Testing, Hygiene, and Health

Mandatory COVID-19 Testing

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:

(1)  obtain a COVID-19 diagnostic test between March 22 and April 3; and

(2)  submit a negative COVID-19 test result by April 8, 2021.

The spring break testing requirement does not apply if you were not on campus between March 22 and April 3.

Students, faculty, or staff who test positive for COVID-19 should immediately self-isolate and contact the UMB COVID-19 Hotline (1-800-701-9863).

COVID-19 Testing Locations

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. This is required because you are not considered fully vaccinated until it has been more than two weeks since you received either the second shot of a two-dose vaccine or the one shot of the single-dose vaccine. If you have already uploaded your proof of vaccination into SAFE on Campus (or Castle Branch), you do not need to upload it again.

Submitting Test Results

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.

FAQs

1. My school currently tests me on a routine basis for COVID-19. Do I need to get another COVID-19 test as required under the 2021 spring break COVID-19 testing requirement?

If you are being tested for COVID-19 as part of an ongoing COVID-19 testing program at your school, you may be exempt from the 2021 spring break COVID-19 testing requirement. Your school can provide guidance on whether its ongoing COVID-19 testing exempts you from the 2021 spring break COVID-19 testing requirement.

2. I attend classes only at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) campus and am being tested for COVID-19 in accordance with USG COVID-19 testing requirements. Do I also need to be tested for COVID-19 under UMB’s 2021 spring break COVID-19 testing requirement?

No.

3. I 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).

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. This is required because you are not considered fully vaccinated until it has been more than two weeks since you received either the second shot of a two-dose vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) or the one shot of the single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson/Janssen).

Vaccinated students, faculty, or staff who are experiencing COVID-like symptoms or who believe that they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive should immediately contact the UMB COVID-19 Hotline at 800-701-9863.

4. I have already submitted proof of vaccination into SAFE on Campus (or Castle Branch) or the UMB Vaccination Tracking Form, do I need to do it again for the Mandatory COVID-19 Testing for people on campus between March 22 and April 3?

 
No

5. I am coming to the Southern Management Corporation Campus Center for the vaccination clinic, either to receive the vaccine or support operations as an employee or volunteer, or I am going to a clinical site. Does the spring break testing requirement apply to me?

No.

Latest Updates

Negative COVID-19 Test No Longer Required When Returning to Campus for First Time

Posted April 06, 2021

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. Read more.

I received a COVID-19 vaccine. Do I still have to abide by UMB COVID-19 testing protocols?

Updated April 05, 2021

You may submit proof of being fully vaccinated in place of a negative COVID-19 test result. Please upload to SAFE (or Castle Branch). Read more.

Who at UMB must get a COVID-19 test?

Updated April 05, 2021

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: Read more.