Coronavirus Information & Resources
Fall 2023-Spring 2024 Academic Year
COVID-19 VIRUS & VACCINATION UPDATE:
Thanks to vaccination, testing, treatments, and prevention measures, hospitalizations, and deaths due to COVID-19 are low. However, the virus is still active because of community spread and the development of new variants. Fortunately, most people now recover from this infection experiencing only mild or moderate symptoms. Still, those with pre-existing medical conditions and older adults have a greater risk for serious illness and may be admitted to the hospital. Examples of pre-existing conditions are cancer, diabetes, heart disease, underlying lung disease, or other conditions impacting the body’s immune system.
To keep severe consequences from COVID low, get vaccinated and if vaccinated stay up to date with your vaccination, obtaining current boosters which are formulated to be responsive to emerging variants. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, on May 11, 2023, the Public Health Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) expired. With this updated information and guidance from the Morgan State University Health, Safety and Wellness Committee, we've updated our guidelines regarding COVID-19 vaccination.
STUDENTS: COVID-19 vaccination remains highly recommended but is no longer required for Morgan State University students. Additionally, we recommend all Residential and Immunocompromised students be up to date with the COVID-19 vaccine and booster doses. For more information regarding the required University Health Center documents for all students, please click on this link: Health Entrance Certificate and Immunization Records.
FACULTY AND STAFF: COVID-19 vaccination remains highly recommended but is no longer required for Morgan State University faculty and staff.
MASKING: Masking is optional for most buildings on campus, including classrooms. Masks are still required in all campus medical settings, including the University Health Center if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
TESTING: The University Health Center is no longer conducting weekly COVID-19 testing at the COVID-19 Testing Site.
When to Test for COVID
- If you have symptoms, test immediately.
- If you were exposed to COVID-19 and do not have symptoms, wait at least 5 full days after your exposure before testing. If you test too early, you may be more likely to get an inaccurate result.
- Students may contact the University Health Center at 443.885.3236 or email@example.com for additional information regarding COVID-19.
- MSU employees and students may use the link COVID-19 Information to receive additional information regarding COVID-19 precautions and isolation.
Protect Yourself, Protect Your Family, and Protect the Cave!
BEYOND COVID-19 BASICS - - Protecting Self & Others
Students, faculty, and staff with a weakened or compromised immune system, should continue to take precautions to maximally protect themselves. Masking remains an important part of our defense mechanism to fight against COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses.
COVID-19 vs. Influenza (Flu) vs. RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus): Three different respiratory viruses that are highly contagious. Symptoms may look the same. If symptomatic, get tested!
For more information on Coronavirus, vaccines, symptoms, and protecting self and others, visit the CDC website.
MORE VACCINE INFORMATION
For more information on COVID-19 vaccines, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines
Find COVID-19 vaccines & booster, please visit: https://www.vaccines.gov
VACCINATION CARD: To get a copy of your official immunization records (COVID-19 vaccination record), go to the MyIR Mobile website. (https://myirmobile.com)
While masking is not required in most settings on campus, masking remains an important part of our defense mechanism to fight against COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses.
For more information on the use and care of masks, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html