UPDATED: June 2, 2020, 7:46 p.m.
- TTUHSC HAS DEVELOPED A
PHASED APPROACHTO SAFELY RETURN OPERATIONS BACK TO OUR CAMPUSES
- LIMITED ON-CAMPUS COURSE ACTIVITIES WILL RESUME MONDAY, JULY 6.
- CLINICS ARE OPEN WITH MODIFIED LIMITATIONS
The health and safety of our entire campus community continues as our highest priority. A dedicated team of university officials and medical experts are continuously monitoring and following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), Texas Department of State Health Services and other official sources. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) is proactively planning for and assessing the impact of both business and academic continuity on our community as the situation evolves.
If you are a faculty or staff member or student of TTU, TTUHSC, TTUHSC El Paso or ASU and think you may have COVID-19 (coronavirus), call (806) 743-2911 to speak with a nurse.
Our priority is to maintain a safe working environment that embraces work from home while also allowing for the return to campus as necessary for operations, clinics and managed care units.
TTUHSC’s phased approach is tailored for our specific university and goes above and beyond the minimum standards established in the president and governor’s directives. In Lubbock, TTUHSC has been certified as “Lubbock Safe,” which designates our commitment to go beyond the minimum state standards, providing additional confidence and safety for our employees and customers.
To learn more about the TTTUHSC’s phased plan, visit our COVID-19 Human Resource Page to find both the manager's toolkit and the team member guide.
TTUHSC has implemented procedures to provide temporary telecommute arrangements and emergency leave to support team members who are required to take leave or self-isolate as related to COVID-19. These procedures are designed to protect our team members, maintain a safe working environment, and allow for continuity of operations.
Visit our COVID-19 HUMAN RESOURCE PAGE to find both the manager's toolkit and the team member guide.
Asymptomatic – Team Member returns from an area identified by the CDC with a Travel Notice warning Level 3; from an area within the United States where there is community-based spread of COVID-19; from a cruise; or from a location requiring a 14-day mandatory quarantine period as provided by the State of Texas Office of the Governor.
- Option 1 - Able to work remotely – Establish 14-day telecommuting agreement
- Option 2 - Unable to work remotely – Request 14-days emergency Leave
TTUHSC reserves the right to deny emergency leave and require normal leave procedures for any team member who travels to a country designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at risk for widespread or sustained COVID-19 community transmission. At-risk countries are listed on the CDC website.
Team member with community-acquired COVID-19 coronavirus
Follow normal leave procedures – must be cleared by the doctor to return to work.
Team member with work-acquired COVID-19 coronavirus
Follow Workers’ Comp procedure – report to Risk management
Most of our on-campus academic courses will remain online throughout the summer; however, courses requiring special instruction or student assessment may be offered on campus with modifications to ensure the safety of our TTUHSC community. Your program director will be reaching out by May 29 with additional information. Schedules for existing distance learning courses and programs remain unchanged.
TTUHSC understands the financial concerns students may have at this time, the decision to move forward with their education and the investment they are making toward their education. TTUHSC Administration has made a commitment to provide the following refunds to students for Summer 2020 for the fees listed below:
- Recreation Center Fee - 100% reimbursement
- Student Union Fee - 100% reimbursement
- Student Services Fee - 50% reimbursement
The Office of Student Business Services is working on issuing these important credits to students. If you have already made payment in full on your summer account, a refund will be issued for these fee credits.
Course specific special instruction fees may be credited if the school determines students were unable to participate in a given course/clinical/lab experience.
Updates will continue to be announced and posted on this page.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid sharing food, beverages, and utensils. Avoid close contact with those who may be ill. Stay home when you are sick or have flu symptoms. Cover cough/sneeze with a tissue or cough/sneeze into your elbow. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects or surfaces. Get your annual flu shot.
- If you are feeling ill, call the TTU System nurse hotline at 806.743.2911 or contact your health care provider.
- Please do not show up at a clinic, urgent care or other healthcare facility without calling first. Your provider may need to take special measures to protect other people in the clinic.
- Telemedicine may also be available, enabling you to consult a provider from home. Check with your health insurance provider.
- Do not go to an emergency room. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.
- Practice social distancing. Stay indoors and avoid contact with others, just as you would with the flu. Those with contagious diseases should stay home from work or school until they are well. People with fever, cough and respiratory issues should seek immediate medical attention.
For clinical experiences, TTUHSC leadership has thoughtfully considered how to handle COVID-19, with the guiding principle to limit the spread of the disease to our students and workforce. TTUHSC will follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
For students on clinical rotations, our university will be following CDC guidelines with respect to direct patient care; only essential personnel will be involved. As students are considered nonessential personnel, they will not be directly involved with patients who are known or suspected to be infected with COVID-19. Care team leaders are responsible for determining the level of involvement for nonessential personnel.
Should there be an impact on students, they will be informed of alternative opportunities and locations to continue their clinical instruction. Students are advised to contact their respective program directors to confirm their requirements.
Students who have successfully completed all degree requirements will receive diplomas at the end of the semester. Students who are unable to complete degree requirements due to the pandemic will have extended time to complete those requirements. These dates differ for each school. Please contact Student Affairs professionals in your school to learn more.
Each school is planning commencement ceremony alternatives for its students. You should be receiving communication from the Student Affairs representatives in your specific school about those opportunities.
- Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences: In-person ceremony on July 31
- Jerry H. Hodge School of Pharmacy: To be determined
- School of Health Professions: In-person ceremony on August 9
- School of Medicine: Virtual ceremony on May 22
- School of Nursing: In-person ceremony on August 8 CANCELLED
Despite the unique circumstances presented by this pandemic, TTUHSC academic programs will continue to reflect the highest quality academic instruction while meeting program accreditation requirements, where applicable.
Clinical experiences vary significantly across academic programs. As situations continue to change rapidly in response to coronavirus (COVID-19), please contact the appropriate liaison in your program for specific information.
The Program of Assistance for Students provides counseling services. Student Support Groups for stress management:
- Fridays, 4:00-5:00 pm
Join via Zoom https://ttuhsc.zoom.us/j/93935902058
- Mondays, 6:00-7:00 pm
Join via Zoom https://ttuhsc.zoom.us/j/94781708374
Many of TTUHSC’s counseling providers across Texas continue to offer in-person counseling, as well as telehealth counseling options.
- Contact: email@example.com or 806.743.1327 or 800.327.0328
TTUHSC has also developed a webinar, Emotional Health in Times of Uncertainty for additional support.
TTUHSC has received emergency funding for qualified students through the CARES Act. Applications are available at: https://banapps.texastech.edu/ITIS/CARES.
Additionally, Our Legacy Now Student Foundation, a TTUHSC student-led organization provides emergency financial assistance, as funding allows, to students who are experiencing unanticipated hardships. Applications are available at https://www.ttuhsc.edu/our-legacy-now/default.aspx.
To learn more about these programs and other forms of assistance, visit the TTUHSC Student Resources page.
The libraries on the Amarillo, Lubbock, and Odessa campuses will remain closed. Online library resources and services are still available.
At this time, students are not able to access any campus buildings for the purpose of studying. This applies to Abilene, Amarillo, Dallas, Lubbock, Midland, Odessa, and any other TTUHSC-affiliated sites.
TTUHSC’s Our Legacy Now Student Foundation will have limited hot spots that may be available for student use. Applications are available at https://www.ttuhsc.edu/our-legacy-now/default.aspx. Some internet service or mobile phone providers have special offers related to COVID-19. Please contact your preferred provider to explore these options.
Outdoor Wireless Access Points
As part of the our continuing efforts to support the IT needs of the TTUHSC community, the TTUHSC IT Division team is installing Outdoor Wireless Access Points (WAP) for all campuses.
These WAPs will extend the “TTUHSC Air” WIFI signal to select parking lots on each campus. Click on the name of your campus below to access a map that will show the areas with the best connectivity experience (outlined in red).
Dallas not availble due to construction.
Yes. At this time, the TTUHSC Helping Hands Food Pantry will continue to fill Kindness Kits, as requested. Pantry volunteers will adhere to all social distancing and hygiene protocols. The request for the Helping Hands Food Pantry in Abilene, Lubbock and Odessa is located at https://hscweb.ttuhsc.edu/helpinghands/ (e-raider sign-in required). Food pantry requests in Amarillo can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Contact your course instructor immediately to discuss any concerns you have about meeting course deadlines.
Contact your program liaison for more information. Alternate options are being explored whenever feasible.
Contact your direct supervisor for more information. TTUHSC is committed to caring for our student employees.
Refer to school-based communications for more specific information. You may also contact the following:
- Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences: 806.743.2556
- School of Health Professions: No telephone inquiries. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- School of Medicine: 806.743.3005
- School of Nursing: 806.928.5326
- School of Pharmacy: 806.414.9393
- TTUHSC Student Affairs (including Financial Aid and Registrar): 806.743.7347
- All university clinical operations will continue as scheduled unless otherwise directed by your respective Vice President or Dean. We will adhere to our ambulatory clinic policies, direction from local health authorities and guidance from the CDC in addressing any COVID-19 related cases.
- Managed Care response along with a listing of resources to assist with monitoring
and procedures in dealing with COVID-19.
Managed Care COVID-19 Page
TTUHSC currently requires that every person wear a face covering while in public spaces
on our campuses.
Beginning June 1, all faculty, staff, and students will conduct a daily self-screen prior to coming to campus or entering other university facilities. This replaces the current requirement to complete a daily self-attestation form.
The self-screening process, as outlined in the Operational Phases Return To Campus Memorandum, includes:
Self-screening prior to arriving on campus
Team members must conduct a self-screen, including temperature check, and confirm they are not exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, which include:
- Fever greater than 100 degrees.
- A new cough that is not attributable to another medical condition.
- New muscle aches not attributable to another medical condition or another specific activity (e.g., due to physical exercise).
- Throat pain not attributable to another medical condition.
- New shortness of breath not attributable to another condition.
If a team member does not own a thermometer, upon arrival on campus they may use one
as provided by their supervisor or program director.
If you are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms
Team members who are exhibiting symptoms and/or have a temperature greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit will be required to stay home and:
- Inform their supervisor/program director.
- Seek proper medical advice.
- Test for COVID-19 as may be appropriate.
- Submit an online screening tool to the TTUHSC Office of Institutional Health for follow up and additional guidance.
As an added precaution, we have limited public access to our buildings with designated entrances for our patients. All other exterior doors will remain locked, requiring TTUHSC badge access for entry. Access points for university facilities not identified in the campus maps will be provided to team members at those facilities.
Campus departments are working to help ensure the safety of the campus environment: everything from expanded distribution and placement of hand sanitizers to enhanced disinfection and cleaning procedures of common areas. Communications have gone out to faculty, staff and students emphasizing the importance of handwashing and staying home when ill.
Cleaning priorities are shifting from offices and classrooms to common areas, such as conference rooms, stairwells, bathrooms, elevators and other gathering areas. Office occupants should keep their workspaces clean and assist the custodial staff with removal of trash, when possible. Our custodial provider will sanitize each classroom and restrict access until classes resume on campus.
At this time, campus access is restricted, with a single, public point of entry for patients and visitors. This is to support protocol to screen for COVID-19 related symptoms prior to entry. Additionally, access for employees is limited to only those required to be on campus for essential functions. These employees are required to self-attest that they are not showing signs of symptoms related to COVID-19 prior to coming onto campus.
At this time, university-sponsored events and large campus gatherings have been cancelled. Visit TTUHSC Events for virtual events.
TTUHSC consults with the local health department to determine whether testing the patient for the coronavirus is indicated. If testing is done, results will be communicated to TTUHSC by the local health department, and TTUHSC will inform the patient and follow appropriate actions.
A number of units across campus are vigilantly monitoring the situation. Should a COVID-19 case be confirmed, all CDC protocols will be followed. Those who have had close contact with the patient will be contacted and monitored by the local health department. TTUHSC will fully support and be in complete compliance with all protocols and efforts.
Due to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and campus privacy policies, we are unable to disclose specific information (e.g., residence location or class attendance) for individuals with suspected infection. If necessary, however, people who are in close contact with a COVID-19-infected patient will be contacted and monitored by the local health department.
For current reported cases click here.
Fear and anxiety can lead to social stigma towards those of Chinese or other Asian descent. Health officials emphasize that a person (of any ethnicity) who has not recently traveled to China or been in contact with a person who is confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 is at no greater risk of acquiring and spreading COVID-19 than anyone else. Read more about stopping stigma and clarifying misinformation.
- If you experience fever and/or respiratory symptoms AND have had recent travel to countries with known COVID-19 cases or contact with an individual known to be infected with the virus, you should call your health care provider or the TTUHSC Family Medicine clinic at 806.743.2757 for instructions before going to a clinic. Report your concerns for exposure to COVID-19; DO NOT simply ask to schedule an appointment.
COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus, which can cause illness in humans and animals. Those who have become sick are reported to suffer coughs, fever, breathing difficulties and tiredness. In severe cases, organ failure has been reported.
- What experts know about COVID-19, a relatively new virus, is largely based on what is known about similar coronaviruses. The World Health Organization named this illness “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated COVID-19).
- Person-to-person: The CDC says that the virus is spread mainly from person-to-person, which means those who are in close contact with one another, and/or through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Those droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby and possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
- CDC officials say that it is possible a person can contract COVID-19 by touching a surface or an object that has the virus on it, and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes, but they said this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath and sore throat. For most people who have had the illness, symptoms were mild and resolved after several days.
The CDC says people are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic – the sickest. Still, it’s possible to spread the disease before showing symptoms, so a person can feel fine and still have it, just as with other viruses. Such cases have been reported, but are not thought to be the main way it spreads. The WHO reports that most people – roughly 80 percent – recover from the disease without needing special treatment.
Medical experts across the globe are rushing to find a cure. However, there is not one at this time. The disease is viral, which means antibiotics will not help; the antiviral drugs that work against the flu do not work against coronavirus. Those with a weak immune system and those who already are sick are urged to be especially cautious.
The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. These coverings help prevent spreading the disease as people can shed the virus even if they have no symptoms.
Surgical masks and N-95 respirators are critical supplies that must be reserved for front-line health care workers.
- Governor’s Report to Open Texas
- Opening Up America Again (federal guidelines)
- Coronavirus Global Cases Map
- US Government Travel Advisories
- CDC Clinical Criteria
- WHO Coronavirus Rolling Updates
- Texas Department of State Health Services
- Stop the Spread of Germs Flyer
- TTUHSC Travel Form
- TTUHSC Presidential Travel Memo
- Texas Tech Physicians
- TTUHSC Coronavirus Library Guide
- City of Abilene Health Department
- City of Amarillo Health Department
- City of Lubbock Health Department
- City of Midland Health Department
- City of Odessa Health Department
- Dallas County Health and Human Services
- Tarrant County Public Health (Ft. Worth)