Self-Monitoring & Reporting
Positive COVID-19 Test Reporting and Close Contact Exposure Protocol
What to do when you test positive for and/or are exposed to COVID-19.
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center strongly recommends that all students and team members (staff, faculty, fellows, and residents) keep up-to-date with your COVID-19 vaccinations and receive the booster when eligible.
At any time, if you do not feel well, stay off campus until your symptoms resolve. In the event you test positive for, suspect you have, or had a known close contact exposure* to COVID-19, you will be required to adhere to the following requirements:
- Testing positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status:
- All students and team members who test positive for COVID-19, must use the Online Positive COVID-19 Test Reporting Form to report the diagnosis.
- Individuals will need to stay off campus for five (5) days after the day they tested
After five (5) days, if they are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and symptoms are improving, they may return to campus; however, they should wear a facial covering upon their return for five (5) additional days.
- Close contact exposure to someone infected with COVID-19 regardless of vaccination
- Individuals may continue to be on campus; however, they should wear a facial covering for ten (10) days, beginning from the time of exposure with the COVID-19 infected individual.
- If an individual begins to develop symptoms at any point following a close contact exposure, they should immediately stay off campus and seek a COVID-19 test.
For employees who are in our managed care units, please note that isolation or quarantine periods may be different depending on current requirements of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Please work with your supervisor to adhere to the applicable isolation or quarantine protocols as may be required by TDCJ.
Team members will utilize sick and/or vacation leave through the entirety of any self-isolation or quarantine period. Team members may work remotely during this time period if requested and approved by their supervisor.
Students will need to coordinate with their program directors if required to self-isolate or quarantine off campus to determine options to make up for any academic or clinical coursework missed.
*Close contact is determined by proximity and duration of exposure: If you were within approximately 6 feet of an individual known to be infected with COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from two (2) days before the individual tested positive – such as while caring for, living with, visiting with, or sharing an office with them – without using recommended precautions such as facial coverings. People who are exposed to someone with COVID-19 after they completed at least five (5) days of isolation are not considered close contacts.
+Up to date means a person has received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible. Please see the CDC’s guidance for more information.