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Health FAQ About COVID-19

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What should I do if I am having COVID-19 symptoms?

If you have COVID-19 related symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, runny nose or new sinus congestion, muscle pain, headaches, sore throat, fatigue, new GI symptoms or a sudden loss of taste or smell), report symptoms on the COVID-19 Diagnosis Form. Follow CDC Guidelines related to isolation and symptom management.

Do not come to campus with COVID-19 symptoms. Seek medical care as needed. Notify your respective supervisor and/or professor(s). Students can contact Student Health Services at 713-221-​8137 or ​healthservices@uhd.eduFollow CDC Guidance for Discontinuation of Isolation for Persons with COVID-19 Not in Healthcare Settings and submit a Request to Return to Campus Form when the required isolation period has ended. ​
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What is the protocol for Personal, Domestic, and International Travel?

Domestic and International Travel for faculty, staff and graduate students

As per current UHD guidelines, all travel must be consistent with the mission of UHD and approved by the appropriate VP.  
 
In general, business travel that is directly related to advancing and improving the research, service, and teaching efforts of faculty, staff, and their respective units will be considered for approval.  However, consistent with ongoing health and safety measures, approval for such travel will be governed by ongoing guidance from Emergency Management, UHS guidelines, CDC guidelines, and any other national, state, and local requirements and recommendations, as appropriate.  Approvals granted for travel are subject to change should travel restrictions and recommendations change.  Travelers are asked to abide by the health and safety guidelines in place before, during, and after the travel in question, including any/all safety protocols required as part of the travel itinerary (as required, for instance, by the airline or destination hotel, or as required by the location/country being traveled to).  
 
For international travel, approval will be granted on a case-by-case basis. Consideration will be based on the significance of the travel to advancing the mission of the University as well as faculty productivity in core performance areas.  Travel to countries or destinations designated by the CDC or State Department as Level 4 will not be approved.   Returning international travelers must follow all government protocols as well as UHD protocols listed below.  
Travel approval should be sought prior to TR submission in order to minimize paperwork and effort for travel that is not approved.  Approval for travel is not approval for funding.
 
Faculty Travel
Requests for travel approval for faculty members who have consulted with their chairs should be presented by the appropriate dean to the provost; deans should include justification that clarifies the value of the proposed travel for the faculty member, the department, and/or the college and evidence of State Department and CDC levels for any international travel proposals.  Requests that have been endorsed by the appropriate dean will be considered for approval.  
 
Staff Travel
Requests for staff travel should be presented, with justification that clarifies the value of the proposed travel for the staff member and/or the administrative unit to the appropriate Vice President for consideration, including evidence of State Department and CDC levels for any international travel proposals.  Requests must be endorsed by the staff member’s supervisor.  
 
If a request for travel for a faculty or staff member is approved, then the TR should be submitted as per governing business processes. ​

Return from International Travel

​​The following CDC guidelines are applicable to faculty, staff and students returning from international travel, whether university-sanctioned or personal:

If You Are Fully Vaccinated:

You are not required to quarantine upon returning from international travel; however, you should:

  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel.
    • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel.

If You Are Not Fully Vaccinated:

Upon returning from international travel, you must either:

  • Self-quarantine for 10 days OR
  • Get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home for 7 days after travel.
    • Even if you test negative, stay home for the full 7 days.
    • If your test is positive, stay home and follow the COVID-19 Diagnosis protocols.

Regardless of whether you get tested or not, you should avoid being around high-risk individuals for 14 days upon returning from international travel.

These requirements for self-quarantine includes international students who are traveling to the U.S. for summer classes. Upon arriving in the U.S., please submit the Reporting Potential Exposure form. (Note that no forms are required to be completed in advance of your travel, and no forms are required if you have been fully vaccinated.)

Before returning to campus following international travel if you have not been fully vaccinated, you must complete the form Request to Return to Campus and receive written approval.​


Does the University require faculty, staff and students who travelled internationally to self-quarantine?

Faculty, staff and students returning from international travel, university-sanctioned or personal, are required to complete an International Travel Registration Form and one of the following upon return to the United States:
  • Self-quarantine for 10 days OR
  • Get tested 5 days after travel AND stay home for seven days after travel.
    • ​Even if you test negative, stay home for the full seven days.
    • If your test is positive, stay home and follow the COVID-19 diagnosis protocols which include submitting a COVID-19 Diagnosis Form.​

UHD community members who have traveled internationally since February 1 and/or are planning travel to these destinations are required to submit a travel registration form. If a 14-day self-quarantine period is required, faculty, staff and students will need to complete a Request to Return to Campus Form at the end of this self-quarantine period and may not access any UHD campus (UHD, Kingwood, Northwest, Cy-Fair, Coleman) until cleared to return.

Do I need to wear a mask on campus?

Face coverings and/or masks are no longer required at UHD per Governor Abbott’s Executive Order #36. 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. We also strongly encourage our students, faculty, and staff to get vaccinated.​

I’ve 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.

Follow CDC Guidelines for Discontinuation of Isolation for Persons with COVID-19 Not in Healthcare Settings (fever free for 24 hours without use of medication and at least 10 days have passed since initial symptoms or since the positive diagnosis) and submit a Request to Return to Campus Form when you meet the criteria for exiting isolation.

Please contact UHD Emergency Management at uhdcovid19@uhd.edu to determine your return to campus date.

I’ve had contact with someone with COVID-19? Should I report it?

If you have had contact, during the last 14 days, with someone who has COVID-19, then submit an Exposure Form and quarantine for at least 10 days. Please contact UHD Emergency Management at uhdcovid19@uhd.edu to determine your return to campus date. Submit a Request to Return to Campus Form when your quarantine has ended. If you develop symptoms during your quarantine, refer to the section titled COVID-19 Symptoms.

How do I know what I need to report?

We’ve created a chart to help all faculty, students and staff understand the steps necessary to quarantine, report a diagnosis, an exposure and how to request to return to campus.

Will the university share information about students, faculty or staff who have traveled internationally?

In compliance with state and federal health privacy laws, the university will not release names or identifying information of any student or employee unless required to do so by law.

Can I self-quarantine on campus?

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

How is UHD supporting students, faculty and staff returning from COVID-19 affected countries and what is required for their health monitoring?

UHD is following CDC guidance that recommends health monitoring upon return to the U.S. Students, faculty and staff are asked to comply with the following recommendations:

  1. Complete the UHD Travel Registration Form.
  2. Self-quarantine for 10 days following CDC best practices OR Get tested 5 days after travel AND stay home for seven days after travel. Even if you test negative, stay home for the full seven days. If your test is positive, stay home and follow the COVID-19 diagnosis protocols which include submitting a COVID-19 Diagnosis Form.
  3. Be assessed and approved before returning to campus. Students can contact UHD Student Health Services at 713-221-8137, or email healthservices@uhd.edu. A notification of clearance to return will be sent from the Office of Emergency Management. Faculty and staff should contact ESO via email at benefits@uhd.edu. Returning students can receive additional support from Counseling Services, Office of the Dean of Students, Office of Title IX / Equity and Diversity, and Office of Study Abroad.

What does it mean to self-quarantine?

Stay home (or other location approved by your local health department). This means that you should not go to school, work, public areas, or attend large gatherings. If you need medical care, call your health care provider. Call ahead before you go to your doctor's office or to an emergency room. Tell them your symptoms and that you traveled to an area experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak. Comprehensive steps for self quarantine and preventing the spread of COVID-19 can be found on the CDC website.

  • Do not use public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
  • Postpone any travel. If travel is absolutely necessary, you need to coordinate with your local health department. If you travel and become ill, you may not be able to return home.
  • Wash your hands often and practice good hygiene.
  • Postpone all non-essential medical appointments until you are out of self-quarantine. If you have an essential appointment during the self-quarantine, contact your health care provider and explain that you have been in self-quarantine prior to your visit
  • Consider minimizing contact with people and animals in your home (stay in your own room and, if possible, use your own bathroom). Avoid sharing personal household items such as dishes, towels, and bedding.
I am under self-isolation because I have had a positive test result or a diagnosis of COVID-19 and have exhibited Coronavirus Symptoms. When should I discontinue quarantine/isolation?
  • At least 24 hours must pass since your last fever (without the use of fever-reducing medications) and there is an improvement in symptoms; and,

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared

What if I have been under self-isolation because I have lab confirmed COVID-19 and have not exhibited Coronavirus Symptoms?

​ Ten (10) days must have passed since the date of your first positive COVID-19 diagnostic test (assuming you have not subsequently developed symptoms since testing positive)

When should I end self-quarantine/isolation because of potential exposure and I have exhibited Coronavirus Symptoms?
  • At least 24 hours must pass since your last fever (without the use of fever-reducing medications) and there is an improvement in symptoms; and,

  • ​At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared
What if I am under self-quarantine because of potential exposure to someone with lab-confirmed or diagnosed COVID-19 AND I have NOT exhibited ​Coronavirus Symptoms​​?
  • At least 10 days must pass since the beginning of self-quarantine (the date you had close contact), no symptoms have appeared, and you have had no further close contact with that individual or anyone else with COVID-19; or

  • At least 7 days must pass since the beginning of self-quarantine, no symptoms have appeared, and you have had a negative COVID PCR test done no sooner than 5 days ​after starting the self-quarantine.

  • If you live with someone with COVID-19 and have not been able to avoid continuous close contact with them, at least 10 days must pass since the person with COVID-19 has completed their self-isolation

  • If you live with someone with COVID-19 and have avoided continued contact with that household member, but you have had close contact with another household member who has COVID-19, at least 10 days must pass since your last close contact with this additional household member.

What do I do after the self-quarantine period is over?

Submit a Request to Return to Campus Form to UHD Emergency Management once you have completed your self-quarantine period. UHD students, faculty and staff will need to notify the University of their intent to return to campus and be approved to safely return to campus.​​

What if I have tested positive in the past three months?

​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.

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 that are fully vaccinated, you are not required to report exposure or to quarantine if the following conditions are met:

  • If 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.

​The CDC guidance recommends that you:

  • ​Get tested 3-5 days after your exposure (even if you do not have symptoms) and
  • Wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until your test result is negative.

If your test result is positive, you must follow the protocols for a positive COVID-19 Diagnosis and not return to campus until you complete the self-isolation period.

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.

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

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. If you have reason to believe that you may have been exposed, do not come to campus. Contact your physician or Student Health Services (713-221-8137, or email healthservices@uhd.edu) for medical support. Depending on the determination, self-quarantine procedures may go into effect. Faculty and staff who believe they may have been exposed through family members or friends, should contact Employment Services & Operations at benefits@uhd.edu.

​I plan on traveling, what should I know?

If you are planning to travel domestically or internationally, you will need to register with the university by completing a Travel Registration Form. If you are going abroad for personal travel — whether a vacation or returning home — we ask you to consider the following:

  • Before leaving, notify a family member or friend to share destination and contact information.
  • While traveling, take steps to prevent the spread of any respiratory virus by practicing good hygiene, such as regularly washing your hands.

​Return from International Travel

The following CDC guidelines are applicable to faculty, staff and students returning from international travel, whether university-sanctioned or personal:

If You Are Fully Vaccinated:

You are not required to quarantine upon returning from international travel; however, you should:

  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel.

    • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.

  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.

  • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel.

If You Are Not Fully Vaccinated:

Upon returning from international travel, you must either:

  • Self-quarantine for 10 days OR

  • Get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home for 7 days after travel.

    • Even if you test negative, stay home for the full 7 days.

    • If your test is positive, stay home and follow the COVID-19 Diagnosis protocols.

Regardless of whether you get tested or not, you should avoid being around high-risk individuals for 14 days upon returning from international travel.

These requirements for self-quarantine includes international students who are traveling to the U.S. for summer classes. Upon arriving in the U.S., please submit the Reporting Potential Exposure form. (Note that no forms are required to be completed in advance of your travel, and no forms are required if you have been fully vaccinated.)

Before returning to campus following international travel if you have not been fully vaccinated, you must complete the form Request to Return to Campus and receive written approval.


Once I finish my quarantine/isolation period, what should I do before 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.

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.​

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?

The University of Houston-Downtown 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.

How can I ensure that I receive timely communication from UHD?

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to update personal contact information to ensure they receive email and text notifications related to emergencies. Instructions for updating personal contact information.

Where can I get a COVID test?

The city of Houston has set up a webpage with a list of where COVID testing is available for free.

What are the options for a vaccine?
The University of Houston-Downtown is committed to the health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff. To that end, we want to provide our campus community with helpful resources and information regarding the availability of the COVID-19 vaccines. Detailed information on these vaccines and where you can receive them can be found by visiting our Vaccine Information page.

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Last updated 8/30/2021 11:18 AM