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COVID-19 Symptoms & Positive Diagnosis

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Employees (Staff and Faculty)

If you think you might have COVID-19 due to the presence of COVID-19 Symptoms or you have received a positive diagnosis:

  • If you are not already on campus, do not come on campus. If at work, go home immediately and avoid coming into close contact with anyone.
  • Contact your supervisor as soon as possible to notify them, and faculty should message their students via Gatormail and post an announcement in Blackboard if they need to cancel an imminent class.
  • 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. If symptoms persist, please get a COVID test and remain at home until approved for Return to Campus.
  • Submit the COVID-19 Reporting Diagnosis Form to report symptoms or positive test result.
  • If you undergo a test for COVID-19 and you test positive, re-submit the COVID-19 Reporting Diagnosis Form to report your positive test result.​
  • Cooperate with contact tracers to provide information regarding others with whom you have had close contact.
  • Do not return to campus until you receive written approval after submitting the Request to Return to Campus Form.

Supervisors

  • If the employee is at work when you are notified of symptoms or diagnosis in an employee, make sure the employee is 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 COVID-19 Reporting Diagnosis Form to report the symptoms or positive test result.
  • Submit an Emergency Cleaning Request Form to clean/disinfect the area as soon as possible.
  • Close off areas used by the infected employee, including common areas and notify uhdcovid19@uhd.edu​ that an employee reported symptoms or diagnosis.
  • Monitor yourself for COVID-19 Symptoms.

If you think you might have COVID-19 due to the presence of COVID-19 Symptoms or you have received a positive diagnosis:

  • If you are not already on campus, do not come on campus. If attending classes on campus, go home immediately and avoid coming into close contact with anyone.
  • Contact your health care provider for diagnosis, treatment and/or COVID-19 testing, as necessary. You may also consult Student Health Services.
  • Submit the COVID-19 Reporting Diagnosis/Symptoms Form to report your symptoms or positive test result, even if you take all-online courses. This form will help you determine next steps.
  • If your illness impacts your ability to perform schoolwork, contact your instructors and request temporary academic accommodations through the Office of Disability Services.
  • Contact tracers may call you—please cooperate with them to provide information regarding others with whom you have had close contact.
  • If you reported a positive diagnosis or symptoms, do not return to campus until you receive written approval by submitting the Request to Return to Campus Form. The contact tracing team will also help you with this process.​

Teaching Situations​

​If you learn of a student’s positive diagnosis while in the classroom:

  • Direct all persons in the classroom to immediately go home. Advise them to follow the directions under Potential Exposure to COVID-19​. You should also follow these directions as applicable.
  • ​Advise the positively diagnosed student to complete the COVID-19 Reporting Diagnosis Form.
  • Submit an Emergency Cleaning Request Form to clean/disinfect the area as soon as possible. (Instructions also in all classrooms)
  • If able, close/lock the affected classroom/office. If that room is scheduled for subsequent usage, the Emergency Management Team will work with the Office of the Provost to discuss room options.
  • The Emergency Management Team guidance will inform planning by faculty member, chair, and the Office of the Provost on whether longer-term changes to the class format are appropriate.

​If a student reports diagnosis or symptoms outside of class:

  • Advise the positively diagnosed or symptomatic student to follow directions​. Please note that they may apply for temporary accommodations through the Office of Disability Services—please encourage them to do so.
  • Do not share this personal information with other members of the class without input from Contact Tracing.
  • If Emergency Management determines that changes to your subsequent class meeting structure is warranted, they will inform you so that you, your chair, and the Office of the Provost can work on messaging and plans. Please not cancel classes beyond an immediate class meeting or move modalities without consultation with your Department Chair or instructions from Emergency Management or Office of the Provost.


Last updated 9/15/2021 9:21 AM