COVID-19 response weekly update: Week of December 21

COVID-19 response weekly update

Dear colleagues,

As the year draws to a close, I want to thank everyone who worked with great competence and compassion to keep our community safe this year. While most people in the Rice community haven’t witnessed everything these staff, students and faculty members have done, I have the privilege of working closely with them every day. It’s an extraordinary effort and I’m grateful that they choose to be at Rice.

Testing. Faculty, staff and students who plan to work and live on campus from Dec. 21 through Jan, 8 are asked to schedule COVID-19 testing. You can now schedule a test anytime over the next three weeks at The schedule is below:

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.

Call Center. The Rice Community Information Center will be closed from Wednesday, Dec. 23 through Monday, Jan. 4 for the winter break. Please direct questions about testing over the break to This email will be monitored closely and responses should be expected within 24-48 hours.

Testing Results. Over the last seven days, we tested about 2,400 people for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Twelve people tested positive. Rice’s testing statistics, along with isolation and quarantine data, can be found on the COVID-19 website:

During the next two weeks, please don’t let your guard down – for one meal, one family gathering or one trip to the store. Wear a mask, gather outdoors when possible and keep your distance from others.

The next weekly update will be on January 11. Happy holidays.

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