The health of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy (UMSOP) community is our top priority. School officials are closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus.

Please continue to check this webpage for details, as it will be updated with the most current information about any impact to School of Pharmacy operations.

If you’re concerned about your health, contact a care provider. To make an appointment at UMaryland Immediate Care, call 667-214-1899.

UMSOP Communications:

Links to the most recent communications from the School of Pharmacy to faculty, staff, students, and trainees are provided here. To see older communications sent by the School, please visit the Letters from the Dean archive.

Guidance and Letters to the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Community:

A selection of the most recent guidances and letters issued to the UMB community are listed here:

Please visit the UMB Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Recovery Website to view all guidances and letters from UMB President Bruce Jarrell, MD, FACS.

Virtual Face to Face with Dr. Bruce Jarrell: The State of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Virtual Face to Face with Dr. Bruce Jarrell is a weekly interview program during which UMB President Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS, explores issues of interest to the UMB community with subject matter experts from UMB, government and health officials, and others. Filmed on Oct. 8, 2020, this episode examines the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Because there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, our top priority is to remain as healthy as possible by utilizing good prevention practices, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid close contact with others, putting six (6) feet of distance between yourself and people who do not live in your household.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean and disinfect frequenly touched surfaces daily, including tables, doorknobs, ligh switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • Monitor your health daily, watching for fever, cough, shortness of breath, and other symptoms of COVID-19.

It is also more important than ever to get a flu vaccine in 2020-2021. Getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, but the vaccine offers many other important health benefits. Learn more by visiting the CDC's website.

For testing, hygiene, and health information specific to individuals who need to visit the UMB campus in-person, please consult the UMB COVID-19 Recovery Website.

Helping Hands: Making a Difference During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Explore the inspirational stories shared by faculty, staff, students, and alumni at the School of Pharmacy who are going above and beyond to support their family and friends, colleagues, and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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