For Immediate Release October 02, 2020

The University of Maryland Medical System today released an internally-produced Public Service Announcement, "Party Foul," designed to call attention to the dangers and risks of socializing during the global pandemic without taking proper precautions. The PSA was created by the System's Creative Communications team.

The "Party Foul" PSA can be viewed here on the UMMS You Tube channel. A media download version is available here.

"The message is quite simple: People may have COVID-19 and not know – even your friends at a bar or restaurant," said David Marcozzi, MD, COVID-19 Incident Commander for UMMS. "No age group is immune."

"We felt it was important to speak directly to younger people about staying safe and healthy," said Mohan Suntha, MD, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer of UMMS. "Throughout this pandemic, our hospitals have seen patients in their 20s and 30s in our emergency departments and intensive care units."

Potential news tie-ins:

  • A recent CDC report showed adults with positive COVID-19 test results were approximately twice as likely to have reported dining at a restaurant than those with negative results.
  • The release of the PSA comes as new research from the CDC has been released showing that coronavirus infections among young adults jumped from August to September. From Aug. 2 to Sept. 5, weekly coronavirus cases among people aged 18-22 years increased 55% nationally.
  • This summer, Governor Larry Hogan reported that through contact tracing, state health officials determined that the three types of gatherings posing the highest risk for COVID-19 transmission included family gatherings (44%), house parties (23%) and outdoor events (21%).