February 9, 2021
Greetings Coppin Community:
Coppin State University continues to be committed to protecting our employees and students, as well as the communities in which we all reside. As the next step in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the University System of Maryland (USM) has asked all of its institutions to significantly increase the frequency of testing, during the spring semester.
More frequent testing is an important tool in our toolbox to help us get back to normal. Testing can help people determine if they are infected—whether they have symptoms or not—and it helps us to better prevent the spread of infection to others.
As a result, CSU has developed a new testing plan. Starting February 21, our Community Health Center will offer twice weekly testing.
Who is required to test twice a week?
All employees, including third-party vendor staff, who report to campus at least five (5) days per week, will be required to submit to testing twice per week.
Employees who report to campus less than five (5) days per week, will be required to continue submitting test results, twice per month, in order to report to campus, for any reason.
All students who are living in the residence halls will be required to submit to testing twice per week.
Athletic testing will continue according to applicable NCAA requirements.
Students who do not live on campus and those who are not athletes will be required to continue submitting test results, twice per month, in order to report to campus, for any reason.
Testing Location and Reporting
All twice-weekly testing should be completed through the CSU Community Health Center. Appointments will continue to be available through online booking or by contacting the health center, directly, at (410-951-4188).
Students who must test twice per month should continue to submit any off-campus testing results to the CSU Community Health Center at email@example.com.
Employees who must test twice per month should continue to submit any off-campus testing results to Human Resources at AskHR@coppin.edu
Upcoming on-campus test dates (Twice weekly testing begins February 21)
Schedule your appointment for February 18 or 19, testing, here.
Questions about Coppin’s COVID-19 testing and any other related inquiries should be submitted to COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org.
As of today, the Maryland Department of Health reports 364,553 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The statewide positivity rate is now 5.67 percent, and Maryland has seen 7,193 deaths, related to COVID-19. In the City of Baltimore, there were 38,808 known cumulative positive cases and 749 deaths. The City is currently in Phase 1, where indoor gatherings at public and private facilities are limited to no more than 10 persons. Outdoor gatherings at public and private facilities are limited to no more than 25 persons, and sports gatherings at facilities controlled by Recreation & Parks are prohibited. Food service establishments (including bars and restaurants) are closed to indoor and outdoor dining but carry out and drive through service may continue. All people age 2 or older are required to wear face coverings when in public spaces. We will continue to follow all state and local guidelines, as they are announced and updated.
The safety of our campus remains my top priority, and these changes have been put into place in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, as much as possible. It is my hope that an increase in vaccine availability will usher in a post-pandemic world, sooner than later. Detailed information about vaccine availability—and what that means for the Coppin Community—will be released, tomorrow.
You have all been gracious and patient as we approach one year since the beginning of this pandemic. Now is not the time to slow down. We will continue doing our part so that, when the time comes, we can all be healthy and ready to soar the way Eagles do. Let’s keep up the good work!
As always--Remain Coppin Strong! Masks on!