Testing to Expand, Enhanced Health Precautions Implemented in Affected Residence Halls, Fraternity and Sorority Houses
The new restrictions on student gatherings announced by President Darryll J. Pines and Dr. Spyridon Marinopoulos, Health Center director, do not include in-person academic instruction.
University President Darryll J. Pines and Dr. Spyridon Marinopoulos, Health Center director, sent the following email to the campus community last night:
We are writing to you today because we have seen a significant and concerning increase in positive COVID cases on and around our campus in recent days. From the beginning of this pandemic, we have pledged to take action whenever we see the threat of further spread.
Over the past several days, we have seen clusters (defined as three positive cases within a defined area) and outbreaks (defined as five or more positive cases within a defined area) in several locations on and off campus.
New COVID Measures
With guidance from university and county health experts, we are implementing the following measures, effective immediately and until further notice:
Remain Vigilant 4 Maryland
The combination of COVID fatigue, new variants and this uptick in cases reinforces the vital importance of maintaining our 4 Maryland protocols. It is imperative that you wear your mask indoors and outdoors (ensuring a snug fit), maintain physical distancing (in addition to wearing a mask), wash your hands frequently, and stay home if you are feeling sick.
Failure to abide by these protocols will have significant consequences for every member of our community. Students not following these guidelines will be reported and disciplined by the Office of Student Conduct, which can include suspension and, for multiple offenses, expulsion. Faculty and staff will be held accountable by similar processes.
If there is no significant decrease in cases over the coming days, additional restrictions may be implemented including the suspension of in-person classes, laboratory research and other campus activities. If necessary, we will move all instruction to an online environment.
We do not take lightly that these additional measures impact everyday lives. We are keenly aware of the toll this virus is taking on our collective and individual mental health. But we cannot let down our guard against this virus. Even now, as the promise of a vaccine and a return to normalcy seems within our grasp, we must protect ourselves, our fellow campus citizens and whom we love.
Darryll J. Pines
President, University of Maryland
Spyridon Marinopoulos, MD, FACP
Director, University Health Center
Chief Medical Officer
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