As of May 18, 2021
Pursuant to Executive Order No. GA-36 issued today by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, face coverings are no longer required on Texas A&M University campuses. This is effective immediately and therefore applies to remaining commencement ceremonies, as well as indoor and outdoor facilities and venues.
For employees and students who have not been vaccinated, face coverings are highly recommended to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We encourage vaccination, with information for doing so available here.
Please be aware that signage on campus will be replaced with new guidance soon.
For continued updates regarding COVID-19 information including testing and vaccinations, please visit the Texas A&M COVID-19 Guidance page, which soon will be updated with new information including summer and fall protocols.
ALL NEW STUDENT CONFERENCE ATTENDEES
All New Student Conference attendees are asked to conduct a self-assessment BEFORE coming to campus, to determine if you are experiencing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 as listed on the CDC website. If you have had any of the listed symptoms, please do not come to campus and contact New Student and Family Programs at 979.845.5826 or email@example.com as soon as possible. Your presence on campus indicates that you do not meet any of the exposure criteria, and you have conducted a self-assessment.
GUIDANCE FOR CLOSE CONTACTS
Any individuals who have had a close contact with someone who has a positive or presumed positive COVID-19 in the last 14 days are asked to not come to campus. If this impacts your NSC date please contact New Student and Family Programs at 979.845.5826 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This excludes people who had COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered. For guidance regarding individuals who have recovered from a COVID-19 case within the past 3 months, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/end-home-isolation.html.
GUIDANCE FOR POSITIVE COVID-19 CASES
Any individuals with a positive or presumed positive case should not come to campus until the following criteria has been met:
· At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
· At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and
· Symptoms have resolved
If you had severe illness from COVID-19 (you were admitted to a hospital and needed oxygen), your healthcare provider may recommend that you stay in isolation for longer than 10 days after your symptoms first appeared (possibly up to 20 days) and you may need to finish your period of isolation at home.
The above guidance is based on Texas A&M University’s Guide for Sick/Exposed Campus Members.
EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS AT THE NEW STUDENT CONFERENCE
Any New Student Conference attendee experiencing symptoms during the conference should immediately cease all conference activities and leave the NSC. Symptomatic participants are asked to contact New Student and Family Programs at 979.845.5826 or email@example.com as soon as possible. New Student Conference staff will provide guidance regarding options for COVID testing and guidance on completing the NSC remotely, if needed.
REPORTED POSITIVE CASES AFTER NEW STUDENT CONFERENCE
In the event a positive COVID-19 case is reported to New Student & Family Programs staff, any known close contact will be notified via email. This would include students in the same orientation group.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information
During the summer 2021 new student conferences, Student Health Services will be offering COVID-19 vaccines to incoming students. The one-dose (Janssen) and two-dose (Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech) COVID-19 vaccines will be available at the A.P. Beutel Health Center Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4pm. Incoming students can call Patient Services at (979) 458-8310 or walk in during normal business hours to schedule their vaccination. For additional information about Student Health Services, visit shs.tamu.edu.