ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today sent a letter to the University System of Maryland Board of Regents calling for an immediate investigation into the handling of the adenovirus outbreak on the University of Maryland, College Park campus that led to the tragic death of Olivia Paregol. The letter comes after a Washington Post article outlines a timeline of events following the first diagnosis, showing that campus leadership waited 18 days to disclose information about the virus to the student body.
“According to published reports, university officials chose not to disclose confirmed and suspected cases of adenovirus to students and families,” wrote Governor Hogan. “Just as, if not more disturbing, is the revelation the university held on to this potentially life-saving information for weeks.”
Following the tragic death of Jordan McNair and the subsequent investigation conducted by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents, the governor assured the people of Maryland that his administration would hold the university’s leadership accountable for the reforms necessary to ensure student safety is always the top priority at College Park and throughout the system.
“Mr. McNair’s death rightfully prompted multiple investigations and brought to light numerous inadequacies in how the university dealt with a medical emergency,” the governor said. “Unfortunately, I am deeply concerned that the University learned nothing from that troubling and tragic episode.”
Governor Hogan also highlighted the lack of urgency throughout the process, saying while caution is sometimes understandable and called for, common sense should never be overruled by bureaucratic protocol when lives are on the line.
The governor concluded his letter by calling for any findings to be made public: “A thorough investigation into the handling of the adenovirus information—including a review of the university’s health center—is necessary. It will provide the context and facts needed to move forward. If any officials are found to have been negligent, it is vital that you take swift action.”