UTMB continues to monitor COVID-19 activity in our region daily, and we are in regular contact with our Texas Medical Center colleagues, and local and county officials. We want all UTMB faculty, staff and students to be aware that the number of cases of COVID-19 and the test positivity rate in our area are both climbing.
With year-end holidays and events coming up, we urge everyone to take the following precautions every day. And please urge your family and friends to do the same.
- Wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose.
- Avoid large groups of people.
- Maintain a safe distance (6 feet or more) from people who are not part of your household.
- Wash your hands frequently, for at least 20 seconds each time.
- Use hand sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol when you cannot wash your hands.
- Stay home if you are ill.
- If you haven’t done so already, get your flu shot.
For Halloween specifically, consider the recommendations offered by UTMB pediatrician Dr. Lauren Raimer-Goodman in this video. You can still have fun, but it’s important to do so safely.
As you may have seen on the news, COVID cases are rising dramatically in certain parts of the U.S. and Texas. And our area is trending in the wrong direction. We want to do everything we can to keep the numbers manageable where our employees live and work. That means each one of us must do our part.
Thank you for your efforts to keep our communities and our workplace safe.
Ben G. Raimer, MD, MA, FAAP
President ad interim
Gulshan Sharma, MD, MPH
Vice President and Chief Medical & Clinical Innovation Officer
Janek Patel, MD
Director, Infection Control & Healthcare Epidemiology