COVID-19 Update

May 6, 2020

President Smatresk hosted a virtual Town Hall on Monday, May 4, with Provost Jennifer Cowley and VP of Student Affairs Elizabeth With. To read a recap of the event and watch the recording, please click here.


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.


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

Rob Pearson, personnel and leasing manager, submitted this shoutout from his unit:

The Facilities Department’s Personnel Office is fortunate to have Ellen Wall on its small staff. Not only did she provide outstanding and continuous feedback on the recent People Admin 2.0 rollout for the entire UNTS, but continues to provide exemplary services during the current telecommuting scenario.

As timekeeper, Ellen is regularly entering time for more than 125 technicians, groundskeepers and others who are rotating days working on campus and, due to the nature of their work, cannot telecommute. Her dedication continues to capture the admiration and support of the department’s leadership. Thank you, Ellen, for once again going above and beyond during these tumultuous times.

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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