UPDATE: Return to Campus Guidance

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 :: University Marketing and Communication

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 at our campus/off-campus facilities

Please be aware that the current spike of confirmed COVID-19 cases throughout the Rio Grande Valley will reveal more positive cases at UTRGV’s campus/off-campus facilities.

Since our last update on June 16, 21 members of our university community who were at one of our campus/off-campus facilities have been confirmed by medical professionals to have COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Consistent with UTRGV protocols, anyone identified within our university community as being at risk of exposure from these individuals has been notified by our COVID-19 Response Team and has been instructed to be isolated or tested. The COVID-19 Response Team is responsible for identifying and contacting others who may have been at risk. In addition, areas of exposure are thoroughly disinfected and cleaned as needed.

Protect Yourself/Others

Please remember that we all play an important role in protecting each other and ourselves from COVID-19. Each day, before accessing any of UTRGV’s campus/off-campus facilities, review the screening questions regarding COVID-19-related symptoms and perform a self-screening.

If you answer yes to any of the questions, have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or have recently been tested for COVID-19, please do not access our campuses/off-campus facilities. Instead please follow the instructions below: 

  • Employees (including student employees) must communicate with their supervisor and fill out the following Preliminary COVID-19 Screening Form. Your information will be reviewed and a member of our COVID-19 Response Team will reach out to you. The COVID-19 Response Team is responsible for identifying and contacting others who may have been at risk. Employees may not return to work until they are released by a member of the COVID-19 Response Team.  
  • Supervisors who are informed by their employees about possible COVID-19 Symptoms or exposure should direct the employee to utilize the form to ensure that the COVID-19 Response Team helps to develop a plan of action for the employee, as well as the employee’s work environment.
  • Students are advised to call UTRGV Student Health Services at (956) 665-2511 (Edinburg) or (956) 882-3896 (Brownsville), or their personal healthcare provider.

If you are cleared to access a campus/off-campus facility, you are required to wear a face covering that covers the mouth and nose:

  • The covering must be worn in all hallways, public spaces, research labs, teaching/computer labs, libraries, classrooms, automobiles with a passenger, stairwells, elevators and common areas, as well as office spaces. In office spaces, when social distancing of 6 feet is possible and maintained, face coverings may be removed.
  • Face coverings also are required in outdoor settings, if safe social distancing and gathering practices are not possible.

For more information on preventative measures, click here.

For more information on symptoms and diagnosis, click here.

For additional questions, please email coronavirus@utrgv.edu.

Source: Message was sent via email from University Marketing and Communication on June 30, 2020. Webpage updated July 16, 2020.