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What Do I Do If I Feel Sick

Check yourself

See below for guidance on the steps to take if you feel sick or have had close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual.

Students

  1. If you experience possible symptoms of COVID-19, contact Student Health Services during their hours of operation. You can call (210) 458-4142, option 3, to be screened by a nurse and set up an appointment. You can also schedule a telemedicine appointment through MyMed. Or, contact your personal medical provider and follow their instructions.
  2. Follow the instructions under Quarantine and Isolation below.
  3. If your medical care provider recommended you be tested for COVID-19, self-report your status via the COVID-19 Self-Reporting Tool.
  4. Are you a UTSA Housing student (Laurel or Chaparral Villages)? See UTSA Housing COVID-19 Isolation/Quarantine Protocol.

  1. Self-quarantine (stay at home and away from others) for 14 days from the time you were last in close contact with a COVID-19 positive person.
  2. Closely monitor your health. Use the online Daily Health Check to assist you. Consider being tested 5-8 days after your last exposure to a COVID-19 positive person, even if you do not have symptoms and plan to quarantine for the full 14-day period. See information about testing options below.
  3. Report your status via the COVID-19 Self-Reporting Tool.
  4. Are you a UTSA Housing student (Laurel or Chaparral Villages)? See UTSA Housing COVID-19 Isolation/Quarantine Protocol.
  1. Ensure you have followed all steps above for COVID-19 symptoms or close contact as applicable.
  2. Self-report your COVID-19 test via the COVID-19 Self-Reporting Tool.

 

Faculty, staff, and others on campus

  1. Contact your medical provider or seek care with MDLIVE or an urgent care provider.
  2. Follow the instructions from your medical care provider.
  3. Contact your supervisor and Occupational Health for direction regarding your work modalities.
  4. If your medical care provider recommended you be tested for COVID-19, self-report your test via the COVID-19 Self-Reporting Tool.

  1. Closely monitor your health. Use the online Daily Health Check to assist you.
  2. Contact your supervisor and Occupational Health for direction regarding your work modalities.
  3. Consider being tested 5-8 days after your last exposure to a COVID-19 positive person, even if you do not have symptoms and plan to quarantine for the full 14-day period. See information about testing options below.
  4. Report your status via the COVID-19 Self-Reporting Tool.
  1. Review the steps above for symptoms and close contact. Ensure that you have contacted your supervisor and, as needed for your situation, Occupational Health.
  2. Self-report your COVID-19 test via the COVID-19 Self-Reporting Tool.
  1. Advise the student to:
    • Report their test result via the COVID-19 Self-Reporting Tool.
    • Contact SHS or their medical provider for further guidance.
    • Follow isolation and quarantine protocols as applicable.
  2. If you have had close contact (see definition below) with the student within 48 hours prior to the student’s positive test or onset of symptoms, follow the steps above under “If you have had close contact with a COVID-19 positive person.”

Quarantine and Isolation

Based on CDC recommendations, members of the campus community with new signs or symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 infection cannot return to class or work until they meet the following criteria:

  • 10 days from onset of symptoms, and
  • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving*

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

UTSA's residence halls have designated accommodations for students who need to self-isolate or quarantine, particularly for students who do not have a local residence in which to do so.

Close Contact

The CDC defines close contact as anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period with or without wearing a mask. An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting 48 hours (or 2 days) before the person has any symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19.

What counts as close contact?

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

If you discover that you are a close contact, you should self-quarantine (stay home and away from others) for 14 days from the last day that you were around a COVID-19 positive person.


COVID-19 Testing

Free COVID-19 testing is available through San Antonio Metro Health.

To learn more about if and when you should get tested for COVID-19, watch this video or read this article from infectious disease experts at UT Health. 
 
 

CDC Recommendations and Information

The CDC’s website has thorough, up-to-date information on the national COVID-19 pandemic response as well as scenario-specific recommendations.

For more information, see the following from CDC.gov:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Homepage
Things to Know about the COVID-19 Pandemic
Symptoms of Coronavirus
COVID-19 Testing Overview
What to Do If You Are Sick
When to Quarantine
People at Increased Risk
Daily Activities and Going Out


Please note that the information on this page provides a set of guidelines for what to do if you experience COVID-19 symptoms or close contact. 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.