment) should be brought to Q/I housing. Drivers are not expected to assist with moving personal belongings.
Student residences are equipped with refrigerators and microwaves and Dining Services will provide water, three meals a day, and snacks. Students who are not on a university meal plan will be required to pay a daily charge for meals or they must make other arrangements to have 3 meals a day delivered to them. Students in Q/I housing are permitted to order food for delivery. They are not permitted to leave housing to go grocery shopping or pick up takeout from a restaurant.
Coursework While in Q/I Housing
Students will need to make arrangements with their instructor regarding class attendance and assignments for the duration of their Q/I period.
Students in Q/I housing are not permitted to have visitors or guests while in Q/I housing. Deliveries may be left at the doorstep of the student’s apartment or of the chapter house. Students who have guests during their Q/I housing period will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct for adjudication.
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