UPDATE: Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

Friday, July 17, 2020 :: University Marketing and Communication

Dear UTRGV Family:

As part of the university’s continued commitment to provide timely information to our campus community and the communities we serve, we will begin reporting confirmed cases of COVID-19 at our campus/off-campus facilities on our COVID-19 Updates and Resources website.

The confirmed cases webpage will be updated weekly and include other statistics from our surrounding counties. The latest figures can be found by clicking here.

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.

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, do not access any UTRGV campus/off campus facilities. Instead please follow the instructions below:

  • Employees (including student employees) must communicate with your supervisor and fill out the Preliminary COVID-19 Screening Form. Your information will be reviewed, and a member of the 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. If you develop symptoms or starting to feel unwell during the workday on campus, please follow the same process, fill out the Screening Form, contact your supervisor and leave work immediately.
  • Supervisors who are informed by their employees about possible COVID-19 Symptoms or exposure should direct the employee to isolate themselves at home, and 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 July 17, 2020.
Updated: July 20, 2020