Researchers & Research Administrators

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of COVID-19 test must I get?

Posted August 07, 2020

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’s genetic material and antigen tests that detect specific proteins on the surface of the virus. Read more.

What does a positive result mean?

Posted August 07, 2020

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

What does a negative result mean?

Posted August 07, 2020

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

Announcements and Letters

Updates and Reminders Regarding Phase 2 of Research Activities

Posted August 04, 2020

On 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 Read more.

UM shuttle Suspended for Fall Semester

Posted August 04, 2020

The 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. Read more.

Letter regarding UMB Updated Face Covering Policy

Posted August 03, 2020

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

Additional Resources

Dental Clinics Experiential Learning Recovery Guidelines

Posted July 22, 2020

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. Read more.

Outpatient Medical Clinics Experiential Learning Recovery Guidelines

Posted July 22, 2020

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. Read more.

Outpatient and Community Pharmacies Experiential Learning Recovery Guidelines

Posted July 22, 2020

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. Read more.