March 25, 2020
Dear Faculty, Staff, Students and Residents:
In an effort to keep you updated on the latest developments in UT Health San Antonio’s response to the COVID-19 crisis affecting you, I provide the following for your information.
- UT Health San Antonio faculty, staff and students who are concerned that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should call the UT Health hotline: 210-450-8000. A telephone screening will occur and you will be advised whether or not you should receive a test for COVID-19. The hotline currently operates from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Residents should follow the procedures previously shared by the GME office.)
- Starting tomorrow, Thursday, March 26, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., we will begin brief COVID-19 screening of all who enter any UT Health San Antonio non-clinical site, including temperature screens. There will be trained screeners at each site and the screening will take an average of 3 minutes. To assist with this effort, the number of building entrances will be limited with UT Health San Antonio badge access only. Please see the COVID-19 internal site for a map of the entrances that will be used. These screenings have been implemented at our clinical sites and at University Hospital and we feel it’s prudent to conduct these screens at the non-clinical sites, as well.
- Available on the COVID-19 internal site tomorrow will be a letter that you can download to validate you are employed by a health-related organization should you need further verification other than your work identification badge. As an example, some businesses, like daycares, are requiring employer validation to continue enrollment in these services.
As a reminder, university-related information is posted continuously on our COVID-19 internal site including important notices about clinical, research and academic continuity.
I encourage you to please continue to follow all of the hygiene and social distancing guidelines issued by the CDC. Please stay well.
With gratitude and respect,
William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP
President and Professor of Medicine