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  • Initiated an external review of our protocols and responses to Adenovirus cases in fall 2018, and the findings support the university’s approach.
  • Regularly and proactively Consulted with the Maryland Department of Health, Prince George’s County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control on adenovirus precautionary measures and action confirmation.
  • Increased surveillance and testing when the presence of a more virulent strain of Adenovirus was discovered.
  • Communicated with the community about the importance of social distancing, hand washing and seasonal influenza vaccine and encouraged medical care for those who became ill.
  • Regularly reached out to students who became sick with Adenovirus to provide support and information during recovery.
  • Updated approach to testing and treatment as more information became available and in accordance with the state and county health departments' guidance.
  • Increased cleaning of high-touch surfaces and restrooms in university buildings and Shuttle-UM buses throughout the fall.
  • Changed out self-service utensils in university dining halls every 15 minutes to discourage the transfer of cold and flu viruses.
  • Expanded the standard Winter Break residence hall cleaning program beyond our typical cleaning practices to include disinfecting frequently-touched surfaces inside student rooms.


  • Issued seven campus-wide communications between November 9, 2018 and January 24, 2019 about viruses and illness prevention generally, and adenovirus specifically. Messages included advice about social distancing and handwashing, as well as measures that must be employed to control the spread of infections in close-knit communities. It also included specific guidance for community members with chronic or underlying medical conditions. In addition, we updated the University Health Center’s adenovirus resources timeline regularly with the known number of cases of adenovirus confirmed in UMD students, including positive tests for adenovirus 7.
  • Created a suite of digital graphics for distribution through campus social media accounts. Published seven social media posts via the main University of Maryland Twitter (@UofMaryland) profile and two social media posts via the Facebook (UnivofMaryland) profile between November 20, 2018 and February 28, 2019, providing reminders about cold and flu season and staying healthy, as well as updates on university actions taken to prevent the spread of viruses. Posts also included highlighting reminders and updates in the main University of Maryland Instagram story (@univofmaryland), as well as a retweet of the University Health Center’s (@UMDHealthCenter) post urging Terps to take steps to avoid viruses, including adenovirus.
  • Highlighted reminders about cold and flu season and staying healthy, as well as updates on university actions taken to prevent the spread of viruses, on the homepage feature well for four consecutive weeks between November 20 and December 17, 2018. Featured further updates at the start of the spring 2019 semester.
  • Posted and circulated five Maryland Today stories about adenovirus. Maryland Today is the university’s daily information source emailed to all students, faculty and staff. Content included updates on confirmed cases of adenovirus and tips for students to stay healthy during cold and flu season.


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The University of Maryland is one of the world’s premier research institutions. With our strategic location and scores of partnerships with government and businesses, UMD conducts groundbreaking research on some of the biggest challenges facing our global community, including cybersecurity and terrorism, bioengineering, public health equity, food safety and climate change. We strive to discover new knowledge and put it to work through innovation and entrepreneurship, advancing economic development and transforming lives. 

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