Important Reminders About Protocols to Help Keep Campus Safe, Healthy
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After most Terps spent more than a year in a largely virtual environment, UMD is prioritizing keeping them safe as they get reacquainted with campus, navigate a sea of syllabi and adjust to their new schedules.
Here’s what you need to know about the latest COVID-19 guidance to stay healthy as the Fall 2021 semester begins:
Everyone on campus, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask while:
Unvaccinated individuals must also wear masks in crowded outdoor spaces, and they are encouraged to wear them at all times for their own protection.
UMD suggests that everyone, vaccinated or not, wear masks during crowded outdoor gatherings, such as athletic events. Fans attending outdoor UMD games will be required to mask up in all indoor spaces, like suites and restrooms.
Masks may be removed indoors under the following circumstances:
COVID-19 vaccinations are required for all students, faculty and staff returning to campus this semester, as announced by the University System of Maryland, unless they have an approved religious or medical exemption.
The University Health Center is offering clinics for Terps to receive their first or second dose of the Pfizer vaccine on the following dates:
Unvaccinated students, faculty and staff must take a PCR-based COVID-19 test twice a week, regardless of exemption status. Those who are fully vaccinated and have no symptoms don’t need to be tested regularly.
On-campus testing events will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays at Maryland Stadium, with no online appointments needed. In partnership with the University of Maryland School of Medicine, UMD is now processing all on-campus COVID tests through the Maryland Genomics SampleScanner mobile app. Check for your personalized welcome email to download the app.
Those with weakened or compromised immune systems, who are more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19, may need to take additional precautions to maximally protect themselves.
The university encourages these individuals to:
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