COVID-19 Update: Jan. 10, 2022

COVID-19 response weekly update

Dear colleagues,

We are experiencing an unprecedented surge in positive test results for the virus in the Rice community and in Houston. The good news is that we continue to know of no serious illness in people who have tested positive.

Testing. You can now schedule a test through the end of January by clicking here. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID, you must schedule your test through the Rice Contact Tracing team.

Masks. Using the right kind of mask – and wearing it properly – has never been more important than with the highly infectious omicron variant. Our staff has produced an informative video on how to select and use various types of masks. You can also find information on masks from the CDC here.

We have a good supply of KN95 masks, which offer an increased level of protection over cloth and surgical masks. You can order these masks here. KN95 masks are being distributed to each college for students and residential staff.

Stay at home if you’re feeling ill. We want everyone who feels ill to stay home, so we’re extending the temporary sick leave program. All full-time and part-time staff will receive two days of sick leave in addition to normal paid time off. Staff can use these sick leave days from Jan. 1 through June 30, 2022.

Vaccine Clinics. A reminder that vaccine clinics will be conducted on campus in the RMC Grand Hall on Thursday, Jan. 13, for first, second and booster shots, and Thursday, Feb. 3, for second and booster shots. You can find the details here.

Kevin E. Kirby

Chair of the Crisis Management Advisory Committee

Vice President for Administration