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COVID-19 UPDATE

All Fall Semester classes at Huston-Tillotson University are taught online. Students, please click on our Students Learning at a Distance portal to access all of your online campus materials and resources. Faculty and Instructors, please click on our Faculty & Instructors Teaching at a Distance portal to access all of your online campus materials and resources needed to provide an excellent learning experience for our students. Our COVID-19 Student Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) can be accessed here and our Downs-Jones Library resources are available here. You may also find the CARES Act Compliance information here.

Official Statement from the President (November 29, 2020)

Official Statement from the President (June 18,2020)

Official Statement from the President (March 23, 2020)

Official Statement from the President (March 12, 2020)

Official Statement from the President (March 06, 2020)

Update 01.19.2021

Campus community, our communication with you is of the upmost importance. Each week, our Division of Student Affairs will share with you The Ram Connect, a weekly communication of campus resources and encouragement for HT students, faculty, and staff.

 

To read this week’s edition of The Ram Connect, click on the photo below!

 

 

Update 1.12.2021                                                               Questions and concerns can be emailed to ht_covid-19@htu.edu

Join local public health officials for a Vaccine Town Hall to discuss #COVID19 vaccine safety, efficacy, and distribution. Some vaccine questions will be answered live as time permits.

Central Texas vaccine town hall meeting.

Speakers:
– Stephanie Hayden, Austin Public Health Director
– Dr. Mark Escott, Interim Austin-Travis County Health Authority
– Dr. Charles Bell, Vice Chair, Central Health Board of Managers
– Dr. Jason Reichenberg, President of Ascension Medical Group Texas

Update 1.6.2021                                                               Questions and concerns can be emailed to ht_covid-19@htu.edu

Operational Updates

Vaccs Facts is a weekly series of COVID-19 vaccine updates published by Austin Public Health.  Vaccs Facts Weekly Update – Austin Public Health (mailchi.mp)

The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines have received an Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) received 224,250 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine during Week 1 allocation, 620,400 doses in Week 2 allocation, and 380,000 doses in Week 3 allocation. The Austin area has been slated to receive 59,825 doses during the three weeks of allocation.

There are more than 300 pharmacies, doctors’ offices, hospital groups, and other providers signed up to provide COVID-19 vaccines in Austin-Travis County.
DSHS published a FAQ on the vaccine distribution and allocation process on Dec. 31.

APH does not oversee other providers and their individual distribution plans. However, APH is working across the healthcare system and the vaccine coalition to set guidelines that support the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and DSHS framework for distributionAustin Public Health (APH) received 1,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine on Monday, Dec. 28 and 300 doses on Dec. 29.

APH is operating a closed vaccine clinic  for Phase 1A populations, specifically APH direct health care staff, direct health care COVID-19 response staff, Travis County Jail direct health care clinical staff, long-term care staff and residents that are not enrolled with a vaccine provider, school nurses that are not enrolled with another vaccine provider, and other frontline healthcare staff. As of Dec. 31, 740 doses had been distributed with the remainder being distributed this week.

The Austin Public Safety Wellness Center began to distribute its 1,300 doses of the Moderna vaccine for local public safety employees on Monday, Dec. 28. As of Dec. 31, all 1,300 doses had been distributed.

The federal Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program began in Texas last week. Pharmacy staff will be vaccinating long-term care residents and staff on-site.  An additional 121,875 doses of the Pfizer vaccine went toward this program in the Week 3 allocation.

Initial doses of vaccine in Phase 1A are being allocated for frontline healthcare workers and long-term care facility staff and residents, based on the COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Guiding Principles from Texas DSHS.

Last week, DSHS released a statement encouraging vaccine providers to begin vaccinating individuals who fall within Phase 1B, which includes those over the age of 65 and people with medical conditions that put them at increased risk for severe disease from COVID-19.

APH understands from conversations with other providers that the demand for vaccine in Phase 1B is exceeding the supply of many providers across the Austin area, who are still focused on Phase 1A.

Individuals wishing to get the COVID-19 vaccine who are in Phase 1A or Phase 1B should contact the provider they normally receive their vaccines, like their flu shot, from to learn about their process. However, those in Phase 1B should be aware that they may not be able to receive the vaccine until additional supply is available in our community.

APH will not serve as the primary vaccine provider for Austin-Travis County residents, rather, APH will serve as an informational hub and safety net for those without insurance. If more vaccine is provided to APH, we will open large sites in Austin and Travis county for the general public to receive vaccine


Update 11.16.2020                                                               Questions and concerns can be emailed to ht_covid-19@htu.edu

Austin Public Health is offering the following guidelines for holiday gathering.  View the full guidelines here.

To minimize the spread of COVID-19 and ensure everyone has a safe and healthy holiday season, Austin Public Health is offering risk guidance for gatherings.

We recommend avoiding all high-risk activities and being cautious with all medium-risk activities to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Celebrating virtually or with members of your household is the best option this holiday season, but if you still choose to gather traditionally follow Austin Public Health guidance to do so safely.

Low-Risk Activities
Celebrating with members of your household
Decorating your living space
Hosting a virtual gathering with friends and family
Preparing traditional recipes and delivering them in a no-contact manner
Watching holiday-themed movies or shows

Medium-Risk Activities
Hosting a small dinner with local family and friends outdoors
Attending an outdoor gathering
Visiting orchards and tree farms where hand sanitizer is used before touching objects
Having an outdoor parade or movie night

High-Risk Activities
Participating in traditional caroling or other door-to-door activities
Attending crowded, indoor gatherings
Going on hayrides with non-household members
Traveling outside your community for gatherings and events

City of Austin/Travis County Orders

The City of Austin and Travis County extended the “Stay Home, Mask, and Otherwise Be Safe” Orders through December 15, 2020. These orders direct Austin-Travis County residents to continue to practice social distancing, hygiene, and face-covering behaviors. In addition to hygiene guidelines, the orders state that social gatherings up to 10 people should be avoided or minimized, and socializing in groups of 10+ individuals outside of the same household are prohibited. Read the full City of Austin and Travis County Orders.

Update 10.16.2020

Huston-Tillotson University is here to support our students and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding is available through the HT Emergency Grant Application, to assist students with challenges that may arise.  Read below for additional information regarding the Emergency Grant Application.  For questions, contact Mr. Ambrose Price at aprice@htu.edu.

 

Update 08.25.2020

The Center for Academic Innovation and Transformation provides Canvas training weekly.  Join us for CANVAS SOS! Sessions and visit our On Demand site for all recordings.  Canvas SOS! is offered using Zoom link:  https://zoom.us/J/8916403206 Meeting ID:  891 640 3206  Password:  HTCAIT.  

Visit the Instructor or Student images above for distance learning support.

 

City of Austin and Travis County Updates 08.18.2020

The City of Austin and Travis County extended the “Stay Home, Mask, and Otherwise Be Safe” Orders through December 15, 2020. These orders direct Austin-Travis County residents to continue to practice social distancing, hygiene, and face-covering behaviors. In addition to hygiene guidelines, the orders state that social gatherings up to 10 people should be avoided or minimized, and socializing in groups of 10+ individuals outside of the same household are prohibited. Read the full City of Austin and Travis County Orders.

 

Update 03.12.2020

The health and safety of our entire campus community remain paramount. Thus, we have decided the following: (1) Spring Break will be extended for students by an additional week to March 29th ; (2) Beginning March 30th, ALL classes will move online, until further notice; and (3) Residence halls will close on Sunday, March 15th, and remain closed, until further notice (on-campus residents will receive further instruction from the Office of Residence Life as developments unfold).

Students, during this time-frame, you must do the following: (1) Remain in close contact with your respective Faculty members; (2) Once online classes begin on March 30th , remotely connect to Canvas and Office 365 daily; (3) Sign-up to receive campus alerts and notifications by text message at https://www.getrave.com/login/htu ; and (4) Monitor frequently the University’s web page dedicated to HT’s Coronavirus Preparedness and our official university social media channels on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

 

Update 03.06.2020

Huston-Tillotson University values the health and safety of our community; thus, we are monitoring proactively and preventatively the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). HT serves a vital role in our greater Austin community and University officials are asking the members of our HT community to remain vigilant in your daily efforts to prevent the spread of sickness and germs.

 

Texas

Please visit the websites of the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/ and Austin Public Health http://www.austintexas.gov/department/health for timely information about the coronavirus, preparation, and preventative measures from our state and city.

  Travis County

  Effective June 18, 2020 through August 15, 2020, Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe has ordered all employees and visitors to the    commercial entity’s business premises or other facilities wear face coverings when in an area or performing an activity which will  necessarily involve close contact or proximity to co-workers or the public where six-feet of separation is not feasible.

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Please visit the CDC or HHS websites for additional information about the coronavirus in the United States, preparation, and preventative measures from a national perspective, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.       Twitter

   US Department of Health and Human Services           Twitter

 

International Travel/Study Abroad

Huston-Tillotson University will follow travel recommendations from the CDC, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html and the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/

 

Spring Break

This year, Spring Break will occur March 16 – March 29. HT strongly encourages you to consider how the coronavirus may impact your travel plans, both domestically and internationally. Please heed the travel recommendations and advisory notices from local, state, and federal agencies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided a list of “Frequently Asked Questions” specifically on Travel at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/faqs.html

 

What Huston-Tillotson University Is Doing

Here at Huston-Tillotson University, the health and safety of our community is paramount. HT has already authorized several proactive and preventative measures:

 

1. President and CEO, Colette Pierce Burnette has convened an HT Pandemic Preparedness team that meets weekly, specifically to monitor the state of the coronavirus and enact the best practices on our campus, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local agencies;

2. Campus facilities will ensure soap dispensers and hand sanitizing stations are filled at all times; and

3. HT updates regarding the coronavirus will be readily available online at our Coronavirus Preparedness campus link and via our official University social media channels on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

 

What You Can Do

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided the following guidance to assist you in remaining vigilant in your daily efforts to prevent the spread of germs:

 

1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty;

2. Avoid close contact with people who are sick;

3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth;

4. Stay home when you are sick;

5. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash;

6. Don’t share food beverages or smoking devices with others;

7. Practice good health habits by cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe; and

8. Get a flu vaccine if you have not yet done so. Flu vaccines are being administered at the Sandra Joy Anderson Community Health and Wellness Center located at 1705 E. 11th Street, Monday – Friday, 8:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.

 

How You Can Stay Informed

Huston-Tillotson University will continue to disseminate timely information to our campus community about the coronavirus via this dedicated web page and our official University social media channels on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. HT also highly encourages you to stay informed about the coronavirus via trustworthy news sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Bureau of Consular Affairs, the Texas Department of State Health Services, Austin Public Health, and the World Health Organization. In the event of extreme emergency, please contact us at this email address, officeofthepresident@htu.edu

 

Sandra Joy Anderson Community Health and Wellness Center

The Sandra Joy Anderson Community Health and Wellness Center located on the campus of Huston-Tillotson University and managed by CommUnity Care provides the following practices and guidelines:

We (Central Health) are updating our systems for tracking patient cases, phone calls, and creating alternative ways to care for people during this pandemic. We continue to urge everyone to use basic prevention measures to stay safe, including:Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

1. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

2. Stay home when you are sick.

3. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

4. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

5. Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask. CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of a facemask is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

6. Wash your hands often with soap and war, water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Lastly, people with no insurance and no established provider experiencing coronavirus-like symptoms should call CommUnityCare at 512.978.9015. CommUnityCare will triage people over the phone and send them to the appropriate location. We are following CDC rapid-response protocols and asking people with no established provider to call the number above rather than come in to prevent any potential spread of the virus.

Click here to read the complete Central Health statement.

 

Self, Family and Children Coping Guidelines

These tools are helpful for managing the day-to-day challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic:

Central Texas African American Family Support Conference Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook

                Integral Care 24/7 Mental Health Support Services

Helping Families Cope with COVID-19

Taking Care of Your Family

Helping Children

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Coping with Stress

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Training and Technical Assistance

 

Your Guide to Helpful Resources

What You Should Know:

Workplace, School, and Home Guidance

People at Risk for Serious Illness from COVID-19

How COVID-19 Spreads

Symptoms

Steps to Prevent Illness

Frequently Asked Questions

What to Do If You Are Sick with COVID-19

Stigma Related to COVID-19

Facts about COVID-19

Information for People at Higher Risk and Special Populations

Communication Resources

Disinfectants for Use Against COVID-19        PDF

Information for Families and Households:

Information on COVID-19 for Pregnant Women and Children

Interim Guidance for Household Readiness

Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations for U.S. Households

Guidance for Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in Homes and Residential Communities

FAQ: COVID-19 and Children

EPA: Disinfectants for Use Against COVID-19      PDF

Agency Resources and Information:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid

U.S. Food & Drug Administration

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Department of Defense

U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Department of Energy

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. Small Business Administration