COVID-19 Update

April 29, 2020

Have you been wearing a cloth face cover? According to the CDC, those who lack symptoms of COVID-19 can still transmit the virus. To help protect those around you, the CDC recommends you wear a cloth face covering in public settings when social distancing is difficult to maintain.

If you do wear a cover, make sure you clean it frequently. Per the CDC, face covers may be washed in a washing machine and tumble dry low. Covers made out of delicate materials may be hand washed instead: to do this, knead the fabric with warm, soapy water and then rinse. Allow the cover to dry on a sanitized surface.


President Smatresk will be hosting a virtual Town Hall from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 4, in order to share campus updates and answer questions.

You can watch and submit questions during the Town Hall by clicking here Monday. The president will share information about what to expect as the university works toward bringing us back together on campus, as well as talk about what is working well right now and what faculty, staff and students need help with to keep us moving forward.

If you want to submit a question in advance of the Town Hall, please email untpresident@unt.edu.


From April 24 to May 22, members of the Mean Green Family will join Muslims around the world in observance of Ramadan. Among the highest of holy observances for Islam, Ramadan occurs during the ninth month of the Lunar calendar and requires observers to refrain from eating or drinking from sunrise to sunset as a path to spiritual reflection, self-improvement, and heightened devotion and worship.

While our students move into exams next week, please be mindful that some may be fasting and experiencing dehydration, headaches, dizziness, and nausea. Read more about Ramadan here.


Going above and beyond: Stories from UNT’s COVID-19 response

Paul Goebel, director of the UNT Student Money Management Center, applauds the efforts of Mohammad ‘Mo’ Osman and the SMMC Outreach Team. When Osman received notification that the campus was closing, he took it upon himself to convert one of the center’s most popular classroom-based programs — Financial Intelligence Training — to an online version accessible through Canvas. FIT is a three-part series that helps students strengthen their foundational money management skills. More than 130 students have registered for the Canvas-based program.

Goebel says the outreach team has worked incessantly over the past weeks to develop, design and introduce new online and virtual educational programs for students while the campus is closed. The team is currently made up solely of students. “It’s wonderful to witness their creativity and outside-the-box can-do attitude in action,” he says.

If you know of someone who is going above and beyond, please share their information with untpresident@unt.edu so we can give them a shoutout.


Don’t forget that healthalerts.unt.edu is updated frequently with new information about how we are working together through this global health crisis.


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