15
August
2022
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14:39 PM
America/Chicago

Fall 2022 UHD COVID-19 Guidance

Summary

From: Cynthia Vargas, Director of Emergency Management

To UHD Faculty, Staff, and Students:

I want to provide an update on UHD’s COVID-19 protocols. As you may be aware, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has been relaxing requirements and recommendations for COVID-19 safety over the past year as the population has shown greater immunity as a whole.

Among public universities in Texas, UHD has yet to modify its COVID-19 protocols in accordance with current lower risk levels. Although local cases rose rapidly during the last several weeks, hospitalizations and severe illness remained relatively low and manageable. Availability of treatment, vaccinations, and higher immunity measures among the community provide the University with the ability to shift to a new phase in the pandemic.

As of August 19, 2022, the following changes to UHD COVID-19 procedures and operations will take effect:

  • Students, faculty, and staff will no longer be required to self-report cases and will no longer need to complete the COVID-19 Diagnosis Form, Potential Exposure Form, or Request to Return to Campus Form. However, you are still required to follow the UHD COVID-19 isolation protocols until further notice if you are symptomatic or test positive. Notify your supervisor or faculty members when you are going to be absent when you test positive or develop COVID symptoms.
  • The UHD Contact Tracing program will be discontinued.
  • Emergency cleaning requests will no longer be necessary based on the low risk of fomite transmission (getting sick from a surface that has virus particles on it). We will continue to conduct routine cleaning throughout the campus.
  • Events will no longer be restricted by COVID-19 Event Guidelines.
  • UHD business travel requests will return to pre-COVID procedures.
  • The UHD COVID-19 Positive Case Reporting Dashboard will publish a final update on August 19 and will cease to be updated or published thereafter.
  • The UHD COVID-19 website will be streamlined to include the most relevant information, including the guidelines for those who have COVID symptoms or test positive.

Note that getting vaccinated, getting tested, and wearing masks have all been shown to reduce the transmission of the virus. The following services will continue during the Fall 2022 semester:

  • UHD will continue to offer on-campus testing at the Curative kiosk on campus. Open seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., the kiosk offers free testing for anyone who can show proof of insurance and a photo ID. Visit the COVID-19 Testing page for information and to schedule an appointment.
  • UHD will continue to support the State of Texas recommendation for COVID vaccines and boosters. UHD will periodically offer vaccination opportunities on campus, which may include COVID vaccines.
  • Hand-sanitizing dispensers and disposable masks will continue to be available throughout campus.

The University of Houston-Downtown will continue to monitor CDC guidance and the status of COVID-19 locally and statewide. We will update our policies and guidelines as needed to ensure the Campus Community remains a safe learning environment.

Thank you for continuing to follow COVID-19 safety practices and adhering to these revised campus procedures.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.

As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students, boasts more than 61,000 alumni, and offers 46 bachelor’s degrees, 11 master’s degrees, and 17 fully online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities & Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences & Technology.

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution, and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.