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President's Wednesday Weekly Briefing

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Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020

The Latest COVID-19 Numbers and Forecasting Model

UT Southwestern’s forecasting model shows how COVID-19 is spreading across the DFW region based on data as of Aug. 7. Additionally, below are total Clements University Hospital (CUH) cases as of this morning. For more information on COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and Texas, visit the online trackers at Johns Hopkins University and the Texas Department of State Health Services.

COVID-19 Numbers
 

A Special Celebration of Our Quarter Century Club Inductees

As mentioned by Dr. Podolsky during this morning’s briefing, our long-term employees play an invaluable role in the life of the Medical Center and have helped the institution become what it is today. This week marks Employee Recognition Week, during which we celebrate employees with 45, 40, 35, 30, and 25 years of service. Because of COVID-19, the traditional Quarter Century Club luncheon was replaced with a special virtual program recognizing honorees.

Replay of President's Weekly Briefing Available Online

In today’s weekly briefing, UT Southwestern President Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky discussed declining COVID-19 hospitalizations and the latest campus numbers, available testing for children of employees through our partnership with Children’s Health, the recent visit from Gov. Greg Abbott on flu season preparations, and more. He also answered questions from the UTSW community. A replay of the broadcast is now available on the COVID-19 site.

Laboratories Remain Restricted to 50% Normal Occupancy

UT Southwestern research laboratories and core facilities may only staff up to 50 percent of normal occupancy at any one time. Up to two people per wet-bench laboratory bay and up to two people per enclosed tissue-culture room are permitted, as long as researchers wear masks or facial coverings, maintain physical distancing, and follow all standard laboratory safety practices. Visit the COVID-19 site for additional guidance on laboratory operations. 

Recognizing and Addressing Racial Bias in Science Webinar, Aug. 17

UT Southwestern’s Office of Faculty Diversity & Development/Office of Women’s Careers invites you to join a webinar exploring racial bias in science. This important event will feature thoughts from Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Provost and Dean, Dr. W. P. Andrew Lee, and the perspectives of faculty members Drs. Helen Yin, Russell DeBose-Boyd, Joseph Takahashi, Ryan Hibbs, Ian Corbin, Rene Galindo, and Elisabeth Martinez. Please register in advance and join us at 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17.

Donations of Meals and PPE for Health Care Providers

We are still in need of donations of N95 masks, shields, goggles, gowns, germicidal wipes, and other PPE. Donations of meals and PPE are being coordinated through our Office of Development and Alumni Relations. They can be reached by email at giving@utsouthwestern.edu or by phone at 214-648-8988. An online donation form is available for community members wishing to make a financial contribution to support our front-line care providers, patient care, and COVID-19 research efforts.

Upcoming Virtual Sessions

For more, see the UTSW Events Calendar.

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020

The Latest COVID-19 Numbers and Forecasting Model

UT Southwestern’s forecasting model shows how COVID-19 is spreading across the DFW region based on data as of Aug. 7. Additionally, below are total Clements University Hospital (CUH) cases as of this morning. For more information on COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and Texas, visit the online trackers at Johns Hopkins University and the Texas Department of State Health Services.

COVID-19 Numbers
 

Can You Help Us Get 44,000 Participants?

Thousands of North Texans have been invited to be part of the DFW COVID-19 Prevalence Study, which seeks to help us understand the impact of COVID-19 on our community. Invitations have been mailed to residents across Dallas and Tarrant counties, and less than 10 percent have responded. Our goal is for 44,000 people to participate. Please encourage your family and friends to check their mail and respond quickly if they receive a letter. You can also share information about the study on social media using #DFWAnswerTheCall and #DFWResponderALaLlamada. Visit UT Southwestern’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages for more information.

Reminder about President's Weekly Briefing Tomorrow

Tune in at 9 a.m. tomorrow, and every Wednesday, for UTSW President Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky’s weekly briefing on our latest efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic and important developments at UT Southwestern. As with previous briefings, Dr. Podolsky will spend time answering questions he has received from the UT Southwestern community. Answers to any questions not addressed during the briefing will be posted online in the Q&A section.

Dispose of PPE Properly Upon Leaving Campus Buildings

Campus remains busy with the hard work of fighting COVID-19. As such, it’s important that we keep the environment clean for our patients, visitors, and fellow employees. When leaving campus buildings, you must discard your mask, gloves, and other PPE in an appropriate waste receptacle. Please do your part to keep our campus beautiful and safe for all.

Updated Child Care Toolkit Available

The Benefits and Wellness team has updated the Child Care Resources Toolkit to include district-specific back-to-school information, as well as ways to prepare for the return to school. The toolkit continues to be updated as a reference for employees who may need assistance finding available child care and tutoring services.

Recognizing and Addressing Racial Bias in Science Webinar, Aug. 17

UT Southwestern’s Office of Faculty Diversity & Development/Office of Women’s Careers invites you to join a webinar exploring racial bias in science. This important event will feature thoughts from Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Provost and Dean, Dr. W. P. Andrew Lee, and the perspectives of faculty members Drs. Helen Yin, Russell DeBose-Boyd, Joseph Takahashi, Ryan Hibbs, Ian Corbin, Rene Galindo, and Elisabeth Martinez. Please register in advance and join us at 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17.

We’re in This, Together: Help Thank Our #HealthCareHeroes

At this unprecedented moment, when a global health crisis and social distancing seem determined to keep us apart, we are drawn closer, in spirit, by the generous support of North Texans. Join us in recognizing these health care heroes by sharing your message of gratitude.

Upcoming Virtual Sessions

For more, see the UTSW Events Calendar.

Monday, Aug. 10, 2020

Clements University Hospital

The total cases at Clements University Hospital as of Aug. 10

COVID-19 Numbers
 

From the President’s Desk: Celebration of Employee Service and Dedication

This morning, UT Southwestern President Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky recognized the service and dedication of our employees in a message to the campus community. “This year, when so much has been disrupted by COVID-19, I especially want to recognize the commitment that you have demonstrated in meeting the challenges posed by the pandemic, while still continuing to advance UT Southwestern’s mission of promoting health and a healthy society.” Read Dr. Podolsky’s full message. Watch a video and read about some of our longest-term employees recognized this week for milestone anniversaries on Center Times Plus.

Share your Experience on the COVID-19 Front Lines: Join the HERO Study

Understanding the perspectives of health care workers is essential to protecting the well-being of those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Employees in health care settings are encouraged to join the Healthcare Worker Exposure Response & Outcomes (HERO) Registry to share their work and life experiences and help facilitate rapid-cycle clinical research. For more information and to join the fight, visit heroesresearch.org.

Updated Child Care Toolkit Available

The Benefits and Wellness team has updated the Child Care Resources Toolkit to include district-specific back-to-school information, as well as ways to prepare for the return to school. The toolkit continues to be updated as a reference for employees who may need assistance finding available child care and tutoring services.

Recognizing and Addressing Racial Bias in Science Webinar, Aug. 17

UT Southwestern’s Office of Faculty Diversity & Development/Office of Women’s Careers invites you to join a webinar exploring racial bias in science. This important event will feature thoughts from Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Provost and Dean, Dr. W. P. Andrew Lee, and the perspectives of faculty members Drs. Helen Yin, Russell DeBose-Boyd, Joseph Takahashi, Ryan Hibbs, Ian Corbin, Rene Galindo, and Elisabeth Martinez. Please register in advance and join us at 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17.

How Do I Obtain Protective Eyewear?

For the safety of our workforce, all UT Southwestern employees who work in or travel through patient-facing areas are required to wear UTSW-approved eye protection. Health System employees in need of eyewear should work with their supervisor to obtain goggles or face shields through your Materials Management team. All other employees, including those working in research labs, may order eye protection using the Procurement Portal. Remember: Employees who wear prescription eyeglasses must wear a face shield or goggles over their prescription glasses. More details on eye protection requirements are available in the online FAQ

Upcoming Virtual Sessions

For more, see the UTSW Events Calendar.

Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020

Clements University Hospital

The total cases at Clements University Hospital as of Aug. 6

COVID-19 Numbers
 

Gov. Abbott Visits UTSW for Flu Season Roundtable

As we continue to face the COVID-19 pandemic, patients, providers, and health systems will begin to face even more unique challenges as the annual flu season approaches. Preparations for these challenges were the focus of a roundtable discussion held earlier today at UT Southwestern with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, UT System Executive Vice Chancellor of Health Affairs Dr. John Zerwas, UTSW President Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, and other leaders. As the pandemic continues to grip the state, experts agree that strategies for providing flu shots, monitoring hospital capacity, and securing additional PPE will be critical to addressing both health threats.

UT Southwestern Remains in Phase 2 Until Jan. 1, 2021

As Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, President of UT Southwestern, announced in this week’s briefing, UTSW will continue in its current phase of campus operations (Phase 2) until at least Jan. 1, 2021. This decision, which was recommended by the E/ROC and endorsed by the EVPs, was made by Dr. Podolsky after considerable thought and discussion, as fundamentally in the best interest of the health, safety, and well-being of the UTSW community.

Laboratories Remain Restricted to 50% Normal Occupancy

As mentioned during Dr. Podolsky’s weekly briefing, UT Southwestern research laboratories and core facilities may only staff up to 50 percent of normal occupancy at any one time. Up to two people per wet-bench laboratory bay and up to two people per enclosed tissue-culture room are permitted, as long as researchers wear masks or facial coverings, maintain physical distancing, and follow all standard laboratory safety practices. Visit the COVID-19 site for additional guidance on laboratory operations.

UTSW Travel Restrictions Extended to Jan. 1

University-related domestic and international travel restrictions have been extended through Jan. 1, 2021. Possible exceptions may be granted by the Travel Oversight Committee for mission critical purposes and will require the written approval of the traveler’s Department Chair or Center Director to be submitted to the Travel Oversight Committee. Visit the COVID-19 website for additional travel guidelines.

New FAQ: Your Occupational Health Questions Answered

Are you curious about screening protocols, employee privacy, or return to work criteria? Our infectious diseases and infection prevention experts created this FAQ – which includes a town hall video – to keep you informed. Dr. James “Brad” Cutrell, a COVID-19 infectious diseases consultant for Occupational Health at UTSW and Parkland Memorial Hospital, breaks down the latest facts.

Testing for Kids Under 12 for Employees at Children’s Health

As a new service within UT Southwestern’s COVID-19 Virtual Care Clinic for Employees and household family members, patients under the age of 12 may be provided a referral for COVID-19 testing in partnership with Children’s Health, with additional information provided at time of telehealth visit and referral. This is in addition to existing services for patients 12 years of age and older, who may be referred to UTSW’s Drive-up Testing Site at the Paul M. Bass Administrative and Clinical Center, Lot No. 18. For details, visit the Virtual Care Clinic section on our COVID-19 website.

Decode the Language of the Nervous System at Tonight’s UTSW Science Café

UT Southwestern surgeon Dr. Jonathan Cheng’s innovations allow physicians to reconstruct injured nerves and create feeling in a patient’s prosthetic. His visionary techniques hold great promise for unlocking the neural code the human brain uses to control limb motion for people suffering from such conditions as stroke, ALS, Parkinson’s, and spinal cord injury. Join tonight’s UTSW Science Café at 7 to discuss this exciting science behind nerve injury and repair.

Upcoming Virtual Sessions

For more, see the UTSW Events Calendar.

Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020

Clements University Hospital

The total cases at Clements University Hospital as of Aug. 5

UTSW COVID-19 Census Update as of Aug. 6 shows total confirmed cases as 44, with 20 in the ICU, and 0 awaiting test results.
 

For additional numbers, see Texas Cases and Global Statistics.

UT Southwestern Remains in Phase 2 Until Jan. 1, 2021

As Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, President of UT Southwestern, announced in this morning’s weekly briefing, UTSW will continue in its current phase of campus operations (Phase 2) until at least Jan. 1, 2021. This decision, which was recommended by the E/ROC and endorsed by the EVPs, was made by Dr. Podolsky after considerable thought and discussion, as fundamentally in the best interest of the health, safety, and well-being of the UTSW community.

By making this decision now, we hope it creates some stability and allows UTSW employees to plan their work and personal lives for the next several months. Another reason for making it is that thanks to everyone’s commitment, adaptability, and resilience over these past months, we believe that UTSW will be able to continue productively fulfilling its mission while remaining in the current mode of Phase 2 operations. The situation will continue to be closely monitored, and barring the need to revert back to Phase 1, decisions will be made as the fall goes on about plans for January and beyond.

Replay of President’s Weekly Briefing Available Online

In today’s weekly briefing, Dr. Podolsky discussed current campus and community census numbers, welcoming the Medical School Class of 2024, new languages for our COVID-19 PSAs, an upcoming webinar on Recognizing and Addressing Racial Bias in Science, UT Southwestern’s financial outlook, and much more. A replay of the broadcast is now available on the COVID-19 site.

UTSW Travel Restrictions Extended to Jan. 1

As mentioned during Dr. Podolsky’s weekly briefing, University-related domestic and international travel restrictions have been extended through Jan. 1, 2021. Possible exceptions may be granted by the Travel Oversight Committee for mission critical purposes and will require the written approval of the traveler’s Department Chair or Center Director to be submitted to the Travel Oversight Committee. Visit the COVID-19 website for additional travel guidelines.

How Do I Obtain Protective Eyewear?

For the safety of our workforce, all UT Southwestern employees who work in or travel through patient-facing areas are required to wear UTSW-approved eye protection. Health System employees needing eyewear should work with their supervisor to obtain goggles or face shields through your Materials Management team. All other employees, including those working in research labs, may order eye protection using the Procurement Portal. Remember: Employees who wear prescription eyeglasses must wear a face shield or goggles over their prescription glasses. More details on eye protection requirements are available in the online FAQ.

Dispose of PPE Properly Upon Leaving Campus Buildings

Campus remains busy with the hard work of fighting COVID-19. As such, it’s important that we keep the environment clean for our patients, visitors, and fellow employees. When leaving campus buildings, you must discard your mask, gloves, and other PPE in an appropriate waste receptacle. Please do your part to keep our campus beautiful and safe for all.

New FAQ: Your Occupational Health Questions Answered

Are you curious about screening protocols, employee privacy, or return to work criteria? Our infectious diseases and infection prevention experts created this FAQ – which includes a town hall video – to keep you informed. Dr. James “Brad” Cutrell, a COVID-19 infectious diseases consultant for Occupational Health at UTSW and Parkland Memorial Hospital, breaks down the latest facts.

Testing for Kids Under 12 for Employees at Children’s Health

As a new service within UT Southwestern’s COVID-19 Virtual Care Clinic for Employees and household family members, patients under the age of 12 may be provided a referral for COVID-19 testing in partnership with Children’s Health, with additional information provided at time of telehealth visit and referral. This is in addition to existing services for patients 12 years of age and older, who may be referred to UTSW’s Drive-up Testing Site at the Paul M. Bass Administrative and Clinical Center, Lot No. 18. For details, visit the Virtual Care Clinic section on our COVID-19 website.

Decode the Language of the Nervous System at the next UTSW Science Café Tomorrow, Aug. 6

UT Southwestern surgeon Dr. Jonathan Cheng’s innovations allow physicians to reconstruct injured nerves and create feeling in a patient’s prosthetic. His visionary techniques hold great promise for unlocking the neural code the human brain uses to control limb motion for people suffering from such conditions as stroke, ALS, Parkinson’s, and spinal cord injury. Join tomorrow's UTSW Science Café at 7 p.m. to discuss this exciting science behind nerve injury and repair.

Donations of Meals and PPE for Health Care Providers

We are still in need of donations of N95 masks, shields, goggles, gowns, germicidal wipes, and other PPE. Donations of meals and PPE are being coordinated through our Office of Development and Alumni Relations. They can be reached by email at giving@utsouthwestern.edu or by phone at 214-648-8988. An online donation form is available for community members wishing to make a financial contribution to support our front-line care providers, patient care, and COVID-19 research efforts.

Upcoming Virtual Sessions

For more, see the UTSW Events Calendar.