The University of Baltimore joins other institutions in the University System of Maryland in complying with the USM's protocols for COVID-19 testing as a prerequisite for entering the UB campus, beginning with the fall 2020 semester.
As USM Chancellor Jay A. Perman announced on July 30, 2020: "Disease conditions have, in fact, changed; sharp increases in COVID-19 cases have been documented across the nation in recent weeks. In light of this COVID spike, the USM is implementing certain testing, symptom monitoring, and infection prevention and control protocols for all students and employees returning to campus in the fall. They are intended to help all of us within the USM fulfill our mutual commitment to protect one another and do our part to reduce disease transmission.
"COVID-19 testing is mandatory for all USM on-campus students and employees. Anyone returning in-person to a USM institution must be tested for COVID-19 within 14 days prior to their arrival, and must provide university officials confirmation of a negative COVID test result."
UB will announce shortly its plan for implementing the USM testing protocols. Along with that, we will issue guidelines for our REDCap approach to routinely self-checking symptoms before entering a campus facility.
To facilitate the testing process, below are links to local and area testing centers. We recommend that you check out these centers and make an appointment for testing at your earliest convenience. By following the protocols, you will help ensure the safety of those who visit the UB campus this fall. While we are delivering an almost exclusively online education during this semester, there are times when some people, including UB Police officers and housekeeping staff, are in our campus buildings. To that end, we also recommend that you follow this public-health advice:
- Wear a mask or face covering in campus buildings and on campus grounds;
- Practice physical distancing of at least six feet between individuals;
- Comply with local guidance on events and gatherings;
- Maintain vigilant hand hygiene (washing, sanitizing, limited face-touching);
- Monitor your symptoms daily.
Baltimore Isolation Assistance Program (Baltimore City residents only)
The Harford County Health Department will not be conducting testing at this time (July 30, 2020). Those Harford residents with insurance should go here for testing information. Those Harford residents without insurance should go here for testing information. A no-cost drive-in testing opportunity for Harford residents will be held at Ripken Stadium on Aug, 4. Details are available here.
Check this page frequently for updates.