University of Houston-Victoria

COVID-19

Employee Frequently Asked Questions

The following resource was developed for UHV employees to answer questions they may have about COVID-19 cases or suspected cases in the workplace and how they should be handled. Please visit this page frequently, as we will be providing relevant updates to the list of FAQs.

POTENTIAL EXPOSURE AND DIAGNOSIS

Q: What should I do if an employee under my supervision is diagnosed with COVID-19, showing symptoms of COVID-19, or is suspected or presumed to have COVID-19?
A: You should follow the Diagnosis and Symptoms Protocols. Remember that the employee will appreciate hearing your support while he recovers from the illness.

Q: An employee of ours has tested positive for COVID-19 or is suspected/presumed positive for COVID-19. What can I tell other employees? What actions should we take with their coworkers?
A: You can anticipate that other employees may have heard about, or suspect that, someone is out sick with the COVID-19-related illness and may be concerned about it. You should inform fellow employees of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace and acknowledge that there is an individual in the unit who has tested positive for COVID-19, without identifying the individual. You also may inform employees that an assessment will be undertaken to determine if there is indication for quarantine or further notifications as a precautionary measure.

In the meantime, you should send home any potentially exposed employees (as described in Potential Exposure to Coronavirus) and instruct them to complete the Potential Exposure Reporting form and to follow the Self-Quarantine protocols. Inform them that they will need to submit a Request to Return to Campus form and be approved before they can return to campus as detailed in Completion of Self-Quarantine/Isolation. See the Diagnosis and Symptoms Protocols for a list of steps to follow.

Q: What should I do if I find out that a co-worker was diagnosed with COVID-19?
A: You may be contacted by a contact tracer who will work with the infected individual to identify and directly notify people who have been in close contact with the person testing positive.

You do not need to undergo self-quarantine unless notified that you potentially were exposed, but you should continue to perform a daily health assessment to be aware if any coronavirus symptoms develop and, if so, follow the guidance in the Diagnosis and Symptoms Protocols. You also should continue to follow the general prevention and workplace prevention measures, such as social distancing, frequent handwashing and covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue.

Q: When can I return to work from self-quarantine or isolation?
A: If you have been in self-quarantine or self-isolation, you will not be allowed to return to work until you receive written approval following your submission of the Request to Return to Campus form. To be considered, at least three days (72 hours) must have passed since recovery (defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications) and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared. See Completion of Self-Quarantine/Isolation for further information.

Q: Will I be told the identity of an employee under my supervision or co-worker who is diagnosed with COVID-19?
A: No, individuals with confirmed cases of COVID-19 will not be identified in order to maintain confidentiality.