University of Houston-Victoria

COVID-19

Workplace Prevention

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.

Social Distancing

  • 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.

Awareness

  • 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.