Spring Semester to Begin With Extra Vigilance Due to Omicron
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University Health Center Director Dr. Spyridon S. Marinopoulos sent the following email to the campus community this afternoon:
Last week, President Pines, Provost Rice and I wrote to share several new measures designed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. As we start the Spring 2022 semester on Jan. 24, the Omicron variant has forced us all to maintain flexibility and patience as we continue to deal with this pandemic. To fully experience all that the spring semester has to offer, we need your help.
I wanted to provide a reminder—and a few clarifications—about our plan. It rests on four primary strategies that are incredibly important as our campus returns to full operations and full density.
Vaccine Booster Requirement
We are extremely fortunate to have a 98% vaccination rate on our campus; it was critical in helping manage the spread of the virus during the fall semester. Now, we must all get boosted to maintain the same level of protection.
As we prepare to begin the spring semester with a fully populated campus, it is important to remember our shared responsibility to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Having everyone take a test immediately before our collective return is essential in helping us prevent positive cases from reaching our campus. We recognize that tests have recently been hard to find. However, as supplies are expected to increase in the coming days and weeks, we believe that everyone should be able to find a test.
Proper wearing of masks and face coverings remains one of our most effective methods to reduce transmission.
I Am 4Maryland Pledge
Containing the spread of the virus to the greatest extent possible is a shared responsibility for every member of our campus community. Thus, all faculty, staff and students must electronically sign a new Spring 2022 pledge by Jan. 24 to abide by all health protocols.
Complete information about our COVID-19 precautions, policies and protocols can be found at umd.edu/4Maryland, where they are updated regularly.
Thank you all for doing your part to help us mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as we begin our spring semester.
Spyridon S. Marinopoulos, MD, MBA, FACP
Director, University Health Center
Chief Medical Officer, University of Maryland
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