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Terps Urged to Remain Vigilant During Spring Break, Follow CDC Guidance

Free Rapid Tests Available; People Returning to Campus From Areas With High COVID-19 Community Levels Advised to Test

By Maryland Today Staff

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University leaders advised people traveling for spring break to monitor the conditions at their destinations, follow CDC guidance and consider testing if returning from areas with high COVID-19 community levels.

Photo by Stephanie S. Cordle

University of Maryland President Darryll J. Pines and University Health Center Director Dr. Spyridon S. Marinopoulos sent the following email the campus community today:

Next week, the University of Maryland will celebrate our annual Spring Break. In any year, this is an important time to rest and recharge. This year, it also marks two years since our campus—and most of the world—shut down due to COVID-19. We have come a long way since then! To every student, faculty and staff member in our community, we hope you will use this break to relax and enjoy time with others.

For the last two years, COVID-19 has disrupted our travel plans. Though our campus vaccination and booster rate is extremely high and case counts are dropping on campus and across the country, we urge every member of our community to remain vigilant during Spring Break. If you are traveling, please monitor conditions in your destination and follow CDC guidance. There may be restrictions for entry and departure.

Further, while there will be no testing requirements to return to campus, please remember the following best practices for keeping yourself and others healthy:

  • Do not return to campus if you have symptoms. Take an at-home rapid antigen test and come back only if you test negative. If you test positive, self-isolate and follow instructions.
  • If you are returning from an area where the COVID-19 community level is high, you should consider taking an at-home rapid antigen test before returning to campus.
  • You may pick up a rapid antigen test, free of charge, from the Stamp Student Union, Room 1240, tomorrow and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please bring your university ID.

Also, effective March 28, we are lifting the testing requirements for unvaccinated individuals, consistent with CDC guidelines.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for not only abiding by our 4Maryland protocols this semester, but also for your continued dedication and commitment to building our University into one of the best institutions of higher learning in the world.

Go Terps!

Sincerely,

President Darryll Pines Signature

Darryll J. Pines
President, University of Maryland
He/Him/His

Spyridon S. Marinopoulos Signature

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

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