University of Houston-Victoria

COVID-19

Diagnosis/Symptoms Protocols

If an employee has tested positive or been diagnosed with COVID-19, or exhibits any Coronavirus Symptoms (other than symptoms related to a pre-existing medical condition), 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.)
  • Visit the Human Resources FMLA page on the UHV intranet and contact your HR benefits team to discuss your leave options.
  • Continue to monitor your symptoms.
  • If you undergo a test for COVID-19 and you test positive, notify your supervisor of this development and submit the Diagnosis Reporting form to report your positive test result and follow the protocols below for a positive test.
  • You may return to campus:
    • If your symptoms are a result of a pre-existing medical condition; or
    • Your health care provider has advised that you have an alternative medical diagnosis that is unrelated to COVID-19 and you are no longer contagious; or
    • At least 24 hours have passed since your last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in symptoms; and, at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
    • NOTE: If you have received the COVID-19 vaccine within the last seven days and you have experienced side effects, you may return to campus if at least 24 hours have passed since your last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in symptoms, AND you have had no known exposure to someone with COVID-19.

If you receive a positive test result or are diagnosed with COVID-19 (regardless of whether you have symptoms), you should:

  • Go home immediately if you are at work and avoid coming into close contact with anyone.
  • Contact your supervisor as soon as possible to notify him.
  • Complete the Diagnosis 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.)
  • Visit the Human Resources FMLA page on the UHV intranet and contact your HR benefits team to discuss your leave options.
  • Follow CDC guidance.
  • 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 for an employee with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 but without a positive test or diagnosis.
  • If the employee later notifies you that he has undergone a test for COVID-19 and received a positive result, advise him to submit the Diagnosis Reporting form to report this positive test result.
  • If you or any of your employees have questions, you may direct them to the 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:

  • Make sure the employee is separated from others and immediately sent home if the employee is at work when you are notified.
  • 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 Reporting form to report this positive test result.
  • Notify UHV Facilities to clean/disinfect the employee’s work area.
  • 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), they should be instructed to:
    • Complete the Potential Exposure Reporting form.
    • If advised to self-quarantine, follow the Self-Quarantine/Isolation protocols and do not return to campus until written approval is received. See Completion of Self-Quarantine.
    • Note: None of the above actions are necessary if an employee has been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and the following apply:
      • The employee is fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥ two weeks following receipt of the second dose in a two-dose series, or ≥ two weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine), AND
      • The employee has remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure.
  • 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 coordinator of the UHV COVID-19 Operations Center at covidops@uhv.edu.