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COVID-19 Symptoms & Exposures: What Do I Do?

Scenario-specific guidance for students, faculty and staff.

What to Do, What to Expect

  • Students, faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19, have COVID-19 symptoms or who have had a close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual should submit a COVID-19 Self-Report.
  • Supervisors or faculty who are informed by an employee or student of their COVID-19 status should submit a COVID-19 Case Referral.
  • Students, faculty or staff who test positive or have been identified as a close contact should observe a quarantine or isolation period consistent with these guidelines 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.

The COVID-19 Response Team uses information obtained from the COVID-19 Case Referral and the COVID-19 Self-Report to take operational action. The team includes the university’s Chief Medical Officer and staff from Student Health Services, Occupational Health, Housing, Contact Tracing and Business Affairs Administration & Operations.

Once a case referral or self-report is received, the COVID-19 Response Team begins a case investigation and contact tracing for close contacts within the UTSA community. The team carefully assess and responds to each situation, evaluating possible close contacts and determining quarantine and isolation recommendations.

COVID-19 Scenarios and Guidelines

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.

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 Student Health Services 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 MyMed or contact your personal medical provider and follow their instructions.
When Can I Return to Campus?

Per the CDC, you can be around others after:

  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
  • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Other COVID-19 symptoms are improving*

*Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.

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 Student Health Services 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 MyMed 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 Self-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-19 Self-Report.
  • Stay home and quarantine for 14 days after your last exposure; AND get tested for COVID-19 within 3-5 days of the exposure or right away if you develop COVID-19-like symptoms.
  • In certain situations, you might not need to observe quarantine if:
    • You are fully vaccinated and show no symptoms of COVID-19 or
    • You were diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 90 days and have fully recovered and do not have COVID-19-like symptoms.
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 Self-Report.

Students:

Consult with Student Health Services on your return to in-person class date. Student Health Services will contact you after you submit the COVID-19 Self-Report.

What Should I Do?
  • Monitor your symptoms.
  • Get tested for COVID-19 within 3-5 days of the exposure or right away if you develop COVID-19-like symptoms.
  • Wear a mask indoors in public for 14 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. Use the online Daily Health Check to assist you.

What Should I Do?
  • Direct the student or employee to submit a Submit a COVID-19 Self-Report.
  • Submit a COVID-19 Case Referral, in the event the student or employee does not submit a Self-Report.
When Can I Return to Campus?

The COVID-19 Response Team will use the information obtained from the case referral and the COVID-19 Self-Report to take operational action as noted above.


Guidance for Faculty Teaching In-Person Classes

If you are faculty teaching in-person classes, it is essential for you to actively prevent the spread of illness on campus. Talk to your students about the importance of complying with safety protocols in the classroom, modeling good behavior and offering positive reinforcement when they comply with the guidelines.

The more you normalize and discuss these expectations with your students, the easier it will be for them to remember and comply with the university’s safety expectations. Refer to the Public Health Considerations section of the syllabus for the latest information.

These guidelines, which are outlined in the Public Health Task Force Report and communicated by the university, include:

  • Encouraging the use of face coverings.
  • Self-monitoring for symptoms using the Daily Health Check before coming to campus.
  • Getting tested for COVID-19 if showing symptoms or after a close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual (if you are not already fully vaccinated and are not symptomatic).
  • Following proper hygiene practices, including frequent hand sanitization, using cleansing wipes to disinfect surfaces, and minimizing the use of shared devices, tools and equipment.
  • Avoiding congestion (i.e. bottlenecking) near classroom entrances and exits before and after class.
  • Communicating any COVID-19 related health concern to your supervisor or professor.
  • Submitting a self-report of your positive test results or exposure (if not fully vaccinated and are also symptomatic for COVID-19 infection).

In addition to encouraging in-person class participants to adhere to safety protocols, we ask faculty to promptly notify the COVID-19 Response Team whenever a student in an in-person class discloses that they have tested positive for COVID-19. The notification process is streamlined to ensure student confidentiality. Follow the steps below to protect your students’ privacy and facilitate an efficient operational response.

When a student notifies you that they have tested positive for COVID-19:

  • Complete a COVID-19 Case Referral. Include the student’s name, email address, Banner ID and telephone number. Indicate if you have been in close contact with the student.
  • Advise the student to submit a COVID-19 Self-Report.
  • Unless otherwise notified, you may continue teaching the class in person.
  • Find ways to be equitable and flexible while adapting to the academic needs of the affected student. Be aware that the student may be experiencing symptoms and will likely be in isolation for at least 10 days. In addition, please refer to HOP 5.09 Class Attendance and Participation for further information.
  • Observe the affected student’s privacy. Do not share their diagnosis or health information with others, including students in the class.

The COVID-19 Response Team will use the information obtained from the COVID-19 Case Referral and the COVID-19 Self-Report to take operational action, as outlined above.

If the university believes you need to take any action as a result of the situation in your classroom, a member of the COVID-19 Response Team will follow up with you and provide clear instructions.

While a student’s health status is important information, it is also private information and should only be shared on a need-to-know basis. Do not share information about a student’s health, including their diagnosis, with others unless directed to do so by the COVID-19 Response Team.

In general, when a student who attends in-person classes tests positive, the entire class does not need to quarantine. However, in certain situations where the COVID-19 Response Team determines that there is high likelihood of extended exposure, the class might need to transfer to online instruction for a brief period. Be prepared for your own and your students’ potential COVID-19 related absences by building flexibility into your syllabus and assignments. Planning for your face-to-face or hybrid course should consider the potential of shifting your class delivery to online during the semester. To help with academic continuity, consider building flexibility by utilizing Blackboard to post course materials, provide regular announcements, and offer options for online student hours. Promote open communication with students to foster understanding of how and why the course structure may change. Create an environment where students feel comfortable to share feedback on their challenges and concerns as they transition to a temporary online modality.

For more guidance on how to temporarily move a course online, contact Academic Innovations.



Please note that the information on this page provides a set of guidelines for what to do if you experience COVID-19 symptoms, COVID-19 close contact, or have a confirmed COVID-19 case. These guidelines are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified medical health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.