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Fourth confirmed COVID-19 case and communication moving forward


March 22, 2020


Dear University of Maryland community,

Yesterday, the University announced two new confirmed cases of COVID-19 affiliated with UMD. Today, we can confirm a fourth case: a staff member in the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences. During the previous two weeks, the staff member was only known to be on campus on March 12, 2020. Following our standard protocol, we notified all individuals with known direct contact and provided them with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Communication moving forward

Effective and timely communication is an important tool in the fight against the spread of COVID-19. For all additional confirmed cases, we will keep the campus informed in the following ways:

 

  • Notify all known individuals who came into direct contact with an affected individual in the last 14 days;
  • Distribute additional email notifications to other affected populations, as appropriate;
  • Maintain umd.edu/virusinfo as the central COVID-19 resource that includes known case count for individuals in the University of Maryland community; and
  • Limit campus-wide emails to emergency notifications and information relevant to the entire university community, rather than case counts. This is in alignment with the Clery Act, a federal law that mandates emergency notifications.

 

Wellness information

COVID-19 virus has affected nearly every facet of our personal and professional lives. The virus doesn't discriminate on the basis of geography, race, identity or gender, and we are all facing new challenges. Here on campus, it has meant a disruption to our campus environment as we adapt to tele-learn, tele-teach and tele-work.

The University Health Center works to provide high-quality health and wellness programs to the university community. That means caring for your physical and mental wellness. During these times of positive cases, cancellations and social distancing, it is vital that you take care of your emotional health. The CDC recommends the following:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

Thank you

It is my sincere hope that this health information will help you cope through these times of uncertainty. On behalf of the university, I would like to thank our health care professionals and everyone who needs to keep coming to work to serve the public during this pandemic. Please stay healthy and care for one another.

Sincerely,

Sacared Bodison, MD
Interim Director, University Health Center

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