COVID-19 response weekly update: Week of April 12

COVID-19 response weekly update

Dear colleagues,

We hope and expect to have a mostly normal fall semester as announced by President Leebron. But to make that possibility a reality, we need your help. It is very important that we accurately understand the COVID-19 immunity status of our community. This will provide public health information that will inform Rice’s policies and practices for the summer and fall. It will allow us to determine when we can relax our masking rules, gathering size restrictions, testing protocols and other pandemic-related requirements.

Please provide information on your current vaccine status by completing this short form. As your COVID vaccine status changes (in other words, when you get your first dose or your second dose), please go back to the link and update your record. While we need you to fill out the survey, we are not requiring documentation proving you have been vaccinated.

Vaccines. We hope you will choose to get vaccinated. The vaccines are effective, safe and readily available. If we can get more than 80% of our community vaccinated, we can relax many of the COVID-19 policies we currently have in place.

If you want a vaccine, we can help you get one. Baylor St. Luke’s is operating a clinic on the Rice campus in the BRC that is open to Rice community members, their families and the general public. This clinic is providing the Pfizer vaccine. You can sign up for an appointment here.

Testing. Even if you’ve been vaccinated, please continue to get tested if you’re coming to campus and have regular contact with other people. This is especially important for students because so many are attending on-campus activities as the end of the semester approaches. You can schedule a test at this link.

Over the past seven days, we administered approximately 4,400 tests for the SARS-CoV-2 virus on the Rice campus. Four people tested positive through the university’s testing program. You can see Rice’s testing statistics, along with isolation and quarantine data, on the COVID-19 website.

Graduation Ceremonies. Today we announced that a limited number of guests will be permitted at graduation. You can read the announcement here.

Kevin E. Kirby

Chair of the Crisis Management Advisory Committee

Vice President for Administration