COVID-19 Diagnosis, Exposure & Symptoms

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 about testing, masking and isolation protocols as well as scenario-specific guidance for Roadrunner students, faculty and staff.

Updated CDC Guidance

On August 11, the CDC streamlined its COVID-19 guidance. A few updates of note for the Roadrunner community are:
  • Those who are exposed to COVID-19 no longer need to quarantine. However, they should:
    • Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days while around others.
    • Get tested on day five.
  • Unvaccinated people now have the same guidance as vaccinated people.
  • Screening testing for asymptomatic individuals with no known exposures is no longer recommended in most community settings.

What to Do, What to Expect

  • Students, faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 or who have had a close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual should submit a COVID Case Report.
  • Supervisors or faculty who are informed by an employee or student of their positive COVID-19 status should submit a COVID Case Report.
  • Students, faculty or staff who test positive should observe an isolation period consistent with the guidelines below and the advice of their doctor.
  • Residents in Alvarez Hall, Chaparral Village, Chisholm Hall, Guadalupe Hall or Laurel Village should review Housing and Residence Life's health and safety protocols.

Once a COVID Case Report is received, the COVID Response Team begins a case investigation, carefully assessing and responding to each situation with appropriate follow-up.

The following guidance was developed in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and San Antonio Metro Health guidelines. If you are experiencing symptoms that are concerning to you, please consult your health care provider. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.

Isolation & Masking Protocols

If You Test Positive for COVID-19
Who: Take the following actions:
Everyone, regardless of vaccination status
  • Stay home for 5 days.
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your home.
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.

If you have a fever or symptoms have not improved, continue to stay home for up to 10 days, until your fever resolves, and symptoms improve.

If You Were Exposed to Someone with COVID-19
Who: Take the following actions:
Everyone, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days.
  • Monitor yourself for symptoms.
  • Get tested 5 days after exposure.
    • Test earlier if symptoms appear.
  • Take extra safety measures around vulnerable people.
If You Are Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms
Who: Take the following actions:
Everyone, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Test immediately.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask.
  • Take extra safety measures around vulnerable people.

Scenario-Specific Guidance

What Should I Do?

Faculty and Staff:

  • Notify your dean/supervisor.
  • Contact your medical provider or seek care with MDLIVE.

Students:

  • You may participate in classes remotely if you are well enough while in isolation and should notify your in-person course instructor(s) of your plans.
  • Contact Wellness 360 during their hours of operation. Call (210) 458-4142, option 3, to be screened by a nurse and set up an appointment. Alternately, you can schedule a telemedicine appointment through  MyHealth or contact your personal medical provider and follow their instructions.
When Can I Return to Campus?

See table above and follow the isolation guidance.

These recommendations do not apply to people with severe COVID-19 or with weakened immune systems (immunocompromised).

Faculty and Staff:

A member of the COVID Response Team will contact you after you submit your case report and provide guidance on next steps and your return-to-work date. Note: A negative COVID-19 test is not required to return to work.

What Should I Do?

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms:

Faculty and Staff:

  • Notify your dean/supervisor.
  • Contact your medical provider or seek care with MDLIVE.

Students:

  • You may participate in classes remotely if you are well enough. You should notify your in-person course instructor(s) of your plans.
  • Contact Wellness 360 during their hours of operation. Call (210) 458-4142, option 3, to be screened by a nurse and set up an appointment. Alternately, you can schedule a telemedicine appointment through MyHealth or contact your personal medical provider and follow their instructions.
When Can I Return to Campus?

Stay home until cleared by a healthcare provider.

Faculty and Staff:

A member of the COVID Response Team will contact you after you submit your case report and provide guidance on next steps.

What Should I Do?

If you had a close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 positive individual:

  • Submit a COVID Case Report.
  • See table above and follow "If You Were Exposed" guidance.
When Can I Return to Campus?

Unless you develop symptoms, you can come to campus. You should wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days. A member of the COVID Response Team will email you with personalized guidance and next steps.

What Should I Do?
  • Monitor your symptoms.
  • Get tested 5 days after exposure or right away if you develop COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask indoors in public for 10 days following close contact.
When Can I Return to Campus?

You may come to campus.

What Should I Do?

Isolation is only necessary for an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.

When Can I Return to Campus?

You may come to campus.

Continue to monitor your symptoms.

What Should I Do?
  • Direct the student or employee to submit a COVID Case Report on behalf of themselves.
  • You should also submit a COVID Case Report, selecting the option on the first screen for submitting a report on behalf of "Someone Else."
When Can I Return to Campus?

The COVID Response Team will use the information obtained from the COVID Case Report to take operational action as noted above.