7/16/2020 | 9:45 am | COVID-19 Testing, Positive Cases and Contact Tracing
As the fight to stop the spread of COVID-19 continues, UT Health San Antonio continues to employ our best practices and standards for informing impacted staff, students and faculty about virus positivity on campus.
In the interest of transparency, we will begin communicating what we are able to report responsibly about the number of COVID-19 cases on our campus. Please note much of the information is obtained through self-reported sources; therefore, we cannot assume complete accuracy.
The organization’s number of faculty, staff, residents and students that have tested positive for COVID-19 based on tested and self-reported cases is currently approximately 1% of the total university population.
To help determine the risk of potential exposure to others on campus, Wellness 360 has put timely procedures in place to contact trace all exposures and are actively notifying anyone who has tested positive using the testing service on our campus or has been potentially exposed based on self-reporting. Contact tracing shows that those who have contracted COVID-19 have contracted it outside of the campus. To the extent we are able to confirm, no one has contracted COVID-19 through an on-campus contact/interaction.
As a core component of the organization’s preventive measures, protocols have been put into place for COVID-19 testing, as well as contact tracing and symptom management that are in alignment with CDC recommendations. Numerous preventive protocols have been implemented on campus to reduce the likelihood of COVID-19 spread including social distancing, mandatory masking, temperature screening, symptomatic testing, and enhanced cleaning and sanitation procedures. In areas where there is a positive case in the workspace, a combination of increased air exchanges and surface decontamination procedures are followed in accordance with CDC guidance to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
As a reminder, COVID-19 testing has been established for all employees and students at Wellness 360. It’s essential that anyone with COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, chills, change in taste or smell) stay home and contact the hotline at (210) 450-8000 for assistance.
Face masks are required at all times in all public spaces on campus. Always wear your mask when entering and leaving your work area or building. We continue to work towards providing a safe campus environment and this effort requires everyone’s attention and participation. The data below will be posted to our COVID-19 website and updated weekly.