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UMD staff member tests positive for coronavirus

Last updated on April 28, 2020

The university announced Sunday afternoon that a staff member within the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences has tested positive for COVID-19. 

According to an email sent by Sacared Bodison, the interim director of the University Health Center, the staff member was only on campus once within the past two weeks. University officials have notified those who may have come into contact with the staff member and provided them with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Moving forward, university officials plan to continue updating the university community by limiting campus-wide emails to “emergency notifications and information relevant to the entire university community, rather than case counts.” 

Officials will also update the university page, umd.edu/virusinfo, with resources and additional information, including known case counts within the campus community. 

At this time, there are 244 confirmed cases of coronavirus within the state of Maryland, with 40 in Prince George’s County, according to the Maryland Department of Health. 

Bodison reminds students and other members of the campus community to stay safe and take care of their emotional health by connecting with others, detoxing from social media and meditating. 

“COVID-19 virus has affected nearly every facet of our personal and professional lives,” Bodison wrote. “The virus doesn’t discriminate on the basis of geography, race, identity or gender, and we are all facing new challenges.”

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