Testing & Tracing
Knowledge is power. That's why contact tracing is so critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 on our campus.
TCU testing protocols follow the latest CDC guidance for institutions of higher education, which currently recommends testing only those who:
- Display symptoms consistent with COVID-19
- Have recently been exposed to the virus
Faculty and staff falling into one of these two categories should seek a viral test from an off-campus health provider/testing facility.
TCU employees now have several options for COVID-19 testing on or near the TCU campus.
- Not return to campus or, if on campus, leave immediately to begin the isolation process
- Notify the university via the COVID-19 Self-Reporting Hotline (817-257-2684). This report will initiate the contact tracing process and other services for faculty and staff.
To review more specific information about the process for employees who test positive for COVID-19:
Faculty and staff who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should:
- Self-monitor and promptly report any new symptoms or symptoms of increasing severity to their primary care physician.
- Employees who are requested to quarantine by an outside agency such as the Tarrant County Health Department should contact their supervisors and call the COVID-19 hotline (817-257-2684).
Contacts should be tested for COVID-19 within three to five days of exposure or within five days of notification of exposure.
Review more specific information about employee exposure and what to do:
Faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 will 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. The care coordinator will contact the employee when their isolation period has ended to determine when returning to work is possible.
If you've been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you should quarantine and self-monitor and promptly report any new symptoms or symptoms of increasing severity to your primary care physician.
Your contacts should be tested for COVID-19 within three to five days of exposure or within five days of notification of exposure.
If you test positive for COVID-19, call the TCU COVID-19 Self-Reporting Hotline at 817-257- 2684.
If you test negative, you 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 call the COVID-19 hotline.
For specific information about employee exposure and what to do, review the Employee Exposure to COVID-19 guide.
TCU follows current CDC tracing protocols under the direction of local health authorities. Confirmed positive COVID-19 test results will be shared directly with groups who have interacted with the COVID-19 positive individual(s) to the extent possible. The university won’t release names of those who have tested positive and we ask that the entire community support our efforts to respect others' privacy.
Upon reporting a positive result to TCU, a care coordinator will conduct an interview
to create a list of people who meet the criteria for close contacts. The CDC defines
a close contact as 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 patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until
the time the patient is isolated.
*For more information, visit the CDC website.
Information will be collected to determine which campus buildings and locations the positive case visited, as well as information about other areas or social settings the case may have been. Consulting with local health authorities, the care coordinator and case investigator will determine if additional notifications need to be made.
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