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Campus Messages

President's Wednesday Weekly Briefing

New Briefing Each Wednesday at 9 a.m.

covid-19questions@utsouthwestern.edu your questions by noon on Monday with “President” in the subject line.


Listen to Prior Briefings

Monday, May 18, 2020

The Latest COVID-19 Numbers

Please see below for total CUH cases as of this morning, May 18.

COVID-19 data from April May 18 shows 14 positive patients in CUH; 6 are in ICU and 3 are awaiting test results.

New Child Care Toolkit Available

With schools closed and many summer programs canceled, UTSW recognizes the continued strain felt by many employees to secure safe, dependable child care while working on campus. To help, Human Resources has compiled a Child Care Resources Toolkit as a reference for employees who may need assistance finding available child care and tutoring services. The toolkit lists various organizations and programs that may help our employees during this disruptive time. Understanding that child care decisions are not one-size-fits-all, we encourage researching each option to make sure it is a good fit for you and your family.

Clinicians: COVID-19 Antibody Testing Recommendations Available

After extensive review of the literature and available internal validation data, UT Southwestern’s Committee for the Deployment of COVID-19 Antibody Testing has provided recommendations for the use of serologic testing for SARS-CoV-2 (access to the report requires UTSW login). Indications are ordered according to priority in the face of scarce resources. Because literature in this area continues to evolve, these recommendations may be revised as new data becomes available.

Signs of Support: Pick up a Special #HealthCareHeroes Yard Sign

If you’re working on campus, you’ve seen many blue yard signs cheering on UT Southwestern’s front-line health care staff. To help spread the love all across North Texas, a special, one-of-a-kind “coloring book” style yard sign was created for employees. Signs are still available on a first-come, first-served basis for pickup across campus and at our regional locations. Find out where to get one by visiting the COVID-19 site. Be sure to share your work of art on social media with @utswnews and #HealthCareHeroes. 

Help Is Available: Virtual Learning Sessions

Friday, May 15, 2020

The Latest COVID-19 Numbers

Please see below for total CUH cases as of this morning, May 15.

COVID-19 data from April May 14 shows 15 positive patients in CUH; 6 are in ICU and 3 are awaiting test results.

Clinicians: COVID-19 Antibody Testing Recommendations Available

After extensive review of the literature and available internal validation data, UT Southwestern’s Committee for the Deployment of COVID-19 Antibody Testing has provided recommendations for the use of serologic testing for SARS-CoV-2 (access to the report requires UTSW login). Indications are ordered according to priority in the face of scarce resources. As literature in this area continues to evolve, these recommendations may be revised as new data becomes available.

Dr. John Warner Discusses Telemedicine in New Episode of ‘What To Know’

Dr. John Warner, EVP for Health System Affairs, hosts a weekly video series featuring candid conversations with UT Southwestern specialists about the pandemic and our response. In today’s episode, Dr. Warner discusses the evolution and future of telemedicine with Alan Kramer, Assistant Vice President of Health System Emerging Strategies and architect of UT Southwestern’s telemedicine strategy, and Dr. Suzanne Cole, an early adopter of video visits and Medical Director of University Hospital Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Clinic at Richardson/Plano.

Submit Your Questions for the President’s Weekly Briefing by Noon Monday

Remember to send any questions you have for UT Southwestern President Dr. Daniel Podolsky’s next weekly briefing by noon Monday to COVID-19Questions@utsouthwestern.edu. Use “Question for the President” as the subject line. Answers to any questions not addressed during the audio briefing will be posted online.

Food Service Changes Starting Monday

The following food vendors will serve grab-and-go options daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.:

  • Starting May 18 – Dickey’s Barbecue Pit (North Campus (ND))
  • Starting June 8 – Burger House (South Campus)

Seating in the dining areas is limited to support social distancing.

COVID-19 Forecasting Model for the DFW Region

UT Southwestern experts and leaders in the Departments of Internal Medicine, Bioinformatics, Emergency Medicine, and Health System Information Resources have constructed a forecasting model of how COVID-19 is spreading across the DFW region based on real patient data from Collin, Dallas, Denton, and Tarrant counties. The model illustrates how well preventive measures including masking, staying at home, social distancing, and hand-washing are limiting transmission based on data available as of May 10-12. 

First Responders Invited to Early Opening of Dallas Arboretum

First responders and their families can enjoy free admission to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden May 15-18, prior to its reopening to the public. Tickets and parking are complimentary, but you must preregister online or call 214-515-6615.

Help Is Available: Virtual Learning Sessions

Thursday, May 14, 2020

The Latest COVID-19 Numbers

Please see below for total CUH cases as of this morning, May 14.

COVID-19 data from April May 14 shows 14 positive patients in CUH; 6 are in ICU and 3 are awaiting test results.

COVID-19 Forecasting Model for the DFW Region

UT Southwestern experts and leaders in the Departments of Internal Medicine, Bioinformatics, Emergency Medicine, and Health System Information Resources have constructed a forecasting model of how COVID-19 is spreading across the DFW region based on real patient data from Collin, Dallas, Denton, and Tarrant counties. The model illustrates how well preventive measures including masking, staying at home, social distancing, and hand-washing are limiting transmission based on data available as of May 10-12. 

In two Dallas Morning News editorials, UTSW President Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky highlighted the importance of the new predictive modeling tool and reminded readers that day-to-day reports of new cases don’t accurately reflect real-time public health dynamics. As new data points are made available, the model will be rerun to forecast how effectively regional efforts are limiting community spread.

Reminder: How to Wear Masks Correctly

As a limited return to campus is underway, it is important that all employees remember and follow UT Southwestern’s masking policy. Employees must wear masks (for clinical employees, isolation/procedure masks; and for nonclinical, cloth masks or face coverings) that cover the nose, mouth, and chin in all common spaces, including restrooms, hallways, elevators, and meeting rooms. The CDC offers additional guidance for correctly wearing a face mask. 

Executive Summary of Restoration of Operations Plan

As Dr. Podolsky mentioned during yesterday’s weekly briefing, UT Southwestern has developed a comprehensive plan to guide our restoration of operations while keeping health and safety as our paramount priorities. As the community environment stabilizes, UTSW is gradually restoring operations in all mission areas as outlined in phases described in the Restoration of Operations Executive Summary. All employees are encouraged to review this summary and recognize that the pandemic will alter the way we do business for the near future and possibly longer.

First Responders Invited to Early Opening of Dallas Arboretum

First responders and their families can enjoy free admission to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden May 15-18, prior to its reopening to the public. Tickets and parking are complimentary, but you must preregister online or call 214-515-6615.

What Should I Do If I Get Sick and Suspect COVID-19?

UT Southwestern has outlined specific guidance for employees who suspect possible illness from COVID-19. The guidance provides clear, step-by-step instructions for employees with and without symptoms in order to prioritize your personal health while protecting your colleagues, patients, and visitors.

Help Is Available: Virtual Learning Sessions

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

The Latest COVID-19 Numbers

Please see below for total CUH cases as of this morning, May 13.

COVID-19 data from April May 13 shows 13 positive patients in CUH; 8 are in ICU and 0 are awaiting test results.

Replay of President’s Weekly Briefing Available Online

Earlier today, UT Southwestern President Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky hosted his weekly briefing on the status of UTSW’s efforts and important developments regarding COVID-19. A replay of the broadcast is now available on the COVID-19 site.

Executive Summary of Restoration of Operations Plan

As Dr. Podolsky mentioned during today’s weekly briefing, UT Southwestern has developed a comprehensive plan to guide our restoration of operations while keeping health and safety as our paramount priorities. As the community environment stabilizes, UTSW is gradually restoring operations in all mission areas as outlined in phases described in the Restoration of Operations Executive Summary. All employees are encouraged to review this summary and recognize that the pandemic will alter the way we do business for the near future and possibly longer.

North Campus Building Access

Employees returning to North Campus may have noticed changes at certain building entrances. While patients are asked to enter at the NC patient screening points, employees may enter North Campus buildings through any of the card access doors in the complex. Garage-accessible elevators are also open to provide employee access to the research towers. More details on building entrances are available on the COVID-19 site.

Power Testing on North and West Campus Concludes Tomorrow

Earlier this week, Facilities began making updates to the Inwood substation between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. – updates will continue through tomorrow, May 14. While we do not anticipate any disruptions due to these activities, there is the slight possibility of a power blink. Employees in all North and West Campus buildings, including Clements University Hospital (CUH), are encouraged to monitor any sensitive equipment.

First Responders Invited to Early Opening of Dallas Arboretum

First responders and their families can enjoy free admission to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden May 15-18, prior to its reopening to the public. Tickets and parking are complimentary, but you must preregister online or call 214-515-6615.

Donations of Meals and PPE for Health Care Providers

You might have caught it on the national news – a local teenager recently donated thousands of masks to UT Southwestern after crediting UTSW with helping her recover from a high-grade fever when she was in third grade. Her efforts, and the efforts of many other benefactors, are helping support UT Southwestern's front line health care providers during the COVID-19 response.

We are still in urgent need of donations of N95 masks, shields, goggles, bleach wipes, and other PPE. In addition, we continue to accept donations of individually packaged meals from local restaurants for our health care providers. The minimum donation is 50 meals to limit the number of deliveries being made to campus. Those wishing to contribute at a lower level can make a financial contribution to our COVID-19 Provider Assistance Fund, which will help provide for meals, child care, and other needs as they arise.

Donations of meals and PPE are being coordinated through our Office of Development and Alumni Relations. They can be reached by email at Giving@UTSouthwestern.edu or by phone at 214-648-8988. An online donation form is available for community members wishing to make a financial contribution to support our front-line care providers, patient care, and COVID-19 research efforts.

Help Is Available: Virtual Learning Sessions

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The Latest COVID-19 Numbers

Please see below for total CUH cases as of this morning, May 12.

COVID-19 data from April May 12 shows 13 positive patients in CUH; 8 are in ICU and 0 are awaiting test results.

Help Maintain a Clean Work Environment

An enhanced cleaning program, based on CDC guidelines, is in place across campus to ensure a safe and sanitized environment. Facilities Management is sanitizing high-traffic areas and high-touch surfaces multiple times per day. Each individual department has also been provided with cleaning supplies to disinfect refrigerators, coffee makers, copy machines and other shared department equipment. All employees should follow proper office hygiene and cleaning recommendations by sanitizing their personal workspaces at the start and end of each day or shift – especially frequently touched surfaces like phones, keyboards, pens, and staplers.

Researchers and laboratory employees should also adhere to additional lab precautions, as outlined in the recent Return to Lab webinar, to ensure the safety of their operations.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Antibody Testing

Testing to detect the presence of antibodies that can fight the COVID-19 virus has taken center stage recently as the search continues for ways to slow the global pandemic. The variety of tests being offered nationwide can create confusion about the purpose and effectiveness of each. UT Southwestern infectious disease expert Dr. James “Brad” Cutrell has answered some of the most frequently asked questions about antibody testing on our patient site. 

Celebrating Our Nurses: Nurses Share What Motivates Them, ‘This is My Why’

As Nurses Week draws to a close, we’re inspired by the personal stories of what motivates UTSW nurses’ tireless work. From seeking a better life in America, to a grandmother serving in World War II, to helping a little brother when he fell off his skateboard – the stories these nurses share show the compassion they exude every day. Read more about UT Southwestern’s incredible nurses online.

First Responders Invited to Early Opening of Dallas Arboretum

First responders and their families can enjoy free admission to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden May 15-18, prior to its reopening to the public. Tickets and parking are complimentary, but you must preregister online or call 214-515-6615.

‘Work on Campus’ Resources Available Online

Please visit the Work on Campus section of the COVID-19 site for the very latest information and resources to support employees safely working on campus.

Power Testing on North and West Campus, Today Through Thursday

Facilities began making updates to the Inwood substation between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. starting today and lasting through Thursday, May 14. While we do not anticipate any disruptions due to these activities, there is the slight possibility of a power blink. Employees in all North and West Campus buildings, including Clements University Hospital (CUH), are encouraged to monitor any sensitive equipment.

We’re in This, Together: Help Thank Our #HealthCareHeroes

At this unprecedented moment, when a global health crisis and social distancing seem determined to keep us apart, we are drawn closer, in spirit, by the generous support of North Texans. Join us in recognizing these health care heroes by sharing your message of gratitude.

Help Is Available: Virtual Learning Sessions

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