7/22/20 | 5:50 pm | Updated Policy for All UT Health San Antonio Employees positive for COVID-19

All UT Health San Antonio employees who have had a positive COVID-19 test will be required to have a physical examination by a Wellness 360 healthcare provider or their primary healthcare provider before returning to work.  Written documentation of the visit will be required.

Employees must make an appointment through the COVID Hotline by calling 210-450-8000.

Prior to making an appointment, employees must meet the following requirements:

Positive COVID-19 Test (Symptomatic):

  • At least 24 hours since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications
  • Symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath) have improved
  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared

Positive COVID-19 Test (Asymptomatic):

  • At least 10 days have passed since the date of their first positive test and remained asymptomatic throughout the 10-day time period.  If symptoms develop, the individual must follow the positive COVID-19 test (symptomatic requirements).

Positive COVID-19 Test (Healthcare personnel with severe to critical illness or severely immunocompromised*)

  • At least 20 days have passed since symptoms first appeared
  • At least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications
  • Symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath, etc.) have improved
    *These are reviewed on a case by case basis as they are determined by the treating provider and tailored to each individual and situation

Employees can call the COVID-19 Hotline at 210-450-8000 with any concerns or questions regarding the return to work policy.  For employees who are working remotely, notify your supervisor when you feel able to return to work.

After returning to work, patient facing healthcare personnel should:

  • Wear a facemask at all times while in the healthcare facility.
  • Adhere to hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene, and cough etiquette in CDC’s interim infection control guidance (e.g., cover nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, dispose of tissues in waste receptacles).
  • Self-monitor for symptoms, and seek re-evaluation from Wellness 360 or your primary healthcare provider, if respiratory symptoms recur or worsen.

Employees who have tested negative for COVID-19 must not return to work until they are fever free for 24 hours (temperature below 100.0 F or 37.7 C).  They do not need clearance from Wellness 360.

Employees who have been ill (coughing, fever, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea) and have not tested for COVID-19 may not return to work until fever free for 24 hours, symptoms have improved, and 10 days after onset of the first symptom.  Provider clearance will be required for evaluation with the employee’s department if request for returning to work before the above criteria have been met.

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