COVID-19 (coronavirus) Update: Cameron County

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 :: University Marketing & Communication

As shared yesterday, Cameron County has issued a mandatory 24/7 shelter-in-place order for its residents, effective for 12:01 a.m. Wednesday (March 25) through April 8.

UTRGV confirmed with the county Tuesday that the order has exceptions and UTRGV falls within those exceptions because we perform essential government functions as a state education institution. 

However, as of Monday, UTRGV had proactively moved as many employees as possible to work from home, which means our Cameron County residents are already following the guidance provided by the county regarding essential staffing.

Nonetheless, we know that for our Cameron County residents, this can be a confusing time. Please know that we are navigating unchartered territories, but we’ll get through this together.

Below is guidance in your role as a member of the UTRGV community during this shelter-in-place order.


We Are Here for You

While most of UTRGV’s operations are already being conducted remotely, our campuses remain open only to provide essential services to students, faculty and staff.

Please rest assured that the university is working diligently to ensure all CDC social-distancing guidelines are being observed at all our campuses and off-campus sites.


How Does This Affect Me?

Students

  • Should continue staying home and continue taking classes remotely.
  • May continue accessing our Cameron County Campuses/Facilities for student services (health clinics, library, computer labs, etc.), as needed.
  • May also access student services by phone or online communications.
  • Should continue reporting to work at our Cameron County Campuses/Facilities, if deemed essential.
  • Should continue working from home, if previously authorized to do so.
  • Should carry a UTRGV ID while in Cameron County as evidence of your essential status with the university.

Employees

  • Should continue working from home or campus, if previously authorized to do so.
  • May continue accessing our Cameron County Campuses/Facilities for essential services.
  • May continue traveling between campuses/facilities as needed for essential services.
  • Should carry a UTRGV ID while in Cameron County as evidence of your essential status with the university.

Thank you for your patience during this extremely fluid situation. Our main concern continues to be the health, safety, and security of our UTRGV community.

Please regularly check your email for the latest updates or visit our resource webpage.

In addition, if you have any questions or concerns, email coronavirus@utrgv.edu

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