COVID-19 response weekly update: Week of December 14

COVID-19 response weekly update

Dear colleagues,

Vaccines. The Crisis Management Team has been developing plans for receiving and distributing COVID-19 vaccines. We don’t know right now when we will receive the vaccine, or how many doses we’ll get. Our intent is to be able to provide the vaccine on campus to all students, faculty, and staff, although we may be forced to triage the vaccine if we don’t receive enough doses initially. We have the storage capability on campus and, in addition to the shots performed by Student Health Services, some of the vaccinations will probably be administered by an outside contractor. We’ll keep you posted about availability as soon as government officials notify us with more information.

Accessing Testing. We’ve been having some problems with people showing up at our testing sites with symptoms associated with COVID-19. Let me reiterate this important point: If you’re experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or believe that you’ve been exposed to someone who’s positive, don’t sign up through the regular testing process. There is a special process for testing anyone with symptoms or post-exposure. Fill out a health report form and someone from the Rice Contract Tracing Team will guide you through the testing process.

If you have no symptoms, the regular scheduling process can be accessed at https://coronavirus.rice.edu/testing-resources. Due to reduced campus testing needs during the next few weeks, our Baylor Genetics testing sites have been consolidated at the East Gym, and Methodist Hospital continues to operate at The Roost. Testing at the Abercrombie site will resume after the new year begins.

For questions about testing, please contact the Rice Community Information Center at (713) 348-4224 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) or covidtesting@rice.edu.

Testing Results. Over the last seven days, we tested about 2,800 people for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Fourteen people tested positive. Rice’s testing statistics, along with isolation and quarantine data, can be found on the COVID-19 website: https://coronavirus.rice.edu.

Kevin Kirby
Chair of the Crisis Management Advisory Committee
Vice President for Administration