Faculty: Employee Health & Wellness

Frequently Asked Questions

Spring 2022 UMB COVID-19 FAQs

Updated May 31, 2022

On March 2, 2022, UMB President Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS, announced changes to the University’s mask policy. The updated policy can be accessed at this link. We have developed the following answers to questions you might have regarding how the policy impacts you. We also encourage you to read the full policy. Read more.

I have previously tested positive for COVID-19, do I need another test?

Updated May 31, 2022

Not necessarily. You may return to campus as per instructions from the COVID-19 Isolation/Quarantine Protocols, COVID-19 Report form, or Student Health. Read more.

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

Updated May 31, 2022

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: COVID-19 Hotline and Health Update from UMB's Public Health Officer

Posted May 25, 2022

First and most importantly, the COVID-19 situation has reached a point of stability where we think that we can rely on our own resources and discontinue the external UMB COVID-19 Hotline. As of June 1, callers will reach a recording directing them to report their problem and obtain guidance about isolation, quarantine, return to campus, and testing from the UMB COVID-19 report form at umaryland.edu/reportcovid. Please contact your own doctor for help with clinical issues. Read more.

Letter: Strongly Encouraging Wearing a Mask Indoors

Posted April 20, 2022

At this time, the University is strongly encouraging you to wear a face covering indoors while in close proximity to others at UMB, and please consider doing the same while in the community. It is your personal responsibility to choose your level of protection in areas where masks are not required. Read more.

Letter: Taking Precautions Amid Increased COVID-19 Cases

Posted April 13, 2022

COVID-19 infections and exposure reports have risen at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) over the last month. We expected some increase when we loosened our protective measures, but the BA.2 variant is contributing to a more rapid spread. Read more.

Policies and Guidance

UMB Policy Requiring Use of Face Coverings

Updated September 08, 2022

Regardless of vaccination status, masks are only required for people 2 years or older in the following locations Read more.

COVID-19 Isolation/Quarantine Protocols

Updated August 19, 2022

In the event of COVID-19 illness or exposure, report your case and check quarantine guidance here. Read more.

UMB Traveler Responsibilities During COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted August 02, 2022

UMB students, faculty, and staff traveling on UMB business (as defined under UMB’s Policy on Business Travel for UMB Employees and Nonemployees) shall adhere to UMB and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 travel guidance. Read more.

Additional Resources


Posted March 31, 2022

Official one-stop website for Covid-19 information by the federal government. Read more.

KN95 Mask Instructions and Frequently Asked Questions

Updated March 02, 2022

Instructions for use and care of a KN95 mask. Read more.

CDC: Effectiveness of Face Mask or Respirator Use in Indoor Public Settings for Prevention of SARS-CoV-2 Infection

Posted February 18, 2022

Consistent use of a face mask or respirator in indoor public settings was associated with lower odds of a positive SARS-CoV-2 test result (adjusted odds ratio = 0.44). Use of respirators with higher filtration capacity was associated with the most protection, compared with no mask use. Read more.