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COVID Testing Encouraged Before Arriving for Spring 2023 Semester

Health Center Director Also Suggests Masking Indoors to Help Prevent Transmission

By Maryland Today Staff

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University of Maryland students, faculty and staff were encouraged to test for COVID before returning to campus and to wear masks in indoor settings.

Photo by Stephanie S. Cordle

University Health Center Director Dr. Spyridon Marinopoulos sent the following email to the campus community today:

As we prepare for the start of the Spring 2023 semester, I write to remind you of the COVID-19 protocols and guidelines currently in effect.

  • Pre-semester Testing: To help prevent positive COVID-19 cases from reaching our campus, all students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to take a rapid antigen COVID-19 test within 24 hours before returning to campus for the spring semester. If you test positive, you should not return to campus. Find additional information about what to do if you test positive. Free self-test kits are available at the University Health Center (UHC) while supplies last. Self-test kits may also be ordered for free through or purchased at retailers and pharmacies in your area.
  • Vaccination: Please review our COVID-19 website regarding COVID-19 vaccine guidance.
  • Masks: Masks are a significant defense against the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses, so wearing a high-quality mask is recommended while indoors for added protection. Masks are required in all patient care areas, including the UHC.
  • Special Health Conditions: Individuals with a weakened or compromised immune system are more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19. If you are unvaccinated and have a weakened or compromised immune system, you are at the highest risk for contracting and becoming severely ill from the virus. We strongly recommend consulting with your personal physician and following CDC guidance for immunocompromised individuals.

Our decisions regarding COVID-19 campus protocols continue to be guided by the careful monitoring of COVID-19 in our local community and by campus and local health officials. We are focused on reducing virus transmission on our campus to minimize its impact on our learning and working environment.

As always, we appreciate everyone’s collective work to keep ourselves and each other safe, and look forward to a healthy 2023!


Spyridon S. Marinopoulos Signature

Spyridon S. Marinopoulos, MD, MBA, FACP
Director, University Health Center
Chief Medical Officer, University of Maryland

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