In addition to general coronavirus prevention guidance, employees are expected to practice the following workplace prevention practices:
Daily Self-Assessment Before Coming to Campus Each Day
- Take your temperature.
- Conduct a self-assessment of your health/infection exposure.
- Assess whether you are exhibiting any coronavirus symptoms.
Your presence on campus each day means that you have completed a daily assessment of your health/exposure and you:
- Are NOT exhibiting any coronavirus symptoms.
- Have NOT tested positive for COVID-19.
- Have NOT knowingly been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or suspected/presumed COVID-19.
See Protocols for Employee with COVID-19 Diagnosis/Symptoms for what to do if you experience symptoms and Potential Exposure to Coronavirus for what to do if you have potentially been exposed to COVID-19.
- Use best efforts to keep at least 6 feet of separation from other individuals. If such distancing is not feasible, other measures such as a face covering, hand hygiene, cough etiquette, cleanliness and sanitation should be practiced rigorously.
- The CDC recommends limiting events and meetings that require close contact.
- The university encourages the use of virtual meetings instead of physical meetings. When physical meetings are necessary, consider holding meetings in well-ventilated spaces and space chairs at least 6 feet apart.
- Minimize the use of other workers’ phones, devices, tools and equipment.
- Respect others in communal or enclosed spaces, including elevators, by limiting entry.
Use of Face Coverings
- UHV requires all employees to wear face coverings when they are in public areas or are in close proximity (within 6 feet) of others.
- This requirement also is directed to those visiting UHV and UHV Katy, including students, contractors and visitors (10 years old or older).
- Face coverings do not need to be worn in the following circumstances:
- When working alone in a single office
- When engaging in physical activity outside
- When doing so poses a greater mental or physical health, safety or security risk
- While operating outdoor equipment if not appropriate from a safety standpoint
- When consuming food or drink
- Individuals are asked to wear a cloth bandana or face covering that covers their nose and mouth. The use of surgical masks, surgical N-95 respirators or other medical masks is discouraged to maintain resources for health care providers and first responders.
- The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing and regular handwashing.
- Continue to keep a distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and others.
- You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
- The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
- Cloth face coverings should:
- fit the sides of the face snugly but comfortably
- be secured with ties or ear loops
- include multiple layers of fabric
- allow for breathing without restriction
- be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
- The CDC recommends routinely washing face coverings depending on the frequency of use.
Respiratory and Cough Etiquette
- If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Be generally aware of who you are in close contact with, especially for extended periods of time, so that contact tracing can be performed if you become symptomatic.
- Provide information, as needed, to help conduct tracing.