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Coronavirus FAQs

  1. ​​How do I know what I need to rep​ort?
  2. ​​What should I do if I am having COVID-19 ​symptoms?
  3. Do I need to wear a mask on campus?
  4. I have been diagnosed with COVID. What’s next in the reporting process?
  5. I have had contact with someone with COVID-19? Should I report it?
  6. What does it mean to self-quarantine?
  7. Can I self-quarantine on campus?
  8. What if I have tested positive in the past three months?
  9. If I am fully vaccinated, am I required to report exposure, or should I quarantine following exposure to a person who is COVID positive?
  10. Who can I contact if I have symptoms?
  11. What do I do if I have close family members or friends that either test positive for coronavirus or are self-quarantined?
  12. Once I finish my quarantine/isolation period, what should I do before I return to campus?​
  13. What steps has the University taken at its facilities to ensure the spread of COVID-19 is limited?​​
  14. I plan on traveling, what should I know?
  15. What can I do if I am experiencing suspected bias or discrimination related to this virus?
  16. I am a person impacted by the evolving global situation surrounding COVID-19. It has left me feeling anxious and worried. Where can I turn for help?
  17. What do I do if I've received an email related to COVID that appears to be fraudulent?
  18. ​How can I protect myself from COVID-19?

​​​1. How do I know what I need to report?

We’ve created a Decision Tree to help all faculty, students and staff understand the steps necessary to quarantine, report a diagnosis or exposure, and how to request to return to campus.​ Please also check the Report Exposure, Symptoms, Diagnosis page for more information.

2. What should I do if I am having COVID-19 symptoms?
​Follow the instructions on the Report Exposure, Symptoms, Diagnosis webpage. Please direct questions to uhdcovid19@uhd.edu.

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3. Do I need to wear a mask on campus?

Face coverings and/or masks are no longer required at UHD per Executive Order 38​. For those who prefer to wear face coverings and/or masks, they may certainly continue to do so. UHD encourages unvaccinated people to wear face coverings. UHD has installed mask dispensers in campus hallways that contain packaged, disposable masks free for UHD community members' and visitors' use. We also strongly encourage our students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated.​

4. I have been diagnosed with COVID. What’s next in the reporting process?

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 by a medical professional or via a COVID-19 test, then report the diagnosis on the COVID-19 Diagnosis Form and follow the advice of medical professionals to manage your symptoms. Please see the  Report Exposure, Symptoms, Diagnosis webpage for more instructions.


5. I have had contact with someone with COVID-19? Should I report it?

Follow the guidelines on the Report Exposure, Symptoms, Diagnosis webpage and follow CDC guidance if you need to quarantine. 


6. What does it mean to self-quarantine?

Quarantine is a strategy used to prevent transmission of COVID-19 by keeping people who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 apart from others. See the Report Exposure, Symptoms, Diagnosis webpage and follow CDC guidance if you need to quarantine.

​7. Can I self-quarantine on campus?

No. UHD does not have facilities on campus for self-quarantine.​

​8. What if I have tested positive in the past three months and was exposed to someone with COVID-19?

​If you have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered, and you do not currently have symptoms of COVID-19, you do not ​need to quarantine after exposure to someone who has COVID-19.

9. If I am fully vaccinated, am I required to report exposure, or should I quarantine following exposure to a person who is COVID-positive?

​For persons who are fully vaccinated, you are not required to report exposure or to quarantine if you are symptom-free. See the Report Exposure, Symptoms, Diagnosis webpage and follow CDC guidance if you determine you do need to quarantine.​ If you receive a positive test result, you must follow the protocols for a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.​


10. Who can I contact if I have symptoms?

Submit an Exposure Form or a COVID-19 Diagnosis Form to Emergency Management. Emergency Management and the UHD Contact Tracing Team will assist you in determining your quarantine period. Those with concerns about possible exposure may also contact their primary health care provider for guidance. Students can contact UHD Student Health Services at 713-221-8137 or email healthservices@uhd.edu.

​11. What do I do if I have close family members or friends that either test positively for coronavirus or are self-quarantined?

See the Report Exposure, Symptoms, Diagnosis webpage to determine whether you need to submit an Exposure Form or a COVID-19 Diagnosis Form or to quarantine. Faculty and staff who believe they may have been exposed through family members or friends should contact Employment Services & Operations at benefits@uhd.edu.

12. Once I finish my quarantine/isolation period, what should I do before I return to campus?​
​Written approval is required before any UHD community member may return to campus after self-quarantine or self-isolation. You must submit a Request to Return to Campus Form before coming back to campus.

Once you submit the form, you will receive an email from Emergency Management with written approval to return. If you are not approved, follow the instructions in the email and contact Emergency Management with questions or concerns.


13. What steps h​as​​​ the University taken at its facilities to ensure the spread of COVID-19 is limited?

The Univer​sity is committed to the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors to campus. For details, review the ​​ COVID Campus Safety Practices and Protocols​. In addition, leaders at UHD, including Director of Emergency Management Cynthia Vargas, recorded video messages to discuss how the University has prepared campus for students, faculty, staff and visitors to safely return:

​14. I plan on traveling, what should I know?

Please refer to the Travel web page for the most recent protocol on travel.

​​15. What can I do if I am experiencing suspected bias or discrimination related to this virus?

The University is committed to creating an inclusive climate for all of our community members. The CDC offers guidance on countering stigma related to this virus. If you believe that you are experiencing discrimination or bias related to your national origin, race​ or other protected group, you may contact the UHD Office of Title IX / Equity & DiversityTitleIX@uhd.edu or call 713-221-5771.​

16. I am a person impacted by the evolving global situation surrounding COVID-19. It has left me feeling anxious and worried. Where can I turn for help?

UHD recognizes this is a stressful situation for many members of our community. Benefits-eligible employees and their dependents may contact the Employee Assistance Program at 713-500-3327. Counseling services, either phone or video, will be available for students from UHD Student Counseling Services at 713-500-3852.

​17. What do I do if I've received an email related to COVID that appears to be fraudulent?

The Department of Homeland Security has issued warnings of scams involving COVID-19, and the UH System Information Security Office has seen phishing messages being received by faculty, staff and students. If you receive a suspicious phishing email to your UH email account, notify ​security@uhd.edu, and be aware of the following:

  • Cyber actors may send emails to trick victims into revealing sensitive information or donating to fraudulent charities or causes.
  • Exercise caution in handling such emails — avoid clicking on links and downloading attachments.
  • Be wary of social media pleas, texts or calls related to COVID-19.
  • Do not reveal personal or financial information in email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information.

​​ 18. How can I protect myself from COVID-19?

  • Get vaccinated.
  • If you feel sick, get tested.
  • Conduct a daily self-health check.
  • ​Choose to wear a face covering. (According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, wearing a face covering in public spaces can help protect you, even if you are vaccinated.)
  • Social distance where possible.



Last updated 1/13/2022 8:05 AM