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Recovery Levels by Campus Activity & Operations

As a recommendation of the Public Health Task Force, phased levels of campus activity and operations were developed to assist the decision-making process relative to the prevalence of COVID-19 in San Antonio. This guidance takes into account local, state, and federal recommendations, as well as those from the San Antonio Metro Health Department and UT System. The tiered-approach outlined below highlights a broad operational picture, and is guided by both community and campus-based considerations as noted in the sections below.

UTSA Spring 2021 Recovery Level


Recovery Levels by Campus Activity


Through every level, our Five Principles serve as the necessary foundation of on-campus operations.


Positive Changes Impacting Recovery Levels

The following considerations will be discussed by university leadership regarding the escalation or retraction of campus operations to another level. Several factors/indicators may guide those decisions, which include community-wide considerations, as well as on-campus conditions, which will dictate the university’s operating picture during COVID-19 response and recovery.

  • If community conditions improve, as determined by local health authorities; substantially lower rate of infection within the San Antonio community
  • Vaccinations with proven efficacy become available and widespread in the community
    • Treatment options are readily available and effective
  • Healthcare system stress levels indicate significant reductions in community-wide COVID_19 cases and treatment relative to the indicators outlined by San Antonio Metro Health Department
  • UT System approval to relax campus restrictions and increase on-campus operations

Declining Health Indicators & Considerations

Community Considerations

  • Significant, applicable action(s) by state or local officials
  • Escalation of the City of San Antonio/Metro Health Department risk-based guidelines and indicators
  • Hospital admissions, occupancy (bed limits) reaching critical levels, and/or capacity to treat in crisis conditions
  • Trends among sister institutions of higher education (IHE) relative to conditions in San Antonio
  • Upward trajectory of influenza-like illness (ILI) – when compared to traditional rates – and COVID-19-like surveillance within a 14-day period
  • Degradation of robust testing capacity in community including screening and contact tracing for symptomatic individuals and their close contacts.

Campus Considerations

  • Student/employee COVID-19 related death due to prevalent exposure/transmission on-campus
  • Employee absenteeism with focus on critical areas such as environmental services (i.e. ability to maintain a safe, hygienic campus)
  • Increases in percent positive cases relative to testing
  • Overall positivity rate, such as sustained day-over-day increases
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) and/or test shortages/availability
  • Inability to adequately test for COVID-19 due to supply chain issues (e.g., collection kit, processing reagents)
  • Clusters of COVID-19 cases on-campus (i.e. housing, athletes, employees/departments, classroom and research areas, etc.) that overwhelm our ability to quarantine/isolate and contact trace
  • Upward trajectory of influenza-like illness (ILI) – when compared to traditional rates – and COVID-19-like surveillance within a 14-day period
  • Increasing cases of community transmission (no known source) in student population