The next update is planned for Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Separate communications will be sent as needed. Check https://www.utmb.edu/covid-19regularly for information relevant to you and your role in our pandemic response. Also pay attention to specific instructions from your department or school.
Current Status, as of 12:55 p.m., Jan. 13, 2021
- We continue to see very concerning growth in the number of COVID cases, hospitalizations and test positivity rates throughout the Houston-Galveston region.
- COVID safety is essential to protect ourselves, our patients and our communities.
- Resist “COVID fatigue.”
- See the “Reminders” section below for COVID safety measures.
- Continue to practice these safety measures even if you have been vaccinated. We cannot let down our guard until we have reached herd immunity through widespread vaccination.
COVID-19 testing and patient data (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., Jan. 13, 2021
Positive results from these tests
Cumulative from March 13, 2020, to 9 a.m., Jan. 13, 2021
Patients Under Investigation for COVID-19 (PUI)
Currently hospitalized across the UTMB Health System, as of 9 a.m., Jan. 13, 2021; “PUI” = tested and awaiting results
COVID-19-positive patients in UTMB hospitals
Currently hospitalized, as of 9 a.m., Jan. 13, 2021; does not include TDCJ offenders
COVID-19-positive TDCJ patients in Hospital Galveston
Currently hospitalized, as of 9 a.m., Jan. 13, 2021
COVID-19-positive UTMB hospital patients discharged to home Cumulative as of 9 a.m., Jan. 13, 2021
Deaths among UTMB hospital patients with COVID-19
Cumulative from April 9, 2020, to 9 a.m., Jan. 13, 2021; excludes deaths that occur outside of UTMB hospitals (e.g., nursing home, home hospice)
Employee COVID Rates
- Approximately 1.2% of our employee population is unable to work due to COVID-19.
- UTMB has performed 9,514 tests on its employees since the pandemic began.
- 1,506 employees have tested positive since the pandemic began (including UTMB-tested employees and self-reported results).
- In the last 24 hours, two employees have tested positive, while 16 have returned to work.
Vaccine Administration (to date since Dec. 15, 2020)
- First doses given: 12,847
- Second doses given (fully vaccinated): 2,243
- Second doses scheduled: 10,547
- Virtual Town Hall Vaccine Forum scheduled for noon, Jan. 19. Event will be livestreamed and recorded for later viewing. Visit this page for more information.
- UTMB researchers find Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to be effective against new strain of SARS-CoV-2 (see news release).
- New UTMB infographic on how mRNA vaccines work (see the Vaccine Information page).
Vaccine Program Update
- Vaccine supplies remain limited. See the Jan. 11, 2021 Vaccination Preparedness Task Force message regarding impact of supply on our vaccination program.
- Read UTMB’s Vaccine Supply Notice to patients.
- As noted in the Jan. 11 message, administration of second doses continues. If you have received the first shot, please make every effort to return for the second shot at the scheduled time.
- Important note about allergies: If you had a severe allergic reaction to the first dose (i.e., shock or severe difficulty breathing) OR if you had a mild allergic reaction within four hours of receiving the first dose (i.e., hives, facial swelling, wheezing)—even if you didn’t require medical care—the CDC advises not getting the second dose at this time. Visit this CDC page for more information.
- Recent COVID-19 Vaccination Preparedness Task Force messages
- Dec. 23, 2020 (clarifies how UTMB’s tiered approach fits within the state’s phased vaccination plan)
- Dec. 30, 2020 (UTMB program expanding to high-risk individuals)
- Jan. 5, 2021 (updated CDC guidance on allergic reactions, prior infection)
- Jan. 11, 2021 (impact of vaccine supply on our vaccination program)
- Vaccination Program Reminders
- Vaccine Information page
- If you have side effects that require medical attention after either dose of the COVID-19 vaccine:
- Vaccine Manufacturer Fact Sheets
Reminders and Important Links
- UTMB has ample supplies of PPE to safely provide care throughout the current wave of COVID and beyond.
- Continue to practice COVID safety at work, at home and in public:
- 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.
- Wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose in public areas. Public areas include lobbies, hallways, restrooms, office kitchens/breakrooms, copy rooms and elevators.
- 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.
- Get your flu shot.
- Check your county’s health department web site for COVID information specific to your area.
- Free mental health support for frontline workers: Hospital staff who are experiencing anxiety, stress or emotional challenges due to the pandemic are encouraged to access free mental health support through the state’s 24-hour hotline. The service is available to all Texans. Frontline workers can also access a virtual support group tailored specifically to meet their unique needs. Dial 833/986-1919 for general support or to be referred to the virtual support group. See HHSC’s flyer for more information.
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 email@example.com as we work together to stay healthy and resilient.
Follow these tips for a happier January:
- Learn something new and share it with others.
- Say positive things to the people you meet today.
- Get moving. Do something physically active (ideally outdoors).
- Thank someone you're grateful to and tell them why.
- Switch off all your tech two hours before bedtime.
- Connect with someone near you—share a smile or chat.
- Be gentle with yourself when you make mistakes.
Click here for information on resiliency, wellness and mental health resources immediately available to employees and their families, and students.
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.