News Release, College of Southern Maryland

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) is monitoring reports surrounding the COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus) and reviewing emergency response protocols.

Included among these efforts, CSM’s Emergency Management Policy Group has met on the issue and is reviewing its Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) to ensure all potential response efforts are streamlined, understood and effective.

CSM continuously communicates with students, faculty, and staff to take the necessary precautions and exercise good health habits to prevent the spread of viruses. Increased efforts to further sanitize shared common areas – including the library, testing labs, the fitness centers, meeting rooms, and public gathering locations — are underway. Though no changes have been announced, CSM is also identifying all spring student travel courses.

This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which imparts the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Photo credit: Alissa Eckert, MS, Dan Higgins, MAM

At this time, CSM encourages students, faculty, staff and the public to continue to use the CSMReady webpage as a resource page for information at

CSM’s Media Relations team will share information if operating conditions change.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...