Response to COVID-19 Cases

We are focused on keeping our community and its members as healthy as possible. However, given the widespread nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that we cannot guarantee a COVID-19-free campus. Please review this essential advice if you have tested positive for COVID-19, have been exposed to someone who has, or are feeling unwell.

Download our Quick Reference Guide that also includes tips for faculty.

  • If you have an active COVID-19 illness and have been on campus, or anticipate coming to campus in the next 10 days, please:
  • If you have had close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have been on campus, or anticipate coming to campus within 5 days of your exposure, please:
    • Complete the case report form below.
    • If you are up to date on your vaccinations and show no symptoms of COVID-19, you may come to campus. You should get tested at least 5 days after exposure and wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public. Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask.
    • If you are up to date and have symptoms of COVID-19, do NOT come to campus. Review the guidance below.
    • If you are NOT up to date on your vaccination, do NOT come to campus or leave your assigned room until you have received further instructions.
    • You do not need to report having close contact with someone else’s close contact (i.e. a child in a K-12 setting) and you may come to campus. You should report if you or your close contact test positive or develop symptoms.
    • ***Up to date means that you are in compliance with UMBC’s vaccine requirement, which includes a booster shot when you are eligible.***
  • If you have symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, including cold symptoms or a fever, please:
    • Do NOT come to campus. If you live on campus, please remain in your assigned room or apartment, except to get any needed medical care.
    • Consult with your healthcare provider immediately to discuss your symptoms and determine when it is safe for you to return to campus.  If you do not have a primary care provider, call University Health Services at 410-455-2542.

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Additional Resources

  • Community members who have not and are not planning to come campus, are also welcome to use the form to report cases and close contacts so that we can provide you with additional resources.
  • Students who must miss class due to a COVID-19 diagnosis or exposure should review this information on COVID-19 Related Absences and work directly with instructors to arrange for academic accommodation.
  • Please keep in mind that due to masking and distancing on campus, not every interaction meets the CDC’s definition of a close contact and every situation is unique. You do not necessarily need to seek testing if you learn that someone in your class or residence hall has tested positive. If you are identified as a close contact in an on-campus case, please fill out the case report form above.
  • UMBC recognizes that COVID-19 affects our lives in many ways. Just because someone is not at work or in one of your classes does not mean they have COVID-19. For example, community members with children in K-12 schools may need to stay home to quarantine with a child after a potential exposure. We encourage faculty and staff to discuss necessary support directly with the supervisors. Students should reach out to faculty in these situations and ask for help arranging to make up work or otherwise seek accommodation.

This page is NOT designed to be your primary medical resource. If you are concerned about your health, please seek the help of a qualified medical professional. We recommend calling your primary care physician or University Health Services (UHS) at (410) 455-2542. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911.

How to Report a Possible or Confirmed Case
  • The purpose of this report is to connect affected individuals with resources and to support our campus response to minimize spread of the virus to other community members.
  • Please use this form if:
    • You have received a positive test;
    • You have symptoms of COVID-19;
    • You have been tested but have not yet received results;
    • You have been in close contact with someone who has received a positive test;
    • You have been in close contact with someone who has exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 or has been tested and has not yet received results; and/or
    • You are aware of an employee, coworker, or student who has recently been on campus and is a member of one of the above groups.
  • If you do not wish to complete the form online, you may also contact University Health Services directly at (410) 455-2542.
  • If you are reporting via the form between 4:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m., or during weekend hours, you should also contact the UHS after-hours support line at (410)-455-3230 to receive additional resources.
  • If you are completing the form for another individual, please obtain their consent.
  • This form is not meant to be a return to work tool; please communicate your absence/leave needs directly with your supervisor.
UMBC’s Response Plan – Guiding Principles
  • In order to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community, UMBC is asking that community members self-report if they have received a positive test for COVID-19, are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, or have been exposed to an individual who has either.
  • UHS will investigate and respond to each report in order to make sure that (1) affected individuals are connected to appropriate resources and (2) an appropriate campus response can be activated to minimize spread.
  • This process is voluntary and UMBC has endeavored to create a confidential and secure process. If there is a need to notify individuals who may have been exposed, the name of the unwell individual will NOT be shared.
  • UMBC staff are working closely with the Baltimore County Health Department and other jurisdictions as necessary. Formal investigation and contact tracing will be conducted by the county health department; UMBC’s process is supplemental.
  • Given the large number of cases in our region and a desire to maintain confidentiality, UMBC will not be able to notify the entire campus community in the event of a positive case of COVID-19 in a community member.
  • This process is primarily intended to support members of our community (students, faculty, staff, contractors, partners) who have been on campus and potentially exposed other community members. Individuals working and learning remotely who have symptoms or a positive test should work with their local health department.
UMBC’s Response Plan – Summary

There are five steps to our COVID-19 Report & Response Process:

  1. Detection: UHS receives a report from a campus community member via web-based form (see below) or by a direct call to UHS during business hours.
  2. Review: UHS contacts the reporter to provide direct support and referrals. UHS provides UMBC’s Contact Response Team with report information. While all reports will receive follow-up, priority will be given to cases that involve individuals who have been on campus and have a confirmed positive test or symptoms.
  3. Response: UHS determines which reports need to be reported to the appropriate county health department. The Contact Response Team coordinates response actions/mitigation (e.g., campus housing relocation, resource and support referrals, or facility sanitation).
  4. Mitigation: The Team engages appropriate campus partners to respond to campus impacts. This may also include referrals, mitigation steps, and support actions.
  5. Resolution: Referrals, mitigation, and support actions are completed.
Resources for Unwell Community Members
  • If you believe you or someone in your care may have COVID-19, please seek medical consultation as soon as possible. It is recommended that you call a medical provider before visiting. Options include:
  • If you, or someone you are caring for, are experiencing an emergency warning sign, including difficulty breathing, bluish lips or face, severe and constant pain or pressure in the chest, severe and constant dizziness or lightheadedness, serious disorientation, unconscious or difficult to wake, slurred speech (new or worsening), seizures, or signs of low blood pressure, call 911 (or University Police (410) 455-5555 if you are on campus).
  • If you are looking for information on testing, visit the State of Maryland’s testing location map. Testing is available for Maryland residents with a valid ID (driver’s license, U.S. passport, or Social Security card).
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has, consider self-quarantining. This includes:
    • If you are a student living on campus, stay in your room. Contact Residential Life to learn about additional resources. If it is after-hours, contact University Police at (410) 455-5555.
    • If you are off campus, stay alone and in your home until you speak to a medical professional about next steps.
    • If you need to self-quarantine, identify a friend or colleague who can check in on you daily and make sure your health continues to be stable.
  • Stay informed: the Centers for Disease Control offers the most comprehensive advice and information available.