Information for Employees During COVID-19
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As we continue to implement safeguards to minimize the risk of infection and reduce the number of people on campus, starting Wednesday, March 18, building access for non-clinical facilities around campus have moved to restricted access. Badges should be worn by UTSW employees at all times.
You will need to use your badge to gain access to:
- Academic and other non-clinical buildings
- The Danciger Building (H) passage between UTSW and Parkland
- The Charles Sprague/Zale Lipshy Pavilion connecting doors
The breezeway doors will be locked. Brookriver will remain on card access only. The Bryan Williams, M.D. Student Center, including the gymnasium and recreational and exercise facilities, are closed. The library requires card access, but congregating in groups, group study, and meetings are not permitted. Social distancing practices should be followed in all instances.
Patients will be able to access:
- The James W. Aston Ambulatory Care Building
- Professional Office Buildings 1 and 2
- Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center
- School of Health Professions
- Radiation Oncology facilities
- The West Entrance of Paul M. Bass Administrative and Clinical Center provides patient access to the Bass Towers.
Construction workers are coordinating access through the Facilities project managers. Please refer to the visitor policy to determine whether a visit to campus is appropriate. Gatherings of more than five individuals are not permitted on campus.
Hospital & Pavilion
- William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital and Zale Lipshy Pavilion cafeterias are open seven days a week from 6:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. with no self-checkout.
- Starbucks is open from 6:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday, and from 6:30 a.m.–2 p.m., Saturday–Sunday.
- Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is open from 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Monday–Friday.
- NG3 Mini-Market is open 24/7.
- North Campus 3rd Floor Food Court and ND14 Café are closed.
- Bass Center food venues are dependent upon vendor capabilities. Currently, Fresh Market (take out only), Hunan, and Parks Burger will operate for lunch Monday through Friday, hours may vary.
- Hunan and Burger House are open in the South Campus Food Court from 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Monday–Friday.
- A.W. Harris Faculty Club is open 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Monday–Friday.
- D Plaza Mini-Market is open 24/7.
The Outpatient Building, West Campus Building 3 (WCB3), and the Radiation Oncology building coffee shops will operate during regular hours.
UT Southwestern has been taking necessary precautions for the safety and well-being of our community since COVID-19 first emerged.
With the health of our patients, our workforce, and our community top of mind, we are putting new measures in place to limit the number of visitors per patient, restrict the number of entry access points to our medical facilities, and implement screening for all visitors.
We are aware that the new safeguards might cause some disruption to your daily workflows, so we are sharing the details with you so that you will be able to plan accordingly.
Limited Access Points
Access is restricted to the following:
We are limiting access points to Parkland Hospital from Children’s Medical Center Dallas. All Children’s Health team members and UT Southwestern physicians will enter the hospital through designated doors and complete the screening process. This process includes wearing a mask at all times while in the hospital.
- We are closing access to Parkland from our Dallas campus on the basement level until further notice.
- Physicians and team members are still able to access Parkland through the entrance near the NICU on the second floor as well as on the first floor outside to access old Parkland.
- For Parkland Hospital employees who are transporting NICU patients to Children’s Medical Center Dallas, a mask will be worn upon entry to the facility, and entry will occur on the fourth floor of Children’s Medical Center Dallas.
- All Children’s Health team members or UT Southwestern physicians who need to go to Parkland Hospital from Children’s Health will utilize the fourth floor corridor. This location has a Children’s Health and Parkland Hospital badge reader in place.
- The door on the lobby level from Children’s Medical Center Dallas (RPM‑L‑BL 400‑C1) will be locked and is no longer accessible for any team members or physicians to use for travel between the two facilities.
- The Children’s Health door on the first floor near the laboratory will be locked and will no longer allow entry or exit from Children’s Medical Center Dallas.
- Mail service will continue to sort invoices, checks, etc. and deliver to/pick up from departments. The number of stops per day will vary based on mail volume and coordination with each department.
- Bass Post Office will remain open, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- South Campus Post Office is closed. Please contact Mail Services at 214-645-0975 or firstname.lastname@example.org if your department has special mail service needs.
- All employees authorized to park on campus can access parking garages and park in designated UTSW employee spaces. Staff with lot parking are allowed in staff garage parking spaces.
- DART riders have been issued “dash” passes authorizing parking on campus.
- Fire lanes, patient/visitor, reserved, faculty, and handicap spaces remain restricted and will be enforced by Parking Services.
- The parking team will continue to service garages and lots.
- Visitor Center (A Building) and POB Office (Clements University Hospital) will be closed.
- Printing services remain available. Please contact the Printing Services team directly at 214-648-6184 or email@example.com.
- Both are closed.
Everyone entering William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital and Zale Lipshy Pavilion will have a no-touch thermometer scan. If you register a reading of 100.0°F/37.7°C or higher, you will not be allowed in the buildings. We will refer faculty and staff to seek further guidance from Occupational Health (needs VPN to access) at UT Southwestern
- Screening occurs at designated entry points, including the Emergency Department.
- Other screening criteria include asking if you have experienced any respiratory symptoms – fever, shortness of breath, or a cough – or traveled outside of Texas within the last 14 days.
- Individuals cleared through the screening process will receive an orange wristband, which must be worn at all times.
- Should you have any questions, our staff manning the entrances and performing the temperature screenings can provide guidance on the next steps.
The temperature screening process will carry over to our ambulatory sites of care on Monday, April 6.
An employee with a positive screen is masked, advised to contact their manager to notify them that they are unable to work, directed to complete an Occ Health Screening form to prompt follow up (via QR Code at entry point), and directed to return home.