Stay Healthy, Hawks: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Workplace Prevention

In addition to general coronavirus Prevention guidance, employees are expected to practice the following workplace prevention practices:

Daily Self-Assessment

Before coming to campus each day:

  • Take your temperature

  • Conduct a self-assessment of your health/infection exposure

  • Assess whether you are exhibiting any Coronavirus Symptoms

Your presence on campus each day means that you have completed a daily assessment of your health/exposure and you:

  • Are NOT exhibiting any Coronavirus Symptoms

  • Have NOT tested positive for COVID-19

  • Have NOT knowingly been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or suspected/presumed COVID-19
See COVID-19 Diagnosis/Symptoms Protocols for what to do if you experience symptoms and report Potential Exposure to Coronavirus if you have potentially been exposed to COVID-19.

Social Distancing

  • Use best efforts to keep at least 6 feet separation from other individuals. If such distancing is not feasible, other measures such as face covering, hand hygiene, cough etiquette, cleanliness, and sanitation should be rigorously practiced.

  • The CDC recommends limiting events and meetings that require close contact.

  • The University encourages the use of virtual meetings instead of physical meetings. When physical meetings are necessary, consider holding meetings in well-ventilated spaces and space chairs at least 6 feet apart.

  • Minimize the use of other workers’ phones, devices, tools and equipment.

  • Respect others in communal or enclosed spaces including elevators by limiting entry.

Use of Face Cover

  • The University of Houston System encourages face coverings for those employees working on-campus in situations where they are in close proximity (within 6 feet) of others.

  • This requirement is also directed to all who are visiting campus, including students, contractors and visitors (10 years of age or older).

  • Face coverings do not need to be worn in the following circumstances:

    • When working alone in a single office
    • When engaging in physical activity outside
    • When doing so poses a greater mental or physical health, safety or security risk
    • While operating outdoor equipment if not appropriate from a safety standpoint
    • When consuming food or drink
  • Individuals are asked to wear a cloth bandana or face covering that covers their nose and mouth. The use of surgical masks, surgical N-95 respirators of other medical masks is discouraged to maintain the resources for health care providers and first responders.

  • The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing and regular handwashing.

  • Continue to keep a distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and others.

  • Certain employees on campus, such as the Police Department consistent with their role as first responders, will be provided appropriate face coverings.

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.

  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.

  • Cloth face coverings should:

    • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
    • be secured with ties or ear loops
    • include multiple layers of fabric
    • allow for breathing without restriction
    • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
  • The CDC recommends routinely washing face coverings depending on the frequency of use.

Respiratory and Cough Etiquette

  • If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

  • Throw used tissues in the trash.

  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.


  • Be generally aware of who you are in close contact with, especially for extended periods of time, so that contact tracing can be performed if you become symptomatic.

  • Provide information, as needed, to allow contact tracers from the University and the Health Department to conduct tracing.
  • Human Resources

    Phone: 281-283-2160
    Fax: 281-283-2158 

    Bayou Building B2537
    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 167
    Houston, TX 77058-1002