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 COVID-19 Isolation/Quarantine Protocols.
What Type of Test Should You Get?

When You Have Symptoms:

  • PCR is the best choice – results typically take 24-48 hours.
  • Rapid antigen testing may also be used if PCR is not easily available.
    • Two tests at least 24 hours apart for symptoms.
    • Home rapid antigen testing kits are acceptable.

After You've Been Exposed to COVID-19:

  • PCR is the best choice
    • Results typically take 24-48 hours.
    • Follow the recommended schedule based on exposure situation.
  • Rapid antigen testing may also be used if PCR is not easily available.
    • Follow the recommended schedule for serial testing based on exposure situation
    • Home rapid antigen testing kits are acceptable.

Testing After COVID-positive Test:

  • Rapid antigen tests are the best choice.
    • Two negative tests at least 24 hours apart are good indication of recovery.
    • Home antigen testing kits are acceptable.
  • PCR testing may be used but is not the best choice.
    • Results typically take 24-48 hours.
    • Positive may persist long after you have recovered and does not mean you are still able to infect others.
    • Negative PCR test after COVID-19 infection is a good indication of recovery.
COVID-19 Testing Locations

The Maryland Department of Health (MD) has a new site, to find your closest testing site. T

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

The following sites are located near UMB:
State Center, 300 W. Preston Street. More information about scheduling a test at this site can be found here.
Nomi Health is offering both rapid antigen and PCR 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


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

COVID-19 Isolation/Quarantine Protocols

Updated August 19, 2022

In the event of COVID-19 illness or exposure, report your case and check quarantine guidance here. Read more.

Letter: Welcome UMB Incoming Students for Fall 2022

Posted July 21, 2022

COVID-19 vaccine — Primary series is required for any on-campus student [1] (2 doses of Moderna/Pfizer and 1 dose of Janssen). Booster dose recommended. Vaccine dates and lot numbers required for documentation verification. Read more.

Spring 2022 UMB COVID-19 FAQs

Updated May 31, 2022

On March 2, 2022, UMB President Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS, announced changes to the University’s mask policy. The updated policy can be accessed at this link. We have developed the following answers to questions you might have regarding how the policy impacts you. We also encourage you to read the full policy. Read more.