COVID-19 Reporting
Procedures & Guidelines

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, which are based on the current CDC guidelines:

Employees

An employee who tests positive for COVID-19 should not come to campus for a minimum of 10 calendar days from onset of symptoms or, if asymptomatic, from the date of testing positive and at least 24 hours have passed without fever and without the use of fever-reducing medications and symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) have improved. Prolonged symptom expression and individuals who are immunocompromised may require longer isolation periods.

Who To Contact

An employee or supervisor should communicate any COVID-19 positive tests to the SOM Human Resources Director Meagan Voorhies at meagan.voorhies@tcu.edu, 469-964-7987. Any employee who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be reported to both TCU and UNTHSC’s contact tracing processes and will receive specific instruction from these groups about their return to campus date.

An employee who has been in close contact* with a confirmed COVID-19 positive person (excluding health care workers in the health care setting with appropriate use of approved PPE) should quarantine at home for 14 days after last contact. The employee must monitor themself daily for symptoms and maintain strict quarantine procedures. We recommend employees who have a known exposure see their primary care provider to acquire testing for COVID-19 if indicated. * A close contact is someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset or, for asymptomatic contacts, 2 days prior to collection of a specimen that tests positive for COVID-19.

Who To Contact

An employee or supervisor should communicate any COVID-19 exposure that results in isolation/quarantine to the SOM Human Resources Director Meagan Voorhies at meagan.voorhies@tcu.edu, 469-964-7987. Any employee who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be reported to both TCU and UNTHSC’s contact tracing processes and will receive specific instruction from these groups about their return to campus date.

Employees are instructed to self-screen daily for the following symptoms:

  • Fever over 100F
  • Chills
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

An employee with any of these symptoms should stay home and contact their primary care provider to acquire testing for COVID-19 and to receive guidance on when they are safe to return.

Who To Contact

An employee or supervisor should communicate 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. Any employee who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be reported to both TCU and UNTHSC’s contact tracing processes and will receive specific instruction from these groups about their return to campus date.

Students

A student who tests positive for COVID-19 should not come to campus for a minimum of 10 calendar days from onset of symptoms or, if asymptomatic, from the date of testing positive and at least 24 hours have passed without fever and without the use of fever-reducing medications and symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) have improved. Prolonged symptom expression and individuals who are immunocompromised may require longer isolation periods.

Who To Contact

Any possible COVID-19 exposures or COVID-19 positive tests should be communicated to the Office of Student Affairs to Dr. Danika Franks at danika.franks@tcu.edu. A student who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be reported to both TCU and UNTHSC’s contact tracing processes and will receive specific instruction from these groups about their return to campus date and the clinical learning environment date. Students will be required to submit an absence request form as per the SOM Attendance Policy.

A student who has been in close contact* with a confirmed COVID-19 positive person (excluding health care workers in the health care setting with appropriate use of approved PPE) should quarantine at home for 14 days after last contact. The student must monitor themself daily for symptoms and maintain strict quarantine procedures. We recommend students who have a known exposure see their primary care provider to acquire testing for COVID-19 if indicated. * A close contact is someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset or, for asymptomatic contacts, 2 days prior to collection of a specimen that tests positive for COVID-19.

Who To Contact

Any possible COVID-19 exposures or COVID-19 positive tests should be communicated to the Office of Student Affairs  to Dr. Danika Franks at danika.franks@tcu.edu. A student who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be reported to both TCU and UNTHSC’s contact tracing processes and will receive specific instruction from these groups about their return to campus date and the clinical learning environment date. Students will be required to submit an absence request form as per the SOM Attendance Policy.

Students are instructed to self-screen daily for the following symptoms:

  • Fever over 100F
  • Chills
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

A student with any of these should stay home, and we recommend that the student see their primary care provider to acquire testing for COVID-19 and to receive guidance on when they are safe to return.

Who To Contact

Students should report positive self-screening results for symptoms to the Office of Student Affairs to Dr. Danika Franks at danika.franks@tcu.edu. A student who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be reported to both TCU and UNTHSC’s contact tracing processes and will receive specific instruction from these groups about their return to campus date and the clinical learning environment date. Students will be required to submit an absence request form as per the SOM Attendance Policy.