Testing, Hygiene, and Health

COVID-19 Testing

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. (Some schools and programs are continuing to require tests from students, however.)

The UMB community will be notified if there is a need for COVID-19 surveillance testing, as was recently required after spring break. There may also be testing announced because of symptomatic and high-risk exposures; an outbreak or cluster; or requirements from the state or University System of Maryland.

COVID-19 Testing Locations

Appointments are offered at University of Maryland (UM) Immediate Care 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 UM Immediate Care directly at 667-214-1899.

Additionally, the Baltimore Convention Center has a wider availability of appointments for testing and is a short walk from campus. Appointments at the Convention Center can be made online using this link. Walk-in testing is also available.

Submitting Test Results

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.

Students: For all tests conducted on Oct. 5, 2020, or later, students should upload their test results into the secure, confidential, and HIPAA-compliant UMB SAFE on Campus (SAFE) daily symptom monitoring form that you already receive.

Employees: Upload evidence of negative COVID-19 diagnostic test result to the secure, confidential, and HIPAA-compliant UMB SAFE on Campus app once it is launched. Directions on uploading results will be provided as part of the SAFE on Campus app launch.

COVID-19 Testing Costs

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.

CRISP Form

The Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients (CRISP) is the state of Maryland’s designated electronic health record system. UMB’s agreement with CRISP to directly release student COVID-19 test data (with student permission) also includes collection of COVID-19 vaccination history, with the employee’s consent.

The information will be used for public health purposes to help make decisions about preventive measures and identify members of the UMB community at risk of infection from exposure to COVID-19. 

The CRISP Authorization Form can be accessed through the UMB COVID-19 Management Portal. This will populate the form with your name and email address. Your authorization via this form will permit CRISP to share your COVID-19 vaccination history with school leaders, department managers, and the occupational/student health clinical team. Only the clinical team will receive your COVID-19 test results.

Information is collected through CRISP connected providers, which are mainly located in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

Permitting this sharing of information reduces “form fatigue” by eliminating the need to disclose your latest Maryland test results and Maryland vaccination records and will be convenient if booster shots are issued in the future for COVID-19 variants. 

One exception is the University of Maryland School of Nursing, whose students must upload COVID-19 vaccination records to CastleBranch because the school needs all student immunizations in one place for clinical placement purposes.

Latest Updates

Where at UMB am I still required to wear a face covering regardless of vaccination status?

Posted July 19, 2021

As part of the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) mission, UMB provides clinical services and performs medical research in multiple buildings on campus. In clinical areas, including patient waiting areas, face coverings are required regardless of vaccination status. The amended Governor’s face coverings order still requires that masks be worn when “obtaining healthcare services, including without limitation, in offices of physicians and dentists, hospitals, pharmacies, and laboratories.” Read more.

Physical Distancing & Capacity Guidelines

Updated July 19, 2021

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

If you’re testing only non-vaccinated people for COVID-19 (or allowing only vaccinated people at certain events), aren’t you de facto revealing private medical information about me?

Updated July 02, 2021

There is no testing protocol in place at UMB at this time. If you feel sick, please consult the UMB COVID-19 Hotline or your physician about testing options. Read more.