As the novel coronavirus COVID-19 continues to spread in Houston and around the world, UTHealth is taking additional steps to protect our students, employees and community. Please continue to check the SBMI COVID-19 website, the UTHealth COVID-19 website, Inside UTHealth, and UTPConnect daily for the latest news and information.
On March 31, Gov. Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order requiring Texans to follow the Coronavirus Guidelines issued by the White House. These guidelines emphasize continued social distancing practices and limiting business activities to essential operations only, through April 30.
In response, UTHealth President Guiseppe Colasurdo, MD provided a COVID-19 update to the entire university community to discuss how the order impacts UTHealth. The message also includes important information on travel updates, donations of personal protective equipment (PPE), and more. Visit Inside UTHealth to read his message: https://inside.uth.edu/inside/story.htm?id=52a80452-63ba-44f6-bbdf-f4fac8f475d5
Because UTHealth is an essential operation, it will remain open under the current modified operating model, until further notice. This means that students and employees who are learning and working from home should maintain that practice. Employees working on campus should contact their supervisor directly regarding potential changes to their work status.
The TMC Library will remain closed until 7 a.m. on April 6. March 30 was previously scheduled to be the library's date to reopen. In the interim, all services will be offered virtually. If students want to request a virtual meeting, use the chat service, or search for information, students should visit the TMC Library website: http://www.library.tmc.edu.
A new Stay Home, Work Safe Order will take effect at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24. It was announced by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on Tuesday, March 24. The order will be in effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2020. This means that all people who live in Harris County and the city of Houston have been ordered to stay home in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.
SBMI is aware that all of our students have unique circumstances they are handling during this time of COVID-19. We are doing everything in our power to ensure that it does not impede your academic progression. Should you encounter difficulties personally, professionally, or with an illness, please contact your course faculty as soon as you are aware of challenges. SBMI is committed to your success and faculty are aware of the possible options.
If students are in need of counseling services during these unprecedented times, know that Student Counseling Services is offering telemedicine. Please visit the Student Counseling website for more information: https://www.uth.edu/studenthealth/student-counseling-services/about.htm.
Our student residences are apartment buildings, where residents do not have the same degree of exposure intrinsic to the communal living and dining as in undergraduate colleges. Please follow health and safety guidelines. Classes resume March 23rd.
Effective Monday, March 16, the School of Biomedical Informatics and UTHealth’s five other schools will shift to online and virtual classes until further notice. This preventive measure will allow us to continue our educational mission, while doing our part to safeguard our community, especially our students. All testing also will be conducted online. Please check Canvas for course specific information.
Effective March 16, all SBMI practicum students, should continue working on their practicum projects as needed, until further notice. For students working on virtual/remote projects, this directive should cause no disruption in your project progress. For students working on-site at various hospitals or healthcare organizations, please work with your on-site preceptor immediately to determine the status of your project. If you are no longer permitted on-site because of COVID-19 restrictions, please contact Chelsea Overstreet (Chelsea.E.Overstreet@uth.tmc.edu) as soon as feasible. Individualized plans will be made for graduating students.
As a reminder, all travel must be registered with the university. If you have traveled internationally or to a U.S. destination with high levels of COVID-19, you must contact Student Health Services prior to your return to campus. Call 713-500-5171 for an assessment.
If you have exposure to COVID-19 or experience symptoms please contact Student Health Services at 713-500-5171. Please practice all of the safety precautions that are recommended including social distancing and handwashing. Our goal is that all of our SBMI community returns well as soon as this event is over.
Students are encouraged to telework until further notice. Please consult with your supervisor about these changes.
The transition to online learning is one of many proactive measures we are instituting in response to COVID-19 to protect faculty, staff, students, trainees, and patients. Those include conducting virtual grand rounds, lectures, and meetings, and canceling or postponing large events. Discussions are ongoing about future events, including commencement ceremonies.
Each of you play an important role in our coordinated response, and we thank you for your support, patience, and cooperation. We will continue to provide additional information as it becomes available. Please check the UTHealth COVID-19 website daily for updates.