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Latest Updates for Researchers & Research Administrators

Walk-Up COVID-19 Vaccinations at UMB

Posted May 07, 2021

Walk-up vaccination slots at the UMB Vaccination Clinic are available Thursday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for: Read more.

Return To Campus Guide May 2021

Updated May 07, 2021

This document applies to all University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) students and employees and is intended for use by school and department leaders. Read more.

No Arm Left Behind: Governor Hogan Announces Walk-Ups Now Available at All Mass Vaccination Sites

Posted May 07, 2021

No-appointment vaccinations are now available at Montgomery College, Mall in Columbia, Maryland State Fairgrounds, and Frederick County in addition to previously announced locations. Read more.

Letter: Return to Campus Update: May 6, 2021

Posted May 06, 2021

We have been through a lot together. I’m so proud of each and every member of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) community for your commitment to keeping yourselves and each other safe over this past year. I know that commitment will continue as many of us return to campus. Read more.

Physical Distancing & Capacity Guidelines

Updated May 06, 2021

Guidelines for physical distancing, in-person meetings, and more. Read more.

All Past Updates for Researchers & Research Administrators

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May 07, 2021Walk-Up COVID-19 Vaccinations at UMBWalk-up vaccination slots at the UMB Vaccination Clinic are available Thursday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for:
May 07, 2021Return To Campus Guide May 2021This document applies to all University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) students and employees and is intended for use by school and department leaders.
May 07, 2021No Arm Left Behind: Governor Hogan Announces Walk-Ups Now Available at All Mass Vaccination SitesNo-appointment vaccinations are now available at Montgomery College, Mall in Columbia, Maryland State Fairgrounds, and Frederick County in addition to previously announced locations.
May 06, 2021Letter: Return to Campus Update: May 6, 2021We have been through a lot together. I’m so proud of each and every member of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) community for your commitment to keeping yourselves and each other safe over this past year. I know that commitment will continue as many of us return to campus.
May 06, 2021Physical Distancing & Capacity GuidelinesGuidelines for physical distancing, in-person meetings, and more.
May 06, 2021Lyft On-Demand Shuttle and Lyft Ride Smart at UMBLyft On-Demand Shuttle and Lyft Ride Smart at UMB are available to all current UMB students, faculty, and staff through July 30. You must opt-in to participate.
May 06, 2021Receiving Packages and MailAccording to the CDC, handling mail and/or packages is not likely to be the primary means of contracting or spreading COVID-19. However, it is still important to follow good hygiene practices when handling mail. When receiving a package or mail:
May 06, 2021Building VentilationUMB is committed to minimizing COVID-19 risk for building users by regularly inspecting air handling units, replacing filters, and ensuring that air handlers are functioning as designed. UMB also will continue to monitor and react to federal, state, public health, and industry standard heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) guidelines to manage and mitigate risk where possible.
May 06, 2021Personal Protective EquipmentEmployees may be required to wear other personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, gowns, or respiratory protection due to the nature of their work.
May 06, 2021What safety precautions are URecFit and Wellness putting in place when the facility reopens?The reopening of URecFit and Wellness at the SMC Campus Center is not a static plan and will most likely occur in phases. It will adapt as information evolves surrounding COVID-19 metrics, availability of staff (full time and part time), Campus Center operations, inventory of personal protective equipment, and other factors as they become known.
May 05, 2021COVID-19 Testing for Employees and Students Returning to CampusAppointments are offered at the on-campus COVID-19 Testing Clinic through this scheduling application. However, the best option for faculty, staff, and students wanting to schedule an appointment for an on-campus COVID-19 diagnostic test or a flu shot is to call UMaryland Immediate Care directly at 667-214-1899. The location of the test will depend on UMaryland Immediate Care's scheduling — either at the SMC Campus Center or the urgent care clinic at 408 W. Lombard St. Double-check your appoint
May 05, 2021Letter: Vaccination IncentiveYou may have seen that Gov. Larry Hogan announced an incentive program for state employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. Unfortunately, employees of the University System of Maryland (USM) are not eligible for the $100 payment due to the USM mandate for vaccination.
April 29, 2021UMB Policy Requiring Use of Face CoveringsIt is established that face coverings are vital to control of the spread of COVID-19. UMB adopts this policy in the interest of minimizing risk of spread of COVID-19among students, faculty, staff, clients,and others coming to the campus.
April 26, 2021‘University Days’ Provides USM Students, Employees Access to Mass Vaccination SitesSince the state of Maryland has made the COVID-19 vaccines available to all residents ages 16 and older, the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) and the Maryland Department of Health have identified “University Days” at mass vaccination sites around Maryland to provide access for University System of Maryland (USM) students, faculty, and staff.
April 23, 2021‘University Days’ at Greenbelt Mass Vaccination SiteThe Maryland Higher Education Commission and Maryland Department of Health have identified “University Days” at mass vaccination sites around Maryland to provide access for USM students, faculty and staff. The Greenbelt Metro Station will open as a mass vaccination site and will serve as a host to designated University Days Friday, April 23 through Tuesday, April 27.
April 23, 2021Letter: University System of Maryland Vaccination Mandate This morning, the University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents approved Chancellor Perman’s mandate that all eligible faculty, students, and staff who will be on campus this fall must be vaccinated against COVID-19. USM will comply with all federal and state laws in granting appropriate exemptions for medical or religious reasons.
April 23, 2021USM Chancellor Jay A. Perman Issues COVID Vaccination Mandate for USM Students, Faculty, and Staff For this reason, I’m requiring that all eligible students, faculty, and staff who will be on our Maryland campuses this fall be vaccinated against COVID. Of course, we’ll comply with all federal and state laws in granting appropriate exemptions for medical or religious reasons.https://www.usmd.edu/newsroom/news/2154
April 23, 2021UMB Faculty and Staff Can Share COVID-19 Testing, Vaccination Information in One Click The Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients (CRISP) is the Maryland electronic health record system. UMB’s agreement with CRISP to directly release student COVID-19 test data (with student permission) has now been expanded to permit collection of COVID-19 vaccination history. It also now includes employee data, with the employee’s consent.
April 22, 2021No Arm Left Behind: State of Maryland Continues to Expand Walk-Up, No-Appointment Vaccinations he State of Maryland is expanding opportunities to get vaccinated without an appointment at certain mass vaccination sites. Walk-up vaccinations are currently open to all eligible Marylanders at these locations:
April 22, 2021UMB Vaccination Clinic Now Accepting Students Learning in Baltimore CityThrough its partnership with the Baltimore City Health Department, the University of Maryland, Baltimore Vaccination Clinic is now accepting students who attend educational institutions in Baltimore city. Visit GetTheVaccineBaltimore.org.
April 21, 2021Operations and Maintenance (Maintenance Shops) ResponseAt the onset of the pandemic, to reduce the number of staff on campus, Operations and Maintenance prioritized the maintenance of building systems and emergency response requests.
April 16, 2021UMMS Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine FAQsA fact sheet about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and the University of Maryland Medical System's administration of its supply.
April 16, 2021GetTheVaccineBaltimore.orgThe University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Vaccination Clinic is open to serve the UMB community and select partners to Get The Vaccine. The UMB Vaccination Clinic can provide vaccinations for the Native American population, tribal or Native American agency employees, and Baltimore City residents and workers.
April 14, 2021COVID-19 vaccines available in Baltimore for Native Americans in D.C., Maryland, Virginia Today, the Indian Health Service, Native American Lifelines of Baltimore, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore are announcing the availability of COVID-19 vaccines for American Indians and Alaska Natives living and working in and near the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., areas.
April 13, 2021I lost my COVID-19 vaccination card. How do I get a replacement?Maryland residents can visit the Maryland Department of Health's ImmuNet and click on the "For Public" link to retrieve a copy of their vaccinations records.
April 08, 2021Does the disinfectant used by EVS custodians have to sit (dwell) on a surface to be effective?The recommended dwell time for disinfectant used by EVS is under five minutes. EVS asks for your patience and understanding when restrooms and other areas are closed for cleaning.
April 08, 2021Are high touch points being cleaned regularly?Yes, and EVS custodial staff are specifically assigned to perform disinfection of these surfaces throughout the day (Monday-Friday).
April 08, 2021How often will restrooms be cleaned each day?Restrooms will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected at least twice each day (Monday-Friday) by EVS custodial technicians.
April 08, 2021M&T Bank Stadium Mass Vaccination Site to Offer Walk-Up Vaccination Slots Beginning Friday The M&T Bank Stadium Mass Vaccination Site will offer same-day, walk-up vaccinations beginning Friday, April 9. A limited number of 200 walk-up vaccination slots will be available each day from 10 am to 2 pm, seven days a week, excluding Orioles day game dates when parking lots are expected to be full.
April 06, 2021Negative COVID-19 Test No Longer Required When Returning to Campus for First Time The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is no longer requiring students, faculty, and staff to submit a negative COVID-19 test result before returning to campus for the first time.
April 05, 2021I received a COVID-19 vaccine. Do I still have to abide by UMB COVID-19 testing protocols?You may submit proof of being fully vaccinated in place of a negative COVID-19 test result. Please upload to SAFE (or Castle Branch).
April 05, 2021Who at UMB must get a COVID-19 test?UMB students and employees who will be on campus (UMB-owned and -operated facilities in Baltimore, and Donaldson Brown Riverfront Event Center) between March 22 and April 3 must:
March 31, 2021Letter: Return to Campus PlanWalking to a meeting and saying hi to colleagues along the way, attending a symposium in real life without logging onto a computer and then being able to discuss it afterward over lunch with a colleague, experiencing the energy of Baltimore as it continues to reopen — these are some of the things I’m ready for.
March 31, 2021UMB Return To Campus FrameworkThis update guides planning for the Return to Campus (RTC) phase, focusing on Summer 2021 and the Fall 2021 semester
March 31, 2021UMB Recovery FrameworkSince May 2020, UMB has followed its Recovery Framework, which has guided University continuity and restoration of education, research, and administrative functions throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The Recovery Framework identified June 2021 to May 2022 as the “long-term planning period.”
March 25, 2021Vaccine Available Through UMBUMB has additional doses of COVID-19 vaccines available at the SMC Campus Center clinic. This is only open to UMB faculty, staff, and students. Please help UMB plan for additional doses by completing this new form, which does the following:
March 25, 2021UMB COVID-19 Vaccine FormUMB faculty, students, and staff should use this form to express interest in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine through UMB or report their dosage and side effects.
March 25, 2021Who should fill out the COVID-19 Vaccine Form for UMB Employees and Students?All members of the UMB community (students, staff, and faculty) who received UMB COVID-19 Vaccine form directly should complete it. If you have previously completed the former Vaccination Prioritization Form and Tracking Form, you do not need to complete this new form unless you need to report new information, such as your second dose.
March 25, 2021Does filling out the UMB COVID-19 Vaccine Form mean that I will receive an appointment to get vaccinated through UMB?Not necessarily. UMB is working closely with the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) to ensure that the UMB community is vaccinated as quickly and equitably as possible while adhering to the Maryland COVID-19 Vaccination Plan, if they would like to be vaccinated.
March 25, 2021Governor Hogan Announces Six More Mass Vaccination Sites In MarylandSites to Be Added In Baltimore, Montgomery, Frederick, Anne Arundel, Howard, Harford Counties Marylanders With Disabilities to Be Included In Phase 2B Beginning Next Week
March 24, 2021Letter: Phase 3: Research UpdateOn April 5, 2021, the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) will transition to the next phase for on-campus research, other than human subjects research. Researchers will be allowed to increase occupancy of research spaces up to 75 percent occupancy, provided they continue to observe UMB policies including the following:
March 24, 2021Do I need to report recent travel in SAFE?No. As of March 12, 2021, you do not need to report travel in SAFE. If you are not yet vaccinated against COVID-19, you should consider travel a potential exposure risk. If not vaccinated, please monitor your symptoms closely for two weeks after return and consider getting a test.
March 24, 2021Do I still have to complete SAFE if I have been vaccinated against COVID-19?At this point, yes. UMB leadership is discussing the best approach. We will send out a notification of any changes.
March 24, 2021What happens if I am not scheduled to work, don't have classes, or am away?After registering through SAFE on Campus, employees and students can ignore the daily SAFE email on scheduled days off or days without on-campus classes.
March 24, 2021Who should not complete the daily health screening?Everyone must register with SAFE. Managers and schools are identifying employees and students who should not receive the daily health screening because they are determined to be teleworking or learning remotely.
March 23, 2021COVID-19 Signage Toolbox TemplatesWhile these items cover many situations and scenarios, customizable templates have also been included so that schools/departments can create specific messaging while adhering to the Office of Communications and Public Affair's (CPA) basic design standards. The CPA Covid Sign Templates are available as Word documents and are available to download and print yourself.
March 19, 2021Meet the Makers: Baltimore Makers Unite for COVID-19On Tuesday, April 6, hear from Innovation Works President & CEO, Jay Nwachu, and Open Works Executive Director, Will Holman, discuss the crowdsourced PPE drive at the start of the pandemic.
March 19, 2021UMB Community Encouraged to Register for Vaccine Where AvailableGovernor announces dates of additional phases for COVID-19 vaccination eligibility; students, staff, faculty asked to explore all options.
March 16, 2021Baltimore city Emergency Food ResourcesLinks and an interactive map of food resources across the City, including grab & go meals, grocery box distributions, and food pantries.
March 16, 2021Governor Hogan Announces Expanded Community-Based Priority Appointments For Mass Vaccination Sites M&T Bank Stadium: The state will provide at least 2,100 priority appointments each week for Baltimore City residents at the M&T Bank Stadium site. This is in addition to the Baltimore Convention Center Field Hospital’s focus on city residents in underserved zip codes.
March 16, 2021Essential International Travel Request Process Before completing the Essential International Travel Request Form, please review the Word version of the form first, particularly if this is your first time using the *NEW* Essential International Travel Request Form. Once you have all of the information ready to process, then return to this page and proceed to the electronic form.
March 15, 2021Maryland Launches Pre-Registration System for Mass Vaccination SitesPre-Registration Available for All Phase 1 Eligible Populations
March 12, 2021Letter: COVID-19 Testing Policy Update Many in our UMB community have been vaccinated against COVID-19. As such, you may submit proof of being fully vaccinated in place of a negative COVID-19 test result. To be considered fully vaccinated for this round of testing, you must have received the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine by March 20, 2021.
March 12, 2021Additional UMB Travel GuidanceUMB continues to strongly advise people to refrain from non-essential travel.
March 12, 2021What restrictions are in place for domestic out-of-state travel, including personal travel?UMB continues to strongly advises people to refrain from nonessential travel.
March 12, 2021Pop-up Pantry at SMC Campus Center Loading DockThe Pop-Up Pantry is designed for students, employees, and community members to pick up food products while quantities last. This event is hosted in an effort to combat food and basic needs insecurities. Individuals or groups will receive a 30 lb. box of non-perishable food.
March 12, 2021Letter: COVID-19 One Year LaterTwelve months, long and difficult hours on the front lines caring for COVID-19 patients, countless online meetings and classes, canceled in-person events, virtual graduation, masking up and staying apart, and, most heartbreaking of all, over half a million loved ones who are no longer with us. We are marking a year with the COVID-19 pandemic that has been unlike any other.
March 10, 2021Governor Hogan Announces Lifting of Capacity Limits, Masking and Distancing Protocols Maintained Capacity Limits Lifted On Outdoor And Indoor Dining, Retail Businesses, Religious Facilities, Personal Services Beginning Friday, March 12 Large Outdoor And Indoor Venues May Operate at Up To 50% Capacity Quarantine Requirements Lifted On Out-Of-State Travel
March 08, 2021What is UMB's position on international travel for students?UMB-related international travel for students (e.g. international rotations, courses, externships, research fieldwork for credit or not for credit) are allowed only in exceptional circumstances through Dec. 31, 2021. Deans (or their previously identified designees) have the authority to approve international travel for UMB students in exceptional circumstances, ...
March 08, 2021Where is the Exposure or Illness Report Form?Any exposure or illness should now be reported in your SAFE daily symptom monitoring report. If you do not receive or have access to SAFE, please use the Episodic Self Monitoring Symptom Report.
March 04, 2021Maryland Vaccine Equity Task Force Operations PlanGovernor Larry Hogan charged the Vaccine Equity Task Force (VETF) to break down barriers to expand access and save lives in underserved, vulnerable, and hard-to-reach areas. VETF will partner with a wide range of public and private partners who share our goal of halting the spread of COVID-19 throughout the State.
March 03, 2021UMCP student creates website, alert system for vaccine appointmentsUMCP student Mathew Steininger created a website that scrapes vaccine registration websites and sends alerts to notify when appointments are open.
March 03, 2021Should I Get The Shot? A Community DiscussionPlease join us for an open discussion about COVID-19 vaccines hosted by the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) Intercultural Center and featuring two COVID-19 experts from the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM).
March 03, 2021Anne Arundel Co. libraries help people book COVID-19 vaccine appointments For some, getting a vaccine appointment could be as simple as visiting your local library.
March 03, 2021Your Maryland COVID vaccine questions answered: Can I schedule both appointments at the same time? Can I register on-site? As Marylanders continue to seek appointments statewide, here are our answers to readers’ most frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.
March 02, 2021Governor Hogan Announces Opening of Three More Mass Vaccination Sites in March Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the state will open three additional mass vaccination sites in March, giving Maryland at least one in each region of the state. The state’s vaccination rate hit a record high 35,730 shots per day.
March 02, 2021Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions
March 02, 2021Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Recipient FDA Fact SheetDosage information, side effects, and frequently asked questions about the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
March 02, 2021Letter: Statement of Intent for Summer and Fall Semester UMB’s planning efforts now look beyond this spring, and I am optimistic that the public health situation will allow UMB to pivot toward more in-person activities. With that in mind, I want to share our intent for the summer and the fall semester:
March 01, 2021Baltimore Convention Center Field Hospital Launches Pilot Program To Vaccinate Most Vulnerable Populations New Program Focuses on Equitable COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation for At-Risk Communities
February 26, 2021Letter: Vaccine Doses Now Available For UMBUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) learned today that our university will be allotted more doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the near future. To accomplish scheduling vaccination as efficiently and equitably as possible, those eligible according to Maryland's priority criteria will be randomly selected to receive the vaccine. In order to be considered, you must have completed the UMB Vaccine Prioritization Form. The form is being reactivated for this process, and only UMB employees and
February 26, 2021Where can I get tested for COVID-19?Options: Please call your medical provider. Students and employees can register for asymptomatic COVID-19 testing through UMaryland Immediate Care, or schedule a COVID-19 test at the Baltimore Convention Center Field Hospital. The Maryland Department of Health updates its list and map of COVID-19 test sites each Monday.
February 26, 2021Changes to On-Campus COVID Testing AppointmentScheduling application is down for maintenance at this time. Please call UMaryland Immediate Care to make an appointment for a COVID-19 diagnostic test.
February 26, 2021Did the on-campus flu clinic and COVID-19 testing location move?Appointments made through UMaryland Immediate Care (UMIC) are dependent on UMIC operations. Some COVID-19 tests will be offered at UMIC and others at Southern Management Corporation (SMC) Campus Center. Please confirm with UMIC the location of your appointment.
February 26, 2021Will UMB provide on-campus COVID-19 testing?Yes, UMB provides asymptomatic COVID-19 testing in partnership with UMaryland Immediate Care.
February 25, 2021Letter: Register Now: Should I Get the Shot? A Community Conversation on March 10On March 10 at 11 a.m., please join us for an open discussion about COVID-19 vaccines hosted by the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Intercultural Center and featuring two COVID-19 experts from the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM).
February 24, 2021UMB Phase 1A Students, Employees To Be Randomly Selected For Vaccine The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) has received a one-time allotment of additional vaccine from the University of Maryland Medical System to vaccinate employees and students who are eligible under Phase 1A.
February 24, 2021Governor Hogan Announces FEMA-Supported Mass Vaccination Site in Southern MarylandGovernor Hogan announced that the state has entered into agreements with the University of Maryland, Baltimore and Johns Hopkins University to more than double the state’s surveillance of coronavirus variants to screen more than 10% of cases—the level recommended by public health experts.
February 24, 2021Why a fake commute could pave the way to work-from-home balanceOf all the things work-from-home employees might miss about pre-pandemic life, commuting wouldn’t seem to register high on the attention meter. But nearly a year after being sent home from the office, some employees, such as Giza, have realized that losing that time in the car — or on the bus, train or street — has had some drawbacks.
February 23, 2021UMB COVID-19 Coping KitResources and programs to address stress, anxiety, mental health, grief, and dealing with loss compiled by UMB Launch Your Life.
February 23, 2021Employee Assistance Program (EAP)Do you need someone to talk to? Do you need help finding wellness resources and services? Your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is here to help.
February 19, 2021Maryland Vaccine Hunters Facebook GroupA Facebook group of Marylanders helping each other navigate different COVID-19 vaccine providers, registration and policies.
February 19, 2021Letter: Mandatory 2021 Spring Break COVID-19 Testing RequirementThe University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) recognizes that there is increased risk of COVID-19 transmission after spring break in mid-March. Therefore, UMB students, faculty, and staff who will be on campus (UMB-owned and -operated facilities in Baltimore and the Donaldson Brown Riverfront Event Center) between March 22 and April 3 must:
February 19, 2021What is the deadline for getting my COVID-19 test if I have already been working or conducting research (this includes faculty, staff, postdocs) on the UMB campus? If you will be on campus between March 22 and April 3, the negative test must be submitted by April 8.
February 18, 2021COVID-19 Myths BustedDr. Vinisha Amin from UM Upper Chesapeake Health was recently a guest on Maryland Public Television's Direct Connection program to debunk some myths and answer viewer questions about COVID-19.
February 16, 2021HR on the WebSince in-person events are not possible at the moment, we are transitioning HR on the Move to HR on the Web. We have set up a series of Zoom sessions over the next four months. These are 90-minute sessions and each functional area of HR will be represented. If you have a question or concern that you would prefer not to share with the larger group, we can arrange for a private breakout room or private chat session with the appropriate individual.
February 16, 2021Maryland Launches COVID-19 Vaccination Support CenterThe new COVID-19 Vaccination Support Center at 1-855-MDGOVAX (1-855-634-6829 is available to all Marylanders who are eligible for a vaccine, and is designed for those without internet access.
February 10, 2021How to master the vaccine-appointment website: A guide for everyone Five strategies to increase the chances of getting a free shot for yourself or someone you care about.
February 04, 2021Letter: UMB COVID-19 Vaccination UpdatesWe have two important updates regarding vaccinations: an update to the vaccine priority survey and a request for information once vaccinated.
January 29, 2021CDC Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 VaccinationBelow are answers to commonly asked questions about COVID-19 vaccination
January 28, 2021Letter: UMB COVID-19 Updates: Telework, Travel, Testing, Support, and VaccinationsI hope that you are healthy and safe, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge in Maryland. Thankfully, many across the state have started to be vaccinated, and I am encouraged by the great response from the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) to our vaccine priority form. As leaders, we can bring a message of hope to those in our communities by dispelling myths about the COVID-19 vaccines and inviting others to learn more about them.
January 27, 2021COVID-19 Status of Operation and Telework PolicyThe University's Telework Policy (VII-6.11(A)) outlines ordinary rules and expectations surrounding telework. This COVID-19 Status of Operation and Telework Policy states temporary guidance and flexibilities related to telework in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This Policy also offers temporary guidance related to the use of accrued leave. This Policy is effective commencing July 27, 2020 and will be in effect for an unspecified period of time while the University continues to address
January 27, 2021Governor Hogan Announces Opening of Mass Vaccination Sites, Expansion of Pharmacy ProgramState-Run Sites to Begin Opening Next Week, Starting With Prince George’s County and Baltimore City Vaccinations Expand Next Week to Safeway and Rite Aid in Targeted Areas Broader Distribution Network Will Help Supplement Vaccination Efforts in Hospitals and Local Health Departments Supply is Extremely Limited: 2 Million Marylanders Are Currently Eligible, State Receives 72K/Week From Federal Government
January 26, 2021Guidance for USM Employees Regarding Phases 1B and 1C of Maryland's COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution The University System of Maryland (USM) has been working closely with the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) and the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) to ensure that USM employees are included in the state’s priority COVID-19 vaccine eligibility categories.
January 23, 2021I received a COVID-19 vaccine. Do I still have to wear a face covering and practice physical distancing at UMB?Yes. Until there is enough people who received the vaccine in the community and direction is given to return to normal, those who received a COVID-19 vaccine must continue to wear face coverings, practice physical distancing, frequently wash their hands and continue other safety measures to protect yourself and others from the novel coronavirus.
January 23, 2021Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Recipient FDA Fact SheetRead this Fact Sheet for information about the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. Talk to the vaccination provider if you have questions. It is your choice to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
January 21, 2021I am coming to campus for a medical appointment. Do I have to complete the SAFE on Campus or Episodic Symptom forms?Students and employees coming to campus for medical appointments do not need to use SAFE on Campus or Episodic Self Monitoring Symptom Report.
January 19, 2021UMB Guide For What To Do If Experiencing Side Effects from Covid-19 VaccinesAdvice on when to call the UMB COVID-19 Hotline, your doctor, or 911.
January 15, 2021Maryland's Phased COVID-19 Vaccine DistributionVaccine supply is dependent on the federal government’s allocation to Maryland and is subject to change. P​ lease note that population groups are non-exhaustive and all numbers are approximate.
January 15, 2021Maryland Vaccination Site LocatorMarylanders who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination can now visit covidvax.maryland.gov and enter their address, ZIP code, or location to view vaccination clinics available within a 50-mile radius. Users are then directed to contact the clinic of their choice for scheduling and more information. Additional sites will be added as providers verify they are ready.
January 15, 2021Governor Hogan Announces Expansion of COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility for Marylanders 65 and Over State Activates Phase 1B to Officially Begin January 18 State Will Make 50,000 Doses Available to Providers Next Week for Elderly Populations Announces Pilot Program with Giant and Walmart Pharmacies State Prepares to Launch Mass Vaccination Sites Announces Additional Support for County Health Departments Health Order Authorizes Out-of-State Practitioners to Administer Vaccines
January 15, 2021UMMS Vaccine FAQs For UMBThe following content applies to University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), faculty, staff, and students who are vaccinated through the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) and is for internal use only.
January 12, 2021Governor Hogan Announces Two Cases of B-117 Strain of SARS-CoV-2 Identified In Maryland Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) has confirmed two cases of COVID-19 in Maryland residents caused by the new SARS-CoV-2 variant strain commonly known as B-117.
January 11, 2021Letter: Vaccination Priority FormAlthough the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is not in possession of COVID-19 vaccines nor responsible for the allocation of vaccines, we are conducting a UMB-specific survey to ensure that all at UMB are properly classified in the event that vaccines become available for our faculty, staff, and students.
January 11, 2021How do I know which vaccine priority group I will be placed in?You will be placed into the highest appropriate vaccine priority group based on your responses to the questions on the form. Vaccine allocations are based on the Maryland COVID-19 Vaccination Plan and information provided by Gov. Larry Hogan related to the rollout of vaccines. These plans, and therefore your designated vaccine priority group, are subject to change.
January 11, 2021What if I need to reschedule my vaccination appointment?If you were notified by UMMC that you are approved for vaccination and need to reschedule your appointment, you may do so here.
January 08, 2021I received a COVID-19 vaccine and am having symptoms compatible with COVID-19. Should I call the COVID-19 Hotline?If you have received a COVID-19 vaccine and are showing any symptoms and work at a UMB affiliated site, you are still recommended to call the COVID-19 Hotline.
January 06, 2021I received a COVID-19 vaccination. Should I be tested to determine if the vaccination was effective? No. At this point, there is no recommendation for serology testing after vaccination. Although the COVID vaccines are very effective and induce immunity in most people, there are several factors that mean we will need to continue following preventive "non-pharmaceutical interventions" (NPIs) (physical distancing, face coverings, frequency hand washing).
January 06, 2021Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions On December 18, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the second vaccine for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The emergency use authorization allows Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine to be distributed in the U.S for use in individuals 18 years of age and older.
January 06, 2021Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked QuestionsOn December 11, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued the first emergency use authorization (EUA) for a vaccine for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in individuals 16 years of age and older. The emergency use authorization allows the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to be distributed in the U.S.
January 06, 2021Understanding COVID-19 Vaccines and mRNA Messenger RNA (mRNA) technology creates immunity in a different way than traditional vaccines and is one reason the coronavirus vaccine was developed in less than a year.
January 05, 2021A Summary by Dr. Wilbur Chen regarding the status of the Pandemic and Vaccines as we look toward 2021 The total worldwide count of cases now exceeds 80 million, of which nearly 1.8 million deaths are attributed. These numbers are likely to be an undercount, as many cases and some deaths are missed. The top 4 nations with the highest deaths due to COVID-19 are the United States (> 332 thousand), Brazil (>191 thousand), Russia (> 186 thousand), and India (>148 thousand).
January 05, 2021COVID-19 Vaccines and Allergic Reactions This webpage provides recommendations on what to do if you experience an allergic reaction after getting a COVID-19 vaccination. It also provides recommendations for people who have had allergic reactions to other vaccines and for those with other types of allergies. This page will be updated when we get new information.
January 05, 2021CDC V-safe After Vaccination Health Checker Use your smartphone to tell CDC about any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. You’ll also get reminders if you need a second vaccine dose.
January 05, 2021What to Expect after Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.
January 05, 2021What to Expect at Your Appointment to Get Vaccinated for COVID-19 Because COVID-19 is a new disease with new vaccines, you may have questions about what happens before, during, and after your appointment to get vaccinated. These tips will help you know what to expect when you get vaccinated, what information your provider will give you, and resources you can use to monitor your health after you are vaccinated.
January 04, 2021Letter: Vaccination RegistrationWe are fortunate to be able to start this year with a COVID-19 vaccine and that priority groups have begun to be vaccinated. Priority is given to individuals with the highest need for vaccination.
January 04, 2021COVID-19 Research: Treatments, Vaccines and PreventionResearchers with the University of Maryland School of Medicine's Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health (CVD) in Baltimore have been testing a variety of therapies and vaccines that target COVID-19.
January 04, 2021All About the COVID Vaccine Over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, we have all learned a lot. And now with a vaccine ready, we have even more to learn about the COVID vaccine.
January 04, 2021COVID Vaccine Testing and Approval Many people are astonished by the unprecedented speed of COVID vaccine testing.
January 04, 202110 Common Vaccine Myths Busted Vaccines are widely considered one of the greatest inventions of mankind.
January 04, 2021Coronavirus ImmunityMany people hope that coronavirus immunity can bring them back to "normal life" and that those who recovered from coronavirus do not need to be concerned about being infected or infecting others.
January 04, 2021Understanding the COVID Vaccine and mRNA As COVID vaccines begin to be distributed, many wonder exactly how the COVID vaccine works and if the vaccine is safe.
December 23, 2020Letter: Vaccine DistributionDistribution of the first vaccinations to prevent COVID-19 started last week, and I know many of you are wondering what happens next. Some of you may have already received yours or will soon be invited to schedule a time for vaccination based on current job responsibilities. We are working hard to ensure that vaccinations are distributed to those at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) whose jobs most require it.
December 18, 2020This Week In COVID-19 Vaccine News | Dec. 18Well, we experienced another week of tremendous of events in the development of COVID-19 vaccines. For the second week in a row, I want to summarize some of the major events and put these into perspective so that everyone can understand the situation.
December 18, 2020Letter: Maryland Travel and Testing UpdateYesterday, Gov. Larry Hogan instituted new travel restrictions for the state of Maryland that require that all Marylanders who travel outside of the state, and individuals who travel to Maryland from another state, to immediately get a COVID-19 test upon arrival in Maryland or within 72 hours before travel to Maryland. They must also quarantine until they get their test results.
December 17, 2020Submit Your COVID-19 Vaccines QuestionsNow that initial COVID-19 vaccines have received emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration, what does this mean?
December 15, 2020UMB Weather EmergenciesWith a possibility of snow in the forecast, now is the time to brush up on winter weather expectations and to provide new guidance regarding how winter weather will impact those working and learning from home.
December 11, 2020Holiday Travel GuidanceAs we approach the holiday season, we want to provide all University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) faculty, staff, and students and University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) employees and medical staff with guidance on travel and COVID-19 testing, as well as on family gatherings and how to keep you and your family safe during the holidays and beyond. We are in the middle of a second COVID-19 surge in Maryland that is expected to get worse through December and into January, and it's important t
December 09, 2020COVID-19 Visitors Guidance This guidance provides the framework for a visitor accessing UMB-owned or -occupied facilities to ensure consistency with health and safety practices of the University. The guidance is intended to satisfy academic semester(s) fall 2020, with extension into spring 2021 as necessary.
December 09, 2020Am I required to wear eye protection in addition to a face covering?UMB is not planning to change its policies to mirror those of FPI or UMMC. The referenced UMMC/FPI policy would apply to the limited areas in UMB buildings where UMB faculty, staff or students are engaged in clinical activities involving patients such as clinical research studies, and laboratory settings where required.
December 08, 2020Letter: Take Pride in UMB: Vaccine NewsYou should be extremely proud to be part of UMB. When people can finally gather safely in this country, it will be in no small part because of the work of this institution. For more than four decades, our researchers in the Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health (CVD) at the School of Medicine have worked domestically and internationally to develop, test, and deploy vaccines.
December 01, 2020Call the UMB COVID-19 HotlineIf you've been diagnosed with COVID-19, it's not enough to let your doctor know.
November 24, 2020Why is UMB not publishing a positivity rate?Test positivity rates are a metric used to help public health officials determine if their state or county is testing enough of its population for the size of the COVID-19 pandemic. Positivity is a measure of testing capacity, and can be used to inform interpretation of case trends, but it is not a measure of how prevalent a disease is in a community.
November 24, 2020How many people are allowed to be in research areas?UMB expects researchers to limit the density of research spaces.
November 20, 2020UMB Partners with Lyft on Two On-Demand Ride ProgramsThe University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is excited to announce that it is launching two new on-demand ride programs in a partnership with Lyft on Tuesday, Nov. 24. The programs are available to all current UMB students, faculty, and staff.
November 19, 2020What if I travel only within Maryland? Do I have to be tested?If your travel within Maryland involves being within close proximity of other people (being within less than 6 feet of other people), such as attending a party is risky for yourself, your colleagues, and patients or clients you interact with. UMB does not support your involvement in these activities.
November 19, 2020Can you please clarify the suggestion that Marylanders who travel out of state for personal reasons should get a COVID test upon return?The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that travel, and hosting guests who travel to you, increases the chance of getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.
November 19, 2020CDC: Holiday Celebrations and Small Gatherings This holiday season, consider how your holiday plans can be modified to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to keep your friends, families, and communities healthy and safe.
November 19, 2020Thanksgiving Holiday Travel GuidanceAs we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, we want to provide all UMB faculty, staff, and students and UMMS employees and medical staff with guidance around travel and COVID-19 testing. This directive strongly advises people to refrain from non-essential travel due to the recent increase in COVID-19 infections.
November 12, 2020Encouraging the Use of MD COVID AlertThis week, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) launched a smartphone app called MD COVID Alert. As a university committed to knowledge, accountability, and excellence, I strongly encourage you to take part in this important initiative by downloading the app and/or activating Exposure Notifications on your phone.
November 12, 2020COVID-19 Safety Strategies for ThanksgivingThe University of Maryland Medical System offers tips and suggestions on how to enjoy the holiday while keeping yourself and your family healthy and safe during the pandemic.
November 11, 2020Reminder about Coronavirus Vigilance and TeleworkThe severity of the COVID-19 pandemic is increasing in Maryland with cases at an all-time high, and those of you who saw Gov. Larry Hogan’s news conference yesterday heard him announce the additional guidance and actions aimed to slow the spread in the state. The higher rates of infections, hospitalizations, and deaths in Maryland demand that we each need to redouble our efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus.
November 10, 2020Maryland Department of Health launches MD COVID AlertMarylanders can now use MD COVID Alert to receive COVID-19 exposure notifications on smartphones.
October 27, 2020UMB Guidance Resources are here for you. Find out how they can help you care for your family during Covid-19.
October 26, 2020For In-Person Gatherings, Please Limit Your Bubble As most of the UMB community continues to learn and work from home, UMB leadership encourages our students, faculty, and staff to continue following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to wear a face covering, keep 6 feet of physical distance, wash your hands regularly, limit gatherings, and avoid crowds.
October 22, 2020Letter regarding Coronavirus Vigilance and the Holidays The severity of the COVID-19 pandemic is very real, with rates of infection rising across the country — and though we may be tired of the virus, physical distancing, and taking precautions, the virus is not tiring of us. The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) has made decisions based on forecasts and assumptions of the virus’ impact, and I feel absolutely confident that we made the right decisions and are on the right course when it comes to keeping each other healthy and safe. We will cont
October 22, 2020How Do I Pause the SAFE on Campus Form If I Won’t Be on Campus for an Extended Period? The SAFE on Campus daily symptom monitoring form has a question that allows you to request a change in your monitoring: Do you need to request a record modification or pause of daily symptom monitoring? When you answer yes, you will be given a choice of which type of modification you need: Pause Daily Symptom Monitoring, Change Contact Information, Change Supervisor, or Other.
October 22, 2020Do I have to register or complete the daily health screening if I am teleworking or learning remotely?Everybody must register for SAFE on Campus. Employees who are teleworking and students who are learning remotely can request a pause.
October 20, 2020COVID-19 Survey Resources Links to UMB surveys created during COVID-19 as well as resources for creating surveys.
October 16, 2020Feel Sick? Make the CallIf you feel ill, have flu symptoms, have been exposed to COVID-19, or have had a positive COVID-19 test, please call 800-701-9863 immediately.
October 16, 2020Together, We Can Stop The SpreadLearn more about how to report an individual who is not following these safety measures on campus.
October 14, 2020Visitors COVID-19 Acknowledgment FormComplete the UMB Visitors COVID Acknowledgment Form for scheduled visitors to UMB in accordance with the COVID-19 Visitors Guidance.
October 12, 2020I purchased a URecFit membership through payroll deduction. Have I been billed during the time the facility has been closed?No. All payroll deduction memberships were placed on hold/suspended effective with the 20-20 pay period (3/15/20 – 3/28/20) with a paycheck date of 4/3/20.
October 12, 2020I purchased an annual/monthly/weekly membership with a set end date. Due to the closure, I was unable to use a portion of my membership. What are my options?All paid members have the option to request a refund or have their membership extended for the days cancelled due to the COVID-19 closure.
October 12, 2020 I purchased personal training and/or water instruction lessons. What are my options?You may request a refund for the number of remaining unused sessions or use the sessions when the facility is open and the service can be provided.
October 12, 2020I purchased a long-term locker. Due to the closure, I was unable to use a portion of the rental. What are my options?Lockers are not accessible while URecFit is closed. You may request a refund for time lost or extend your locker in an amount equal to the number of days lost due to the closure.
October 12, 2020Where can I find the online and virtual services and programming being offered by URecFit and Wellness?Please visit the URecFit and Wellness’ virtual website to see all services and programming available.
October 12, 2020How can I stay up to date on what is happening with URecFit and Wellness?Follow URecFit and Wellness social media platforms (Facebook facebook.com/umburecfit; Twitter @urecfit; Instagram @urecfit), subscribe to the Campus Life Weekly newsletter, and continue to check our website on a regular basis.
October 09, 2020How can I report someone for not wearing a face covering, not physically distancing or other COVID-19 hygiene issues? You may report the situation using the Report Face Covering/Physical Distancing Concerns form.
October 08, 2020Participate in COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical TrialsThe Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine is seeking participants for COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials. Text "CVD" to 555888.
October 08, 2020Are there any requirements for when I return to the U.S. from international travel? The CDC advises all travelers to stay home for 14 days following their return from international travel. Please stay at home for 14 days prior to coming to UMB premises.
October 08, 2020Letter Regarding Spring Semester 2021As the leaves start to change and the air turns cooler, I know many of you are wondering about plans for next semester. The health and safety of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) community is at the forefront of my decision-making, and we have yet to see significant change in the pandemic. In fact, experts are predicting a surge in COVID-19 cases as winter and the flu season hits. As such, you should begin to plan for the spring 2021 semester to look much like this fall.
October 02, 2020What COVID-19 campus policies must students, faculty, and staff adhere to prior to coming to campus?Students, faculty, and staff are required to follow the UMB Policy Requiring Use of Face Coverings, complete the UMB SAFE on Campus Daily Symptom Monitoring requirement, and more.
October 02, 2020I am a UMB employee or affiliate on a pause from SAFE, but I need to visit campus one-time or only very infrequently. How do I upload my COVID-19 test result?Please use the Episodic Self Monitoring Symptom Report form.
October 01, 2020I reported I wasn't coming to campus but now I need to. How do I report my symptom status if I already submitted my survey?Please complete the Episodic Self Monitoring Symptom Report
September 23, 2020‘Virtual Blue Bins’ Are Open for Collecting Donations The COVID-19 pandemic has created a need for flexibility with the annual donation drives organized by UMB’s Staff Senate and the Office of Community Engagement.
September 23, 2020Flu Shot Clinic Sponsored by HS/HSL and School of Pharmacy Flu shots will be available (by appointment only) to UMB faculty, staff, and students* on Tuesday, Oct. 13, from noon-4 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Weise Gallery on the first floor of the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL).
September 16, 2020Central Payroll Bureau Will Not Participate in Payroll Tax DeferralThe Central Payroll Bureau, State of Maryland will not be participating in the Payroll Tax Deferral. All payroll taxes will continue to be withheld as usual. Please contact your payroll rep if you have any questions.
September 15, 2020How can volunteers or affiliates access SAFE?If you are in the community system and you would like to be included in the SAFE daily monitoring system reach out to the helpdesk, help@umaryland.edu, to request to be added to SAFE.
September 09, 2020HS/HSL To Reopen Sept. 14The HS/HSL is pleased to announce that the library building will reopen to UMB and UMMC ID card holders Monday, Sept. 14.
September 09, 2020UMB Flu Shot ClinicAll UMB students and employees can schedule an appointment for a flu shot, including employees who are teleworking and students who are learning remotely. Use this form to register for UMB's flu shot clinic.
September 08, 2020How much does the flu shot cost through UMIC?UMB students with active insurance are covered at UMIC. UMB employees' insurance will cover the flu shot at UMIC if they meet certain criteria.
September 08, 2020What do I need to bring to my UMIC flu shot appointment?Bring your photo ID and your insurance card, if covered, at check-in.
September 08, 2020What insurance is not covered by UMIC?UMaryland Immediate Care does not participate with the listed insurances.
September 08, 2020Will I get the flu from the flu shot?No. You cannot get the flu from the flu shot.
September 08, 2020If I get the flu shot, does that mean I will not get the flu?No. The flu shot is not 100 percent effective, but it does greatly lower your risk of getting the flu.
September 08, 2020Does the flu vaccine protect me right away?No. It takes about two weeks for the shot to start working in your body, so you may still catch the flu after you have the shot.
September 08, 2020CDC Flu Frequently Asked QuestionsInfluenza-related questions & answers, organized by topic.
September 08, 2020Do I need a flu shot if I got one last year?Yes. The flu virus changes so a vaccination is needed each year to protect you from each year’s most common flu type.
September 08, 2020If COVID-19 is spreading in my community, should I still go out to get a flu vaccine?Yes. You can safely get a flu vaccine at multiple locations, including your doctor’s office, health departments, and pharmacies.
September 08, 2020Similarities and Differences between Flu and COVID-19Flu and COVID-19 share many characteristics, but there are some key differences between the two.
September 08, 2020Healthy Habits to Help Prevent FluThe single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like avoiding people who are sick, covering your cough, and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like flu.
September 08, 2020Maryland Department of Health: Flu InformationGeneral flu information, information for health care providers, and where to get a flu shot
September 03, 2020Contract Considerations During COVID-19As UMB gradually returns to campus in the coming months, staff members who are responsible for securing contracts for event services or the use of venues (e.g., Hippodrome, Royal Farms Arena for commencement) need to consider including clauses that protect UMB in case events need to be canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions.
September 03, 2020Letter regarding Post-Labor Day testing Thank you for your continued diligence to help keep the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) community healthy and safe. Daily symptom monitoring, physical distancing, face coverings, and testing are tools we use to create a low-transmission environment at UMB. In consultation with the University System of Maryland (USM), UMB will require that all students, faculty, and staff coming to campus between Sept. 7 and Sept. 26 receive a negative COVID-19 test during that period. For some, this is a
September 02, 2020How to Use Point-of-Use Cleaning KitsFollowing these steps will help create a safe, healthy, and efficient way to clean surfaces on campus. Keep in mind to clean areas and surfaces before use.
September 02, 2020 Why shouldn’t I bring my own cleaning products to use on campus?It is recommended that you do not bring your own cleaning products to campus.
September 01, 2020Support, Caregiving, and Work Life Resources During COVID-19The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a work-life balance shift in nearly everyone’s lives. For parents, caregivers of young and old, the demands have changed. You will find resources to help children learn from home. This page serves as a portal to a variety of tips, information, resources, and policies that can help provide flexibility during this difficult time.
September 01, 2020COVID-19 Process for Allowing University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Employees and Students Temporary Access to CampusIn support of the University’s Telework Policy, this guidance provides the framework for UMB employees and students who require sporadic access to UMB-owned or operated facilities
August 27, 2020Do I have to wear a mask if I am alone in a room? No. If you are alone in a room (such as a lab or office), with the door closed, you do not have to wear your face covering. However, you should clean all surfaces that you have touched.
August 27, 2020Back-to-School Campus SafetyWelcome - whether virtually or in person - to another academic year at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). Since 2016, I've had the pleasure of meeting many members of our UMB community, and I am now proud to serve as interim chief of the UMB Police Department (UMBPD).
August 25, 2020Research Update: Phase 2 InitiationThe following activities (both Stage 1 and Stage 2) are now permitted to resume with the appropriate preparation and approvals as described in the Guidelines for Resuming Human Subjects Research found here:
August 25, 2020Research Update: Phase 2 InitiationUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Interim President Bruce E. Jarrell approved, effective immediately, the initiation of Stage 2 for Clinical and Community-based Human Subjects Research.
August 25, 2020Do I need to receive approval before a visitor is scheduled to arrive on campus?A visitor who is scheduled to be on campus must receive approval through the designated vice president, dean, or designee. A visitor who is accessing UMB services, who is not normally scheduled, does not require additional approval.
August 25, 2020I need to come to campus, but my SAFE emails are paused. What do I do?Employees and students who have paused their SAFE daily symptom monitoring should use the Episodic Self Monitoring Symptom Report if they need to come into work or to attend school activities on a one-time or infrequent basis during a longer period of remote working or learning.
August 24, 2020Letter From Dr. Jarrell: Welcome BackAs we begin the fall semester at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), it is very strange for me to say “Welcome Back,” knowing that the majority of us are not on campus together and many aren’t sure when we’ll see each other in person.
August 21, 2020Face to Face: UMB COVID-19 Faculty SurveyA special edition of Virtual Face to Face with Dr. Bruce Jarrell examines the findings of the COVID-19 faculty survey.
August 21, 2020I was enrolled in the SAFE program for the lab reopening. I am no longer getting my notifications. How do I get my daily symptom monitoring emails?The pilot version of SAFE on Campus has been closed and you should have received an email from safe-no-reply@umaryland.edu with a link to register in the new system. Please register in the new SAFE on Campus system.
August 19, 2020Where does my name appear when I sign the Protect UMB pledge?Your name will appear alongside your fellow UMB community members on a dedicated webpage and on monitors, also called e-boards, across campus.
August 19, 2020Am I required to take the Protect UMB pledge?No, there is no requirement to take the Protect UMB pledge. Please note this pledge is different from the UMB Housing Compact.
August 19, 2020Is there a SAFE App?No, SAFE is accessed by clicking a link in your email. SAFE can be easily completed on a computer or smartphone.
August 18, 2020Do I need a negative COVID-19 test if all that I'm doing is parking in a UMB garage, but not entering a UMB building?No.
August 18, 2020Will the Baltimore Convention Center testing site test UMB employees, even if they live out of state?Yes
August 14, 2020Face To Face: Flexibility For TeleworkersOn the Aug. 13 edition of Virtual Face to Face with Dr. Bruce Jarrell, HR managers Matt Lasecki and Juliet Dickerson take questions about teleworking now and in the future.
August 13, 2020I’m going to get tested at the Baltimore Convention Center. What should I expect? The Baltimore Convention Center is open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Appointments are encouraged and prioritized. You can schedule appointments online. Walk-ins will be tested but may take a bit longer. At peak hours such as lunch, wait times may be up to 90 minutes, but most are often less than one hour. The best times to go are mid-morning or after 1 p.m.
August 13, 2020COVID-19 Testing Guidance LetterAs you know, the University System of Maryland has mandated COVID-19 testing and symptom monitoring for students and employees returning in fall 2020. Below please find information about deadlines for getting tested as well as suggestions on where to be tested.
August 12, 2020Do I need to be tested for COVID-19 if I am coming to campus for a short period of time (e.g., to pick up supplies or items from my office, or pick up a book from the library?UMB recognizes that students and employees studying or working remotely may need to visit campus occasionally for very brief periods. This includes activities such as collecting mail, picking up or dropping off supplies or documents from an office, picking up a book at the library, and other short-duration activities that can be completed without significant interaction with others (i.e., less than 15 minutes).
August 10, 2020What time do I receive the reminder to complete my SAFE daily health screening? Once employees and students register, they will receive a COVID-19 Symptom Screening Form at 4 a.m. every day. They will receive another daily reminder if they have not filled it out by 9 a.m.
August 10, 2020How Do I Help Students and Employees Who Need Accommodations?Employees and students who do not have access to cell phones, computers, or tablets will work with their supervisors or student school contact on an alternative screening method.
August 10, 2020How should I answer about my symptoms if I have a preexisting or chronic condition?This screening program is designed to identify new symptoms that may represent COVID-19, and those completing the form should not document chronic symptoms or recurrent symptoms related to other diagnosed medical conditions.
August 10, 2020Who Receives My Health Information?The system will copy your supervisor or school contact as well as UMB Occupational Health (for employees) or Student Health (for students) if you have reported symptoms.
August 10, 2020Letter regarding SAFE on Campus Symptom MonitoringUniversity System of Maryland (USM) Chancellor Jay A. Perman, MD, recently announced that all students, faculty, and staff of USM universities and regional centers will be required to have a negative COVID-19 test before returning to their campuses. I support this decision, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is taking additional steps to protect our community. In addition to last week’s updated Face Covering Policy that is in place, all UMB students, faculty, and staff will be requ
August 07, 2020What type of COVID-19 test must I get?You must get a COVID-19 diagnostic test. This type of test will show if you have an active coronavirus infection. Currently there are two types of diagnostic tests: molecular tests, such as RT-PCR tests, that detect the virus’ genetic material, and antigen tests that detect specific proteins on the surface of the virus.
August 07, 2020What does a positive result mean?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.
August 07, 2020What does a negative result mean?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.
August 07, 2020How can I help to prevent the spread of COVID-19?Keep a safe distance (at least 6 feet apart) from others, avoid touching your mouth and eyes, and more.
August 07, 2020Are contractors or non-UMB visitors required to be tested prior to working at UMB? UMB expects all contractors working on campus to have effective COVID-19 safety plans in place. However, at this time, UMB is not requiring contractors to submit documentation of COVID-19 test results for their employees.
August 07, 2020Will UMB cover insurance co-payments?There is free COVID-19 testing offered in the state of Maryland. With Affordable Care Act-compliant health insurance, there are no co-pays for a COVID-19 test. Therefore, UMB will not cover any medical costs associated with COVID-19 testing for students or employees.
August 07, 2020If I am not traveling to the UMB campus, do I still need to report to UMB if I get COVID-19 or if I get exposed to COVID-19?No.
August 07, 2020Can I submit a positive COVID-19 antibodies test in place of a negative COVID-19 diagnostic test? No.
August 07, 2020I have previously tested positive for COVID-19, do I need another test?No. A person who has previously tested positive for COVID-19 may use clearance from a physician to return to UMB.
August 07, 2020Am I required to stay home pending test results? If you are working on the UMB campus and do not have symptoms of COVID-19, you may continue to work pending the results of the test. If you have not been working on campus, you must wait until you are tested for COVID-19 before you may come to campus.
August 07, 2020Am I allowed to be tested during working hours?Employees should be permitted to do their COVID-19 test on work time. Employees should work with their supervisor to determine a mutually convenient time to be tested for COVID-19.
August 07, 2020Can I be reimbursed for travel expenses such as parking for testing?At your department's or supervisor's discretion, employees may seek reimbursement for travel-related expenses through the business travel reimbursement process.
August 04, 2020Updates and Reminders Regarding Phase 2 of Research ActivitiesOn July 27 we transitioned laboratory-based research to Phase 2. This decision was based on the very small number of COVID–19 cases among the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) research community, and on the fact that there was no evidence of transmission within our research community. We are constantly monitoring the situation in our city and state, and are keenly aware that it is not as positive as that within our campus. If infection or transmission metrics worsen on campus, we will imme
August 04, 2020UM shuttle Suspended for Fall SemesterThe University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Office of Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) appreciates the role the UM shuttle plays in transporting faculty, staff, and students to campus. However, the UM shuttle will not be operating during the fall semester.
August 03, 2020Letter regarding UMB Updated Face Covering PolicyWe 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.
July 31, 2020What if I’ve been exposed?Exposure can come in a variety of forms. All COVID-19 exposure must be reported.
July 31, 2020Research Stage 2 DelayedUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Interim President Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS, announced in a recent communication that the University would initiate Stage 1 for clinical and community-based human subjects research on July 20 and if all went well, we would initiate Stage 2 on Aug. 3. We are now operating in Stage 1.
July 31, 2020Letter regarding COVID-19 Testing for Employees and Students Returning to CampusAs you may have seen, the University System of Maryland (USM) issued a statement on COVID-19 testing and symptom monitoring for students and employees returning in Fall 2020. The statement makes COVID-19 testing mandatory for all USM on-campus students and employees, and states that they should follow the testing guidance issued by their institution. UMB is in the process of developing specific guidance, but I wanted to share as much as we know right now about the general parameters of the USM s
July 30, 2020University System of Maryland Statement on COVID-19 Testing and Symptom Monitoring for Students and Employees Returning in Fall 2020https://www.usmd.edu/newsroom/news/2068
July 28, 2020Letter regarding Updated Telework PolicyAs we move toward fall, the novel coronavirus remains a threat to the health and safety of our community and country. I am pleased to share the updated COVID-19 Status of Operation and Telework Policy PDF that extends telework for the vast majority of University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB) faculty and staff. Most of us, including senior leadership, will continue to work remotely until there is a significant change in the pandemic.
July 23, 2020UMB Safe in the Workplace Faculty TrainingFaculty members planning to return to campus for any reason are required to take the on-line course, UMB COVID-19 Safe in the Workplace. Log into the UMB Learning Management System (LMS) and search for the training by title, or click on the title link to access this training. UMB Safe in the Workplace PLEASE NOTE: If you have previously taken the on-line course, UMB COVID-19 Research Safety, this completes your requirement
July 22, 2020Dental Clinics Experiential Learning Recovery Guidelines Some experiential/clinical programs will begin this summer in an effort to preserve graduation timelines, meet accreditation requirements, and restore services to clients and communities. Those programs approved to resume will be closely screened before starting in order to protect students, staff, faculty, and the greater community with whom they may interact.
July 22, 2020Outpatient Medical Clinics Experiential Learning Recovery Guidelines Some experiential/clinical programs will begin this summer in an effort to preserve graduation timelines, meet accreditation requirements, and restore services to clients and communities. Those programs approved to resume will be closely screened before starting in order to protect students, staff, faculty, and the greater community with whom they may interact.
July 22, 2020Outpatient and Community Pharmacies Experiential Learning Recovery Guidelines Some experiential/clinical programs will begin this summer in an effort to preserve graduation timelines, meet accreditation requirements, and restore services to clients and communities. Those programs approved to resume will be closely screened before starting in order to protect students, staff, faculty, and the greater community with whom they may interact.
July 22, 2020Courthouses (or Other Settings with Controlled Entry) Experiential Learning Recovery Guidelines Some experiential/clinical programs will begin this summer in an effort to preserve graduation timelines, meet accreditation requirements, and restore services to clients and communities. Those programs approved to resume will be closely screened before starting in order to protect students, staff, faculty, and the greater community with whom they may interact.
July 22, 2020Schools Experiential Learning Recovery Guidelines Some experiential/clinical programs will begin this summer in an effort to preserve graduation timelines, meet accreditation requirements, and restore services to clients and communities. Those programs approved to resume will be closely screened before starting in order to protect students, staff, faculty, and the greater community with whom they may interact.
July 22, 2020Homeless Shelters Experiential Learning Recovery Guidelines Some experiential/clinical programs will begin this summer in an effort to preserve graduation timelines, meet accreditation requirements, and restore services to clients and communities. Those programs approved to resume will be closely screened before starting in order to protect students, staff, faculty, and the greater community with whom they may interact.
July 22, 2020Assisted Living Facilities/Nursing Home Experiential Learning Recovery GuidelinesSome experiential/clinical programs will begin this summer in an effort to preserve graduation timelines, meet accreditation requirements, and restore services to clients and communities. Those programs approved to resume will be closely screened before starting in order to protect students, staff, faculty, and the greater community with whom they may interact.
July 22, 2020Prisons/Correctional Facilities Experiential Learning Recovery GuidelinesSome experiential/clinical programs will begin this summer in an effort to preserve graduation timelines, meet accreditation requirements, and restore services to clients and communities. Those programs approved to resume will be closely screened before starting in order to protect students, staff, faculty, and the greater community with whom they may interact.
July 22, 2020How often will the common areas at UMB be cleaned and how thorough will the housekeepers clean? UMB Environmental Services (EVS) staff will be providing enhanced cleaning and disinfection services that align with the guidance provided by campus leadership and the Recovery Task Force.
July 15, 2020Letter Regarding Reversal of ICE Policy on International StudentsIt is with great relief that I bring you excellent news, not only for our international students, but for our entire community to which they so richly contribute. Yesterday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reversed a policy that would have forced international students to transfer or leave the country if their universities chose not to hold in-person classes due the coronavirus pandemic.
July 15, 2020Do I have to be tested at a UMB-designated testing site? No. If you have no symptoms compatible with COVID-19 and want to be tested after out-of-state travel, we ask that you use one of many options listed below. You should not contact the COVID-19 Hotline for travel-related COVID-19 Testing.
July 14, 2020What if I live in a surrounding state and travel to Maryland for work? Should I be tested?Out-of-state travel to and from work is covered under the UMB/University of Maryland Medical System travel policy. It is not recommended that you be tested if you have no symptoms and did not come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days.
July 14, 2020Letter regarding Stage 1 of Clinical and Community-Based Human Subjects ResearchToday, 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.
July 14, 2020Letter regarding updated guidance on out-of-state travel and testing 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.
July 11, 2020Letter Regarding Research Update: Phase 2In our last communication from June 3, 2020, we provided guidance for operating in Phase 1: Limited Presence Phase to conduct your research safely. Interim President Bruce Jarrell has now authorized the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) to move to Phase 2, the Ramping Up Phase, on Monday, July 27.
July 10, 2020COVID-19 Recovery website and Focus Area videosThe COVID-19 Recovery website is now live and contains consolidated information about recovery planning for faculty, staff, students, and community members. I hope that you will look to the site to find updates, FAQs, announcements, and resources across a variety of topics.
July 06, 2020Can I conduct human subjects research and clinical service delivery at international sites?Research and service delivery at international sites is guided by the UMB phased research plan adopted June 23, 2020. As of July 2, 2020, the University is at Stage 0 for clinical research (preparation stage). Check plan for guidelines and instructions.
July 06, 2020How do I get in touch with the Office of International Services (OIS) if I have questions?OIS staff are here to help you, even though we are working remotely. International postdocs and faculty who need assistance from OIS staff can email the office and submit requests for visa services or appointments with OIS staff in Sunapsis.
July 06, 2020Can I extend an international postdoc past the five-year limit on postdoctoral fellow appointments? UMB will allow narrow case-by-case exceptions to be made to the five-year postdoc limit if the exception is due to COVID-19-related circumstances.
July 06, 2020I am a faculty member, department chair, or dean who hires international postdoctoral fellows and faculty. Can I hire international postdocs and faculty?Prospective international faculty and postdocs who are currently in the United States can be hired in most circumstances. In general, UMB can pursue visa sponsorship for individuals who are currently in the United States who need an employment visa to start or continue work at UMB.
July 04, 2020Guidance on Out of State Travel This week, the Maryland Secretary of Health issued guidance stating that those who travel outside Maryland should be tested for COVID-19 upon their return.
June 29, 2020HHS ASPR TRAACIEThis page highlights resources identified or developed to address current response and recovery operations to novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
June 26, 2020What should I do if I feel ill?Anyone who presents symptoms compatible with a COVID-19 or flu-like illness (fever, cough, or shortness of breath and other respiratory viruses) should not be on UMB’s campus and should seek guidance from a health care provider.
June 25, 2020Letter Regarding UMB Phased Research PlanThe University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) restart of the research enterprise for basic research began in late May with a preparation and planning phase (Phase 0) that transitioned to a limited presence phase (Phase 1) on June 8. This transition to reopen on-campus basic research has gone very smoothly with the implementation of several new requirements to protect the health and safety of the University community.
June 23, 2020Preparing for Phase 1: A PrimerA checklist for researchers to resume research for Phase 1
June 23, 2020Research Advisory Task Force Laboratory Re-Occupancy Planning FormThis form must be approved by your Department Chair or Center Director, and submitted to your School,before research can resume in yourlaboratory
June 23, 2020Guidelines for ResumingHuman Subjects ResearchThe UMB COVID 19 Research Advisory Task Force was charged with developing guidance forrestarting research considering the ongoing pandemic. The guidance is intended to be used toinform decision-making by the UMB President and the Institutional Official
June 18, 2020Can the virus be spread through the air ducts? No, the virus is not spread via the HVAC system.
June 18, 2020Can I eat lunch with my lab mates if we are fewer than 10 people? No. Evidence is emerging that a major route of transmission in the workplace is between people having lunch together.
June 18, 2020Will hand-sanitizing stations be available? Yes. Additional hand sanitizers were installed at the entrances to most buildings.
June 18, 2020Why are we not measuring everyone’s temperature? Non-contact temperature measuring devices are not precise and fail to identify carriers who have not developed a fever.
June 18, 2020Are we ready to reopen research laboratories? The decision to reopen June 8 was based on several considerations, including Gov. Larry Hogan’s decision to lift his stay-at-home order, and Interim President Bruce E. Jarrell’s determination that the campus is prepared to safely return for limited research activities.
June 18, 2020Why are there multiple phases for research reopening? The phased, gradual return to research activities will allow us to determine if the safety precautions are working as intended, and if everyone understands and follows these rules.
June 18, 2020What happens if I am a UMB employee and I am required to be away from work for a period of quarantine or other COVID-19 pandemic-related reasons but I do not have any available leave? Employees affected by COVID-19-related absences who cannot work remotely and who have exhausted all paid leave should contact Human Resources to discuss options.
June 15, 2020Letter Regarding University Recovery UpdateAs I announced last month, the Recovery Task Force is leading the University of Maryland, Baltimore's (UMB) recovery efforts through its 12 focus area groups. I want to share our latest recovery planning updates in these areas:
June 15, 2020What hours does Public Safety patrol the campus? Currently, Public Safety has staff on campus from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Open campus buildings have a security officer stationed at most entrances. Police officers are patrolling the campus 24/7. A supplement of security officers help to cover between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. Safe Walk remains available 24/7; service can be requested by calling 410-706-6882.
June 12, 2020What is the difference between cleaning and disinfecting?Cleaning refers to the removal of germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces. Disinfecting refers to using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces.
June 12, 2020How Buildings Are Cleaned and DisinfectedIn addition to routine custodial cleaning, the University has implemented an enhanced cleaning protocol and frequency to clean and disinfect common areas and commonly touched surfaces in occupied buildings.
June 12, 2020Researchers Safety PlanAll researchers should review the COVID-19 Research Safety Plan which provides safety practices for conducting research during restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
June 12, 2020Enhanced HygieneGuidelines for enhanced personal hygiene on campus
June 01, 2020HS/HSL seeks COVID-19 Stories and Experiences from UMB CommunityIn an effort to capture the UMB Community’s experiences during the current pandemic for future researchers Historical Collections in the Health Sciences and Human Services Library has launched a project: UnMasking a Pandemic: Stories from UMB during COVID-19.
May 15, 2020UMB Recovery FrameworkCOVID-19 presents challenges and opportunities that call for addressing recovery alongside strategic planning. This framework aligns quickly restoring education and research with comprehensive strategic planning to regenerate an innovative, competitive, and resilient institution driven by the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) Core Values.
March 18, 2020Where can I find information regarding the use of the Blackboard Learning Management application for teaching and learning? View the complete answer for links for specific users.
March 18, 2020Will UMB excuse an absence for a student who is sick with COVID-19?Schools will make reasonable efforts to accommodate sick students. In some cases, makeup activity may not meet requirements for the student to continue in their studies as intended. The school and student will need to work together to determine a revised academic plan. Seek guidance from your school’s Academic Affairs office.