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COVID19 Updates

  • The health and well-being of our campus community is our highest priority. The University's Task Force is working diligently to stay informed of changing dynamics in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We will keep the campus informed of any and all updates on this page.

    For updates on UMES's return to campus plans and weekly COVID updates please visit our Return to Campus web page.

    Symptom Checker Survey
    COVID-19 Training Module
    Frequently Asked Questions

    January 21, 2021

    If you will be in-person, on-campus for the Spring semester, you should plan for the next round of COVID testing taking place on Sunday, 1/24 for students, and on Monday, 1/25 for faculty and staff. Please see the chart below for your assigned testing time:


    Results of your COVID test will be emailed to your @UMES email address by the end of the week next week (1/29/21). If you don't receive an email by Friday, please email for further information.  Please continue to follow all CDC protocols including social/physical distancing, wearing masks and frequent hand sanitizing. Thank you for doing your part to keep our Hawk Family safe!

    January 8, 2021

    Thank you UMES! Thank you for participating in our first COVID testing day of 2021.
    You'll see the results from our testing on Tuesday below. Please note that since we will have a different population on campus for Spring, we have started our count over for the new year.
    Please stay vigilant in physical/social distancing and wearing your mask correctly. Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer.
    Watch for more information on additional testing days later this month.


    COVID-19 Testing

    Employees will be contacted if they have a positive test result.  If the COVID test result is negative, you will not be contacted. 
    Covid-19 test results from agencies other than UMES must be submitted by fax or email to Ms. Sharone Grant in the Charles Drew Health Center. (

    POST CLASS UPDATE: Even though classes are over, custodial and housekeeping crews will continue to clean common areas such as classrooms, offices, residential life buildings and public spaces based on protocols developed with CDC guidance. You should also take additional care to wipe down commonly used surfaces after use in your immediate working environments. It is recommended that you swab down all work or eating areas with EPA-registered disinfectant. This includes a private workspace or any shared-space location or equipment (e.g., computers, A/V and other electrical RTC-OP 08.01.20 equipment, copiers, desks and tables, chair arms, light switches, doorknobs, handles, etc.).

    Because COVID-19 is still a threat Building Cleaning and Disinfecting Enhanced cleaning protocols are in place on campus for high-risk/high-touch areas (e.g., door handles, light switches, handrails, interior doors, door push plates, common spaces, flat surfaces such as tables, elevator buttons). Increased cleaning will be performed in restrooms in common areas. Hand sanitizer dispensers are at entrance and exit points for buildings on campus, as well as near elevators.

    Please note that if an individual in a building tests positive for COVID-19, the entire building might not be shut down. Whenever possible, the immediate space(s) in which the positive person was in will be deep-cleaned based on CDC protocols and will be re-opened once sanitized.

    January 5, 2021

    COVID testing took place today in the Hytche Arena today.  

    December 17, 2020

    President Message - Return to campus for 2021

    November 10, 2020

    Maryland Department of Health Notice - COVID-19 Advisory - Large Gatherings, Essential Travel, Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Programs

    August 5, 2020

    President Message - the start of COVID testing for all residential students, faculty and staff

    July 29, 2020

    Maryland Department of Health Notice - Out of state travel and public travel advisory (July 29, 2020)

    June 4, 2020

    President Message - Return to campus planning and procedures

    May 11, 2020

    CARES Act Update

    April 8, 2020

    The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued new guidance on the use of face coverings.  

    If you do not have a face mask, here is a CDC video to assist you in making one:

    March 26, 2020

    Move-out of residence halls is taking place and classes will resume via distance-learning on Monday, March 30, 2020.

    All new information for individual audiences (Students, Faculty, Staff) is being added in the tabbed areas. Click on the topic in the left navigation bar. 

    March 13, 2020

    NO in-person classes/exams today, however campus is open.

    March 10, 2020 5:30 pm

    As of today, no positive cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) are currently known at UMES or in any county on the Eastern Shore, however the University continues to make preparations to help prevent the spread of the virus to our area.

    COVID-19 new guidelines - March 10, 2020

    March 10, 2020 9:00 am

    As of today, March 10, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 in any county on Maryland's Eastern Shore. UMES will continue to operate normally, but limit large events and encourage social distancing (leaving three to six feet between people) as well as implement additional cleaning procedures. Flu is prevalent in our area so please continue to be diligent in appropriate hand hygiene (washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or alcohol-based hand sanitizer) and covering coughs and sneezes. For more specific questions, please reach out to Ms. Grant at the campus health center at (410) 651- 6597.  

    Resources from CDC:

    Resources for information:  

    UMB Clinical Guidance - UMES is following the same guidelines as UMB

    Guidance to UMB Students Regarding International Travel - UMES is following the same guidelines as UMB

    Guidance to UMB Faculty and Staff Regarding International Travel - UMES is following the same guidelines as UMB

    March 6, 2020

    Dear Students

    As I hope you are aware, our institution is working in conjunction with the University System of Maryland to appropriately and proactively prepare our response to any possible COVID-19 infections in our area. 

    Message from Hans Cooper, VP for Enrollment and Student Experience  - March 6, 2020

    Message from Nancy Niemi, Provost & VP for Academic Affairs - March 6, 2020

    Dear Campus Community,

    As you are aware, our institution is working in conjunction with the University System of Maryland (USM) to appropriately and proactively prepare our response to any possible COVID-19 infections in our area. 

    Campus Community Message - March 6, 2020