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Latest CDC Guidance on Risk and Prevention

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On Feb. 25, 2022, the CDC changed the way it assesses COVID risk levels and provided a new tool, COVID-19 Community Levels. The tool illustrates risk by county in real time, along with risk and prevention guidance for each risk level.

Harris County is in a medium-risk category; guidelines for medium-risk areas are as follows:

  • If you are at high risk for severe illness, talk to your health care provider about whether you need to wear a mask and take other precautions.
  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Get tested if you have symptoms. (UHD community members can earn $5 per week for getting tested at the on-campus Curative kiosk – learn more on the Vaccines and Testing webpage.)

The CDC also states that people may choose to mask at any time, and recommends wearing a mask if you have COVID-19 symptoms, have received a positive test, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

For more information or to use the search tool, visit the CDC website.

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COVID Campus Safety Practices and Protocols

The University of Houston-Downtown has implemented numerous, enhanced cleaning and safety practices to lower the risk of COVID-19 exposure and its spread. With expert health and safety advice based on CDC guidelines and protocols, we are committed to ensuring the health and safety of the UHD Community.

Face Coverings

Face coverings and/or masks are no longer required at UHD per Executive Order #38. For those who prefer to wear face coverings and/or masks, they may certainly continue to do so. UHD encourages unvaccinated people to wear face coverings and provides mask dispensers throughout campus that contain free, individually wrapped masks. We also strongly encourage our students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated.

Social Distancing

Classrooms, dining and common areas have been reconfigured to allow social distancing. Designated signage is throughout campus and at all elevators as a reminder to maintain 6 feet of distance when possible or to avoid sitting in marked seating. Per UHD guidelines, only 4 persons are allowed in an elevator, which are appropriately marked for social distancing. Stairwells are open and users should allow proper space when passing someone. In the event of an emergency or fire alarm, exit the building immediately.

Common Areas

Classrooms and designated public spaces, as needed, include signage to promote social distancing. Designated areas such as the Welcome Center information desk, W.I. Dykes Library and the UHD Food Court are equipped with Plexiglas shields. Dining staff adhere to daily wellness checks, use gloves and wash hands every 30 minutes.

Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer dispensers are available at all entrances, elevator lobbies and other key areas in all campus buildings. Sanitizing wipes and/or disinfectant spray are in classrooms and departments for use on hard surfaces.

Enhanced Cleaning and Sanitation

Enhanced cleaning protocols using a disinfectant approved by the EPA and CDC that is effective in killing the virus for frequent cleaning of instructional spaces and high-touch points and shuttle buses. Disinfecting wipes are available in every classroom and hand-sanitizing stations are located throughout campus. Campus face coverings and cleaning products are readily available at entrances, classrooms and labs.

Student and Employee Cleaning Responsibilities

Students and employees should keep personal items, work and living spaces clean. The use of shared objects (lab equipment, computer equipment) is discouraged and should be limited and cleaned between each use. Individuals should wash their hands before and after using shared objects.

Ventilation

Air filters throughout campus have been replaced, and coils have been cleaned with the EPA/CDC-approved disinfectant. HVAC air handlers will assist in purging air from each building at least four hours before the class and workday begin. UHD also routinely uses a fogging machine with EPA/CDC-approved disinfectant.

Contact Tracing Program

Before coming to campus students, faculty, staff, visitors and vendors are required to perform daily self-health assessments. Contact tracing is available to identify exposed UHD community members.

Restroom Enhancements

Various campus restroom locations have touchless faucets, touchless soap dispensers, touchless paper towel dispensers and foot pull door openers.

Campus Signage

Signage is implemented throughout campus, including floor and social distancing markers.

Water Systems

Water bottle refill stations are available at various locations across campus. However, standard drinking fountains are unavailable. You are encouraged to bring water to campus or purchase from the UHD Food Court or vending machines.

Shared Responsibility

UHD is committed to the safety and health of students, faculty, staff and visitors, but it requires everyone to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Last updated 4/22/2022 5:30 AM