Where can I get tested on campus for COVID-19?
- COVID testing (rapid antigen and PCR) may be done at the UHC for individuals who have a scheduled appointment with a provider, or who are traveling outside of the US and need a PCR test to enter their international destination. Please call the UHC at 301.314.8184 for more information.
- Free COVID-19 self-test kits are currently available at the UHC pharmacy and registration desk on the first floor while supplies last. Please show your University ID card to pick up your test kit. Students do not need an appointment to obtain a self-test kit. Many COVID-19 rapid tests have extended expiration dates. Before you throw out your "Expired" tests, check to see if your COVID-19 tests' expiration dates have been extended.
- Beginning September 25, 2023, every U.S. household can again place an order to receive four more free COVID-19 rapid tests delivered directly to their home. Visit https://www.covid.gov/tests for more details.
Please Note: The FDA has extended the expiration date for COVID-19 self-tests. Please click here to check yours.
Isolation For People Who Test Positive
Those who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate for at least five full days from the date of their positive test. Please refer to the CDC’s Isolation and Precautions for People with COVID-19 for specific instructions about what to do and not do when you are in isolation, how long to isolate, and when you can discontinue isolation. We continue to encourage you to develop your plans now in the event you test positive and need to isolate.
If you test positive and live in the residence halls or in a University-owned chapter house, we recommend you isolate off-campus at your home or the home of a loved one where you may be most comfortable. The University does not provide designated isolation housing. For residence hall students who test positive and cannot isolate at an off-campus location, you may isolate in place in your residence hall room.
To isolate in place in your room, you must do all of the following:
- Notify the University Health Center’s HEAL line at 301.405.4325 (HEAL) that you will be isolating in your room.
- Notify your roommate(s). Roommates should follow CDC guidelines for those who have been exposed.
- The University Health Center’s HEAL Line and the Dean of Students Office are available to answer any questions or concerns.
- Stay in your room except to use the bathroom, collect your meals, and visit a pharmacy or doctor’s office (activities essential for daily living).
- Do not go to class or participate in any campus activities during the isolation period.
- Wear an N95 or KN95 mask at all times when around others, and do not go anywhere if you are unable to wear a mask.
- For students who have a Dining Plan, use the Department of Dining Services’ “sick meals” request and pick-up program. Wear your N95 or KN95 mask while collecting your meals.
- Clean and disinfect shared surfaces frequently.
- Notify your instructors and/or your on-campus supervisor.
What to do if you were exposed to COVID-19 (CDC)
Dining Services - Sick Meals
If you have tested positive for COVID-19 you will need to isolate for a minimum of 5 full days from the date your positive test was conducted. Wear a well-fitted mask if you must be around others in your home.
Students living off-campus should isolate at their permanent home or may isolate in their off-campus residence, preferably if they have their own bedroom and bathroom.
Students with Compromised Immune Systems:
Please consult with your primary medical provider AND the University Health Center’s HEAL Line 301.405.4325 (HEAL) for additional guidance if either you or your roommate(s) test positive for COVID-19.
Taking Care of Yourself When You Have COVID-19
We know you may not feel well and that you might need guidance for managing your symptoms. Feel free to call the University Health Center’s (UHC) HEAL line at 301.314.4325 (HEAL) and/or visit the CDC website for self-care guidelines and treatment information. If you feel your symptoms need to be evaluated by a medical provider, call your personal medical provider or schedule an appointment at the UHC by calling 301.314.8184. If you experience any worsening or severe symptoms, including any trouble breathing, seek emergency medical care immediately.
Remember to visit the University Health Center’s COVID-19 website and umd.edu/4Maryland for additional information.
If you have questions regarding any of this information, please contact the University Health Center HEAL Line at 301.405.4325 (HEAL). Thank you for doing your part to keep our Maryland community healthy.