14
July
2021
|
15:26 PM
America/Chicago

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

  • On Monday, July 12, UHD will enter Step 4 – Green in the COVID-19 Response Matrix. As such, UHD faculty and staff will resume their pre-COVID on-campus work schedules.

  • On Monday, July 12, UHD will enter Step 4 – Green in the COVID-19 Response Matrix. As such, UHD faculty and staff will resume their pre-COVID on-campus work schedules.

  • 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 9 a.m. to 5 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

  • H-E-B will offer free COVID-19 vaccine in the UHD Welcome Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 26 (first dose) and Sept. 17 (second dose). Registration information will be announced soon.
  • 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

  • On Monday, July 12, UHD entered Step 4 – Green in the COVID-19 Response Matrix. As such, UHD faculty and staff will resume their pre-COVID on-campus work schedules.
     
  • The University provided 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 included:
    • 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

  • On Monday, July 12, UHD will enter Step 4 – Green in the COVID-19 Response Matrix. As such, UHD faculty and staff will resume their pre-COVID on-campus work schedules. Read more about it in the President's Message.
  • Thanks to a partnership through Curative, UHD is offering COVID-19 testing through a kiosk located outside the Student Life Center. UHD’s testing is free of charge and available to the university community and the public from 9 a.m. to 5 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 requires individuals to wear masks or other face coverings while on campus. 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. 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.