Coronavirus Preparedness and Resources


The University System of Maryland is monitoring the spread of the novel coronavirus (“SARS-CoV-2”), which has caused global outbreaks of COVID-19.  As we address this crisis, the USM administration and the leaders of our universities and regional centers are committed to ensuring the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff.

The USM leadership, university presidents, and key staff have held regular briefings to announce actions taken by our campuses in response to COVID-19. Our campuses have access to the guidance of infectious disease and public health experts located at various USM institutions, including the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the University of Maryland School of Public Health. In addition, the USM is working closely with federal, state, and local health officials to share information and implement policies related to preparedness and prevention.

In April 2020, the USM launched its COVID Research & Innovation Task Force to bring together people, expertise, and resources from our 12 USM universities to rapidly advance and scale solutions to challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Across the system, projects are already underway to advance the discovery and development of solutions and to shape our state and national policy response.

The USM will share additional information on this web page as it becomes available. For the latest developments in Maryland, residents should visit the Maryland Department of Health website at


USM Statements on COVID-19 Response

USM Resources

State Resources


Federal Resources


Other Resources


USM Campus Resources


Coronavirus Q & A

What is novel coronavirus? Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, and now with this novel (new) coronavirus, which was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.  The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). Source: CDC


How does coronavirus spread? The virus is thought to be transmitted from person-to-person in close contact (about 6 feet). The virus may be spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes and produces respiratory droplets that infect a nearby person. People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic; however, some spread might be possible before people show symptoms. Source: CDC


What are the symptoms? The symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Source: CDC


What should you do if you have symptoms? If you are experiencing symptoms, you should contact your medical provider or your university health center, if applicable.


How can you protect yourself? At this time, there is no vaccine that prevents COVID-19 infection. You can reduce your risk of contracting respiratory viruses, including COVID-19, by taking the following precautions:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Talk to your medical provider about getting an influenza vaccine. While the influenza vaccine does not protect against coronavirus infection, it can help keep you healthy during the flu season. Flu activity has been high in the United States this year. Currently, your risk of getting the flu is much greater than your risk of contracting COVID-19.

Source: Maryland Health Department