January 2, 2022, 5:00 p.m. CST
To teachers and staff,
Positive cases of COVID-19 and influenza are spreading rapidly across Texas and hospitalizations are on the rise, signaling that pandemic conditions are worsening again.
In hopes of reducing exposure to these highly contagious viruses, Texas A&M University is asking all faculty and staff to work from home during the first week of January (January 3-7), except for the personnel whose tasks are essential to be performed on site. Speak to your supervisor if you are unsure whether you need to return to the office / workplace tomorrow, January 3rd, or if you need to work remotely.
Although none of the steps below are required, you are strongly encouraged please do your part by following these recommendations:
- Get the full vaccine against COVID-19. This includes the recall shot; check here for on-campus locations and here for off-campus sites including CVS and Walgreens. For those not at Bryan-College Station, please check your respective websites for information related to COVID.
- Get tested before returning to campus. Free tests are widely available on the main campus and off campus.
- Get the flu shot.
- Wear a properly fitted mask or an inside face cover, regardless of your immunization status. The dos and don’ts of wearing a mask are described by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Don’t come to work if you are sick.
- Self-report of a positive case of COVID-19 is required by the university via https://redcap.tamhsc.edu/surveys/?s=N38DRD4EMK. This act of selfless service will help the university understand and control the virus on campus.
- The Galveston Self-Report Portal is different from the main campus and can be found on this site.
- New protocols recently outlined by the CDC specify the recommended isolation and quarantine period shortened after a positive test or close contact with someone infected with the virus.
- Epidemiologists have warned that the latest variant of COVID-19, called omicron, is likely more contagious than the original strain, SARS-CoV-2.
- Even if a person is vaccinated, they can still contract the virus, but their symptoms should be considerably milder.
- It’s good to get the flu and COVID-19 vaccine on the same day.
Please check Texas A & M’s COVID-19 guidance page periodically for updates.
Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President
Texas A&M University