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Testing is critical to our understanding of the prevalence of COVID-19 in our community. We have developed appropriate procedures to initiate early contact identification for anyone who tests positive, and protocols for isolation and quarantine so we can help protect against the further spread of the virus.

Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing schedules will shift for Winter Break. See testing details and schedules.


Who Needs to Be Tested

Requirements for students, faculty, staff, and affiliates:

  • If you are unvaccinated, regardless of exemption status, you are required to get a PCR-based COVID-19 test twice per week, at least 72 hours apart.
    • This testing is available on-campus at the Stamp Student Union and must occur on Mondays and Thursdays of each week. On-campus testing does not need to be confirmed at return.umd.edu.
    • If you are tested off-campus, you must go to return.umd.edu, select “Confirm Test Results” and confirm your negative result to remain in compliance.
  • If you are fully vaccinated, have been notified that you are a close contact and do not have symptoms, you must get tested 5-7 days after exposure.
    • This testing is available at the Stamp Student Union on any of the days testing is available.
  • If you are fully vaccinated, have not been notified that you are a close contact, and do not have symptoms, you do not need to be tested regularly.
    • You have the option to be tested at the Stamp Student Union on any of the available days.
       

There are significant consequences for students, faculty and staff who fail to comply with our COVID-19 policies, including canceled registration for students and progressive discipline, including termination, for employees.

 


Getting Tested

In partnership with the University of Maryland School of Medicine, we will now be processing all on-campus COVID-19 tests through the Maryland Genomics SampleScanner (MG Scanner) mobile app. You can complete your one-time patient registration using return.umd.edu.

MGScanner App Instructions

 

If You Have COVID-19 Symptoms

  • Testing is available at the tent adjacent to the University Health Center in Lot HP Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • You do not need an appointment.
  • Rapid antigen testing will be performed in the testing tent while you wait, with results available in approximately 15 minutes.
  • Results of on-campus tests will be submitted automatically to the University Health Center.
  • You must wear a mask when going to be tested.
     

If You Do Not Have COVID-19 Symptoms

  • Testing is available at the Stamp Student Union. Please check the signage by the Information Desk for the location each day.
  • If you’re unvaccinated and getting regular twice weekly testing, your testing days are Mondays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • If you’re fully vaccinated, testing is available Mondays and Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Results of on-campus tests will be submitted automatically to the University Health Center.
  • You must wear a mask when going to be tested.
  • If you require ADA accommodations for the COVID-19 testing clinic, please use this form to submit a requestPlease complete this form at least 24 hours prior to your visit to the Stamp Student Union for testing.
  • Pay parking is available in the Union Lane Garage.
     

Please remember, do not come to the Stamp Student Union if you have symptoms; walk-in at the University Health Center testing tent instead.
 

Asymptomatic Testing Schedules Thanksgiving Week - Spring Semester
Unless specifically mentioned below, the twice-weekly testing requirement for unvaccinated individuals remains in place.

  • Thanksgiving Week: November 22/23
    Unvaccinated community will only have to test once this week and then resume twice weekly testing the following week.
  • Winter Break: December 20/21
    Unvaccinated community will only have to test once this week and then resume twice weekly testing when they return to campus.
  • January: Monday/Thursday, only, the weeks of January 3 and 10.  Tuesday/Thursday the week of January 17 (due to the MLK holiday). 
  • Spring Semester: Return to Monday through Thursday testing the week classes start, January 24
 

Free COVID-19 testing is available in the College Park area and across the state of Maryland. If you are required to get tested twice per week, the tests must be 72 hours apart and you must confirm your negative test result at return.umd.edu. If you test positive, contact the HEAL Line.
 
Free Local COVID-19 Testing Locations in Prince George’s County
The Prince George’s County Health Department website has information on COVID-19 testing. Information below is sourced from the County's testing site locator.

Additional information and other testing locations can be found at coronavirus.maryland.gov or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

  • PCR-based test results must be confirmed at return.umd.edu if you were tested off-campus. The UHC will not submit off-campus test results for you.
  • Results of on-campus tests will be submitted automatically to the University Health Center.

What To Do Next

Negative test results from off-campus testing locations must be submitted by individuals to return.umd.edu. The UHC will not submit off-campus test results on your behalf.

  • Employees—notify your supervisor / Students—notify your instructor that you need to isolate and cannot be at work or at school in person.
  • You must call the HEAL line at 301-405-4325
  • You will be required to isolate for 10 days, regardless of vaccination status. You are exempt from the campus testing requirement while you remain in isolation.
  • For employees: you will need to go home. You can telework if your supervisor has approved your position as telework eligible and you feel well enough to do so. You will need to use your earned paid leave if your position is not telework eligible, as defined by your supervisor, and/or you do not feel well enough to work.
  • For on-campus residential students: you will need to move to isolation housing for the duration of your isolation period.
  • For students living off campus: you may choose to move to a hotel or your permanent address, if isolating at your current residence is not an option.
  • All students: you will need to make arrangements with your instructor regarding class attendance and assignments for the duration of your isolation period.
     

Staff from the University Health Center will initiate Early Contact Identification to ensure that individuals on campus who are close contacts to the positive case are notified swiftly. Notification will be provided to individuals who may have been in close contact with the positive individual, as well as those who were in a shared space but were not in close contact. The Prince George’s Health Department will follow up with formal contact tracing of positive individuals.

 

Staff from the University Health Center will initiate Early Contact Identification to ensure that individuals on campus who are close contacts to the positive case are notified swiftly. 
 
Definition of Close Contact: When you are within six feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period (for example, 1 continuous 15 minute exposure or 3 separate 5 minute exposures over 24 hours). This definition applies regardless of whether one or both parties were wearing a mask.
 
If you are fully vaccinated and do not have symptoms of COVID-19:

  • You will not need to quarantine and may remain at the workplace or in the classroom.
  • You will need to continue to wear a mask indoors at all times.
  • You will be required to get a COVID-19 viral test 5-7 days after exposure to the positive case.
  • You may continue working or studying while awaiting the test results. If your test comes back positive, you will need to isolate for 10 days from the date of the positive test (see section above: "If You Test Positive").
  • You must continuously monitor for symptoms and remain 6-foot distanced from others while removing your mask to eat and drink, until you receive a negative test result.
  • If you develop any symptoms of COVID-19, you must isolate and report for testing.
     

If you are not fully vaccinated:

  • Get tested immediately with a viral test. If the test result is negative, you should get tested again 5-7 days after your last exposure or immediately if symptoms develop.
  • You must quarantine for 10 days. You are exempt from the campus testing requirement while you remain in quarantine.
  • For employees: you will need to go home. You can telework if your supervisor has approved your position as telework eligible and you feel well enough to do so. You will need to use Sick Leave if your position is not telework eligible, as defined by your supervisor, and/or you do not feel well enough to work.
  • For on-campus residential students: you will need to be moved to quarantine housing.
  • For students living off campus: you may choose to move to a hotel or to your permanent address, if quarantining at your current residence is not an option.
  • All students: you will need to make arrangements with your instructor regarding class attendance and assignments for the duration of your quarantine period.

The quarantine and isolation housing program is available for residential students who are unable to return to their permanent address to quarantine or isolate.

  • Students are quarantined if they are unvaccinated and have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus. (Vaccinated students who have been exposed to the virus must test 5-7 days after exposure.)
  • Students are isolated if they test positive for the virus, regardless of vaccination status.
     

A Quarantine/Isolation (Q/I) Case Manager will be assigned to each student who will isolate or quarantine on campus. Consistent with last semester, affected residential students will be asked to move to Q/I housing in Leonardtown, in the designated Fraternity Row Chapter House, or at their permanent residence off-campus. Students in Q/I housing are required to stay 10 days, regardless of whether they are in quarantine or isolation.

For Students and Their Families

To ensure that case managers are able to meet the needs of students in Q/I housing, the case managers are a dedicated point of contact for students only. Family members of Q/I housed students can contact the Office of Parent and Family Affairs with questions or concerns at 301.314.8429 or terpfamily@umd.edu. Staff members are available from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday. Messages received outside of these hours, including weekends, will be returned as soon as possible and based on priority of need.

Transportation Information

Students will receive transportation from their residence hall to Q/I housing. Only clothes, toiletries, prescription medicines, and academic tools/materials (including computing equipment) should be brought to Q/I housing. Drivers are not expected to assist with moving personal belongings.

Meal Service

Student residences are equipped with refrigerators and microwaves and Dining Services will provide water, three meals a day, and snacks. Students who are not on a university meal plan will be required to pay a daily charge for meals or they must make other arrangements to have 3 meals a day delivered to them. Students in Q/I housing are permitted to order food for delivery. They are not permitted to leave housing to go grocery shopping or pick up takeout from a restaurant.

Coursework While in Q/I Housing

Students will need to make arrangements with their instructor regarding class attendance and assignments for the duration of their Q/I period.

Visitors/Guests

Students in Q/I housing are not permitted to have visitors or guests while in Q/I housing. Deliveries may be left at the doorstep of the student’s apartment or of the chapter house. Students who have guests during their Q/I housing period will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct for adjudication.

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