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COVID-19 Diagnosis

Employee and Supervisor

If an employee has tested positive for COVID-19 or exhibits Coronavirus Symptoms (which makes the employee think that they might have COVID-19), the following steps should be taken by the employee and their supervisor:

Employee Steps

  If you think you might have COVID-19 due to the presence of Coronavirus Symptoms:

  • Contact your health care provider for diagnosis, treatment and/or COVID-19 testing, as necessary (If you are a BCBSTX HealthSelect participant, telehealth virtual visits are available to you at no cost) and follow advice from your health care provider
  • COVID-19 Testing is available on campus for UH students, faculty and staff.
  • If you undergo a test for COVID-19 and you test positive, notify your supervisor of this development and submit the Reporting COVID-19 Diagnosis form to report your positive test result and follow the protocols below for a positive test

 If you receive a positive test result for COVID-19 (regardless whether you have symptoms), you should:

  • If at work, go home immediately and avoid coming into close contact with anyone
  • Contact your supervisor as soon as possible to notify them
  • Complete the form  Reporting COVID-19 Diagnosis to report your positive test result
  • Consult your health care provider (If you are a BCBSTX HealthSelect participant,  telehealth virtual visits are available to you at no cost)
  • Visit the HR FML leave page and contact your HR benefits team to discuss your leave options – hrleave@central.uh.edu
  • Follow CDC guidance on what to do if you are sick
  • Stay home (except to seek medical care)
  • Follow the  Self-Quarantine/Isolation protocols
  • Do not return to campus until written approval is received. See  Completion of Self-Quarantine/Isolation.
  • Cooperate with contact tracers to provide information regarding others with whom you have had close contact
For information regarding staff temporary remote work guidelines due to a solely COVID-19 related reason, visit the UH Human Resources website.

Supervisor Steps

If the employee has tested positive for COVID-19, the supervisor should:

  • If the employee is at work when you are notified, make sure the employee is separated from others and immediately sent home
  • If the employee is at home, advise the employee to stay home and follow the employee protocols above for their situation; also, find out when the employee was last at work
  • Advise the employee to complete the form  Reporting COVID-19 Diagnosis to report this positive test result
  • Upon completion of the form, an automatic notification will be sent directly to Facilities/Construction Management. If applicable, the affected area will be cleaned per Facilities/Construction Management COVID-19 Cleaning Protocol.
  • Close off areas used by the infected employee, including common areas
  • Advise co-workers of a potential exposure (but do not identify the employee by name) and that contact tracers will work with the individual who tested positive to identify close contacts and notify them if they need to self-quarantine. Further advise that they do not need to take any specific action unless notified, but they should continue to monitor their health for the presence of any Coronavirus Symptoms and follow the Campus Prevention practices.
  • In unique situations when it is clear that certain co-workers have been potentially exposed as a result of close contact for a prolonged period of time with the affected employee (as described in Potential Exposure to Coronavirus), they should be instructed to:
    • Complete the form Reporting Potential COVID-19 Exposure
    • If advised to Self-Quarantine, follow the Self-Quarantine/Isolation protocols and do not return to campus until written approval is received. See Completion of Self-Quarantine/Isolation.
    • Note: None of the above actions are necessary if you have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and the following apply:
      • You are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine) AND
      • You have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure
  • Inform them that they will need to submit a Request to Return to Campus form and be approved before they can return to campus as detailed in Completion of Self-Quarantine/Isolation

If you or any of your employees have questions, you may direct them to the COVID-19 Case Support Help Desk by calling 832-842-6843 or emailing  covid19coordinator@uh.edu.


UH Students

Protocols for a Student with COVID-19 Diagnosis/Symptoms

If a student has tested positive for COVID-19, or exhibits Coronavirus Symptoms, which makes the student think that they might have COVID-19, the following steps should be taken. These steps are necessary in order to protect the safety and wellbeing of all University community members and especially those residents staying on campus.

For Students Living on Campus

If you think you might have COVID-19 due to the presence of Coronavirus Symptoms:

  • Avoid coming into close contact with anyone
  • Contact your health care provider or the Student Health Center (713-743-4510) for diagnosis, treatment and/or COVID-19 testing, as necessary and follow their medical advice
  • COVID-19 testing is available on campus for UH students, faculty and staff.
  • If you get tested and receive a positive test result, submit the form Reporting COVID-19 Diagnosis and follow the protocols below for a positive test or diagnosis.
  • If your illness impacts your ability to perform schoolwork, contact your instructors

If you tested Positive for with COVID-19 regardless of whether you have symptoms:

*Please provide the following information in your communication: your first and last name, student ID number, room and bed space booking number, best estimate of the time of exposure/ date and time of positive COVID-19 test result.

  • If you choose to stay on campus for self-isolation, you may be required to move to a designated space on campus for a length of time depending on CDC guidelines. This will assist in maintaining the health and wellbeing of all residents living on campus.
    • For safety purposes, residents will need to arrange for the transportation of their own belongings.
    • Services will be limited if you choose to stay on campus as you self-quarantine or isolate.
    • Student Housing and Residential Life (SHRL) staff will help coordinate services for you such as dining, mail/package delivery and garbage disposal. SHRL will provide instructions on hand washing closing as utilizing communal laundry units is not permitted while under self-quarantine or isolation.
    • Guests are not permitted. Residents may only leave their room to seek medical care and/or in the event of a building emergency
  • Follow CDC guidance on what to do if you are sick
  • Follow the  Self-Quarantine/Isolation protocols
  • Do not return to class in person or participate in on-campus activities until written approval is received. See  Completion of Self-Quarantine/Isolation
  • If contacted by contact tracers, please cooperate to provide information regarding others with whom you have had close contact
  • If your illness impacts your ability to perform school work, contact your instructors

For Students Living Off Campus

If you think you might have COVID-19 due to the presence of Coronavirus Symptoms:

  • Contact your health care provider or the Student Health Center (713-743-4510) for diagnosis, treatment and/or COVID-19 testing, as necessary and follow their medical advice.
  • COVID-19 testing is available on campus for UH students, faculty and staff.
  • If you get tested and receive a positive test result, submit the form Reporting COVID-19 Diagnosis and follow the protocols below for a positive test or diagnosis. If your illness impacts your ability to perform schoolwork, contact your instructors
  • If your illness impacts your ability to perform schoolwork, contact your instructors

If you tested Positive for COVID-19 (regardless of whether you have symptoms):

  • If on campus when symptoms begin or when you suspect or learn of a diagnosis of COVID-19, go home immediately and avoid coming into close contact with anyone
  • Complete the form Reporting COVID-19 Diagnosis
  • Contact your health care provider or the Student Health Center (713-743-4510) for diagnosis, and treatment, as necessary and follow their medical advice. Stay home (except to seek medical care).
  • For students who are not on campus or enrolled in face-to-face classes and have not been identified as exposed by UH contact tracers, the UH Student Health Center providers are readily accessible to assist with resources and guidance on other testing options for students.
  • Stay home (except to seek medical care)
  • Follow CDC guidance on what to do if you are sick
  • Follow the  Self-Quarantine protocols
  • Do not return to campus until a  Request to Return to Campus form is submitted and written approval is received. See  Completion of Self-Quarantine.
  • If contacted by contact tracers, please cooperate with contact tracers to provide information regarding others with whom you have had close contact
  • If your illness impacts your ability to perform school work, contact your instructors

Vendors

When vendors come to campus to provide services/products, they are required to follow the same prevention protocols that UH has implemented for students and employees. In addition, UH vendors and its employees are required to provide services to UH in accordance with CDC guidelines and vendor protocols. The UH prevention protocols are set out below:

Vendor Steps

Exposure Assessment 

Vendors must conduct an exposure assessment prior to coming to campus by doing the following:

If you have not been fully vaccinated, ask yourself:

  • Within the past 14 days, have you have had “close contact” with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, and with respect to that person:
    • You were within 6 feet for a “prolonged period of time” (currently considered to be at least 15 minutes)?
    • You provided them care at home?
    • You had direct physical contact (touched, hugged, or kissed them)?
    • You shared eating or drinking utensils?
    • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you?
  • Within the past 10 days, have you returned from international travel?

If the answer to any of the above questions is “yes,” you may NOT come to the University of Houston campus or any University of Houston facility, unless you are coming to campus to be tested for COVID-19 at the Lone Star Circle of Care testing site.

Additionally, if you  have tested positive for COVID-19, you may NOT come to the University of Houston campus or any University of Houston facility until you have completed the appropriate isolation period per CDC guidelines.

Face Coverings 

The University of Houston encourages the wearing of face coverings, especially for individuals who are not fully vaccinated, but face coverings are not required on campus.

Hand Hygiene 

Good hand hygiene, including frequent hand washing and hand sanitizing, should be followed by vendors before and during visits to the University of Houston campus. 

Reporting Positive COVID-19 Cases  

If you or any of your employees test positive for COVID-19 within 3 days of being in a University building, the vendor must immediately notify their University of Houston contact who will notify the UH COVID-19 Response Coordinator. The vendor will need to complete the Contractor/Vendor Reporting Form for an Individual Diagnoses or Testing Positive with COVID-19. If additional questions arise, the vendor may contact the UH COVID-19 Response Coordinator at covid19coordinator@uh.edu.  


Visitors

UH requires that visitors follow the same prevention protocols that UH has implemented for students and employees. The prevention protocols are set out below:

Visitor Steps

 

 

Exposure Assessment

Visitors must conduct an exposure assessment prior to coming to campus by doing the following:

If you have not been fully vaccinated, ask yourself:

  • Within the past 14 days, have you have had “close contact” with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, and with respect to that person:
    • You were within 6 feet for a “prolonged period of time” (currently considered to be at least 15 minutes)?
    • You provided them care at home?
    • You had direct physical contact (touched, hugged, or kissed them)?
    • You shared eating or drinking utensils?
    • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you?
  • Within the past 10 days, have you returned from international travel?

If the answer to any of the above questions is “yes,” you may NOT come to the University of Houston campus or any University of Houston facility, unless you are coming to campus to be tested for COVID-19 at the Lone Star Circle of Care testing site.

Additionally, if you test positive for COVID-19, you may NOT come to the University of Houston campus or any University of Houston facility until you have completed the appropriate isolation period per CDC guidelines.

Face Coverings

The University of Houston encourages the wearing of face coverings, especially for individuals who are not fully vaccinated, but face coverings are not required on campus.

Hand Hygiene

Good hand hygiene, including frequent hand washing and hand sanitizing, should be followed by visitors before and during visits to the University of Houston campus.

Reporting Positive COVID-19 Cases

If you test positive for COVID-19 within 3 days of being in a University building, please immediately notify your University sponsor or event coordinator, or if uncertain, the UH Covid-19 Response Coordinator at covid19coordinator@uh.edu.


University Response

The University of Houston COVID Response plan uses public health guidance and best practices aimed at fostering a culture of care for our community while taking steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as the University of Houston gradually returns faculty, staff and students to the campus environment.

Graphic of UH's response begins with Self Reporting next is Contact Tracing next is Cleaning next is Protecting and lastly Prevention

Self Reporting

Students and employees must complete the Reporting COVID-19 Diagnosis form if they have tested positive for COVID-19. The submission of the form is received by the COVID-19 Response Coordinator.

Contact Tracing

UH’s Contact Tracing team begins the case investigation if the individual has been diagnosed by a physician or tested positive for COVID-19. Members of the UH community identified as close contacts (someone who has been within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) through the contact tracing process who may have been exposed will be notified as rapidly and sensitively as possible.  Members outside of the UH community identified as close contacts are referred to the local health department.

Clean

To protect public health and safety, the University of Houston adheres to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting when a person diagnosed with COVID-19 has been on campus.

The cleaning after a positive diagnosis protocol is in addition to the normal and enhanced cleaning practices employed by the University. More information on the university’s cleaning response to a positive case can be found on Cleaning After a Positive Case.

Protect

If a person has tested positive or been diagnosed for COVID-19 or exhibits COVID-19 symptoms, then we ask the individual to follow the guidance in the  COVID-19 Diagnosis/Symptoms Protocols.

Prevent

We prevent the spread of the disease by continuing best practices, such as frequent handwashing and centralized hand sanitizer stations distributed across campus, implementation of enhanced cleaning to frequently clean and sanitize high touch points like door handles, and social distancing (also called physical distancing).



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