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UHD COVID-19 Response Updates

The Latest Details on Resources & Events for the UHD Community

The University of Houston-Downtown is monitoring updates from community partners in accordance with the COVID-19 Response Matrix as well as making adjustments to daily operations as Gators return to campus. To that end, several changes will have an effect on faculty, staff and students.

Check this list to stay up to date regarding news that will impact the UHD Community as well as to find a consolidated directory of community resources that will help the UHD Community acclimate to these changes. This list will be updated weekly during this transition period.

Latest News

  • COVID-19 related limitations on the maximum students in classrooms will be lifted for the Fall 2021 semester. This will result in more students in classrooms. While social distancing markers throughout campus remain in place, vaccinated persons are not required to follow social distancing guidelines per Governor Abbott’s Executive Order. UHD encourages faculty, staff and students to get vaccinated for COVID-19. Visit our Vaccination Information page. 

  • President Loren J. Blanchard offers a reminder on the June 9 vaccination event with H-E-B in this message to the community.

  • Thanks to a partnership through Curative, the University of Houston-Downtown is now offering COVID-19 testing through a kiosk located outside the Student Life Center. The testing is free of charge and available to the university community and the public from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. UHD students, faculty, staff and alumni may sign up for appointments through the Curative portal and must then check-in online before their visit. Learn more about this service and how to register here.

  • New forms are available for UHD employees and students to report COVID-19 exposure and positive diagnoses, as well as to request to return to campus. 

Vaccination Updates

  • Don’t miss your shot … and don’t miss out on a raffle for an Amazon gift card! On Wednesday, June 9, UHD students, faculty and staff can receive free vaccinations on campus (courtesy of community partner H-E-B). Everyone who registers for this event will be entered into a raffle for an Amazon gift card. On this day, the first dose of the Moderna vaccine will be administered between 9 a.m. and noon in UHD’s Welcome Center. Registration is required to receive vaccines and to be included in the Amazon gift card raffle.
     
  • The UHD Welcome Center served as the hub for members of the University community to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at an on-campus vaccination event held in partnership with The Houston Methodist on Thursday, April 22. Approximately 564 signed up for the Pfizer vaccines at the event. The second shot of the vaccine will be administered at UHD 2 - 7 p.m., Thursday, May 20.
     
  • The COVID-19 Vaccine is available to UHD students, faculty and staff through the University’s partner, UTHealth. More details.
     
  • 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.
     
  • All adults in Texas now qualify to receive any available coronavirus vaccines.
     
  • Texans age 16 and older are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccines.
     
  • Veterans of all ages can now receive a COVID-19 vaccine through the Houston Veterans Affairs office. Appointments are available by calling 713-794-8985.
     
  • UHD’s COVID-19 Vaccine Information Page will continue to be updated with the latest information related to the availability of vaccines in Houston and other details.

Events & Information

  • Employment Services and Operations (ESO) is offered two virtual workshops open to faculty and staff on May 25 and 27 regarding dealing with stress and anixiety, and also transitioning back to the office.
     
  • The Return to Campus Town Hall  took place on May 12. This virtual forum provided UHD Community members with opportunities to ask questions regarding the gradual return to campus that begins this summer. View it online.
     
  • The University will help provide insights on vaccines, the virus and related topics during the COVID-19 Health, Safety and Vaccine Information Forums hosted by UHD President Loren J. Blanchard. Guest speakers include:
    • Dr. Stephen J. Spann, Founding Dean of the University of Houston College of Medicine and UH Vice President for Medical Affairs, spoke with the UHD Community on April 29.
    • Dr. Peter Hotez spoke on April 19 about the importance of increased vaccination rates and how they will make an impact locally and nationwide. Hotez is the Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology & Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine and has appeared on major media networks sharing his expertise and analysis during the pandemic. A recap is available online.
    • On April 8, Dr. David Persse, Chief Medical Officer for the City of Houston and Professor of Emergency Medicine and Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, provided an update of the impact of COVID-19 vaccines and the important role they play in combatting the pandemic. The full discussion is available on YouTube, and a recap is available online.
       
  • The University has launched a public awareness campaign titled “Don’t Miss Your Shot – To Keep UHD Safe” to remind the Gator Community of the importance of vaccination. The current campaign underscores that receiving the vaccine can protect lives and makes the ongoing return to campus safer for Gators.

  • President Blanchard joined FOX26' Isiah Carey on "The Factor Uncensored" to talk about the state of the campus as we enter a new phase of the pandemic and what the future holds for the University.

  • Director of Emergency Management Cynthia Vargas spoke with Univision 45 to address how UHD is preparing to welcome students, faculty and staff back to campus this summer. See the full interview.

  • For more information regarding COVID-19 safety precautions, instructions for what to do if you feel ill or have been exposed to coronavirus, and instructions for traveling abroad during the pandemic, visit the Frequently Asked Questions webpage.

University Updates

  • Thanks to a partnership through Curative, UHD will offer COVID-19 testing through a kiosk located outside the Student Life Center beginning June 1. UHD’s testing will be free of charge and available to the university community and the public from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. UHD students, faculty, staff and alumni may sign up for appointments through the Curative portal and must then check-in online before their visit.

    To make an appointment, click on the links below:
  • Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued Executive Order 36 prohibiting governmental entities from requiring the wearing of face coverings. Based on this Executive Order, and with guidance from the UH System Office, the University of Houston-Downtown will no longer require individuals to wear masks or other face coverings while on campus beginning Wednesday, May 19. Read more in President Blanchard's message.
  • Even though face-to-face instruction has resumed for some classes, safety protocols are still in place including all mask and distancing requirements.
     
  • President Loren J. Blanchard recently updated students, faculty and staff on UHD’s reopening status during the summer months. According to President Blanchard, UHD will move to Step 3-Yellow on June 1 and Step 4-Green on July 12.
     
  • Student Parking fees are waived for the remainder of the spring semester and the summer semester. Students who have purchased parking passes for spring but did not utilize them due to classes being held online instruction through mid-March may qualify for a refund. For more information, visit the Parking and Transportation website or email parking@uhd.edu.
     
  • UHD will offer students the option to select a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grade in any of the following semesters: Spring, May, and Summer 2021. More information is available on the Registrar’s website.
     
  • Starbucks will continue its regular hours of 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Fridays.
     
  • The campus will be open for students to access resources such as the W.I. Dykes Library and computer labs. The library will be open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturdays. Computer lab hours vary by location, so visit the website for specific hours.
     
  • The Academic Support Center offers free online tutoring for students to improve their writing, reading, math, and statistics skills. The spring online tutoring schedule allows for meetings 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Students are welcome to schedule an appointment with a tutor at UHD NAVIGATE.

For additional news, visit UHD News or Gator Update and check weekly emails from the University.