NDMU has protocols and procedures in place for individuals who test positive for COVID-19 or have close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. Faculty, staff, students, and contractors who meet certain criteria, including displaying symptoms or being exposed via close contact to a known COVID-19 positive person, may be required to undergo quarantine and/or testing prior to entering or returning to campus.

  • COVID-19 testing is provided by state and local authorities or through your healthcare provider.
  • Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms.
  • Isolation is used to separate people infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, from people who are not infected.

UPDATED (January 6, 2022) The following information details what is required of faculty, staff, students, and contractors who test positive or are deemed to have a close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.

Vaccinated + Boosted

  • If an individual tests positive for COVID-19, they must isolate for a minimum of 5 days. If symptomatic, Day 0 is the date symptoms began. If asymptomatic, Day 0 is the date of your positive test. Individuals should avoid travel and strictly wear a mask around others through Day 10.
  • If an individual has no symptoms but had close contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, no quarantine is required, but testing is required at 5 days from exposure. Individuals should self-monitor and strictly wear a mask around others through Day 10.

Vaccinated

  • If an individual tests positive for COVID-19, they must isolate for a minimum of 5 days. If symptomatic, Day 0 is the date symptoms began. If asymptomatic, Day 0 is the date of your positive test. Individuals should avoid travel and strictly wear a mask around others through Day 10.
  • If an individual had close contact to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 , they must quarantine for a minimum of 5 days (day 0 through day 5) and test on Day 5 to be cleared from quarantine. Individuals should self-monitor and strictly wear a mask around others through Day 10.

Unvaccinated with exception

  • If an individual tests positive for COVID-19, they must isolate for a minimum of 5 days. If symptomatic, Day 0 is the date symptoms began. If asymptomatic, Day 0 is the date of your positive test. Individuals should avoid travel and strictly wear a mask around others through Day 10.
  • If an individual had close contact to someone to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, they must quarantine for 5 days (day 0 through day 5) and test on Day 5 to be cleared from quarantine. Individuals should self-monitor and strictly wear a mask around others through Day 10.

Tested Positive for COVID-19 within the Previous 90 Days

  • If an individual tests positive for COVID-19, they must isolate for a minimum of 5 days. If symptomatic, Day 0 is the date symptoms began. If asymptomatic, Day 0 is the date of positive test. Individuals should avoid travel and strictly wear a mask around others through Day 10.
  • If an individual has no symptoms but had close contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, no quarantine or testing is required. Individuals should self-monitor and strictly wear a mask around others through Day 10.

Individuals who test positive or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should promptly Self-Report to the University and inform their supervisor/professor(s) of their status. See Positive Test Results and Contract Tracing below.

A flow chart has been developed that outlines the University’s COVID-19 response procedures.

The University has developed a COVID-19 Dashboard to communicate surveillance testing, self-reported COVID-19 positive cases, and other information.

Pre-Arrival Testing Requirement & Vaccination – Winter/Spring 2022

NDMU requires COVID-19 vaccination for all NDMU students, faculty, staff, and contractors living, learning or working on University property, including participating in professional program clinicals, practicums, and internships, for Winter/Spring 2022. All enrolled students who are unvaccinated with an approved exception and participating in in-person activities (classes, research, work, etc.), and all individuals living in the residence halls (regardless of vaccination status) are required to submit a negative COVID-19 viral test prior to their arrival or entry on University property. Results must be uploaded to the University no more than 3 days prior to arrival or entry to campus.

View instructions (PDF) for uploading your COVID-19 pre-arrival test results.

No individuals subject to pre-arrival testing will be granted access to campus without first producing a negative COVID-19 viral test in the required timeframes. Limited exceptions to this policy are provided for the following individuals in alignment with CDC guidance:

  • Individuals who were positively diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 90 days, have recovered, and remain symptom free.

Individuals seeking an exception are required to complete an attestation form and upload it in lieu of a negative COVID-19 test. For those individuals subject to pre-arrival testing, vaccination does not exempt individuals from the pre-arrival testing requirement.

Individuals may obtain a COVID-19 test wherever they wish (primary or urgent care physician, state or local health department, many pharmacies, etc.). A list of test sites can be found at https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/pages/symptoms-testing. Please be aware that depending on the type of viral test, tests may take several minutes (e.g. “rapid” or antigen testing) or several days (e.g. nucleic acid or PCR testing) to be processed and results received.

If returning to the U.S. from internationally – See International Travel Policy.

Surveillance Testing (Updated: January 6, 2022)

All student, faculty, staff, and contractors living, learning or working on University property, including participating in professional program clinicals, practicums, and internships, on a regular or routine basis may be subject to weekly random sample surveillance testing. Tests will be self-administered under observation at NDMU. Testing will be provided by NDMU at no cost to the individual.

If you are selected for a surveillance test in a given week, you will be notified, most often the week prior, via your NDMU e-mail. Instructions for signing up for a testing appointment will be provided in that e-mail. As these selections are randomly generated weekly, you may be asked to report one or more times or not at all for required surveillance testing.

In addition to random sample surveillance testing, all individuals that are unvaccinated with an approved exception may be subject to weekly testing.

Individuals are required to participate in COVID-19 surveillance testing even if they have been fully vaccinated.

Surveillance Testing & FAQ

On-Demand Testing 

The University offers free on-demand COVID-19 “rapid” testing for individuals exhibiting COVID-19 related symptoms or are deemed to have a close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. Contact Health Services at healthservices@ndm.edu to schedule an appointment for testing.

Positive Test Results

Faculty, staff, students, and contractors who test positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate at home or in designated residence hall space and follow CDC guidance prior to returning or entering the campus community. NDMU is following the CDC’s recommended recovery strategy. If an individual tested positive for COVID-19 and had symptoms, clearance to come to campus may be assigned when:

  1. the individual remains fever-free without the use of fever reducers for 24 hours, AND
  2. Symptoms have improved (lose of taste and smell may persist for week or months after recovery), AND
  3. it has been at least 5 days since their symptoms first appeared (day 0).

If an individual tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms, the individual can be cleared to return 5 days after the test as long as the individual does not develop symptoms. If the individual develops symptoms, then the individual must follow the recovery strategy for those with symptoms.

Individuals who tested positive must submit a recovery self-certification form in order to be approved to return to on-campus activities. Notification for return to on-campus activities is directed through the Office of Risk Management & Public Safety and/or the Offices of Student Life, Human Resources, or Auxiliary Services.

Contact Tracing

NDMU has launched a Contact Tracing Taskforce which will be responsible for identifying, responding to, and contacting NDMU community members potentially exposed to COVID-19. While formal contact tracing is primarily the responsibility of the State, Baltimore City, and other local health departments, NDMU’s taskforce will serve as the point of contact for NDMU’s internal and external efforts. Members of the taskforce will be trained to assist in this effort.

In order to assist respective health departments and assure the quickest internal response possible, NDMU’s Contact Tracing Task Force will notify all University community members, to the extent possible, who came into contact (e.g. attended class) with any person confirmed positive for COVID-19.

Based on an individual’s specific responses to a common script, the contacted individual will be advised on their next steps. All information obtained by the task force will be treated confidentially in accordance with applicable law and only shared with the applicable local health department.

Note: This site will be updated frequently with new announcements, additional policies and procedures as needed and as new information becomes available. We recommend that you check the site often and regularly.