The University of Texas at Arlington will provide updated guidance and information, including actions the University is taking and the latest health, safety and travel recommendations based on information from UT System, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Department of State. Updated information is available on UTA's official coronavirus information page. If you are experiencing symptoms or have been in close contact with a COVID-positive individual, do not go to UTA Health Services or another clinic without first calling. Students can contact UTA Health Services with concerns during office hours at 817-272-2771.
We always recommend our community members follow CDC and public health guidelines, which include:
- Get vaccinated against COVID-19.
- While not required on campus, we encourage the use of face masks in campus buildings and elsewhere on campus where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., student shuttle buses, well-attended outdoor events, etc.), especially if you have not been vaccinated. Please review UTA's face covering guidance for more information.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Practice social distancing - put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
- Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces.
- When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve. Throw used tissues in the trash. Immediately wash your hands afterwards.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- Monitor your health daily. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath or other symptoms of COVID-19.
- Stay home if you are sick and seek medical attention.
Students, call 817-272-2771 if you develop symptoms that are new, worsening or occurring in a way that is not normal for any chronic conditions you may have:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- Sudden loss of taste or smell
- Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100 degrees Fahrenheit
All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to complete daily monitoring and a temperature check before coming to campus. You can download the daily self-monitoring checklist for easy access.
Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Anyone can get monkeypox, regardless of age or sex, though the virus does not spread easily.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is tracking multiple cases associated with a recent outbreak of monkeypox that has been reported in several countries, including the United States. Tarrant County Public Health and Dallas County Public Health are tracking cases of monkeypox, with their respective dashboards updating weekly. Please review county public health departments in areas outside of Tarrant and Dallas County for relevant information.
Anyone can get monkeypox, regardless of age or sex, though the virus does not spread easily.
Monkeypox spreads in different ways. The virus can spread from person-to-person through:
- direct contact with the infectious rash, scabs, or body fluids
- respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact, or during intimate physical contact, such as kissing, cuddling, or sex
- touching items (such as clothing, bedding, or towels) that previously touched the infectious rash or body fluids
- pregnant people can spread the virus to their fetus through the placenta
It’s also possible for people to get monkeypox from infected animals, either by being scratched or bitten by the animal or by preparing or eating meat or using products from an infected animal.
Monkeypox can spread from the time symptoms start until the rash has fully healed and a fresh layer of skin has formed. The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks. It does not linger in the air and is not thought to be transmitted during short periods of shared air space. People who do not have monkeypox symptoms cannot spread the virus to others.
The illness may begin with:
- Muscle aches
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Fatigue, exhaustion
The incubation period (time from infection to symptoms) for monkeypox is usually 7−14 days but can range from 5−21 days.
Within 1 to 3 days (sometimes longer) after the appearance of fever, the patient develops a rash or sores, sometimes located on hands, feet, chest, face, around the genitals, or inside the body including mouth, vagina, or anus.
The illness typically lasts for 2 − 4 weeks.
Take the following steps to prevent getting monkeypox:
- Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like monkeypox.
- Do not touch the rash or scabs of a person with monkeypox.
- Do not kiss, hug, cuddle or have sex with someone with monkeypox.
- Do not share eating utensils or cups with a person with monkeypox.
- Do not handle or touch the bedding, towels, or clothing of a person with monkeypox.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
If you have a rash that looks like monkeypox, speak with a healthcare provider even if you have had no known contact with someone who has monkeypox. The health center lab is able to collect specimens in-house to send to a reference lab for testing. Appointments are required prior to visiting UTA Health Services. UTA students can call 817-272-2771 to make an appointment. UTA faculty and staff should contact their personal healthcare provider.
For more information about monkeypox, please visit the FAQ page provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, the University of Texas at Arlington will provide updated guidance and information, including actions the University is taking and the latest health and safety recommendations based on information from UT System and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as they become available.