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

  • Isolate for 5 days
  • If you have no symptoms or symptoms are resolving after 5 days, end isolation
  • Recommend wearing a mask around others for 5+ additional days

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

  • Five full days have passed since the date positive COVID-19 test was administered (not the date the test result was received)
  • Improvement of symptoms (symptoms other than fever do not need to be fully resolved)
  • More than 24 hours have passed since last fever without using of fever reducing medications

Note: Prolonged symptom(s) in individuals who are immunocompromised may require longer isolation periods.

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.