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COVID-19 UPDATE

Beginning Monday, March 30, Huston-Tillotson University will move ALL classes 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.

 

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 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.

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Please visit the CDC website 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.</>

 

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.