Fourth UMD community member tests positive for coronavirus

A staff member in the University of Maryland’s computer, mathematical and natural sciences college tested positive for coronavirus Sunday, according to a campuswide email.

Within the past two weeks, the staff member was known to be on campus only on March 12, interim health center director Sacared Bodison wrote in the email. The university has notified those who had direct contact with the patient, Bodison wrote.

This case marks the fourth infection in this university’s community. On Saturday, the university announced that a part-time contractor for Maryland Athletics and the health center tested positive for the virus, as did a student studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain.

The student was the second on the trip to test positive. Neither returned to campus.

There are 244 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Maryland and 40 in Prince George’s County, according to the state’s health department.

Moving forward, Bodison wrote, the university plans to “limit camps-wide emails to emergency notifications and information relevant to the entire university community, rather than case counts.”

The page virusinfo.umd.edu will continue to be updated with case counts, she added.

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