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Tracking exposures and ensuring timely testing are essential to protecting our workforce, students, patients and visitors. The following requirements apply, regardless of vaccination status.
The following protocols help ensure the safety of our workforce, students, patients and visitors, and are consistent with the most recent guidelines from the CDC.
These individuals are required to self-schedule a COVID antigen test for Day 5 after symptom onset if symptomatic, or Day
5 from first positive test date if asymptomatic. (See this information for self-scheduling instructions.)
These individuals can return to work/campus 5 days after their first positive COVID test for those without symptoms OR after onset of symptoms if there has been no fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, and other symptoms are
Employees and students who have not improved or still have fever at Day 5 must remain at home and not report to work or classroom on site for and additional 5 days. Employees and students must notify their supervisors or Student Health (if they are a student) if unable to return at Day 5.
Severely immunocompromised employees and students who have remained asymptomatic or have improved should return to work after 10 days of home isolation and must adhere to above safety precautions for an additional 10 days.
Many COVID symptoms are also associated with allergies, colds and other minor conditions. During a surge in COVID cases, it is important to consider COVID as a possible cause of these or other symptoms.
Do not come to work, clinicals or class on-site if you are unwell for any reason. Go home if you become ill while on-site. Do not dismiss symptoms—even mild ones—until COVID infection is ruled out. Common symptoms seen in individuals who test positive for COVID are:
Testing is recommended at the onset of any of these symptoms, regardless of vaccination status or lack of a known exposure.
There are several options for obtaining an acceptable COVID test.
If you do not schedule through UTMB clinics or Employee Health or Student Health, provide a copy of the results via email to email@example.com or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Results of home tests are not acceptable. . A negative antigen test must be confirmed by a molecular test. Positive antigen tests are acceptable.
UTMB employees who provide direct patient care or directly support health care operations should self-schedule a back-to-work antigen test for Day 5 as soon as they test positive to ensure ability to get the Day 5 test in a timely manner.
UTMB students engaged in direct patient care or supporting health care operations should contact Student Health Services at (409) 747-9508 email@example.com to schedule the antigen test.
Important Note: Tests performed at home are not acceptable for return-to-work/campus. However, copies of antigen test results from external qualified laboratories or clinics will be accepted. Send copies to Employee or Student
Health. Molecular tests, if negative, are acceptable; however, a positive repeat molecular test will require an antigen test.
An employee who does not schedule the required COVID test within the recommended time frame after
exhibiting symptoms OR has been instructed to be tested as part of a workplace cluster break investigation and reports to work without being tested:
All students, regardless of vaccination status, who are exposed or have symptoms MUST contact Student Health as soon as possible. Any student who does not schedule the required COVID test within the recommended time frame, as determined by Student Health, after a known exposure OR who exhibits symptoms and reports to school without being tested: