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COVID-19 Diagnosis

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or exhibiting symptoms (e.g. fever or chills, shortness of breath, congestion) of COVID-19, then isolation is required and you should complete the following:

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Isolation is used to separate people with confirmed COVID-19 or for individuals that are exhibiting symptoms (e.g. fever or chills, shortness of breath, congestion) of COVID-19 from those without COVID-19. People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others.

If an employee has tested positive for COVID-19 or an employee is exhibiting symptoms (e.g. fever or chills, shortness of breath, congestion) of 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 (e.g. fever or chills, shortness of breath, congestion):

  • Avoid coming into close contact with anyone
  • Contact your health care provider for diagnosis, treatment and/or COVID-19 testing, as necessary
  • 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 follow the protocols above 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
  • Consult your health care provider as necessary
  • Visit the HR page or contact HR at hrsc@uh.edu to discuss leave options.
  • Follow CDC guidance on what to do if you are sick
  • Stay home (except to seek medical care)
  • Tell your close contacts that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 so they can quarantine, get tested, and wear a well-fitting mask.
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 an employee is exhibiting symptoms (e.g. fever or chills, shortness of breath, congestion) of COVID-19, the supervisor should:

  • If at work, instruct the employee to go home immediately and avoid coming into close contact with anyone. If the employee is sick as a result of COVID-19 symptoms, the employee should use sick leave. However, assess the Temporary Remote Work/Sick leave Guidelines in case the employee can continue to work remotely.
  • Encourage the employee to undergo a test for COVID-19 and to follow guidance on what to do if you are sick
  • Instruct the employee to visit the HR page or contact HR at hrsc@uh.edu to discuss leave options.

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
  • Advise the employee to follow the Employee Steps above. If you or any of your employees have questions, you may contact the COVID-19 Coordinator by email at covid19coordinator@uh.edu.

Protocols for all Students with COVID-19 Diagnosis/Symptoms

If a student has tested positive for COVID-19, or is exhibiting symptoms (e.g., fever or chills, shortness of breath, congestion, sore throat) of COVID-19, the following steps for students living on or off campus should be taken. These steps are necessary to protect the safety and wellbeing of all University community members, and especially those residents staying on campus. If you think you might have COVID-19 due to the presence of Coronavirus Symptoms, follow CDC guidelines on What to Do If You Are Sick.

  • 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, follow UH protocols
  • If your illness impacts your ability to perform schoolwork, contact your instructors.

For Students Living on Campus

Student Housing & Residential Life (SHRL) expects students that choose to live on campus to support efforts promoting overall wellness and wellbeing among the residential community. Part of that support is to craft personal wellness, illness, and emergency plans by consulting with a health care provider and utilizing vaccinations and boosters when advised.

  • Residents that are assigned to a private bedroom will be encouraged to follow directives from their personal health care provider, and refer to CDC guidelines on What to Do If You Are Sick.
  • If a resident shares a bedroom with a roommate, they may be eligible for temporary relocation if their travel home is greater than 5 hours from the UH campus and they are unable to arrange for short-term isolation away from campus. Requests will be accepted by SHRL via the myHousing portal via AccessUH, and will be processed Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., except for UH Observed Holidays. However, due to limited vacancies, it is difficult to guarantee on-campus isolation. Most students will isolate away from campus.

If you test positive for COVID-19, and want to submit a request to isolate on campus outside of your assigned room:

  • Notify SHRL by completing the Request for Isolation Room form on the myHousing portal via AccessUH. You will be contacted by a SHRL staff member by the next business day regarding options available for self-isolation once your form is submitted.
  • If your illness impacts your ability to perform schoolwork, it is your responsibility to contact your instructors.
  • Options for isolation on campus are dependent on CDC guidelines and space availability.
    • Services will be limited dependent on where you are self-isolated. Meal delivery will only be available at Bayou Oaks.
    • Residents will be responsible for the transportation of their own belongings.
    • Guests and third-party delivery services for goods and meals are not permitted inside isolation rooms.
    • Residents may only leave their room to seek medical care and/or in the event of a building emergency.

For Students Living Off Campus

If you have tested Positive for COVID-19 (regardless of whether you have symptoms or not):

  • 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.
    • Students that live off campus are not eligible to request on-campus isolation.
  • Contact your health care provider or the Student Health Center (713-743-4510) as necessary and follow their medical advice.
  • Stay home except to seek medical care.
  • Follow CDC guidance on What to Do If You Are Sick.
  • If your illness impacts your ability to perform schoolwork, contact your instructors.

When vendors and visitors come to campus, they are required to follow the same prevention protocols that UH has implemented for students and employees.