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UHD Coronavirus Update - Feb. 24

The University of Houston-Downtown continues to monitor news and updates related to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. As of Feb. 21, more than 30 cases in the U.S. have been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), including three in Texas. According to the CDC, the risk level to the general public remains low.

With spring break approaching, UHD community members are encouraged to monitor CDC’s health travel notices regarding international travel. Likewise, travelers should consult the agency’s tips regarding preventing sickness and injury while traveling. As a reminder, the University of Houston System is prohibiting travel to Wuhan, Hubei Province China (where the first coronavirus case was reported), as well as non-essential travel to China outside of Hubei Province. As of Feb. 2, the U.S. Department of State issued a Level 4 travel advisory, advising citizens not to travel to China.

Faculty, staff and students should remain informed on the facts surrounding this virus. In addition to the previously mentioned CDC website, Harris County recently launched a site focused on dispelling rumors and misinformation surrounding the coronavirus.

Handwashing remains the recommended preventative measure when avoiding illness from any virus (coronavirus, influenza and others). Additionally, it is encouraged to clean and disinfect surfaces regularly and to avoid people who might be sick. If you are feeling sick, avoid contact with others and do not come to class or work.

UHD will provide updates as information is made available. Likewise, the University will continue to offer resources such as the Office of Emergency Management’s coronavirus site (containing useful facts and links) and Student Health Services (open to UHD students Monday – Friday). Appointments can be made by calling 713-221-8137.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) – the second-largest university in Houston – 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 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

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.