Frequently Asked Questions

About COVID-19 

What is Coronavirus? 

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing respiratory illness in people and other circulating among animals.  Previous coronavirus outbreaks have included severe acute respiratory syndrome(SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).  The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes the risk to the American public of becoming infected with this novel coronavirus is currently low.  Because this is an emerging situation, the CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available, including changes in risk assessment. 

How does it spread? 

Although the spread of this virus is still being researched, it is currently believed that it spread like other respiratory viruses-by people with the infection coughing and sneezing.  These droplets are inhaled by other people or moved to the eyes, nose, or mouth by contaminated hands. 

What are the symptoms of this infection? 

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include the following: 

  • Fever 
  • Coughing 
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 

If you have returned from travel to a country in the past 14 days with a COVID-19 outbreak or have been exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19 and are experiencing symptoms, the CDC advises you seek medical advice and call ahead to your health care provider. 

If you have not travelled and have not been exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19 but have fever and respiratory symptoms, seek medical advice and call ahead to your health provider.  You should not show up at a clinic, urgent care, emergency room, or other health facility without calling first.  Your provider will need to take special measures to protect other patients. 

Health, Wellness, and Prevention 

What do I do if I feel sick? 

If you develop symptoms, stay home from work, school, and other errands.  Remain home until you have been without a fever for at least 24 hours.  If you seek medical attention, you should notify your health provider of your symptoms before going to a facility.  

How do I help prevent the spread of coronaviruses? 

You can reduce the risk of spreading coronaviruses by taking the same steps you would to prevent infection from the flu and common cold: 

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others. 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and immediately dispose of used tissue. 

Should I wear a mask? 

Students, employees, and guests–2 years of age and older–must wear face coverings or face masks while on campus and in the presence of others. People not wearing face coverings will be asked to leave campus (Exceptions: private work areas, prolonged work in hot/humid environments, and ADA or other medical reasons).

College operations 

Will CSM close and/or cancel classes? 

The CSM approach to modifying College operations is guided by 3 goals: (1) to protect the health of our students, faculty, staff, and neighbors; (2) to help slow the spread of the virus in MD and the nation; (3) to ensure the continuity of teaching as much as possible.

The majority of Fall classes will remain in a virtual environment. In-person instruction will resume only for courses whose learning outcomes can’t be measured or achieved remotely. Your instructors will advise you if this pertains to you and, if so, what the schedule and procedures will be.

CSM enacted Phase 2 of our Return to Campus Plan on July 7 and shift from Remote Operations to Restricted Operations. This change in status eased some restrictions on campus access and in-person student services. Learn more in the Return to Campus Plan here.

Are there travel restrictions?

  • All college-related international travel is not permitted. 
  • All personal international travel is strongly discouraged. 
  • All college-related out-of-state domestic travel is not permitted.  
  • We urge extreme caution and judgment for your personal travel. Please take into account the risks of travel itself, as well as your possible destination.  Be advised that, depending on where you travel, the college may ask you to self-quarantine.
  • July 29 Travel Advisory: In response to the Maryland Department of Health’s Out of State Travel and Public Travel Advisory (issued July 29, 2020), CSM is implementing the following guidelines regarding out-of-state and out-of-country travel:
    • Employees and students are strongly advised against traveling to states with positivity rates above 10%. This applies to personal, family, or business travel of any kind. Public health officials advise you to postpone or cancel travel to these areas until their positivity rates decline.
    • Any employee or student who travels to a state with a COVID-19 test positivity rate above 10%, or travels out of the country, is required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon return.
    • As of August 10, this advisory applies to Florida, Texas, Georgia, Louisiana, Arizona, Alabama, South Carolina, Nebraska, and Idaho. An up-to-date list can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#testing.  The District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia are exempt from these guidelines.
    • Employees must notify their supervisor and the Human Resources Office at hrd@csmd.edu if traveling to one of the states or receiving visitors with a high COVID-19 positivity rate. Employees who are able to telework may continue to work during this quarantine period. Employees who are required to report to campus in order to perform their work duties need to take sick and/or annual leave on the days they are scheduled to work during the 14-day quarantine period.
    • Employees who have visitors from states with positivity rates above 10% are subject to the same quarantine requirements.

How does CSM clean and disinfect? 

CSM Facilities staff have implemented extra measures to clean and disinfect surfaces in public areas that are touched frequently.  This includes surfaces such as door handles, banisters, and elevator buttons. 

Can employees telework? 

Employees in Tier 1 are expected to be fully engaged in maintaining essential operations. Employees in Tier 2 are expected to work regularly – but not necessarily full time – to maintain essential operations.  Employees in Tier 3 will be on call and should expect to be recalled based on college needs. Most employees will be able to accomplish their work remotely but some employees may need to work on campus.