COVID-19 Reporting Guidelines

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive person or are experiencing possible symptoms, please follow these HSC protocols and procedures, which are based on current CDC guidelines and Tarrant County Public Health guidelines.

It’s important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic as we learn more about emerging variants and the effectiveness of vaccines and other measures in controlling the spread of infection. We encourage you to get vaccinated, stay at least 6 feet away from others, avoid crowds, and wash your hands often.​ Wearing a mask when around others on campus is optional unless your status changes and you meet any of the criteria for wearing a mask due to exposure or positive testing for COVID-19 infection. Then, HSC recommends you follow the HSC COVID-19 guidelines below.

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REMINDER: These are guidelines and may not cover every case or scenario. HSC adheres to a symptom-based strategy for return to campus. If there are any questions contact via encrypted email.

COVID-19 Guidelines Regardless of Vaccination Status

Confirmed positive COVID-19 test result

  • Isolation and quarantine period identified below.

Exposure to someone with COVID-19 (exposure defined as within 6’ for more than 15 minutes over a 24-hour period)

  • Recommend wearing a mask around others for 10+ days
  • Test on Day 5 if possible
  • If you develop symptoms at any point, isolate and test yourself

*HSC students doing clinical rotations will adhere to the COVID guidelines of their respective clinical rotation site.

Criteria to return to campus

Criteria for isolation/quarantine period and when to safely return to campus after have testing POSITIVE

If you’ve had symptoms: 

  • Day 0 of isolation is the day of symptom onset, not the date of positive test. Day 1 is the first full day after the day your symptoms started.
  • Isolate for 5 full days.
  • You may end isolation, after 5 days, if you are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and you have improvement of symptoms (Symptoms other than fever do not need to be fully resolved). Date to potentially return to campus with a mask is day 6.
  • Recommended to wear a mask around others for 5 more days.

If you’ve had NO symptoms:

  • Day 0 is the day you tested positive, not the date you receive your results (sometimes that is not the same day). Day 1 of isolation is the first full day following the day you tested positive.
  • Isolate for 5 full days.
  • If you develop symptoms within 10 days of when you tested, the count restarts at day 0 on the day of symptom onset.
  • You may end isolation after 5 full days if you never develop symptoms. Date to return to campus is day 6.
  • Recommended to wear a mask around others for 5 more days.

Note. Prolonged symptom expression in individuals who are immunocompromised may require longer isolation periods.

If Covid-19 Positive

  • report to and put #hscsecure in the subject line
  • Isolate and contact healthcare provider as needed.
  • Notify academic department or supervisor that you are sick.
  • Follow guidelines above to determine when you can safely return to campus

How to count out your COVID-19 isolation

  • Date of COVID-19 test: day zero (0)
  • Dates of isolation: Day one (1) after date test was performed through five full days
  • Date to possibly return to campus (if meets other criteria): Day six (6)

Who to contact

  • Report any COVID-19 positive test to the University using the private, encrypted University email and type “#hscsecure in the subject line
  • Report to supervisor/academic department regarding “illness” and make appropriate work/class arrangements

Please include the following information:

  • Date symptoms started
  • If no symptoms, then date test was performed (not date test result was received)
  • Dates on HSC campus – specifically include dates 2 days before any symptoms or testing and dates following
  • Name of supervisor/academic department
  • Names of person(s) with whom you had close contact exposures while on campus

COVID-19 Symptoms

Self-screen daily for the following symptoms:

  • Fever > 100.4F or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

*To date, most variants cause similar COVID-19 symptoms.

If you are having symptoms:

  • Stay home and isolate.
  • Notify supervisor/academic department you are ill and not coming to work/school.
  • See health care provider for evaluation and COVID testing as indicated.
  • If receive a positive COVID-19, notify HSC by sending a secure email to, typing “#hscsecure” in the subject line.