Frequently Asked Questions

What does a positive result mean?

Posted August 07, 2020

A positive result means that you have a current COVID-19 infection and are contagious to others. If you test positive, you should NOT come to the UMB campus, even if you are not experiencing any symptoms. Read more.

What does a negative result mean?

Posted August 07, 2020

A negative test result means that the virus that causes COVID-19 was not found in your sample. If a person is experiencing illness symptoms at the time the sample was collected, this usually means that COVID-19 did not cause the illness. Read more.

How can I help to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

Posted August 07, 2020

Keep a safe distance (at least 6 feet apart) from others, avoid touching your mouth and eyes, and more. Read more.

Announcements and Letters

Letter regarding UMB Updated Face Covering Policy

Posted August 03, 2020

We know that face coverings are an essential component to controlling the spread of COVID-19. We want to do everything possible to minimize risk of spread of the virus among University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) students, faculty, staff, and the community. To that end, I am sharing the UMB Policy Requiring Use of Face Coverings that supersedes the guidance issued April 6. Read more.

Letter regarding Stage 1 of Clinical and Community-Based Human Subjects Research

Posted July 14, 2020

Today, I am announcing the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) will enter Stage 1 of clinical and community-based human subjects research Monday, July 20, 2020. The Guidelines for Resuming Human Subjects Research can be found here. UMB announced the restart of this research June 25, 2020, at Stage 0, which involved planning and preparation for the gradual and deliberate restart of clinical and community-based research. Read more.

Letter regarding updated guidance on out-of-state travel and testing

Posted July 14, 2020

In my letter July 4, I shared guidance related to the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) directive, which recommends, but does not require, that people who travel outside of Maryland be tested for COVID-19 upon their return. I wish to provide you with additional guidance regarding testing. Read more.

Additional Resources

Connect with the Community Engagement Center on Facebook

Posted August 06, 2020

Engage with fellow fans and followers of the Community Engagement Center by liking or following the CEC on Facebook. Read more.


Posted July 22, 2020

University of Maryland Medical Center understands that you may have many questions about the novel coronavirus virus (COVID-19). Read more.

Ask An Expert

Posted July 22, 2020

We recognize that during this challenging time, you may have questions that are beyond or different than what is available on sites such as the CDC and other online resources. Read more.