COVID-19 Symptoms & Exposures

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

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 COVID-19 status should submit a COVID Case Report.
  • Students, faculty or staff who test positive or have been identified as a close contact should observe a quarantine or 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 isolation and quarantine protocols.

Once a COVID Case Report is received, the COVID Response Team begins a case investigation. The team carefully assesses and responds to each situation, evaluating possible close contacts and determining quarantine and isolation recommendations.

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 & Quarantine Protocols

ISOLATION – 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.

QUARANTINE – If You Were Exposed to Someone with COVID-19
Who: Take the following actions:

If you:

  • Are vaccinated and up to date on boosters as needed.
  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5, if possible.
If you develop symptoms, get tested and stay home.

If you:

  • Are vaccinated but not up to date on boosters as needed,
    OR
  • Are unvaccinated.
  • Stay home for 5 days. After that, continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • If you can't quarantine, you must wear a mask for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5, if possible.

If you develop symptoms, get tested and stay home.

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:

Consult with Occupational Health on your return-to-work date. 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 while in quarantine 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?

Stay home until cleared by a healthcare provider.

Faculty and Staff:

Consult with Occupational Health on your return-to-work date.

Occupational Health will contact you after you submit the COVID-19 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:

When Can I Return to Campus?

Faculty and Staff:

Consult with Occupational Health on your return-to-work date. Occupational Health will contact you after you submit the COVID-19 Case Report.

Students:

Consult with Wellness 360 on your return to in-person class date. Wellness 360 will contact you after you submit the COVID-19 Case Report.

What Should I Do?
  • Monitor your symptoms.
  • Get tested 5 days after exposure or right away if you develop COVID-19-like symptoms.
  • Wear a 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?

Quarantine is only necessary for an individual who has been in close contact with a person 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.