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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.

Vaccination Updates

  • UPDATE - 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

  • 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. Peter J. Hotez, M.D., Ph.D., Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology & Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine, on April 19 (RSVP)
    • Dr. Stephen J. Spann, Founding Dean of the University of Houston College of Medicine and UH Vice President for Medical Affairs, on April 29 (RSVP).
  • NEW - Former Director of Harris County Health Department, the new Secretary of Health for Washington State, Dr. Umari Shah will speak as a guest of the Natural Science Department's Virtual Colloquium Series on April 23 from 1 - 2 p.m. (Participate via ZOOM; Meeting ID: 936 3325 3030; Passcode: NS2021)
  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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. 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.
  • UHD Dining Services is welcoming Miss Patty’s Wagon food truck back on campus for the remainder of the spring semester. The food truck will operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at the College of Sciences and Technology Building. 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.