University of Houston-Victoria

COVID-19

Diagnosis/Symptoms Protocols

Employee and Supervisor

If an employee has tested positive, been diagnosed with COVID-19 or exhibits any Coronavirus Symptoms (other than symptoms related to a pre-existing medical condition or a medical diagnosis unrelated to COVID-19), the following steps should be taken by the employee and their supervisor:

Employee Steps

If you have COVID-19 symptoms but do NOT have a positive test or a diagnosis:

  • If you are at work, go home immediately and avoid coming into close contact with anyone.
  • Contact your supervisor as soon as possible to notify him.
  • Contact your health care provider for diagnosis, treatment and/or testing, as necessary. (If you are a BCBSTX HealthSelect participant, telehealth virtual visits are available to you at no cost.)
  • Stay home (except to seek medical care).
  • Follow CDC guidance and What to Do If I’m Sick.
  • Complete the Diagnosis or Symptoms Reporting form.
  • If, at any time following the reporting of symptoms, you undergo a test for COVID-19 and you test positive, notify your supervisor of this development and resubmit the Diagnosis or Symptoms Reporting form to report your positive test result.
  • Do not return to campus until written approval is received. See Completion of Self-Quarantine.

If you receive a positive test result or are diagnosed with COVID-19 (regardless of 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 him.
  • Complete the Diagnosis or Symptoms Reporting form to report your positive test result or diagnosis.
  • Consult with your health care provider. (If you are a BCBSTX HealthSelect participant, telehealth virtual visits are available to you at no cost.)
  • Stay home (except to seek medical care).
  • Follow the Self-Quarantine/Isolation protocols.
  • Do not return to campus until written approval is received. See Completion of Self-Quarantine.
  • Cooperate with contact tracers to provide information about others with whom you have had close contact.

Supervisor Steps

If the employee has COVID-19 symptoms but does NOT have a positive test or a diagnosis:

  • 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 him to stay at home and follow the protocols above.
  • Advise the employee to complete the Diagnosis or Symptoms Reporting form (notification will be made to the COVID-19 response coordinator by way of the completed form) and inform him that he will need to submit a Request to Return to Campus form and be approved before he can return to campus as detailed in Completion of Self-Quarantine.
  • If the employee later notifies you that he has undergone a test for COVID-19 and received a positive result, advise him to resubmit the Diagnosis or Symptoms Reporting form to report this positive test result. You also should notify the UHV COVID-19 Operations Center of this development.
  • If you or any of your employees have questions, you may direct them to the response coordinator of the  UHV COVID-19 Operations Center at covidops@uhv.edu.

If the employee has tested positive or been diagnosed with 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 his situation. Also find out when the employee was last at work.
  • Advise the employee to complete the Diagnosis or Symptoms Reporting form.
  • Notify the COVID-19 response coordinator at covidops@uhv.edu and provide information regarding when the employee was last on campus.
  • Notify UHV Facilities to clean/disinfect the employee’s work area. Note: CDC guidance advises that cleaning/disinfecting should not begin for 24 hours from employee’s presence. If the infected individual has not been present for seven days or more, additional cleaning and disinfection is not necessary besides increased routine cleaning and disinfecting of all high-touch surfaces already in place.
  • Close off areas used by the infected employee, including common areas.
  • Advise co-workers of a potential exposure (but do not identify the employee by name) and that contact tracers will work with the individual who tested positive to identify close contacts and notify them if they need to self-quarantine. Further advise that they do not need to take any specific action unless notified, but they should continue to monitor their health for the presence of any Coronavirus Symptoms and follow the Prevention and Workplace Prevention practices.
  • In unique situations when it is clear that certain co-workers have been potentially exposed as a result of close contact for a prolonged period of time with the affected employee (as described in Potential Exposure to Coronavirus), the supervisor may send those co-workers home and instruct them to complete the Potential Exposure Reporting form and to follow the Self-Quarantine/Isolation protocols.
  • Inform the employee that he will need to submit a Request to Return to Campus form and be approved before he can return to campus as detailed in Completion of Self-Quarantine.
  • If you or any of your employees have questions, you may direct them to the response coordinator of the  UHV COVID-19 Operations Center at covidops@uhv.edu.