UMB Rapid Antigen At-Home COVID-19 Test Kit Guidance

January 20, 2022

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During January 2022, availability and access to COVID-19 testing has been strained. Through Jan. 31, 2022, the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is providing on-campus employees and students engaged in in-person activities with one rapid antigen at-home COVID-19 test kit. This guidance document provides directions on when the test kits should be used.

  • Students working in clinical settings, who must submit to serial testing and where the site does not provide testing, will be provided with sufficient at-home tests to meet their clinical obligation for the time being. Additional test kits may be issued to students, faculty, and staff as part of a return-to-work or school action.
  • Test kits shall be distributed in a manner consistent with this guidance, and any deviation should receive approval from the dean or vice president. Test kits provided by UMB are for use by the person they have been issued to and should only be used as instructed. Test kits may not be sold or given to anyone who is not an employee or student of UMB. Misuse should be reported to the UMB Ethics Point Hotline by calling 866-594-5220 or filing a report online.
  • The rapid antigen at-home COVID-19 test kit does not replace using one of the state or private COVID-19 testing sites. Rather, the kits provide an additional testing option for UMB students, faculty, and staff who may have difficulty accessing a COVID-19 test site location. Information on state COVID-19 testing locations is also provided in this document.
  • UMB may adjust distribution based upon supply and availability of testing options.
When to use the Rapid Antigen At-Home Test Kit

Do not use the rapid antigen at-home test kit immediately when it is received. Instead, take the kit home and use it if you experience one of the circumstances listed in the chart below. The chart also provides guidance on what to do after performing the test.


Reason for Test


Timing of Test


COVID symptoms

Cough, sore or scratchy throat, shortness of breath, fever, and other respiratory virus symptoms


  • If positive: isolate (stay home) and call the UMB COVID-19 Hotline (1-800-701-9863)
  • If negative: isolate until symptoms improve, or as recommended by the UMB COVID-19 Hotline

Known close exposure within the last week

Household member with COVID-19; close contact (e.g. eating) when person with COVID-19 was not wearing a mask

3-4 days after last exposure AND 7 days afterward

  • If positive: isolate (stay home) and call the UMB COVID-19 Hotline (1-800-701-9863)
  • If negative and vaccinated: return to work/school
  • If negative and unvaccinated: return to work/school after negative test at one week, or as recommended by UMB COVID-19 Hotline

High-risk activity

Air travel; large gatherings where people were eating or drinking together, but WITHOUT known close exposure

3-4 days after travel/event

  • If positive: isolate (stay home) and call the UMB COVID-19 Hotline (1-800-701-9863)
  • If negative: return to work/school

Return-to-work or school action

Test kits may be used as part of an approved return-to-work action

As directed by the return-to-work or school action

  • Call the UMB COVID-19 Hotline (1-800-701-9863) for guidance on testing requirements for returning to work or school



COVID-19 Testing Locations

Find updated information on Maryland COVID-19 test site locations on UMB’s COVID-19 Testing, Hygiene, and Health Website. Resources available on that page include:


Reporting Your Results

It is not necessary to report a negative test result. If you test positive for COVID-19, please take the following steps:

  1. Complete the COVID-19 Report Form. The form will provide you with initial advice and recommendations based upon your circumstances. In some instances, the recommendation will ask you to contact the UMB COVID-19 Hotline to receive further information.
  2. Consider reporting your result to the MDH through the Maryland COVID Positive At-Home Test Report Portal. This self-reporting tool will alert MDH of your positive result to facilitate access to state resources.