COVID Update, Vaccine Pre-Registration

Apr 2, 2021 12:20 PM

Frostburg State University saw its first rise this semester in positive tests recently. While our positivity rate remains below 1 percent, we don’t want to see additional increases. Our monitoring indicates the cases have been clustered in limited areas and apartments within two residence halls, Edgewood Commons and Brownsville Hall. Disinfection and sanitization protocol for these residence halls has occurred with continued follow-up treatments of high-touch areas. Most common areas are being temporarily closed as a precautionary COVID mitigation strategy. The wastewater indicator for these residence halls did decrease significantly this week. The individuals that have tested positive have elected to go home or were moved into the off-campus housing contracted for isolation and quarantine purposes. As with all positive tests, contract tracing is ongoing.

VACCINATION PRE-REGISTRATION

With the news that Gov. Hogan has now opened pre-registration for COVID-19 vaccines to all Maryland residents aged 16 and older, FSU encourages all our students to pre-register at COVIDvax.maryland.gov or call the state's COVID-19 vaccination support center at 1-855-MD-GOVAX. Vaccines are safe, effective, and authorized for use by our country’s leading medical experts. They are our best chance to end the pandemic.

REMAIN VIGILANT

All residential students and anyone on campus regularly are expected to participate in University COVID testing twice weekly in the Lane Center ARMAH on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. (More info at this link.)

Continue to follow proper health and safety protocols. Importantly:

  • Wear your mask and wear it properly.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands frequently.
  • Avoid parties, crowds and any unmasked gatherings with people outside your household.
  • Monitor your symptoms and use the Check-in Portal daily.

Statewide and here in the region, more COVID cases are being reported. COVID is still very contagious, especially new variants of the virus.

  • Don’t let the virus disrupt your semester.
  • Don’t take it for granted that you can interact with mask-less friends — or travel to visit friends — and be free of risk!
  • Abide by our social compact.

We must all do our part. Students can reach out to the Brady Health Center by calling 301-687-4310 if they have symptoms or health concerns. More guidance and information can be found at www.frostburg.edu/spring2021.