UMD identified more than 1,200 COVID-19 cases in first month of fall semester
October 3, 2022 - The University of Maryland identified more than 1,200 coronavirus cases in the first month of the fall semester. That’s the highest tally recorded in the first month of a semester since the onset of the pandemic, according to data obtained by The Diamondback.
The latest figure is largely comprised of self-reported cases because the university is not offering mass COVID-19 testing this semester. The self-reported system likely reflects an undercount.
With coronavirus testing, vaccines and treatments increasingly available, many in the university community say a sense of normalcy is important. Cases have slowed since the start of the semester, but students and faculty say the university could have done more to mitigate the virus’s spread.
University Health Center Director Spyridon Marinopoulos said the university has gone beyond CDC guidance by mandating vaccination, making testing available and encouraging masks regardless of COVID-19 spread.
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