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 the current CDC guidelines:

UPDATE DUE TO AVAILABILITY OF VACCINATIONS: It takes time for your body to build protection after any vaccination. COVID-19 vaccines that require 2 shots may not protect you until a week or two after your second shot. It’s important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic as we learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions. Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others, stay at least 6 feet away from others, avoid crowds, and wash your hands often.​ As we get more information on changes in quarantine advice post vaccination, we will adjust protocol accordingly.

Additional Resource: CDC Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines (pdf)

Response algorithms:

REMINDER: These are guidelines only. Guideline might not cover every case or scenario. This institution does adhere to a symptom-based strategy rather than testing-based strategy for return to campus. If there are any questions, contact HSCCOVID@unthsc.edu via encrypted email.

Employees

COVID-19 Positive

An employee who tests positive for COVID-19 should not come to campus for a minimum of 10 calendar days from onset of symptoms.

If employee is asymptomatic, then the employee should not come to campus for a minimum of 10 calendar days from date the test specimen was obtained.

The employee should have at least 24 hours without fever and without the use of fever-reducing medications and improved symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath).

Symptoms do not need to be fully resolved. Prolonged symptom expression and individuals who are immunocompromised may require longer isolation periods.

Who To Contact

An employee should communicate any COVID-19 positive test to his/her supervisor as well as report such testing using encrypted to HSCCOVID@unthsc.edu.

In such correspondence, please include the following:

  • Date symptoms started
  • If no symptoms, then date test specimen was obtained (not date test result was returned)
  • Dates on HSC campus – specifically including dates 2 days before any symptoms or testing and dates after that

COVID-19 Exposure

An employee (even if vaccinated) who has been in close contact* with a confirmed COVID-19 positive person (excluding health care workers in the health care setting with appropriate use of approved PPE) should quarantine at home for 14 days after last contact. The employee must monitor herself daily for symptoms and maintain strict quarantine procedures. We recommend employees who have a known exposure see their primary care provider to acquire testing for COVID-19 if indicated.  * A close contact is someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset or, for asymptomatic contacts, 2 days prior to collection of a specimen that tests positive for COVID-19.

Who To Contact

An employee should communicate any COVID-19 positive tests to his/her supervisor as well as report such exposure and associated testing whether negative or positive using encrypted to HSCCOVID@unthsc.edu.

In such correspondence, please include the following:

  • Date symptoms started of the person employee interacted with
  • Date the interaction was
  • List any Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that was used in this interaction
  • Any testing that is in progress or has been completed.

COVID-19 Symptoms

Employees are instructed to self-screen daily for the following symptoms:

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

An employee with any of these symptoms should stay home and contact their primary care provider to acquire testing for COVID-19 and to receive guidance on when they are safe to return.

Who To Contact

An employee should communicate any COVID-19 exposure to her supervisor as well as report such using encrypted to HSCCOVID@unthsc.edu.

Students

COVID-19 Positive

A student who tests positive for COVID-19 should not come to campus for a minimum of 10 calendar days from onset of symptoms.

If student is asymptomatic, then the student/employee should not come to campus for a minimum of 10 calendar days from date the test specimen was obtained.

The student should have at least 24 hours without fever and without the use of fever-reducing medications and improved symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath).

Symptoms do not need to be fully resolved. Prolonged symptom expression and individuals who are immunocompromised may require longer isolation periods.

Who To Contact

A student should communicate any COVID-19 positive tests to his/her academic program as well as report such using encrypted to HSCCOVID@unthsc.edu.

In such correspondence, please include the following:

  • Date symptoms started
  • If no symptoms, then date test specimen was obtained (not date test result was returned)
  • Dates on HSC campus – specifically including dates 2 days before any symptoms or testing and dates after that
  • Name of the student’s academic program

COVID-19 Exposure

A student (even if vaccinated) who has been in close contact* with a confirmed COVID-19 positive person (excluding health care workers in the health care setting with appropriate use of approved PPE) should quarantine at home for 14 days after last contact. The student must monitor herself daily for symptoms and maintain strict quarantine procedures. We recommend students who have a known exposure see their primary care provider to acquire testing for COVID-19 if indicated. * A close contact is someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset or, for asymptomatic contacts, 2 days prior to collection of a specimen that tests positive for COVID-19.

Who To Contact

A student should communicate any COVID-19 positive tests to her academic program as well as report such exposure and associated testing whether negative or positive using encrypted to HSCCOVID@unthsc.edu. If you are on clinical site at an affiliated healthcare system, a student might be able to return after a negative test for an exposure per the policy of said system (similar to Health Care Personnel CDC protocol).

In such correspondence, please include the following:

  • Date symptoms started of the person student interacted with
  • Date the interaction was
  • List any Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that was used in this interaction
  • Any testing that is in progress or has been completed
  • Name of the student’s academic program

COVID-19 Symptoms

Students are instructed to self-screen daily for the following symptoms:

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

A student with any of these should stay home, and we recommend that the student see their primary care provider to acquire testing for COVID-19 and to receive guidance on when they are safe to return.

Who To Contact

A student should communicate any COVID-19 exposure to her academic program as well as report such using encrypted to HSCCOVID@unthsc.edu. Please include name of the student’s academic program.

This page was last modified on January 15, 2021