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January 20, 2022

Jan. 26 Vaccine and Booster Clinic

As the spring semester begins, UH has partnered with H-E-B Pharmacy to provide free COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters to faculty, staff and students on Wednesday, Jan. 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the M.D. Anderson Library. Registration is required. Read more in Suzy Harrington’s Jan. 20 communication

Spring Semester Soft Opening

After careful consideration, UH will implement a soft opening of classes, similar to the fall 2021 semester, for the first two weeks of the spring semester (Jan. 18-30).  Campus and offices, particularly student facing services, will remain open.  Residence halls are open and new residents will move in as planned. Classes will start on schedule, albeit in a mixed modality.

Provost Short provided details in this Jan. 10 update to students and this update for faculty instructors.

Read more in President Khator’s Jan. 7 Communication.

January 2022 Updated CDC Guidelines


The CDC changed its recommendations for potential exposure to COVID-19.  Please see the latest recommendation on the UH Potential Exposure to Coronavirus page.


The CDC has issued new guidance for self-solation/quarantine. CDC recommends that you isolate for 5 days following a positive test result or experiencing COVID symptoms. The guidelines for ending insolation have also been updated and include the following scenarios:

• Ending isolation for people who had COVID-19 and had symptoms
• Ending isolation for people who tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms
• Ending quarantine for people that were exposed to someone with COVID-19

Please refer to the UH Completion of Self-Quarantine/Isolation page to review the new CDC guidelines on isolation and quarantine.

Travel Guidelines

The CDC changed its recommendations for Return from International Travel.  Please see the latest recommendation on the UH Travel Guidelines page, updated Jan. 19, 2022.

Omicron Variant

The University of Houston continues to monitor the impact the Omicron variant. Temporary Remote Work/Sick Leave Guidelines for faculty and staff continue to be in place, details can be found here. In addition, guidelines for faculty are available at the Provost’s website here.

Vaccination remains the leading prevention strategy to protect yourself, including a booster immunization for all individuals 18 and older.  The University of Houston strongly encourages everyone - vaccinated or not - to wear face coverings in public indoor settings.

Reporting Requirements

Transparency of data and information about infection is critical in combating COVID-19 spread. The University has Reporting Requirements should you receive a COVID-19 diagnosis, positive test result, are exposed to someone with COVID-19, or those who are not fully vaccinated and return from international travel.

COVID-19 Diagnosis/Symptoms Protocols
Reporting Potential Exposure to COVID-19
UH Travel Guidelines

Free COVID-19 Testing

Unvaccinated faculty, staff and students are asked to get tested at least once a week. If you are vaccinated but have concerns or show possible symptoms, we encourage you to get tested as well. 

Students, faculty and staff are eligible for a $2 incentive in Cougar Cash or ShastaBUCKS following a COVID-19 test through the on-campus testing kiosk. Learn more on the COVID-19 On-Campus Testing page. 

Learning Abroad 2022-223

Students may continue to plan for 2022-2023 programs abroad with Learning Abroad. Only affiliated, reciprocal exchange, faculty-led, graduate and fellowship programs will be considered for approval. Learn more on the UH Travel Guidelines page. 

Indoor and Outdoor Events 

Campus events—indoor and outdoor—should follow published University  event guidelines toensure the safety and well-being of participants.  

Case Support Help Desk 

A COVID-19 Case Support Help Desk is available to members of the UH campus community Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., by calling 832-84C-OVID or 832-842-6843. Case support is also offered by emailing