UMD Implementing Urgent Covid Interventions, Effective Immediately
Effective today, the University of Maryland is implementing urgent interventions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on our campus:
- All students living in residence halls and on-campus fraternity and sorority houses must sequester-in-place, effective at 12:00 noon today.
- All students living off-campus in the greater College Park area are strongly encouraged to stay home as much as possible and limit your activities.
- All in-person instruction for undergraduate and graduate courses will transition to online instruction beginning on Monday, February 22.
- Approved laboratory research activities, already operating at 50% capacity and with strict masking and distancing precautions, may continue as scheduled.
These measures will be in effect for at least one week, through Saturday, February 27.
Earlier this week, we notified you of a rise in COVID-19 cases in our community and took measures to mitigate viral spread. Since then, we have experienced a further increase in such cases. Following this increase, these actions were recommended by university health officials and the Campus Infectious Disease Management Executive Committee.
Under the sequester-in-place directive, all students living in residence halls are instructed to remain in your residence halls and in your rooms as much as possible. The requirement for all campus citizens to test twice-monthly remains in effect; Stamp Student Union will remain open only for COVID testing and grab-and-go food. RecWell facilities will be closed. Students may go outside to get fresh air only in the area immediately surrounding their residence hall and to pick-up food from dining halls.
Only those student employees working in Resident Life, Residential Facilities, Dining Services and Testing in Stamp are permitted to report to work – as these are essential operations to keep campus open, all while wearing a properly-fitted mask and maintaining at least 6 feet of physical distance from others.
Wicomico Hall has been opened to add isolation capacity for positive cases, and additional space will open as needed.