6/14/2022 | Return to Work Policy for COVID-19 Exposure and Infection

All UT Health San Antonio employees, faculty, or students who have had a positive COVID-19 test must notify the covid-19@uthscsa.edu email address.   Below is the information for return to work/school depending on the severity of your COVID-19 illness.

Mild Illness Definition: a runny nose, cough, congestion, malaise, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, loss of taste and smell, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, fever and feel better with in a couple of days.

Moderate to Severe Illness Definition: Shortness of breath, dyspnea, or abnormal chest imaging (moderate to severe individuals with evidence of lower respiratory disease by clinical assessment or imaging)

Positive COVID-19 Test (Mild symptomatic or asymptomatic illness):

Following is required:

  • At least 24 hours since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications (e.g. Tylenol, Aleve, Ibuprofen, Advil)
  • Symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath) have improved
  • At least 5 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, day 0 is the day you were tested or the date your symptoms started.
  • Please work with your supervisor on leave time and work-from-home options.
  • Submit an attestation statement below to the covid-19@uthscsa.edu email address
  • I, NAME, attest that I am at least 5 full days after onset of symptoms or from test date and currently have no symptoms or symptoms are improving. I have not had a fever without fever reducing medicine for 24 hours.  I will be returning to work on XX/XX/XXXX.  I will wear a mask and not remove my mask on campus (e.g., to consume food/beverages, etc.) in the same room with others until after 10 days post first COVID-19 symptom or from my asymptomatic test date.

Positive COVID-19 Test (Moderate to Severe illness):

Following is required:

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared
  • At least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications
  • Please work with your supervisor on leave time and work-from-home options.
  • 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
  • Clearance by Wellness 360 or written clearance from primary healthcare provider.

Known Exposure to a Positive COVID-19 Case:

If up to date on COVID vaccines and asymptomatic:

  • Return to work masking through day 10 from exposure. Test at day 5 by PCR or if you become symptomatic.  If your PCR test comes back positive, please follow the guidelines above dependent on severity of symptoms.

If not up to date on COVID vaccines:

  • Stay home for at least 5 days. Test at day 5 by PCR or if you have symptoms.  If you are negative on a PCR test, you can return to the workplace and mask through day 10.   If positive, please follow the guidelines above dependent on severity of symptoms.   If you become symptomatic after day 5, please get retested and stay home for at least five days if the new test is positive.  If the second PCR test is negative, return to work after symptoms have cleared.

If previous COVID-19 case within the past 90 days and asymptomatic:

  • Return to work masking through day 10 from exposure. Test only if you become symptomatic.  If your PCR test comes back positive, please follow the guidelines above dependent on severity of symptoms.

Testing is an important COVID-19 control measure, but the best measure is to stay home if you are sick!

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