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Coronavirus Information


The University of Maryland is actively monitoring the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (termed “2019-nCoV”) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Very rapidly, the virus has been detected in numerous countries including the United States.

At this time, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus at the University of Maryland or in the State of Maryland. The University Health Center (UHC) is in regular communication with county and state health officials and will share additional information on this web page as it becomes available.  

University Measures

  • Individuals visiting the UHC are being screened during their appointment for recent international travel, and will be asked about their health and travel history. 
  • We continue to consult with coronavirus experts at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, but we are no longer testing for coronavirus infection through UMB. All testing will be coordinated through the CDC, and the local and state health departments.  
  • Flu activity is high in the U.S. and expected to continue for weeks. The UHC is performing confirmatory tests for influenza. Anyone who has not received a flu vaccine this season should consider getting the vaccine. Find more information about flu shots at https://health.umd.edu/flushots
  • Executive members of the Campus Infectious Disease Management Committee (CIDMC), as well as the campus Incident Response Team, are actively monitoring developments around the coronavirus and coordinating campus resources, responses and communications. 
  • The CIDMC leadership group includes an Infectious Disease expert from the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) and consults with a coronavirus (SARS and MERS) expert from UMSOM. 
  • Crews have increased cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces and restrooms in university buildings, residence halls, fraternity and sorority housing, recreation facilities, the Stamp Student Union and Shuttle-UM buses.
  • On the recommendation of our University Health Center, we have reminded anyone who is ill or thinks they may be ill to stay home from class and from work and seek medical care, as necessary.
  • Faculty are being provided guidance on ways to accommodate students who may need to temporarily complete assignments remotely.
  • Until further notice, the university is not authorizing travel to China, and we are suspending Education Abroad programming in China for undergraduates for spring 2020.
  • We have sent several campuswide communications, as well as targeted communications to individuals that have disclosed to the university that they have underlying health conditions or a compromised immune system. 

 


Campus Communications

Dear campus community,

We continue to take proactive measures and monitor the evolving global situation with novel coronavirus, and I wish to express support to members of our community who have personal connections to the people and areas most affected. At this time, there are no known cases of coronavirus at the University of Maryland or in the State of Maryland. We are, of course, continuing to carefully follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our state and county health departments.

I remind you, as stated in previous messages, that if you have recently traveled to Hubei Province/China and are experiencing fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, report immediately to the nearest hospital emergency department.

The CDC recently issued a new travel notice, and I write to outline the steps we are taking to be proactive. The new guidance states that any travelers entering the U.S. who have been in China during the prior 14 days are required to participate in monitoring by health officials until 14 days after their departure from China.

Maryland's International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office is assisting the University Health Center (UHC) in communicating directly with community members whom we know have recently returned from China. If you have arrived in the U.S. from China in recent weeks, and have not been in touch with ISSS or UHC, we ask that you contact ISSS immediately. This office is helping to connect recent travelers from China to services, including UHC medical staff, for an evaluation and ongoing health monitoring.

UHC is also providing information to the community of travelers from China about limiting contact with others - including self-quarantine practices - in alignment with the latest information from the CDC. I again restate how important it is for all of us to stay home and seek medical care, as necessary, when we are ill.

Recall also that the Provost issued guidance to faculty on ways to accommodate students who may need to temporarily complete assignments or participate in class remotely.

Please continue visiting umd.edu/virusinfo for the most up-to-date information. There you can also access many of our prevention materials translated into languages other than English. If you have questions specific to coronavirus infection, please contact healthconcerns@umd.edu. And finally, please continue to follow public health best practices to avoid the spread of cold, flu and other viruses. We must all do everything we can to promote and protect the health and safety of our campus community.

Sincerely,

Sacared Bodison, MD
Interim Director, University Health Center

Dear Members of the Campus Community,

Information about the outbreak of novel coronavirus in China, its spread to the U.S., and other areas of the world is evolving rapidly. University leaders and the University Health Center are closely monitoring the situation and taking actions aimed at keeping our community safe and healthy. I know many of you, particularly those with programmatic or personal connections to China, have been deeply concerned about this situation, and I offer our empathy and support to those affected. I write to give you all an update of our actions and outcomes to date.

At this time, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus at the University of Maryland or in the State of Maryland. We will communicate with the campus immediately if this situation changes.

Yesterday, the CDC raised the level of its travel advisory to include all of China, recommending no nonessential travel to China at this time. Until further notice, the university is not authorizing travel to China, and we are suspending Education Abroad programming in China for undergraduates for spring 2020.

We are continuing the effort that started last week to perform additional cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces and restrooms throughout the campus.

Today, we are launching a new web page, umd.edu/virusinfo. This page will serve as the primary source of information about virus prevention, guidelines for absences from campus, FAQs and links to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health resources. It also includes current information about the university’s actions and responses to coronavirus. We will continue to add and update FAQs as the coronavirus situation evolves. We urge everyone with questions or concerns to visit the site.

Finally, it is imperative that we all do our part to reduce the danger of infection by observing best practices for preventing incidences of the flu and other illnesses within our community. I want to remind everyone that our University Health Center always strongly recommends that anyone who is ill or thinks they may be ill should stay home from class and from work and seek medical care, as necessary. This advice applies to everyone, every year, as well as to anyone who suspects exposure to coronavirus. The flu season is at its peak right now, and this alone would warrant such a directive. Indeed, anyone who has not received a flu vaccine this season should consider doing so immediately. Flu shots are available at the UHC.

Faculty are being provided guidance today on ways to accommodate students who may need to temporarily complete assignments remotely. You will also see tips for the prevention of spreading the flu, cold and other viruses posted around campus and on social media. In addition, you may notice some individuals wearing a surgical mask to protect against infection. This does not suggest illness or presence of infection. Rather, it is simply a routine preventive practice for some.

We continue to consult with coronavirus experts at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, but we are no longer testing for coronavirus infection through UMB. All testing will be coordinated through the CDC, and the local and state health departments. If you suspect that you have been exposed and are experiencing symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) report immediately to the nearest hospital emergency department or the University Health Center. If possible, call ahead to alert the facility of your symptoms and why you suspect exposure to coronavirus. When you arrive at the facility, notify personnel immediately of your symptoms and suspected exposure.

We will continue to provide updates at umd.edu/virusinfo as we receive them from health officials, and we encourage you to email healthconcerns@umd.edu if you have questions specific to coronavirus. We are committed to providing information and support in this rapidly evolving situation.

 

Sincerely,

Mary Ann Rankin
Senior Vice President and Provost

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Dear Campus Community:

Following our recent communication on January 22, we are updating the university community on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and comprehensive steps the university is taking to keep our community safe, healthy and informed.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers the coronavirus a serious but not immediate health risk to the general American public. The coronavirus is a new virus for humans and was first identified in China. There are two confirmed cases in the United States in the states of Washington and Illinois, as of this morning.

There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in the State of Maryland or within the UMD community that have been reported to us by the State or Prince George’s County Health Departments. If this situation changes, we are committed to keeping the UMD community informed. For the latest updates on campus efforts and information, please visit health.umd.edu/coronavirus.  

Information for People Who Have Recently Traveled to China

  • If you have recently traveled to Hubei Province/China and are experiencing fever (greater than 100˚F or 37.8˚C), cough, or difficulty breathing, report immediately to the nearest hospital emergency department. If possible, call ahead to alert the facility of your symptoms and travel history. When you arrive at the facility, notify personnel immediately of your symptoms and travel history. 
  • If you have mild symptoms and a lower temperature, appointments are available at the University Health Center (UHC). 
  • Flu activity is high in the U.S. and expected to continue for weeks. The UHC is performing confirmatory tests for influenza. Anyone who has not received a flu vaccine this season should consider getting the vaccine. Flu shots are available at the UHC.  
  • The University of Maryland campuses in College Park and Baltimore are coordinating efforts to screen for potential cases of Novel Coronavirus. We are offering screening for  coronavirus to returning travellers from China concerned about possible exposure, even if you only have mild respiratory symptoms. Individuals who fit the CDC guidelines for possible coronavirus infection will be tested by the CDC laboratory.

 

Information for People with Underlying Health Conditions or Who Take Medicines that Suppress Their Immune System   

  • If you are experiencing a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, visit your healthcare provider immediately.
  • Notify the UHC of your medical history so that we can send you updated information as it becomes available. 
  • Get your yearly flu shot to prevent complications.

 

Information for Everyone

We recommend that everyone take preventive actions to stop the spread of germs, including:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people. 
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them. 
  • If you have mild symptoms and a lower temperature, make an appointment at the University Health Center (UHC). Individuals visiting the UHC with influenza-like illness will be tested for influenza which is widespread in the US. 
  • Get your yearly flu shot to prevent complications.
To supplement individuals’ efforts to maintain hygiene that reduces transmission of viruses, the university is also taking extra steps to increase cleaning of high-touch surfaces and restrooms in university buildings, residence halls, fraternity and sorority housing, recreation facilities, the Stamp Student Union, and Shuttle-UM buses.
For the latest updates from the CDC, please click here
 

In Health, 

 
Sacared Bodison, MD
Interim Director, University Health Center

Dear Campus Community,

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (“2019-nCoV”) first identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Reportedly, most patients have had links to a large seafood and live animal market, and there is limited person-to-person spread.  The CDC is closely monitoring the situation and is working with the World Health Organization (WHO). It is important to know that based on current information, the immediate health risk from 2019-nCoV to the general American public is deemed to be low at this time. 

Individuals visiting the UHC are screened during their appointment for recent international travel.  Those who have traveled from China to the United States will be asked questions about their health and travel history.  We advise you to seek medical care, and alert a healthcare provider if you have traveled to Wuhan City within the past 14 days and are experiencing fever with or without respiratory symptoms.  

For more information about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, click here.

As a reminder, seasonal influenza activity in the United States and in Maryland continues to be high.

The flu shot is the best way to protect yourself from getting the flu. If you are already in the area, the University Health Center still has flu vaccines available, and it’s not too late to get yours. Schedule an appointment for a flu shot at myuhc.umd.edu or call 301.314.8180. 

If you have underlying health conditions or take medications that suppress your immune system:   

It is especially important to get your yearly flu shot to prevent complications. 

If you develop flu symptoms (fever with a cough or sore throat), please see your healthcare provider within 24-48 hours.  

For more information about the seasonal flu and ways to stay healthy, please visit the CDC’s website.

 

In health,

The University Health Center



Health Information

Information for People Who Have Recently Traveled to China

  • If you have recently traveled to Hubei Province/China and are experiencing fever (greater than 100˚F or 37.8˚C), cough, or difficulty breathing, report immediately to the nearest hospital emergency department. If possible, call ahead to alert the facility of your symptoms and travel history. When you arrive at the facility, notify personnel immediately of your symptoms and travel history. 
  • The CDC’s current guidance states that any travelers entering the U.S. who have been in China during the prior 14 days are required to participate in monitoring by health officials until 14 days after their departure from China. If you have arrived in the U.S. from China in recent weeks, please contact Maryland's International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office immediately for additional guidance. 
  • If you have mild symptoms and a lower temperature, appointments are available at the University Health Center (UHC). 
  • Flu activity is high in the U.S. and expected to continue for weeks. The UHC is performing confirmatory tests for influenza. Anyone who has not received a flu vaccine this season should consider getting the vaccine. Find more information about flu shots at https://health.umd.edu/flushots.

Information for People with Underlying Health Conditions or Who Take Medicines that Suppress Their Immune System   

  • If you are experiencing a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, visit your healthcare provider immediately.
  • Notify the UHC of your medical history so that we can send you updated information as it becomes available. 
  • Get your yearly flu shot to prevent complications. Find more information about flu shots at https://health.umd.edu/flushots.

Information for Everyone

We recommend that everyone take preventive actions to stop the spread of germs, including:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people. 
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them. 
  • If you have mild symptoms and a lower temperature, make an appointment at the University Health Center (UHC). Individuals visiting the UHC with influenza-like illness will be tested for influenza which is widespread in the US. 
  • Get your yearly flu shot to prevent complications.

Resources

Tips for Community Support During the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak 
 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
 
Maryland Department of Health
 
Governor Hogan Provides Update on Maryland’s Response to Novel Coronavirus
 
Preventive Measures - English - Spanish - Chinese - Creole

FAQs

The 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), commonly known as a coronavirus, is a virus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. While CDC considers this a serious public health concern, based on current information, the immediate health risk from a coronavirus to the general American public is considered low at this time. For additional information visit the CDC website.

Similar to the common cold and influenza, common symptoms of the coronavirus include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The CDC believes that symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or up to 14 days after exposure.

Coronavirus is spread from animals to humans, as well as from person-to-person. It’s unclear, however, how easily the virus spreads between people.

There is currently no vaccine or specific antiviral treatment for the virus. The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in the State of Maryland or within the UMD community that have been reported to us by the State or Prince George’s Health Departments.  

We continue to consult with coronavirus experts at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, but we are no longer testing for coronavirus infection through UMB. All testing will be coordinated through the CDC, and the local and state health departments.  

Individuals suspected of having the coronavirus infection will be transported to the hospital.  Other individuals with symptoms of a viral infection should follow typical recommendations to avoid passing the infection to others: stay at home until at least 24 hours after fever breaks, wash hands often or use alcohol based hand sanitizer, cough into a tissue and discard used tissues into the trash, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth since germs can be spread this way.

The CDC recommends that travelers avoid non-essential travel to China. Until further notice, the university is not authorizing travel to China, and we are suspending Education Abroad programming in China for undergraduates for spring 2020.

The CDC’s current guidance states that any travelers entering the U.S. who have been in China during the prior 14 days are required to participate in monitoring by health officials until 14 days after their departure from China.

Maryland's International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office is assisting the University Health Center (UHC) in communicating directly with community members whom we know have recently returned from China. If you have arrived in the U.S. from China in recent weeks, and have not been in touch with ISSS or UHC, we ask that you contact ISSS immediately. This office is helping to connect recent travelers from China to services, including UHC medical staff, for an evaluation and ongoing health monitoring.

UHC is also providing information to the community of travelers from China about limiting contact with others - including self-quarantine practices - in alignment with the latest information from the CDC.

On the recommendation of our University Health Center, we remind anyone who is ill or thinks they may be ill to stay home from class and from work and seek medical care, as necessary. Faculty have been provided guidance on ways to accommodate students who may need to temporarily complete assignments remotely. 

If you are in the process of coming to the University of Maryland and have been affected by travel restrictions due to the novel coronavirus please contact the ISSS staffer specified below.  ISSS will work with each individual to evaluate their situation and advise accordingly.

  • Students affiliated with the University should contact Jody Heckman-Bose, Associate Director of Student Services, by email as soon as possible. 
  • Scholars/Faculty should contact Connie Jesse-Lira, Assistant Director of Faculty/Scholar Immigration, or Susan-Ellis Dougherty, Director, by email as soon as possible.
  • OPT Students who are returning to the U.S. should contact Jody Heckman-Bose, Associate Director of Student Services, by email as soon as possible.

 
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms described above, we encourage you to contact the UHC and make an appointment for testing to ensure your good health and that of the University community.

We encourage you to email healthconcerns@umd.edu if you have questions specific to coronavirus.


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