Coronavirus (COVID-19) UTMB Daily Update

As of 2:30 p.m., June 3, 2020

Jun 3, 2020, 16:45 PM by COVID-19 Communications

The next update will be distributed on Wednesday, June 10. Separate communications will be sent as needed. Check https://www.utmb.edu/covid-19regularly for information relevant to you and your role. Also pay attention to specific instructions from your department or school.

As of 2:30 p.m., June 3, 2020:

  • COVID-19 testing and patient data as of June 3, 2020 (UTMB Health System)

UTMB tests performed for UTMB patients and employees, nursing homes and Galveston County Health District screenings
Cumulative from March 13, 2020, to 9 a.m., June 3, 2020

35,940

Positive results from these tests
Cumulative from March 13, 2020, to 9 a.m., June 3, 2020

1,574

Patients Under Investigation for COVID-19 (PUI)
Currently hospitalized across the UTMB Health System, as of 9 a.m., June 3, 2020; “PUI” = tested and awaiting results

12

COVID-19-positive patients in UTMB hospitals
Currently hospitalized, as of 9 a.m., June 3, 2020; does not include TDCJ offenders

9

COVID-19-postive TDCJ offenders in Hospital Galveston
Currently hospitalized, as of 9 a.m., June 3, 2020

50

COVID-19-positive UTMB hospital patients discharged to home Cumulative as of 9 a.m., June 3, 2020

313

Deaths among UTMB hospital patients with COVID-19
Cumulative from April 9, 2020, to 9 a.m., June 3, 2020; excludes deaths that occur outside of UTMB hospitals (e.g., nursing home, home hospice)

52

    • As employees and students return to our campuses, the following practices are essential for everyone’s safety. In general, employees are required to:
      • Wear a mask in public areas of our campuses, including non-clinical buildings. Public areas include lobbies, hallways, restrooms, office kitchens/breakrooms, copy rooms and elevators. Masks are not required when alone in an office or personal cubicle.
      • Practice frequent hand hygiene by washing thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer.
      • Practice good social distancing at all times, including in elevators and conference rooms. Continue to use teleconferencing when possible.
      • Stay home if sick. This is particularly important if you have respiratory symptoms or if you have been in contact with someone who may have COVID-19.
      • Be mindful when answering the screening questions at our Health System entrances.

    Managers have been provided information on how to obtain supplies of hand sanitizer and masks for employees working on our campuses. Continue to follow guidance from your department leadership or school leadership regarding specifics related to your area.

    • Outpatient and inpatient volumes continue to trend in the right direction. Direct communication to patients and marketing and communications efforts in the region are ongoing. Patients and others can get more information at www.utmb.edu/covid-19/safe.
    • UTMB continues to keep a close watch on regional and statewide data regarding new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and will use that data in our planning going forward.

    Wellness Tips

    From your RISE (Resilience in Stressful Events) Task Force. Join us in focusing on at least one brief, healthy practice a day. Send pics, videos, stories or shout-outs to tcupit@utmb.edu as we work together to stay healthy and resilient.

    • Focus on SPIRIT. Practice 10 minutes of active gratitude. Split it up between the morning and evening. Look for three things or people or situations that you are grateful for. Want to feel extra good? Say it out loud.  
    • Focus on BODY. Stretch your upper back and shoulders. We all carry a lot of tension there. See the short video on the UTMB RISE website showing exactly how to do this, courtesy of Tyler and Jeremias in UTMB Rehabilitation Services. (Scroll to the bottom of the page for videos.)
    • Focus on MIND. Limit your media exposure today—TV news and social media. Give your brain a break from negativity. Set a reasonable limit for yourself so you can balance being informed with being overwhelmed.  
    • Focus on SPIRIT. Read a favorite poem or discover a new one to uplift the soul and reframe your mind and body for having a positive, thoughtful day. Looking for a poem? See the RISE website for a link to poems to uplift the soul.
    • Focus on BODY. Take a break from cooking! Order take-out AND still stay healthy. How? Nix sugary drinks, watch fried food and limit portions. Many meals are large enough to serve two. Find more tips on how in the RISE Body resources section.
    • Focus on MIND. Reduce stigma. Become aware of your own potential biases. Work on verbal and non-verbal communication to diplomatically counter signs of this. Set a good example.
    • Focus on SPIRIT. Listen to the UTMB Daily Anchor podcast or view Dr. Cara Geary’s four-minute video on wellness at the UTMB RISE website. (Scroll to the bottom of the page for videos.)

    Click here for information on resiliency, wellness and mental health resources immediately available to employees and their families, and students. See the In Focus video on resiliency, with Dr. Raimer and Dr. Tammy Cupit.

This update sent by the Office of Marketing and Communications, on behalf of President ad interim Dr. Ben G. Raimer and the UTMB Health Incident Command leadership.

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COVID-19 General FAQs

FAQs

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). The novel coronavirus, now known as Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.

While COVID-19 causes only mild illness in some infected individuals, it may cause serious lower respiratory infection leading to hospitalization and even death.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers this factsheet highlighting important information you should know about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-10).

Last modified on 3/16/2020

  • Stay home unless you need medical care
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home
  • Call ahead before visiting a clinic
  • Wear a mask
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Clean your hands often
  • Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Clean all “high touch” surfaces every day
  • Monitor your symptoms

Last modified on 3/10/2020

  • Patients with symptoms of respiratory illness, including cough, fever or shortness of breath, should contact the UTMB Health Access Center at (800) 917-8906 to speak with our 24/7 nurse hotline.
  • The nurse hotline will advise the patient on what to do next, including the most appropriate clinic location for evaluation if needed.
  • Patients should follow provider recommendations for testing, self-isolation and management of symptoms.
  • Any patient experiencing a worsening of symptoms—particularly shortness of breath—a few days after first becoming ill should contact the Access Center IMMEDIATELY.
  • To keep our patients and employees safe, UTMB tests our patients for COVID-19 in advance of any procedure or hospital admission. 
  • You may also wish to check with your local county health officials for testing available through local government. In Galveston County, Health District testing information is online.

Please note: Our process and procedures may be updated as the COVID-19 situation develops in our region.

Last modified on 4/29/2020

This is one of the topics that remains under study; it's still not certain exactly how long the virus that causes COVID-19 survives on surfaces. According to the World Health Organization, studies suggest that coronaviruses (including preliminary information on the COVID-19 virus) may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days (at one point nine days was mentioned, which the latest studies suggest may be unlikely). Survival of the virus will vary under different conditions, including type of surface, temperature, humidity and moisture, exposure to sunlight, and other factors.

If you think a surface may be infected, clean it with simple disinfectant to kill the virus and protect yourself and others. Wash your hands with soap and water or clean them with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose. 

Last modified on 3/14/2020

There are no plans for UTMB to serve as a general quarantine facility in the case of an outbreak in our area. As always, we are prepared to care for patients who need hospitalization due to COVID-19 or any illness.

Last modified on 3/12/2020

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Last modified on 3/5/2020

COVID-19 is a new disease and we are still learning how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes and to what extent it may spread in the United States.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Last modified on 3/5/2020

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, spreading continually without stopping.

The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas.

Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.

Last modified on 3/16/2020

  • People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
  • Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Last modified on 3/5/2020

At this time, patients testing positive for COVID-19 who have mild symptoms, are not over age 60 and do not have an underlying medical condition are advised to isolate at home. If a patient with COVID-19 is concerned, begins to experience shortness of breath, starts feeling worse a week or so into the illness, is over age 60 or has an underlying medical condition, they are strongly encouraged to call their doctor or the UTMB Access Center at (800) 917-8906 to speak with our 24/7 nurse hotline.

Last modified on 3/16/2020

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