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COVID-19 Diagnosis

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or exhibiting symptoms (e.g. fever or chills, shortness of breath, congestion) of COVID-19, then isolation is required and you should complete the following:

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Isolation is used to separate people with confirmed COVID-19 or for individuals that are exhibiting symptoms (e.g. fever or chills, shortness of breath, congestion) of COVID-19 from those without COVID-19. People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others.

If an employee has tested positive for COVID-19 or an employee is exhibiting symptoms (e.g. fever or chills, shortness of breath, congestion) of COVID-19, the following steps should be taken by the employee and their supervisor:

Employee Steps

If you think you might have COVID-19 due to the presence of Coronavirus Symptoms (e.g. fever or chills, shortness of breath, congestion):

  • Avoid coming into close contact with anyone
  • Contact your health care provider for diagnosis, treatment and/or COVID-19 testing, as necessary
  • COVID-19 Testing is available on campus for UH students, faculty and staff.
  • If you undergo a test for COVID-19 and you test positive, notify your supervisor of this development and follow the protocols above for a positive test

If you receive a positive test result for COVID-19 (regardless whether you have symptoms), you should:

  • If at work, go home immediately and avoid coming into close contact with anyone
  • Contact your supervisor as soon as possible to notify them
  • Consult your health care provider as necessary
  • Visit the HR page or contact HR at hrsc@uh.edu to discuss leave options.
  • Follow CDC guidance on what to do if you are sick
  • Stay home (except to seek medical care)
  • Tell your close contacts that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 so they can quarantine, get tested, and wear a well-fitting mask.
For information regarding staff temporary remote work guidelines due to a solely COVID-19 related reason, visit the UH Human Resources website.

Supervisor Steps

If an employee is exhibiting symptoms (e.g. fever or chills, shortness of breath, congestion) of COVID-19, the supervisor should:

  • If at work, instruct the employee to go home immediately and avoid coming into close contact with anyone. If the employee is sick as a result of COVID-19 symptoms, the employee should use sick leave. However, assess the Temporary Remote Work/Sick leave Guidelines in case the employee can continue to work remotely.
  • Encourage the employee to undergo a test for COVID-19 and to follow guidance on what to do if you are sick
  • Instruct the employee to visit the HR page or contact HR at hrsc@uh.edu to discuss leave options.

If the employee has tested positive for COVID-19, the supervisor should:

  • If the employee is at work when you are notified, make sure the employee is separated from others and immediately sent home
  • If the employee is at home, advise the employee to stay home and follow the employee protocols above for their situation
  • Advise the employee to follow the Employee Steps above. If you or any of your employees have questions, you may contact the COVID-19 Coordinator by email at covid19coordinator@uh.edu.

Protocols for a Student with COVID-19 Diagnosis/Symptoms

If a student has tested positive for COVID-19, or is exhibiting symptoms (e.g. fever or chills, shortness of breath, congestion) of COVID-19, the following steps should be taken. These steps are necessary in order to protect the safety and wellbeing of all University community members and especially those residents staying on campus.

For Students Living on Campus

If you think you might have COVID-19 due to the presence of Coronavirus Symptoms (e.g. fever or chills, shortness of breath, congestion):

  • Avoid coming into close contact with anyone
  • Contact your health care provider or the Student Health Center (713-743-4510) for diagnosis, treatment and/or COVID-19 testing, as necessary and follow their medical advice
  • COVID-19 testing is available on campus for UH students, faculty and staff.
  • If you get tested and receive a positive test result, follow the protocols above for a positive test or diagnosis.
  • If your illness impacts your ability to perform schoolwork, contact your instructors

If you tested Positive for with COVID-19 regardless of whether you have symptoms:

*Please provide the following information in your communication: your first and last name, student ID number, room and bed space booking number, best estimate of the time of exposure/ date and time of positive COVID-19 test result.

  • If you choose to stay on campus for self-isolation, you may be required to move to a designated space on campus for a length of time depending on CDC guidelines. This will assist in maintaining the health and wellbeing of all residents living on campus.
    • For safety purposes, residents will need to arrange for the transportation of their own belongings.
    • Services will be limited if you choose to stay on campus as you self-quarantine or isolate.
    • Student Housing and Residential Life (SHRL) staff will help coordinate services for you such as dining, mail/package delivery and garbage disposal. SHRL will provide instructions on hand washing closing as utilizing communal laundry units is not permitted while under self-quarantine or isolation.
    • Guests are not permitted. Residents may only leave their room to seek medical care and/or in the event of a building emergency
  • Follow CDC guidance on what to do if you are sick
  • Follow the Isolation protocols
  • If your illness impacts your ability to perform school work, contact your instructors

For Students Living Off Campus

If you think you might have COVID-19 due to the presence of Coronavirus Symptoms (e.g. fever or chills, shortness of breath, congestion:

  • Avoid coming into close contact with anyone
  • Contact your health care provider or the Student Health Center (713-743-4510) for diagnosis, treatment and/or COVID-19 testing, as necessary and follow their medical advice.
  • COVID-19 testing is available on campus for UH students, faculty and staff.
  • If you get tested and receive a positive test result, follow the protocols above for a positive test or diagnosis.
  • If your illness impacts your ability to perform schoolwork, contact your instructors

If you tested Positive for COVID-19 (regardless of whether you have symptoms):

  • If on campus when symptoms begin or when you suspect or learn of a diagnosis of COVID-19, go home immediately and avoid coming into close contact with anyone
  • Contact your health care provider or the Student Health Center (713-743-4510) for diagnosis, and treatment, as necessary and follow their medical advice. Stay home (except to seek medical care).
  • Stay home (except to seek medical care)
  • Follow CDC guidance on what to do if you are sick
  • Follow the Isolation protocols above
  • If your illness impacts your ability to perform school work, contact your instructors

When vendors and visitors come to campus, they are required to follow the same prevention protocols that UH has implemented for students and employees.

Potential Exposure to Coronavirus

Community exposure that could necessitate self-quarantine includes the following:

  • You have had “close contact” with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, and with respect to that person you were within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
    • Consider time spent with someone with COVID-19 starting 2 days before the infected person developed symptoms, or the date they were tested if they do not have symptoms, until started isolation.
  • You have returned from international travel and are NOT up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines

 

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If at any time your COVID-19 test result is positive, you must follow the protocols for a positive COVID-19 Diagnosis.

If quarantine or isolation are required, employees should contact their supervisor. For information regarding staff temporary remote work guidelines due to a solely COVID-19 related reason, visit the UH Human Resources website