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NewsLink, March 27, 2020
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Coronavirus Information

COVID-19 exposure/symptom guidelines

Baylor's Incident Command Center has developed guidance on actions to take if you suspect you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 infection, or if you develop symptoms typical of COVID-19. See the guidelines on the Coronavirus Response website.

HR COVID-19 related updates

For COVID-19 questions related to the following Human Resources topics, please email ASKHR@bcm.edu or call 713-798-2754. Continue to send non-HR COVID-19 questions to coronavirusinfo@bcm.edu.

  • Benefits-eligible employees enrolled in a Baylor medical plan who are concerned they may have COVID-19 symptoms can request a virtual office visit through Teladoc, AmWell and Doctor on Demand. Use these step-by-step instructions to schedule your virtual visit today.
  • The contract between UnitedHealthcare and Houston Methodist hospitals ended on Dec. 31, 2019. Due to the impact of COVID-19, the Houston Methodist physician's contract with UnitedHealthcare has been extended to June 1, 2020. Houston Methodist facilities still remain out-of-network at this time. Read more about this update and available resources for employees enrolled in a Baylor medical plan.

Donate blood

The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is hosting mobile blood drives to address the blood shortage that the region currently is experiencing. It’s important to know that donating blood is safe during the COVID-19 pandemic – the disease is a respiratory virus but is not blood borne. See mobile locations online.

April 1: Zoom DocTalk on mental health

A DocTalk will be held by Zoom on Wednesday, April 1, at noon, to address anxiety and mental health issues that have developed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The discussion will be led by Dr. Asim Shah, professor and executive vice chair of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. Register to attend. In addition, find more mental health resources on the Coronavirus Preparedness website.

TMC Library operations

The TMC Library remains closed to visitors and is now offering virtual services only. Please use the website to request a virtual meeting, access chat services or search for information.

Awards and Recognitions

Honor society inductees

An exceptional group of faculty, trainees and students were inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha and Gold Humanism (pictured above) honor societies in ceremonies earlier this month. Read more about these honors.

College News

Read BCM Family

Read the latest issue of BCM Family, the College's monthly, online newsletter, which includes coverage of this year's "virtual" Match Day, work-from-home tips, and a spotlight on a Baylor colleague!

DOI deadline

The deadline to submit the 2019 Annual Financial Disclosure is being extended to May 31 but why not just cross this off your to-do list by completing now? Go to the DOI Portal to complete and submit, and see the DOI webpage for more information. Additional questions can be directed to compliance@bcm.edu or research.coi@bcm.edu.

Faculty in the News

Thank you to the many members of the Baylor faculty who have spoken with the media about various aspects of COVID-19. This is an important tool for getting the right information to the community! See Baylor's news media mentions in Faculty in the News, and follow BCMHouston_News on Twitter to keep up with our experts in the media. Interested in science news? Read the latest in From the Labs.

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