HSC Exposure Protocol

How do I know if I was exposed to COVID-19?  

In general, you need to be in close contact with a sick person to get infected with COVID-19.

Close contact includes, but is not limited to, any of the following:

  • Living in the same household as a sick person with COVID-19
  • Caring for a sick person with COVID-19
  • Being within 6 feet of a sick person with COVID-19 for a short period of time
  • Being in direct contact with secretions from a sick person with COVID-19 (i.e. being coughed on, kissing, sharing utensils, etc.)

Please note:  Casually passing in the hallway does NOT increase your risk of contracting COVID-19.  If you have not been in close contact with a sick person with COVID-19, you are considered to be at low risk for infection. 

What should I do if I come in close contact to a Person Under Investigation (PUI) or someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 but am not feeling sick?

  • If you are a student, you should notify Student Health (817-735-5051) and your primary care physician.
  • If you are staff or faculty, contact your primary care physician or Priority Care (817-735-CARE).
  • Monitor your health for fever (taking your temperature twice a day), cough, shortness of breath and other COVID-19 related symptoms for 14 days after the last day you were in close contact with the PUI or person with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • If possible, stay away from others who are at a higher risk of getting sick from COVID-19.
  • You should not go to work or school and should avoid public places for no less than 14 days.

What should I do if I come in close contact with a PUI or someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 and am feeling sick? 

  • If you are a student and get sick with fever, cough or shortness of breath or other COVID-19 related symptoms (even if your symptoms are very mild), you should notify Student Health (817-735-5051) and your primary care physician.
  • If you are faculty or staff, contact your primary care physician or Priority Care (817-735-CARE).
  • You should stay a minimum of 6 feet away from all people, wear a mask when in contact with others, isolate yourself to a “sick” room if possible, away from pets and animals, use a separate bathroom if possible, and only leave your home for medical care.
  • Do not go to work or school and avoid public places for no less than 14 days.
  • If you have any of the following conditions that may increase your risk for a serious infection –age 60 years or over, are pregnant, or have medical conditions – contact your primary care physician’s office and tell them that you were exposed to a PUI or person with a confirmed case of COVID-19.  They may want to monitor your health more closely and/or test you for COVID-19.
  • If you do not have a high-risk condition but want medical advice, call your primary care physician and tell them you were exposed to a PUI or person with a confirmed case of COVID-19. Your primary care physician can help you decide if you need to be evaluated in-person.
  • If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that you may have been exposed to COVID-19.
  • If possible, put on a facemask before emergency medical services arrive or immediately after they arrive at your location.

COVID-19 Testing Procedures, HSC Campus

  • If you believe you have been exposed or think you may have COVID-19, contact your primary care physician or Priority Care (817-735-CARE).
  • If you contact Priority Care, you will be offered a telehealth appointment until in-office appointments are available for more than routine care. The provider will screen you to determine what test you qualify for according to the current guidelines.
  • The provider will order the test and you will be directed to the HSC campus or a community drive thru testing site.
  • You will be notified by an HSC Priority Care team member when your results become available.

This page was last modified on May 21, 2020