Message from the Office of the President - COVID-19 Update

Download Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Questions & Answers Here.


Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso continues to closely monitor the outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the respiratory disease that has been detected in 60 countries, including the United States.

Your health is our top priority, and we encourage you to follow developments on the outbreak, and recommendations for health care professionals and the general public, on the Center for Disease Control’s Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) website.

Because of the international nature of the outbreak, our university’s travel policies have been revised to ensure that our faculty, staff and students avoid travel-related exposures to COVID-19. TTUHSC El Paso’s foreign travel policy (HSCEP OP 79.04) requires written prior approval from the President’s Office for all university-sanctioned foreign travel other than to Canada and U.S. possessions. Travel is not permitted to countries subject to a Travel Warning issued by the U.S. Department of State.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, I am revising our travel policies to prohibit university-related travel to COVID-19 affected countries that fall under the CDC’s Level 3 warning to avoid all nonessential travel. These countries currently include China, Iran, South Korea and Italy. This prohibition will apply to university-related foreign travel for students as well, as outlined in HSCEP OP 77.08 – Student Travel Policy.

All faculty, staff and students traveling abroad for university-related purposes must contact the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Global Health (DIGH) to ensure all foreign-travel requests follow the required approval process. DIGH will also provide travelers with updated information on Dept. of State and CDC travel advisories.   

We will continue to follow developments related to COVID-19 and provide information and recommendations to ensure the health and safety of our university community. Attached to this email is a Questions and Answers on the topic of COVID-19, produced by our colleagues at TTUHSC. These will be updated as we learn more about the outbreak.

Thank you for your attention and cooperation.



Richard Lange, M.D., M.B.A

President of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso

Dean of the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine