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This initiative strives to connect UNT students with library resources on topics that may be difficult and stressful for individuals to learn about or discuss openly due to contextual factors in their lives.

COVID-19 Resources, Help Yourself Campaign, UNT Library

 

The Latest Campus Alerts on the Corona-Virus can be Found at the UNT Health Alerts and Corona-Virus Updates page: https://healthalerts.unt.edu/

 

 

An Official Notice from the President | UNT

Friday, Aug. 13, 2021

With COVID-19 cases on the rise again, especially among those who remain unvaccinated, I request that all students, faculty, and staff comply with a new mandate from the City of Denton to wear a face covering indoors per CDC guidance for our region. 

If you are not vaccinated, I urge you to do so as soon as possible to protect yourself, your friends and family, and our campus. Vaccines reduce the chance of experiencing severe impacts from COVID-19 and minimize transmission of the disease.

To further protect the UNT community, we are implementing the following measures (Note: All forms, uploads, and required instructions referenced below are expected to be available via a link at the top of healthalerts.unt.edu by Wednesday, Aug. 18):

Mandatory Testing
All students, faculty, and staff will be required to have a COVID-19 test at designated intervals throughout the fall semester, with the first testing interval being Aug. 16 - Sept. 10. Additional testing intervals will be determined and announced. Vaccinated individuals can opt-out of the mandatory testing requirement by uploading proof of vaccination by Sept. 10.

Testing is available in the Union through Curative, as well as the Student Health and Wellness Center. More testing information can be found here. All on-campus tests will be automatically shared with UNT, but tests from off-campus sites must be uploaded.

If you have already uploaded vaccine information as part of the UNT Vaccine Incentive Program, you will soon receive an email asking permission to use your prior proof of vaccine to opt-out of the testing requirement. If you contracted COVID-19 in the past 90 days, you also will be allowed to opt-out from testing until the 90-day period expires, but you must upload your positive test result. Learn how you can receive one of the approved COVID-19 vaccinations and participate in the UNT Vaccine Incentive Program.

Mandatory Self-Reporting
Students, faculty, and staff will continue to be required to report symptoms and exposure to COVID@unt.edu, quarantine as necessary, and cooperate with the UNT COVID-19 Contract Tracing Team. Learn more at healthalerts.unt.edu.

Disciplinary Actions for Non-Compliance
Students who fail to comply with the mandatory COVID-19 testing and reporting requirements will go through the Student Conduct Process. This may result in being considered a student “not in good standing.” A status of "not in good standing" means a student is not fully eligible to participate in university activities and privileges or faces possible separation (i.e. suspension or expulsion) from the university.

Faculty and staff  who do not comply with mandatory COVID-19 reporting and testing requirements will receive a verbal warning for noncompliance. A subsequent violation will result in a written memo of noncompliance and the faculty or staff member will become ineligible for merit this year. The written memo will also be placed in their personnel file, and the employee will be subject to other, more severe, disciplinary action as appropriate in accordance with university policies 06.025, Faculty Misconduct and Discipline and 05.033, Staff Employee Discipline and Involuntary Termination.

For On-Campus Students
All students living in on-campus housing have been instructed to develop an action plan in the event they are required to isolate or quarantine due to a positive COVID-19 diagnosis or exposure. Residents who test positive for COVID-19 will need to isolate at an off-campus location for 10 days. UNT is not providing a location for students to complete either quarantine or isolation and will not cover any associated expenses.

Despite the challenges of the past 17 months, I am very proud of the way we have worked together to serve our students and live our mission of being a caring community. I ask that you maintain that commitment and remain diligent as we continue to navigate this ever-evolving situation.

from President Smatresk

CURATIVE TESTING HOURS INCREASE

The hours for Curative's COVID-19 testing at the University Union, Room 381, are 8 a.m.-7 p.m. on Monday-Saturday and 1-7 p.m. on Sundays (closed on holidays).

Curative kiosk at Goolsby Chapel opens Sept. 1.

Find the latest information for testing at the Student Health and Wellness Center. For more about mandatory testing for all UNT faculty, staff and students, visit healthalerts.unt.edu/mandatory-testing

Library Resources and Collection Highlights

Locate books with these subjects and call numbers at Willis and Sycamore Libraries, GOVT Online Resources, and UNT Online Resources.

COVID-19 Disease

  • RA 644 .C67 A45RA 644 .C67 W75

Additional COVID-19 Disease 

Immunization, Pandemics, and Public Health Crises

  • RA 638 .A35 – RA 644 .Z56 L633

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COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Information

Moving Toward Full Experience in Fall 2021

UNT safety committees have been diligently reviewing federal and state guidance and making recommendations for how we apply the rapidly evolving changes to our campus operations. The health and safety of our UNT community continues to be our top priority, and UNT leadership will continue to carefully review the latest advice from public health experts and adjust our plans accordingly.

Mask Restrictions Lifted and Other COVID-19 Guidance

UNT is no longer requiring masks indoors for anyone per Gov. Greg Abbott’s Executive Order May 18 prohibiting government entities from mandating masks. Outdoor mask requirements on campus were lifted Friday, May14. The following changes also will be effective on or before June 1:

  • UNT will be moving away from the 6-foot social distancing guidelines over the summer, though everyone is encouraged to maintain a space that makes them feel comfortable.
  • Conversion of classroom spaces to their pre-COVID configuration has begun. Capacity signage will be posted to be equivalent to the university social distancing standard.
  • Visitors are permitted on campus, including visiting student and faculty scholars, media and other guests (Note that third-party rentals of university spaces are still prohibited and university events still need approval by the events subcommittee.).
  • Water fountains are being turned back on.
  • Work items can be shared – such as pens and paper – following CDC guidance regarding a lack of evidence to support the transmission of COVID-19 via surfaces.
  • Elevator occupancy limits are lifted.

Read the Q&A UNT leadership prepared to provide additional information for the most common questions asked.

Get Vaccinated

UNT continues to urge students, faculty and staff to get the COVID-19 vaccination. COVID-19 vaccine clinics at UNT and UNT’s vaccination registration site are being paused for now as the number of participants tapered off.

You can visit the Denton County site for information on vaccine availability and other providers.

Get Tested

All faculty, staff and students are strongly encouraged to get a COVID-19 test and to self-monitor for 14 days before coming to campus. Use the self-monitoring form as a guide. COVID-19 testing is provided to UNT community members by:

  • Curative, Inc. – Faculty, staff and students can get a free COVID-19 test through Curative, Inc. The testing in the University Union, Room 381, is available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, except holidays. To sign up for the free testing, visit cur.tv/UNTunion.
  • WellHealth – Register at gogettested.com, search for Denton or Frisco on the map and follow the “Book Now" link on the "Denton – UNT Union Circle Garage – Texas Emergency Management” or "Frisco - WellHealth" location and include the group code "UNT." Including the “UNT” code allows positive test results to be sent directly to UNT's COVID response team. The free testing is offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays, except for holidays.
  • Student Health and Wellness Center – Students can learn the latest availability at the center’s website.

Travel

The CDC requires all air travelers to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 before boarding flights to the U.S. from any international location. In addition, all faculty, staff or students who have not been vaccinated will be asked to quarantine off campus for 10 days. International students who will be living on campus will be provided with an on-campus quarantine room.

  • To report your international travel to the COVID hotline, call 844-366-5892 or email at COVID@unt.edu for instructions on their quarantine period or on-campus quarantine housing.

Remember that UNT’s response to the COVID-19 global health crisis continues to evolve, so our policies and plans are subject to change when necessary as more information becomes available. As a result, please plan to check this site frequently for updates.

COVID Hotline

UNT established a COVID Hotline to help community members report and understand COVID-19 symptoms, testing information and/or results, as well as receive guidance on actions they may need to take following potential exposure. Individuals also can get help with questions related to COVID-19’s impact on our university operations.

  • 844-366-5892
  • COVID@unt.edu
  • The hotline is not intended to be used for a medical emergency. In case of emergency, please dial 911.

Latest campus updates can be found here.

 

Community Resources to Help

About the Coronavirus from the CDC

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others that circulate among animals, including camels, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people exposed to infected animals, and then spread among people, as has been seen with MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, and likely now with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is a betacoronavirus, like MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV.  All three of these viruses have their origins in bats. The sequences from U.S. patients are similar to the one that China initially posted, suggesting a likely single, recent emergence of this virus from an animal reservoir.

On March 11, the COVID-19 outbreak was characterized as a pandemic by the WHO.external icon

This is the first pandemic known to be caused by the emergence of a new coronavirus. In the past century, there have been four pandemics caused by the emergence of novel influenza viruses. As a result, most research and guidance around pandemics is specific to influenza, but the same premises can be applied to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Pandemics of respiratory disease follow a certain progression outlined in a “Pandemic Intervals Framework.” Pandemics begin with an investigation phase, followed by recognition, initiation, and acceleration phases. The peak of illnesses occurs at the end of the acceleration phase, which is followed by a deceleration phase, during which there is a decrease in illnesses. Different countries can be in different phases of the pandemic at any point in time and different parts of the same country can also be in different phases of a pandemic.

Symptoms

The complete clinical picture with regard to COVID-19 is not fully known. Reported illnesses have ranged from very mild (including some with no reported symptoms) to severe, including illness resulting in death. While information so far suggests that most COVID-19 illness is mild, a reportexternal iconout of China suggests serious illness occurs in 16% of cases. Older people and people of all ages with severe chronic medical conditions — like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, for example — seem to be at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness.

Learn more about the symptoms associated with COVID-19.

Risk Assessment

Risk depends on characteristics of the virus, including how well it spreads between people; the severity of resulting illness; and the medical or other measures available to control the impact of the virus (for example, vaccines or medications that can treat the illness) and the relative success of these. In the absence of vaccine or treatment medications, nonpharmaceutical interventions become the most important response strategy. These are community interventions that can reduce the impact of disease.

The risk from COVID-19 to Americans can be broken down into risk of exposure versus risk of serious illness and death.

Risk of Exposure:

  • The immediate risk of being exposed to this virus is still low for most Americans, but as the outbreak expands, that risk will increase. Cases of COVID-19 and instances of community spread are being reported in a growing number of states.
  • People in places where ongoing community spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reported are at elevated risk of exposure, with the level of risk dependent on the location.
  • Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.
  • Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure.
  • Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure, with level of risk dependent on where they traveled.

Risk of Severe Illness:

Early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:

CDC has developed guidance to help in the risk assessment and management of people with potential exposures to COVID-19.

 

Information from CDC's Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) page: https://bit.ly/3913wBW.

 

The Texas Department of State Health Services offers information for COVID-19 testing and current case counts for the State of Texas.

 

Information from TXSDHS Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) page: https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/.

 

 

Want to Learn How Viruses Spread and the Best Methods to Stop Them?

Review the article, Why outbreaks like Coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to "flatten the curve," by Washington Post journalist, Harry Stevens (2020). The articles provides interactive graphs to learn how viruses like Covid-19 spread and provides four simulations for how populations can reduce infection through different response methods over different durations of time. The simulations in the article use a fake virus that is modeled to be more infectious than Covid-19. 

Safety Tips

Wash your hands frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

Maintain social distancing

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses.

Why? Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

Practice respiratory hygiene

Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.

Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider

Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.

Information from World Health Organization's "Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public" page: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

Federal Announcements about Corona-Virus

From the CDC

The United States nationally is currently in the initiation phases, but states where community spread is occurring are in the acceleration phase. The duration and severity of each phase can vary depending on the characteristics of the virus and the public health response.

  • CDC and state and local public health laboratories are testing for the virus that causes COVID-19. View CDC’s Public Health Laboratory Testing map.
  • More and more states are reporting cases of COVID-19 to CDC.
  • U.S. COVID-19 cases include:
    • Imported cases in travelers
    • Cases among close contacts of a known case
    • Community-acquired cases where the source of the infection is unknown.
  • Three U.S. states are experiencing sustained community spread.
  • View latest case counts, deaths, and a map of states with reported cases.

 

Pandemic Preparedness Resources

While the content at the links provided below was developed to prepare for, or respond to, an influenza (“flu”) pandemic, the newly emerged coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease that seems to be spreading much like flu. Guidance and tools developed for pandemic influenza planning and preparedness can serve as appropriate resources for health departments in the event the current COVID-19 outbreak triggers a pandemic.

Information from CDC's Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) page: https://bit.ly/3913wBW.

International Announcements about Corona-Virus

Other Covid-19 Resources

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