Coronavirus Preparedness



- Contact your unit director to request permission to return to campus or work in the field.
- All employees are asked to continue teleworking , where possible.


- All employees and students are required to get a one-time COVID-19 test prior to working on campus or in the field.
- View a list of testing sites.
- Send an email with your tests results to
- Teleworkers do not need to be tested.



- All employees and students must complete an online health monitoring survey before they travel to campus or the field, which will be emailed to you daily.
- If you are CLEARED, you may continue to campus/field work.
- If you are NOT CLEARED, do NOT go to campus/field work. You are encouraged to seek attention or consult with a Fonemed representative about next steps at 833-359-0171.
- You only need to complete the survey on days you go to work.
- Teleworkers do not need to complete the survey.
- View the Daily Health Monitoring Check


- Wear a mask
- Wash your hands
- Keep your distance
- Monitor yourself for symptoms
- Follow campus guidelines outlined in the Return to Campus Plan.



All employees are asked to continue to maximize teleworking, where possible. Any leave-eligible, non-essential employee unable to telework will be placed on Administrative Leave/or Excused Absence with pay. If you find that you need to pick up essential belongings or material needed for teleworking, you must coordinate access to your facility from your Laboratory Director, or their designee in their absence, to be on campus. UMCES is asking that the relatively small number of essential employees who work on or have a scheduled visit to an UMCES campus to wear masks or face coverings when there is the likelihood of encountering others. Social distancing should continue to be practiced in all environments and please be sure to maintain heightened hygiene. USM Guidance on Teleworking

People at Risk for Serious Illness from COVID-19
The CDC has identified conditions that may make individuals at high risk for COVID-19 and have issued recommendations to reduce their risk. If you believe you are in a high risk category and wish to work from home, please contact your supervisor or Lisa Ross at or 410-221-2017.

Hiring Pause Procedure and Exception Process
Because the vast majority of our community is working remotely, UMCES has implemented a hiring process pause for all vacant faculty, regular and contingent I and II exempt and non-exempt staff positions. This temporary hiring pause is consistent with practices put in place across the entire USM as a result of the State of Maryland’s Stay at Home Directive. For details, please consult the Hiring Pause and Exception Notice.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. View poster summarizing Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

For questions and to find out more information contact Lisa Ross, Director of Human Resources directly at


The Maryland Department of Health strongly recommends that all Marylanders refrain from non-essential travel outside of Maryland. UMCES personnel (faculty, staff, graduate students, and currently approved visiting scholars) who are returning to Maryland from a state with more than 10% positivity rate or a "case rate" of greater than 20 per 100,000 should self-quarantine for 14 days or until a negative COVID test result has been provided. This does not apply to travel from adjacent states: Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. View a list of test sites.

Out-of-state visitors are encouraged to be tested within 72 hours prior to arrival and to cancel travel if they receive a positive result. Visitors waiting for their test results should stay at home between the time of their test and their arrival in Maryland or to self-quarantine at their hotel.

View a list of state COVID-19 test positivity rates.


Health Screenings

All employees and students must complete an online health screening prior to traveling to campus or field work, as required by the University System of Maryland. You are required to complete the health screening ONLY on days you plan to be on campus or in the field, and it must be completed BEFORE traveling to work. Permission from your Unit Director is still required for you to be on campus.

** All employees are asked to continue to maximize teleworking, where possible. If you are teleworking, you DO NOT need to fill out the health screening **

Health Screening Instructions and FAQs


The University System of Maryland requires 100% baseline testing for all students, faculty, and staff who come to campus during the Fall Semester. Tests must be completed by September 18 and results sent to UMCES HR. View a list of testing sites. Permission from your Unit Director is still required for you to be on campus.** All employees are asked to continue to maximize teleworking, where possible. If you are teleworking, you DO NOT need to be tested. **

COVID-19 Testing Guidance and FAQs

Graduate Program

UMCES remains committed to expanding and enhancing the student learning experience and will continue to provide online instruction in the Fall of 2020. Graduate students working on laboratory and field research must follow the guidelines set forth in the Return to Campus Plan.

New graduate students are being admitted in Fall 2020. However, UMCES will not allow new visiting graduate students or scholars to reside at any of its locations during this phased plan. For questions or concerns, contact the UMCES Vice President for Education’s office at 

UMCES Education Information and FAQs                    Student Resources 


No new in-person meetings, conferences, or events should be scheduled until further notice.