Testing, Hygiene, and Health

COVID-19 Testing

There is no UMB requirement for asymptomatic COVID-19 testing before returning to campus for the first time for the Spring 2022 semester. However, there may be some specific school or program requirements to present a negative test result.
The UMB community will be notified if there is a need for COVID-19 surveillance testing in the future.
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.
Please note that if you are recovering from COVID-19 or fall under the other COVID-19 exposure or symptom guidance, please follow the testing guidance provided by the UMB COVID-19 Hotline or UMB COVID-19 Exposure Guide.

COVID-19 Testing Locations

The Maryland Department of Health (MD) has a new site, covidtest.maryland.gov to find your closest testing site. The MDH is also operating its own testing sites throughout the state in partnership with the Maryland National Guard. Updated hours and locations are found at the bottom of that page.

MDH also posts updates to hours and new sites on its Twitter account and Facebook page.

The following sites are located near UMB:
University of Maryland Medical Center Modular Care Unit, 110 S. Paca St. More details can be found here.
State Center, 300 W. Preston Street. More information about scheduling a test at this site can be found here.
Nomi Health is offering tests at a mobile clinic located at 419 W. Baltimore Street. Walk-ins are accepted during limited hours. To avoid a long wait, you may schedule a test on their appointment website.
Baltimore City Health Department also lists a weekly schedule of vaccination and testing sites here.
Appointments are offered at the 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.
Students and employees living outside of Maryland should visit their state health department’s website for information on COVID-19 testing available in their state. A link to each state’s health department can be found here.
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.

Private insurance providers are now covering the cost of up to 8 over-the-counter rapid antigen tests per month, per individual.

Additionally, the federal government is providing free at-home rapid antigen tests at covidtests.gov.


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

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

Posted January 20, 2022

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


Posted January 19, 2022

Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days. Order your tests now so you have them when you need them. Read more.

Letter: New COVID-19 Testing Site Opens Wednesday

Posted January 18, 2022

A new COVID-19 walk-up testing site will open Wednesday, Jan. 19, that is conveniently located for the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) community. The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) and the Maryland National Guard will operate a testing site in the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) Modular Care Unit, atop the Paca-Pratt parking lot, at 110 S. Paca St. (Please note that UMMC is merely serving as a host site and is not involved in operations.) Read more.