COVID-19 Update

May 13, 2020

In an effort to keep our community as healthy as possible, UNT made the difficult decision to cancel all summer youth programs and camps that are offered on our campus and/or UNT programs hosted off-site. Our university is proud of the quality of the experiences our UNT summer camps provide to hundreds of youth every year, and we are saddened that we will not be able to welcome these young students and their families to our campus this summer.

If you coordinate one of the many youth summer camps, Nadia Guevara, Youth Protection Program director, will be reaching out with more information. You may email youthprotection@unt.edu for more information.


Student Health and Wellness Center (SHWC) Update:

  • The SHWC is available for students for all appointment reasons, without restrictions, including Walk-In STD testing. The hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.
  • The SHWC has expanded its telemedicine visits with medical providers, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and the dietitian. Not all issues are appropriate for this type of visit, so call and check on specifics.
  • The SHWC has implemented new precautions to protect the health and safety of students and staff. One notable addition is a mobile nurse’s station on the first floor of Chestnut Hall to take patient temperatures and confirm students have some type of face covering before entering the reception area on the 2nd floor. All staff will be wearing either a cloth face covering or a mask and have their temperature monitored each day. We also have increased our already aggressive cleaning protocols for all areas and high-touch surfaces as well as installed several large sneeze guards throughout the clinic.
  • The SHWC Pharmacy is available for students and staff with regular hours and additional safety precautions mentioned above.
  • Most SHWC staff, minus a few administrative employees continuing to telecommute, are back in the clinic, ready to assist students with any healthcare related need.
  • The SHWC Meadows Center for Health Resources will remain closed for the immediate future.

When UNT’s Risk Management Services put out a call on campus for supplies for mask making efforts, departments generously responded by donating UNT bandanas and rally towels. Watch this video to see how the Wise Mask Makers, volunteer seamstresses from Wise County, are using the fabric to make more than 350 masks for the UNT community.

Don’t forget to follow the CDC’s recommendations and wear your cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19 to keep yourself and others safe.


Dining and Retail Update:

Dining Services will keep this schedule through Sunday, May 24, and retail hours will remain unchanged through May 31. In addition, Kerr Dining Hall will be closed May 25-31. It will re-open June 1 for Summer 5W1 and plans are being made to re-open additional retail options as more faculty/staff return to campus.


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

From UNT Student Mehreen Mohsin:

Professor Krisstal Clayton in the Psychology Department at UNT is going above and beyond by providing wonderful resources to her students. She is there for us in these tough times, always willing to lend a listening ear or even a distraction for us if we are feeling too overwhelmed to talk about what is going on. Things are uneasy for all of us right now, even professors, who are also adjusting to changes to their teaching methods. When classes were taking place on campus, we would always look forward to Dr. Clayton’s class. Dr. Clayton always has made herself available to us not only as a professor, but also as a friend.

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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