- COVID-19 Hotline for students, faculty and staff to ask questions, assess symptoms, provide health advice and testing recommendations 210-450-8000
- Continuous self-monitoring in effect for everyone regardless of travel
- Self-isolation will be required for returning travelers from the following locations: (7 days after your symptoms began AND you have been fever-free for 72 consecutive hours)
- Guidance for healthcare professionals self-monitoring and work restriction in the presence of community transmission of COVID 19 can be found on the Clinical Continuity section of this site
- If you are sick, stay at home. If you have new onset of any of the following symptoms, you MUST stay at home and immediately notify your supervisor.
- Fever (subjective or temperature of greater than 100.0 ͦ F)
- Cough; Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
- Diarrhea; nausea; vomiting
- Muscle aches
- Malaise (feeling tired or run down)
UT Health San Antonio is actively monitoring the outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (termed “COVID-19”) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The virus has rapidly spread to several countries, including the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is closely monitoring the situation in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO). Our team is also monitoring the COVID-19 situation worldwide and locally, and we will take action if needed. We rely on information provided by the CDC, WHO, the U.S. State Department, state and local health departments, and on-campus public health experts to guide decisions concerning our operations and maintain a safe environment for our employees, students and residents.
University officials are in regular communication with county and state health officials and will share additional information on this web page as it becomes available. There is a daily safety briefing held with a multidisciplinary team that includes infectious disease faculty and physicians. New information will be added to this site accordingly.
Most importantly, please follow the precautions issued by the CDC and the advice of their program providers regarding health and safety measures.
April 6, 2020
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 …
April 6, 2020
For those in non-patient care settings, cloth masks are allowed. Here are requirements for wearing a cloth face mask, instructions for how to put on and safely take off a cloth mask, as well as cleaning recommendations for cloth masks.
April 6, 2020
View instructions for mask requirements, mask removal, and prevention.
4/1/20 | 10:30 am | UT Health San Antonio and University Health System among first in the nation to test an investigational drug for treating COVID-19April 1, 2020
Physicians of UT Health San Antonio and University Health System are among the first in the nation to test an investigational drug for the treatment of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). TV coverage on KSAT 12 TV coverage on KENS 5 TV coverage on Fox 29 …
April 1, 2020
UTPD posted service updates to the police website including the following change in services: Fingerprinting services discontinued until further notice. Identification badges and keys will be issued by appointment only. Contact email@example.com to sc …
March 31, 2020
Dear Faculty, Staff, Students and Residents: As we end what was an extremely busy March and move into what we anticipate will be an even busier April, I, along with President Henrich, want to again assure you that your UT Health San Antonio leadership …
3/31/20 | 9:30 am | IT Warns of Teleconferencing and Online Classroom Hijacking During COVID-19 PandemicMarch 31, 2020
As large numbers of people turn to video-teleconferencing platforms to stay connected in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, reports of hijacking (also called “Zoom-bombing”) are emerging nationwide. Read notice here: IT Memo 3.31.20
March 27, 2020
Effective April 1, emergency sick leave and family medical leave provisions will be guided by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which was signed into law March 18 by President Trump. HR will share information next week for how the provisions …
To ensure the safety and security of UT Health San Antonio students, faculty, staff and patients, the following measures are being taken and guidelines offered.
- University-sponsored international travel is suspended until further notice. This includes visitors travel to the campus.
- A leadership planning committee has been convened to include team members from Infectious Disease, Emergency Response, Risk Management, Employee Health, Academic, Faculty & Student Affairs, Human Resources and other administrative areas to actively monitor developments and coordinate campus resources, responses and communications.
- Daily safety briefings with a multidisciplinary committee specifically to discuss coronavirus action planning; communication to the university community as needed.
- Individuals visiting the university are being screened during their appointments for recent international travel and will be asked about their health and travel history.
- Additional phone screening will soon occur with all patients of UT Health Physicians prior to appointments.
- Flu activity is high in the U.S. and is expected to continue for weeks. Our clinical sites are performing tests to confirm influenza. Anyone who has not received a flu vaccine this season should be vaccinated. Find more information about flu shots from UT Health San Antonio Physicians. Crews will be increasing the cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces and restrooms in university buildings. On the recommendation of our university health providers, we ask that anyone who is ill or thinks they may be ill to stay home from class and work and seek medical care and advice, as necessary.
- Faculty are being provided guidance on ways to accommodate students who may need to temporarily complete assignments remotely. Coronavirus testing will be done following CDC and local and state health department recommendations.
- International travel guidelines change frequently. Please find the latest CDC information for travelers here. Questions? Contact Dr. Michael Charlton, Environmental Health & Safety, at 210-567-2955, or Dr. Jacqueline Mok, Academic, Faculty & Student Affairs at 210-567-2004
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United Way’s 2-1-1 Help Line
U.S. Texas Health & Human Services encourages all Texans in need of COVID-19 referrals to community resources to call the 2-1-1 Texas hotline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including information on local community resources such as financial assistance for utilities or rent, food pantries, housing assistance, crisis counseling, utility payment assistance and senior services. Select “option 6” to get information or referrals to include testing, community clinics, unemployment benefits and more. 2-1-1 or 877-541-7905.
What You Should Know
For Healthcare Professionals
14-Day Symptom Monitoring Log
Q: If I find myself in a 14-day self-isolation because I have been exposed to COVID-19, what are recommendations to protect my family members?
As the number of self-isolation cases increase, UT Health San Antonio is following the CDC’s recommendation for preventing the spread of COVID-19, specifically while in 14-day isolation. View the full list of steps that should be taken if you are self-isolating or living with someone who is sick with COVID-19.
Q: What can I do to stay healthy?
It is critical that we all practice good hygiene and social distancing. Most importantly, stay home if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms. You can always visit the CDC website for robust and up-to-date information. Information will also be continuously updated on this site and you can always submit a question to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our highest priority is to sustain the health of our community, employees and students.
Q: What to do if you get sick?
If you get sick with fever (100.0°F/38°C or higher), cough, or have trouble breathing:
- Seek medical care. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room.
- Tell your doctor about your recent travel and your symptoms.
- Avoid contact with others.
If you need to seek medical care for other reasons, such as dialysis, call ahead to your doctor and tell them about your recent travel to an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.
Stop the spread of germs and disease by taking simple to follow measures, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand rub
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or wipe
Our Experts in the Media
- Dr. Ruben Mesa moderated a national Physicians’ Education Resource® panel discussing new guidelines in caring for cancer patients amid the COVID-19 pandemic
- President William Henrich, M.D., and Dr. Ralph Riviello discuss hospitals’ bracing for surge of coronavirus
- Dr. Fred Campbell answers questions about COVID-19 on KTSA’s Jack Riccardi Show.
- Dr. Thomas Patterson: New remdesivir study underway shows some promise
- Dr. Thomas Patterson is overseeing the local enrollment site at University Hospital to test experimental antiviral drug remdesivir as potential treatment for COVID-19
- Dr. Anthony Hartzler discusses COVID-19 updates from the health care perspective, and information about the remdesivir study being conducted at UT Health San Antonio and University Health System
Dr. Neela Patel offers a balanced perspective on keeping elderly family at nursing homes. News 4 coverage Fox 29 coverage
Dr. Fred Campbell advises viewers that patients who have recovered from COVID-19 must continue to take steps to limit the spread. Read the story on News 4 Read the story on KABB
A hotline has been established for UT Health faculty, staff and students’ COVID-19 health-related questions: 210-450-8000
Executive orders issued in accordance with federal guidelines
As we prepare plans to work from home, below are the guidelines you need to read through and provide responses as requested. Complete this spreadsheet for your area. Working from home will not occur until we receive UT Health leadership approval. Belo …
The Briscoe Library and Laredo Campus Library is closing for public visitors. The libraries remain open 24/7 to all faculty, staff, and students using their UT Health badge to access.