Your COVID 19 testing results were positive. At this time, the COVID 19 virus was detected in your sample. If this is the first time you tested positive for COVID 19, we recommend that you remain in self- quarantine along with those in your immediate household until you have been contacted by your county's health department who will work with you on when you may discontinue self- quarantine. In addition, your company's employee health department may have additional requirements for clearance to work. Please work with your county health department to address those requirements.
Please follow the advice you received in your After-Visit Summary (AVS), the CDC document on what to do if you are sick with COVID and/or the CDC document on the COVID 19 test you received. Please stay inside and preferably in one room. Avoid close contact with your family and neighbors to prevent further spread. Wear a face mask if in the presence of someone else. Do not share household items such as dishes and toiletries. Be sure to clean your space thoroughly and wash your hands frequently. If you have symptoms, most people feel better within 7-14 days. If your symptoms are worsening and you feel very short of breath and you have difficulty performing basic tasks such as walking to the bathroom or preparing food, we would like you to contact the Access Center at (409) 772-2222 or toll free (800) 917-8906 to talk with a nurse or, if your symptoms are urgent, go to the nearest Emergency Room. Please wear a face mask and call prior to going to a healthcare facility. The local health department will be contacting you soon to follow up. If you are a UTMB or contract employee or student, please refer to Students & Employees website for more information.
If this is not the first positive result you received, please be advised that it is unclear, at this time, how long the virus remains detectable in samples. It appears it could be weeks before a sample becomes negative. The date of your first positive test and your current symptoms will determine when you may discontinue quarantine. Please work with the county health department for instructions.
For further guidance on when you can expect to discontinue quarantine and return to work, please visit the CDC website. UTMB recommends the symptom-based strategy for those who have symptoms and the time-based strategy for those who do not have symptoms. Repeat testing is not routinely recommended for any reason due to the prolonged detection of the virus in samples without evidence of transmission. General guidance includes release from quarantine when the following conditions are met:
- At least 24 hours have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
- Improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and,
- At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared or the first positive test if symptoms have not developed or worsened since testing, at which point, use date symptoms began.
- Continue to wear a face mask until 14 days have passed since your first test or first symptoms appeared.
- If you experience a worsening of symptoms or recover and then re develop symptoms, please speak with a provider for further evaluation.
Those in your household should remain in quarantine for 14 days to allow time for incubation, or, if testing positive, should follow the above guidelines for discontinuing quarantine.