What to Do
Collecting detailed information is vital for maintaining the health of the Horned Frog community. Thank you for doing your part to Protect the Purple.
You’ve tested positive for COVID-19
You’re experiencing symptoms
You’ve been exposed to someone who tested positive
Exposure occurs when you have recently been within six feet of someone (for at least 15 minutes) who has tested positive for COVID-19.
If you have any questions or issues with these forms, call the TCU COVID-19 Self-Report Hotline at 817-257-2684.
Daily Health Checks
Students and employees should make a habit of conducting personal health checks daily.
Close contacts should be tested for COVID-19 within three to five days of known exposure or notification of exposure. We ask that you self-monitor and promptly report any new or increasingly severe symptoms to the TCU Health Center. If testing shows you are positive for COVID-19, a Case Investigator at the Health Center will collect a list of names from you for contact tracing. If you test negative for COVID-19, you should still remain in quarantine.
- Close contacts showing symptoms should self-isolate and contact the TCU Health Center to discuss options for testing—regardless of vaccination status
- Unvaccinated close contacts without symptoms should self-quarantine for 10 days from their last potential exposure and be tested for COVID-19 within three to five days of exposure
The TCU community cares about the health and safety of all of its members, so when close contacts learn they’ve been exposed to someone testing positive for COVID-19, we expect them to do their part to keep other Horned Frogs safe. Here are ways close contacts can prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Close contacts should get tested for COVID-19, regardless of the presence of symptoms.
- Close contacts should return to their room. Even in the absence of symptoms, you should not attend class in person.
- Contacts should not have visitors during this period.
- If contacts must leave the room, they should wash or sanitize their hands first and wear a face covering, minimizing any contact with surfaces and other people.
- Quarantined students should record their temperature twice a day.
- Contacts may return to a normal routine after 10 days if they are symptom free and without fever (<100º).
Close contacts who do not have COVID-19 related symptoms may leave the room to retrieve meals. However, we expect these asymptomatic contacts to wash or sanitize their hands before leaving their room and wear a face covering. Also, to reduce the risk of possible spread, we ask that these close contacts minimize interacting with surfaces and other people and return as soon as possible to the room. Close contacts, regardless of symptoms, are asked to not attend class and should report their exposure using the self-report form.
Unvaccinated employees exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should quarantine and self-monitor, promptly reporting any new or increasingly severe symptoms to their primary care physician.
Close contacts should be tested for COVID-19 within three to five days of exposure or within five days of notification of exposure.
Employees testing positive for COVID-19 should immediately complete the self-report form or call the TCU COVID-19 Self-Reporting Hotline at 817-257- 2684 if they do not have access to a computer.
Quarantined employees testing negative should still remain in quarantine. If you have been asked to quarantine by an outside agency (such as the Tarrant County Health Department) you should contact your supervisor and complete the self-report form.
For specific information about employee exposure and what to do, review the Employee Exposure Guide.
Students with a confirmed or probable diagnosis of COVID-19 who have been told to self-isolate by the Case Investigator will ideally be provided with the following resources:
- Phone consultations with a health care provider
- Services such as notifying professors about class attendance, assistance with meals, laundry, etc.
- Virtual counseling services and support
Faculty, staff and students should perform daily self-monitoring of symptoms and communicate with the Health Center if there are any new or increasingly severe symptoms.
- Students who live in a single room or an apartment where they have exclusive use of a bathroom should return to their room and not leave.
- If students do not have a single room with a bathroom or an apartment where there is exclusive use of a bathroom, the Care Coordinator will work with the student to discuss relocation.
- Meals will be delivered to the student during the isolation period.
- Students may not have visitors during the period of isolation.
- If isolated students must leave their room, they should wash their hands before leaving and wear a face covering, minimizing any contact with surfaces and other people.
- Isolated students should record their temperature twice a day.
The idea of isolation is to eliminate any contact exposure until you recover. Staying in your room, apartment or house is one way to isolate. We understand that students may want to return to their parent’s home during this time. If you intend to isolate from a location other than your residence hall room, apartment or campus home, please notify the Care Coordinator of your new location. Use face masks and gloves (or sanitized hands) if traveling in a car with someone else.
Faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 need to remain in isolation until:
- At least 10 days have passed since the onset of symptoms and
- At least 24 hours have passed since the individual has had fever (without the use of fever-reducing medicine) and symptoms are improving.
Employees without symptoms will still need to isolate for 10 days from the time they tested positive. A Care Coordinator will contact you when the isolation period has ended to determine when returning to work is possible.