COVID-19 Update

May 15, 2020

Final COVID-19 Regular Update

Today’s edition of the COVID-19 Update is the final one in this form. On Monday, you will receive the first issue of UNT Today, which will be distributed three days per week during the summer, then daily with the start of the new academic year in August. UNT Today will provide news, information about events, and other campus updates and announcements delivered to your inbox each morning.


News regarding opening campus

There are five committees charged with managing the re-entry/recovery process. The leads from each of those committees will meet once a week and will act as an advisory group to the President and Cabinet. In addition, each Vice President will provide more detailed information to their division about their specific re-entry plans within the UNT System and university-level guidance. The committees are: academics, research, student life, facilities and operations, and health and safety. Additional information will be shared as plans are developed and finalized.


UNT Professor Jean Keller in the Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation and Tao Zhang, director of the Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Laboratory, are participating in a collaborative research project with Scottish Rite for Children Hospital and several other local universities on the impact that social distancing and "shelter-in-place" has had on the activity levels of children across the U.S.

If you are caring for a child, please take a moment to complete this research survey, and share the survey with others via social media.


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.

f 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.


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

From Moe Elzonkoly, food service manager in the retail-dining department:

I would like to give a shout out to our full-time employees, especially our cooks, in the retail dining department AND in the residential dining department. Our full-time staff have been identified as essential and have worked hard to provide food for our staff and first responders while keeping them safe and happy. We are going above and beyond in all necessary areas – from cooking delicious food (OOOOHHH OUR FAMOUS MAC AND CHEESE) and sharing smiles to cleaning and sanitizing commonly used or touched areas. I am thankful and glad to be here with my UNT family, where it’s always about the food.

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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