Last Updated September 15, 2021

What do I do if I test positive for COVID-19, have been exposed to someone who tested positive or have any COVID-19 symptoms?

Anyone with symptoms that could be indicative of COVID-19 – regardless of vaccination status – must stay home and not come to campus at that time.

Students should contact their home campus via the designated hotline if they have any COVID-19 symptoms, have tested positive (whether symptomatic or asymptomatic), or have come in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. The home campus staff will provide guidance and initiate contact tracing, and will reach out to members of the USG community as necessary. 

Faculty and staff are advised to contact their primary care providers, as needed, for health care guidance AND must also report any positive case or potential exposure through their home campus’ designated hotline. 

USG staff are to contact the UMD HEAL Line, (301) 405-4325 (HEAL).  This will initiate a campus contact tracing program, which will reach out to members of the USG community, if applicable. 

Contact tracers from Montgomery County (or surrounding jurisdictions) will be engaged to follow up with individual cases as needed to complement the work of campus contact tracers.

If there is a positive case of COVID-19 on the USG campus, who will be notified?

If someone who has been on the USG campus tests positive for COVID-19, those who may have been exposed to the individual will be notified. Only in the case of a more widespread outbreak would all members of the USG community be notified.

Where, or with whom at USG, do I provide proof of vaccination compliance?

Students, faculty and staff should submit their record of vaccination to their home campus health center/point of contact.

Are visitors to USG required to comply with the University System of Maryland (USM) vaccination requirements?

When accessing USG facilities, all visitors must comply with the USG mask mandate. Visitors are not required to show proof of vaccination.

Hosts on the USG campus must make their visitor(s) aware of COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.

I am concerned about ventilation and indoor air quality. Was this considered in USG’s COVID-19 response actions?

In response to the virus, USG Facilities Management installed the highest-level air filters in all the air handler units, as well as increased the amount of outside air circulating in our ventilation systems to maintain safe indoor air quality.

As an employee at the USG campus, I am assigned to a shared office. With the return of the mask mandate, are considerations being made to separate staff that share an office?

Staff will not be reassigned office spaces to separate employees assigned to a shared office. Supervisors are encouraged to use the flexibility of telework to stagger in-office work schedules in order to cut down on time in the shared space.

Will students and others on campus be able to eat in a congregate setting as it will require removing masks?

Yes, groups are able to eat in the same space together. Individuals should maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet when removing masks to eat or drink. Eating outdoors is also encouraged, whenever possible. Eating is not permitted in classrooms. USG follows Montgomery County requirements and there are no limits on the number of people who can be gathered while eating. Details can be found here.

Are there any limits on how many people can gather indoors or outdoors at USG?

No, there are no gathering limits on the USG campus.