Coronavirus Update

Assess Your Health Daily

Daily self-screen for symptoms of COVID-19 before coming on campus include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive person or are experiencing possible symptoms, please follow these school of medicine procedures detailed on the COVID-19 Reporting page here.

  • An employee or supervisor should communicate any COVID-19 positive tests, any COVID-19 exposure that results in isolation/quarantine or any COVID-19 symptoms that result in isolation/quarantine to the SOM Human Resources Director Meagan Voorhies at meagan.voorhies@tcu.edu, 469-964-7987.
  • Students should communicate any COVID-19 positive tests, any COVID-19 exposure or any positive self-screening results for symptoms to the Office of Student Affairs to Dr. Danika Franks at danika.franks@tcu.edu.

Clean, Cover and Contain

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • Maintain three feet of social distancing at all times.
  • Practice hand hygiene and sneezing and coughing etiquette.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in your area.

Mask Guidance

The School of Medicine will follow the TCU guidelines with masks mandatory in all indoor settings, including at the UNT Health Science Center.

Be mindful that COVID-19 symptoms vary among those testing positive for the virus; be vigilant and do not take any chances if you experience symptoms or just aren’t feeling well. A successful learning environment requires that all community members assist with prevention and self-monitoring strategies outlined by the CDC and endorsed by TCU to Protect the Purple. These include regular hand-washing, daily monitoring for symptoms, wearing a face mask, physical distancing and avoiding large gatherings.
CDC Changes Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shortened their quarantine and isolation times. Tarrant County Public Health also has adopted these guidelines.
Our basic principles for protecting the community while maintaining the School of Medicine experience remain in effect:
  • Wear a mask. Masks remain required in indoor spaces on campus.  Students can pick up additional masks from Student Affairs and all staff and faculty can pick up masks in the Dean’s Suite; masks not only reduce your risk, but also help protect others.
  • Maintain healthy hygiene practices. Wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes when possible.
  • If you’re sick, stay home. Being sick is no fun, but if you are sick and have COVID symptoms, follow the what-to-do guides and do not go to class or work. Take care of yourself, protect your friends, other students and campus members.
  • Take care of your mental health. Your mental health and well-being is just as important as your physical health. Visit TCU’s Counseling & Mental Health Center website for services and contact information.

Campus FAQ

General Information

Yes, all employees, students and visitors should perform a self-assessment for symptoms before coming to campus every day.

Daily self-screen for symptoms of COVID-19 before coming on campus include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive person or are experiencing possible symptoms, please follow these school of medicine procedures detailed on the COVID-19 Reporting page here.

  • An employee or supervisor should communicate any COVID-19 positive tests, any COVID-19 exposure that results in isolation/quarantine or any COVID-19 symptoms that result in isolation/quarantine to the SOM Human Resources Director Meagan Voorhies at meagan.voorhies@tcu.edu469-964-7987.
  • Students should communicate any COVID-19 positive tests, any COVID-19 exposure or any positive self-screening results for symptoms to the Office of Student Affairs to Dr. Danika Franks at danika.franks@tcu.edu.
  • Outdoor Gatherings: There is no capacity limit on outdoor events and activities.
  • Indoor Gatherings: We encourage physical distancing indoors for those not fully vaccinated and ask that you book indoor space large enough to meet distancing criteria. The School of Medicine will follow the TCU guidelines with masks mandatory in all indoor settings, including at the UNT Health Science Center.
  • Campus visitors are permitted. All visitors must observe health and safety protocols.
  • The SOM host unit is responsible for any visitor entering or leaving the campus, and should communicate required health and safety guidelines.

The School of Medicine will follow the TCU guidelines with masks mandatory in all indoor settings, including at the UNT Health Science Center.

Be mindful that COVID-19 symptoms vary among those testing positive for the virus; be vigilant and do not take any chances if you experience symptoms or just aren’t feeling well. A successful learning environment requires that all community members assist with prevention and self-monitoring strategies outlined by the CDC and endorsed by TCU to Protect the Purple. These include regular hand-washing, daily monitoring for symptoms, wearing a face mask, physical distancing and avoiding large gatherings.

 

At this time, the school of medicine will not test employees or students for COVID-19 as a requirement to return to campus. The School of Medicine’s approach to testing may evolve over time, based on the availability of testing in Texas and the changing situation related to the pandemic.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive person or are experiencing possible symptoms, please follow these school of medicine procedures detailed on the COVID-19 Reporting page here.

  • An employee or supervisor should communicate any COVID-19 positive tests, any COVID-19 exposure that results in isolation/quarantine or any COVID-19 symptoms that result in isolation/quarantine to the SOM Human Resources Director Meagan Voorhies at meagan.voorhies@tcu.edu, 469-964-7987.
  • Students should communicate any COVID-19 positive tests, any COVID-19 exposure or any positive self-screening results for symptoms to the to the Office of Student Affairs to Dr. Danika Franks at danika.franks@tcu.edu.

An employee or supervisor should communicate any COVID-19 positive tests, any COVID-19 exposure that results in isolation/quarantine or any COVID-19 symptoms that result in isolation/quarantine to the SOM Human Resources Director Meagan Voorhies at meagan.voorhies@tcu.edu, 469-964-7987.

Students should communicate any COVID-19 positive tests, any COVID-19 exposure or any positive self-screening results for symptoms to the to the Office of Student Affairs to Dr. Danika Franks at danika.franks@tcu.edu.

  • Domestic and International Travel for faculty and staff will resume, pending appropriate approval. Domestic travel must be approved by the unit head (some divisions may require additional approval for travel). Approval for international travel will be facilitated through the Travel Authorization and Registration Process.
  • TCU does not require quarantine upon arriving to campus after travel (domestic or international); however, the university encourages campus members follow CDC guidance for travel. For those who are unvaccinated, this includes seven days of self-quarantine, monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms, and getting tested three days after travel. Those who are vaccinated should also self-monitor and get tested if symptomatic. TCU recommends all campus members get the COVID-19 vaccine if they are able.
  • If you are a SOM employee, please contact School of Medicine Human Resources Director Meagan Voorhies at meagan.voorhies@tcu.edu, 469-964-7987 for guidance. If you are a SOM student, please contact the Office of Student Affairs. Please contact Danika Franks, M.D., danika.franks@tcu.edu, or Mary Beth Mercatoris, m.mercatoris@tcu.edu, for guidelines.

Employees

TCU Human Resources has a document addressing use of leave. They also have additional information available in both English and Spanish on their  COVID-19/Coronavirus Updates

  • If you’re not fully vaccinated or haven’t confirmed your vaccine with TCU, you’ll be asked to quarantine if you’re exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual. Fully vaccinated, you’ll only be asked to quarantine if symptomatic. Read TCU’s guidelines here and the COVID-19 Reporting guidelines. 
  • TCU has leave policies in place to allow employees to stay home when they are sick, when household members are sick, or when required by a healthcare provider to isolate or quarantine themselves or a member of their household because of COVID-19. For additional questions regarding leave policies, please contact School of Medicine Human Resources Director Meagan Voorhies at Meagan.voorhies@tcu.edu, 469-964-7987.
  • Yes, regular housekeeping practices are being enhanced, including frequent cleaning and sanitization of high-touch areas such as door handles, railings, and elevator panels, among others.
  • This is a shared responsibility. Please do your part to keep your personal workspaces clean and avoid sharing workspaces and/or equipment.
  • Yes, additional cleaning stations will be available near passenger elevators on each floor of every building with instructions for sanitizing work spaces.
  • These communal supplies will be available to everyone so please be mindful of returning the supplies when finished, and contact facilities@unthsc.edu or x2181 if supplies are running low.

Minor modifications such as moving furniture to allow for social distancing are appropriate without approval. If assistance is needed to move furniture, please contact facilities@unthsc.edu or X2181.

  • Yes, if it is impossible in those spaces to maintain safe social distancing and regular cleaning. Breakrooms/kitchens will be limited to food preparation only.
  • Eliminate reusable kitchen and cleaning tools and replace with single-use options in common kitchens and break rooms.
  • Remove high-touch items such as magazines and common pens.

If you observe or experience unsafe working conditions, please contact your supervisor to help address issues and concerns. For additional questions, please contact School of Medicine Human Resources Director Meagan Voorhies at Meagan.voorhies@tcu.edu, 469-964-7987.

For TCU  employees

  • TCU offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) which is a confidential support service designed especially to help you with the issues that affect your life the most. For more details, please visit the Employee Assistance Programpage on the TCU Human Resources website.
  • Medical resources for employees and their families covered by TCU Health insurance:
    • 24/7 Nurseline – call 800-581-0353
    • MDLIVEwebsite or call – 888-680-8646 (co-pays may apply)
  • Mental health resources for employees and their families covered by TCU Health Insurance:
  • 800-327-1393
  • magellanascend.com(enter TCU as company name)

Students

The School of Medicine will adhere to the SOM academic calendar to ensure we can meet all requirements for each student’s completion of our program for graduation in four years. Thus, the SOM calendar, rather than either university’s calendar, is our calendar of record.

Students should communicate any COVID-19 positive tests, any COVID-19 exposure or any positive self-screening results for symptoms to the Office of Student Affairs to Dr. Danika Franks at danika.franks@tcu.edu.

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