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Student & Employee Guidelines for Accessing UTMB

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:
  1. Upon entering the hospital, proceed to the attestation screening location.
  2. 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.
  3. When you scan your badge, the light will turn red. If the light turns blue, please wait a moment and rescan your badge.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Updated 6/5/20

COVID-19 General FAQs


  • What is COVID-19

    Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). The novel coronavirus, now known as Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.

    While COVID-19 causes only mild illness in some infected individuals, it may cause serious lower respiratory infection leading to hospitalization and even death.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers this factsheet highlighting important information you should know about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-10).

    Last modified on 3/16/2020

  • How do I help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if I am sick?
    • Stay home unless you need medical care
    • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home
    • Call ahead before visiting a clinic
    • Wear a mask
    • Cover your coughs and sneezes
    • Clean your hands often
    • Avoid sharing personal household items
    • Clean all “high touch” surfaces every day
    • Monitor your symptoms

    Last modified on 3/10/2020

  • Can I get tested for the coronavirus? What’s the process?

    Patients with symptoms of respiratory illness, including cough, fever or shortness of breath, can schedule online or contact the UTMB Health Access Center at (800) 917-8906 to speak with our 24/7 nurse hotline.

    • Patients should follow recommendations for testing, self-isolation and management of symptoms.
    • Any patient experiencing a worsening of symptoms—particularly shortness of breath—a few days after first becoming ill should contact the Access Center IMMEDIATELY. To keep our patients and employees safe, UTMB tests our patients for COVID-19 in advance of any procedure or hospital admission.
    • To keep our patients and employees safe, UTMB tests our patients for COVID-19 in advance of any procedure or hospital admission.
    • You may also wish to check with your local county health officials for testing available through local government. In Galveston County, Health District testing information is online.

    Please note: Our process and procedures may be updated as the COVID-19 situation develops in our region.

    Last modified on 10/16/2020

  • Can COVID-19 spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects?

    It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

    How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, spreading continually without stopping.

    The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas.

    Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.

    Last modified on 3/16/2020

  • Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
    • People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
    • Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

    Last modified on 3/5/2020

  • If someone has minor symptoms and tests positive for COVID-19, can they be isolated at home instead of a hospital?

    At this time, patients testing positive for COVID-19 who have mild symptoms, are not over age 60 and do not have an underlying medical condition are advised to isolate at home. If a patient with COVID-19 is concerned, begins to experience shortness of breath, starts feeling worse a week or so into the illness, is over age 60 or has an underlying medical condition, they are strongly encouraged to call their doctor or the UTMB Access Center at (800) 917-8906 to speak with our 24/7 nurse hotline.

    Last modified on 3/16/2020