COVID-19 Information & Resources
What Is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It most often causes respiratory symptoms that feel like a cold, flu or pneumonia. Most people who catch COVID-19 have mild symptoms, but some become seriously ill. The virus can be very contagious and spread quickly.
Submit a COVID Self-Report
Please enter your UTSA email address into the VEOCI portal. You will then be prompted to log in using the UTSA single sign on.
What to Do if You Are Exposed, Have Symptoms or Are Diagnosed with COVID-19
If you are exposed to COVID-19, experience symptoms or receive a positive test result, your first question will likely be "What should I do?" Explore below to learn how to submit a self-report, as well as what to do next.
Submit a Self-Report
Students, faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19, who have had close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual, or who may be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should submit a COVID Self-Report. Please enter your UTSA email address into the VEOCI portal. You will then be prompted to log in using the UTSA single sign on.
Students, faculty and staff will receive an automated email response when submitting a COVID-19 Self-Report. This response will provide helpful guidance on the next steps to take to protect themselves and the Roadrunner community's health.
Isolation & Masking Protocols
Students, faculty and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19, or who are sick and suspect they have COVID-19 but do not yet have test results, should isolate from others and wear a well-fitting mask as per CDC recommendations.
Those affected should utilize the Isolation and Exposure Calculator located at the top of the CDC’s Isolation and Precautions website for assistance in determining when and for how long to isolate for based on their specific circumstances.
Students, faculty and staff are not required to provide a negative test result in order to return to class or work.
Stay Home When You Are Sick
If you experience symptoms, stay home from school or work and get tested right away. Submit a COVID Self-Report and follow the guidance you receive.
UTSA students can schedule an appointment with UT Health Wellness 360 for on-campus COVID-19 testing. Make an appointment online through MyHealth. Alternately, call the clinic at (210) 458-4142 or email Wellness 360 for scheduling assistance.
At-home tests are also available for free via the CDC's website. If a household did not apply for, or receive, the four free test kits offered by the CDC's website in September, they can now receive eight free test kits from the CDC. Test kits are also available for purchase at your local pharmacy and other retailers. View a list of FDA-authorized tests.
For those who have picked up their COVID-19 test kits on campus from fall 2022 through spring 2023, please note that the FDA has extended the shelf life of these test kits to December 2023.
Remember, submit a COVID Self-Report if you test positive, are symptomatic or have been exposed to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. Be sure to sign into the VEOCI portal using your UTSA credentials.
Getting fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is the best way to protect your health and the health of your friends and loved ones. Even if you have already been vaccinated in the past, getting the most recent COVID-19 vaccine remains the best way to remain safe and healthy as new variants emerge.
Vaccines are available at local pharmacies, doctor’s offices and health clinics. The newest vaccine, which provides protection from currently circulating variants and provides protection against serious consequences of COVID-19, is available by appointment at both CVS and Walgreens. The cost of the vaccine is covered by both UTSA insurance plans and government assistance programs. Find a COVID-19 vaccine appointment near you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the on-campus testing site through UT Health Wellness 360 available to the general public? Are there other options?
On-campus testing through UT Health Wellness 360 (RWC 1.500) is available to current UTSA students but is not available to the general public. Employees or members of the public can access testing through numerous local pharmacies and health clinics.
What kind of testing is administered? What does the test show?
A PCR (Polymerase chain reaction) test for COVID-19 can tell whether someone has the virus very early on, even if they don’t have symptoms. This test is only for the COVID-19 virus. It will not detect the presence of any other viruses or diseases. Please note that this test only detects the presence or absence of the virus at the time it is administered. It is possible to have a negative test result and later test positive for the virus.
How is the test administered?
For a PCR test, a technician inserts a special cotton swab in both sides of your nose and move it around for about 15 seconds. It won’t hurt, but it might be uncomfortable. The sample is then analyzed in a lab to test the material from inside your nose. The at-home test is performed in a similar manner, and results are typically ready between 5-15 minutes.
Do I need to get a negative COVID-19 test result to end isolation after a positive test result?
No, you do not need to get a negative COVID-19 test result to end isolation. You also do not need to contact Wellness 360 for clearance at the end of isolation if you are a student. Use the CDC Quarantine/Isolation calculator for specific guidance on when you can end isolation.
Who is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine?
The CDC recommends the newly-formulated 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccine for everyone ages 6 months and older.
Am I required to get vaccinated?
UTSA does not require COVID-19 vaccination for UTSA students, faculty or staff.
I am a UTSA faculty or staff member. Does my supervisor need to be informed whether or not I have been vaccinated?
Your COVID-19 vaccination status is protected, confidential medical information. You are not required or obligated to disclose your vaccination status to your supervisor, and supervisors should not ask their employees whether or not they have been vaccinated.
I am a UTSA faculty or staff member. If I get my vaccine during work hours, do I have to take sick/vacation leave to account for the time away from work?
Employees who will be going off campus for the vaccine can flex their schedule to cover the time missed, if approved by their supervisor. If flexing cannot be supported, employees must use their accrued sick/vacation leave.
What do I do if I need guidance because I have been exposed, have symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19?
If you need guidance to navigate COVID-19 protocols, submit a COVID Self-Report to receive an automated email response within minutes. This response will provide helpful guidance on the next steps to take to protect both yourself and the Roadrunner community's health. To ensure you receive this important guidance, please enter your UTSA email address into the VEOCI portal. You will then be prompted to log in using the UTSA single sign on.
What should students do if they have to miss class or work due to COVID-19?
Students who must isolate based on CDC guidelines should contact their instructors and supervisors to coordinate coursework or work-related activities.