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Staying Healthy this Spring Semester

January 18, 2024

Dear Campus Community,

The new semester brings fresh starts, even as we navigate peak season for colds, flu, COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses. Your health and well-being remain our priority. By embracing preventitive measures and accessing campus resources, we can support one another and keep our community safe and healthy.

In alignment with current county, state and CDC guidelines, UMD is no longer requiring students, faculty and staff to report positive COVID-19 test results. While reporting is no longer mandatory, individuals who test positive must follow all isolation guidelines, including UMD guidelines for isolating in place.

Here are some additional wellness tips to follow this winter season:

  • Stay up to date with vaccinations: Protect yourself against influenza and COVID-19. Get your flu shot conveniently at the University Health Center and the updated COVID-19 vaccine at a pharmacy within your community before coming back to campus.
  • Listen to your body: Feeling under the weather? Stay home, rest, follow current public health guidance, and seek medical attention if needed. Remember, early intervention can shorten illness duration and prevent the spread to others.
  • Prevent the spread: Frequent handwashing with soap and water, or using hand sanitzer, is our first line of defense against germs. Don't forget to cover your coughs and sneezes.


The University Health Center remains your dedicated wellness partner and is here to support you by offering:

  • The HEAL Line: Chat online, over the phone or through text with UHC staff or our virtual assistant to answer your questions on COVID tests, exposures or symptoms.
  • Medical appointments: If you are feeling unwell, schedule a visit to be evaluated by a medical provider.
  • Health promotion and wellness services: Explore diverse and inclusive wellness opportunities that empower you to reach your full potential from one-on-one consultations with health educators and nutritionists to workshops and wellness education.


Stay healthy and be well,

Spyridon S. Marinopoulos, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.P.
Director, University Health Center
Chief Medical Officer, University of Maryland



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