Dear TTUHSC El Paso family:

I am always grateful for each and every one of you and all that you do to support Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso. Your hard work and dedication is a reflection of what we stand for: to serve the El Paso community and make it a better place for years to come.

Today, I echo what Texas Tech University System Chancellor Dr. Tedd Mitchell said in this message. As we continue to face this challenging time in our nation’s history, I am confident that we will all continue to work as one team to ensure the health and safety of our university community, as well as our families.

Although there are reports of three COVID-19 infections in El Paso, there are no confirmed cases among the TTUHSC El Paso campus. However, as the impact of COVID-19 continues to escalate, we are working to transition the majority of our workforce toward telecommuting. Our intent is to continue to support the needs of our university, with limited on-campus presence, while meeting the public health goal of minimizing unnecessary contact.

As you know from previous communications, our TTUHSC El Paso leadership has been closely monitoring updates from local health officials and public health recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control surrounding the outbreak of COVID-19. Accordingly, university leadership has been planning and preparing for the transition to an online teaching and learning environment to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 locally. Our priorities remain focused on the safety and well-being of the TTUHSC El Paso community.

Please review the attached memo released by Chancellor Mitchell, which outlines the TTU System’s operational phases during the COVID-19 pandemic. Beginning Wednesday, March 18, TTUHSC El Paso will begin the transition to Phase III, Restricted Operations. The intent of this phase is to continue operations with limited on-campus presence.

The Department of Human Resources has also provided updated policies outlining important information, including tools for supervisors in clarifying who is expected to work from home or on campus, paperwork needed to begin working from home, and resources for assistance in delivering effective leadership while working remotely. Updated policies can be found on TTUHSC El Paso’s COVID-19 website.

Just as our students have had to adjust their learning environment, how we work will require change as well. However, I want to assure every faculty member and employee of TTUHSC El Paso that we will support you through this transition.

TTUHSC El Paso leadership will review the operations phase every two weeks and will update team members accordingly. For the most up-to-date information, please visit our COVID-19 website, where you will find all communications to the university, as well as helpful resources and answers to frequently asked questions.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we work to manage new expectations while balancing everyday responsibilities, both at work and at home. For some, this means supporting children through their own learning transitions or school closures, caring for sick and at-risk family members, and navigating guidelines to ensure the health and safety of all. All this amid an ever-changing situation.

Please know, however, there is a constant: you and your families are TTUHSC El Paso’s top priority. TTUHSC El Paso leadership will continue to monitor and evaluate developments related to COVID-19 locally and nationwide. Your best interests and those of our community at large are at the forefront of every decision made. Our number one goal is to ensure your health, safety and security.

I extend my sincere appreciation of your continued work and service to our great university. Together, we’ll get through this challenging period as one united community.