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, wear a mask when around others, stay at least 6 feet away from others, avoid crowds, and wash your hands often.​

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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 Positive

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

If an employee/student tests positive but is asymptomatic, you should not come to campus for a minimum of 10 calendar days from date the test specimen was obtained (not the date the test result was received).

Criteria to safely return to campus:

  • 10 days have passed since any symptoms first appeared OR continue to NOT experience any symptoms (i.e. cough, shortness of breath)
  • Improvement of symptoms (Symptoms other than fever do not need to be fully resolved)
  • > 24 hours have passed since last fever without use of fever reducing medications

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

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 Exposure

Definition of a close contact exposure:

  • A close contact exposure has occurred when someone has been within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of > 15 minutes 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. 

If unvaccinated and have a close contact exposure to someone with confirmed COVID-19 infection (excluding health care workers in the health care setting with appropriate use of approved PPE):

  • Quarantine at home for 10 days after last contact, OR
  • Quarantine at home for 7 days after last exposure with a negative test result collected on day 5 or later.
  • If symptoms develop, see health care provider for medical evaluation and COVID testing as indicated.

If fully vaccinated and have a close contact exposure to someone with confirmed COVID-19 infection:

  • Wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days following exposure, monitor for symptoms, and if symptoms develop then seek medical evaluation and testing with a health care provider.
  • OR wear mask in public indoor settings and get tested within 3-5 days following the exposure. You may stop wearing a mask if COVID test is negative. Continue to monitor for symptoms.

Definition of Fully Vaccinated:

  • A person is fully vaccinated when ≥2 weeks passed after getting the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks passed after getting one dose of a single-dose vaccine.

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.

This page was last modified on August 24, 2021