COVID-19 Update from UMB's Public Health Officer

December 27, 2021

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Dear UMB Community:
 
Thank you to the essential workers who continue to keep the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) running, especially over the holidays. The health and safety of this community is incredibly important.
 
With the rapid spread of COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to do all we can to stay safe, especially as many of our state hospitals – including those in the University of Maryland Medical System – are operating at near-capacity.
 
Please do your part:
 
  • Get your COVID-19 booster. Vaccination is the best way to protect against COVID-19. This includes getting a booster shot. You can find a location for a booster appointment here. Also, please confirm that UMB has your booster data in the COVID-19 Management Portal.
  • Wear your KN95 mask. All UMB faculty, staff, and students are required to wear a KN95 mask or equivalent while indoors at UMB’s campus or at an off-campus location occupied by UMB community members (Shady Grove, MPRC, Donaldson Brown, Columbus Center, etc.), regardless of vaccination status.
  • Stay home if you are sick. Please remember that if you feel sick in any way, stay home and do not come to work. If you're at work and you feel ill, go home.
  • Call our COVID-19 Hotline at 800-701-9863. The Hotline team can help you understand what to do if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, are sick but have not tested positive for COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. If you are working remotely, have not been around other UMB people, and will not be on campus, there is no need to call the Hotline.
  • Take a test. We know there have been reports of shortages of at-home tests. UMB is working to distribute a limited supply of tests to those departments who have significant numbers of employees on campus during the holiday break. Additional information about testing is available here.
 
Visit the COVID Recovery page for more information and frequently asked questions. Thank you for doing your part to keep yourself and the UMB community safe.
 
Stay healthy,
 
Marianne Cloeren, MD, MPH
Associate Professor
University of Maryland School of Medicine
UMB Public Health Officer