Campus Protocols Remain in Place as Classes Resume This Week
This week, University of Houston-Downtown classes resume following Spring Break with some courses returning to campus for the first time since December 2020. UHD’s Office of Emergency Management reminds everyone that all mask and distancing protocols remain in place on campus. Also, anyone coming to campus must sign in at designated entrances.
When on campus, only four persons are allowed on elevators at a time. Stairwells in One Main Building are designated as either “up” or “down” to ensure appropriate distancing. Stairwells in the North side of the building have been designated to go up and those in the South side of the building go down. In the event of an emergency or an evacuation, the up or down designation does not apply. In an emergency, exit the building through any appropriate stairwell. To further ensure the safety of our Gators, hand sanitizer is located at campus entrances, labs and other areas of the University. Also, drinking fountains will remain out of order until further notice.
As COVID-19 vaccines become more readily available, UHD Community members are encouraged to get vaccinated by their primary healthcare providers or sign up for an appointment at one of the Houston area's vaccine hubs.
“Health experts are optimistic that the vaccine will break the pandemic cycle,” said Cynthia Vargas, UHD Director of Emergency Management. “However, we must remember that while the vaccine is tremendously valuable in combatting COVID-19 let's not overlook the importance of following the basic protection protocols.”
Vargas also encourages all UHD Community members to not only follow campus protocols but other recommendations from the Centers of Disease Control such as frequent hand washing and avoiding large crowds.
If you are feeling ill
If you feel like you have COVID symptoms, or if you have been exposed to the virus, you should undergo testing. Harris County Public Health offers testing at several sites across the area. The City of Houston has also set up a webpage with a list of where COVID testing is available for free. Most importantly, do not come to campus if you are sick, are awaiting test results, or have been exposed to the virus.
It is crucial that if you have had contact with someone who has COVID-19, that you submit an Exposure Form and quarantine for at least 10 days. Submit a request to Return to Campus Form when your quarantine has ended and employees should also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the event you are returning from any international travel, you are required to self-quarantine for 10 days, or get tested 5 days after travel and stay home for 7 days upon return to the United States. All International Travel must be documented using the UHD Travel Registration Form.
Have other questions?
For more information regarding COVID-19 safety precautions, visit the Frequently Asked Questions webpage.