Guidelines for Accessing Clinical Spaces
Employee Screening Process: Hospital
UTMB is automating the Employee Health Screen process at each of our hospitals. The new screening process will begin Friday, June 5 in Galveston. We anticipate all automated screening stations will be in place by Wednesday, June 10 at the other hospitals.
As our region continues to see new cases of COVID-19, it is essential that we all monitor our health daily for signs and symptoms of potential illness, so that we do not put others at risk. The new screening process reduces the number of people needed to cover the entrances while continuing to ensure the safety of all our faculty, staff, patients and visitors. The new process is consistent with orders from Governor Abbott regarding required screenings at hospitals.
Ideally, if you are not feeling well at home, contact your supervisor and do not come to work. When you arrive on campus and enter the hospital, be mindful of how you’re feeling as you answer the screening questions. When you scan your badge at the screening station, be aware that you are formally attesting that you are healthy and free of symptoms associated with COVID-19. You can see a list of the symptoms we are screening for here.
Automatic Screening Process for Faculty and Staff:
- Upon entering the hospital, proceed to the attestation screening location.
- Review the COVID-19 questions. If you can formally attest that you do NOT have any of the COVID 19 symptoms listed in the screening questions, scan your badge on the card reader.
- When you scan your badge, the light will turn red. If the light turns blue, please wait a moment and rescan your badge.
- You only need to scan one time per day per hospital. If you travel to a different UTMB hospital during the day, you will need to screen at that location as well.
- If you realize you DO have any of the COVID-19 symptoms, do not scan your badge. Instead, contact your supervisor and Employee Health to be cleared before entering any UTMB Health System building.
Please plan for some delays during peak arrival times, as all faculty and staff must attest to the health screen prior to entering the facility.