COVID-19 Response weekly update: September 7

COVID-19 response weekly update

Dear colleagues,

Today I write to report on testing results and one other update.

Testing. Over the past seven days, we’ve run about 6,900 tests through Rice testing and there were 34 positive results. The overwhelming majority of the people with positive test results had minor symptoms, similar to a cold or flu, and none have been hospitalized, which is consistent with the evidence that vaccines prevent serious illness. The testing dashboard can be found on the COVID-19 website.

You can schedule a test here. The testing site locations and hours are available here.

If you have any COVID-like symptoms at all, do not schedule a test through our online portal. Instead, you must fill out a health reporting form and a test for symptomatic people will be scheduled for you. If you feel sick, stay home. If you are an employee, notify your supervisor that you will not be reporting for work and use your COVID-19 sick days.

The COVID-19 call center is fully operational and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The new number is (281) 324-8355.

Kevin E. Kirby

Chair of the Crisis Management Advisory Committee

Vice President for Administration