COVID-19 response weekly update: Week of December 7

COVID-19 response weekly update

December 7, 2020

Dear colleagues,

Over the last seven days, we tested about 3,400 people for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Thirteen people tested positive. Rice’s testing statistics, along with isolation and quarantine data, can be found on the COVID-19 website:

Many of those positive test results were directly related to gatherings over the Thanksgiving weekend. We’re probably at the leading edge of the sharp increase that we can expect to see in the Houston area over the coming week because it’s easy to get tested at Rice, we get results quickly and we catch many people who are asymptomatic. Please be careful everywhere. Wear a mask when you’re around other people and do your best to stay at least six feet apart.

If you’ve been around other people over the holiday weekend, come in for testing. The scheduling process can be accessed at Due to reduced campus testing needs during the next few weeks, our testing sites are being consolidated. Beginning today, the two testing locations are at The Roost and the East Gym. Testing at the Abercrombie site will resume after the new year begins.

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 anyone with symptoms. Fill out a health report form and someone from the Rice Contract Tracing Team will guide you through the testing process.

The Crisis Management Team is updating the return to campus procedures for the spring semester, including plans for receiving and distributing COVID-19 vaccines. We will provide additional information as the spring semester approaches.

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

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

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