Testing, Tracing & Treating
Knowledge is power. That's why contact tracing is so critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 on our campus.
We’ve established a comprehensive testing and contact tracing system to help contain the spread of COVID-19 on our campus. The Brown-Lupton Health Center has been remodeled to accommodate keeping symptomatic students separated from other students during testing.
TCU will offer free, voluntary COVID-19 PCR testing with fast results (averaging about 28 hours) from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday beginning Nov. 16 through Dec. 4 on campus in parking Lot 6. The testing site is a partnership with Curative and funded by the Texas Division of Emergency Management. Curative will station an outdoor mobile testing unit in Lot 6 between the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena and the Dee J. Kelly Alumni & Visitors Center (Stadium Drive) for the self-administered, contactless mouth swab tests. Appointments and walk ups are welcome and the testing is open to the general public. All TCU students are encouraged to get tested and limit close contacts prior to leaving campus for winter break. More information.
If you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive, it is important to be screened.
TCU currently uses three platforms for COVID-19 testing at the Brown-Lupton Health Center and some results can be returned in less than an hour. Students should call the Brown-Lupton Health Center at 817-257-7940 to schedule an appointment for testing.
Students tested at the TCU Health Center with positive results will be called by a health center representative who will provide information about self-isolation.
Students who receive testing somewhere other than the health center should call the TCU COVID-19 Self-Reporting Hotline at 817-257-2684 to report the results and speak with a care coordinator.
We will work with Tarrant County Public Health to notify anyone known to have come in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. We won’t release the name of the affected person and we ask that the entire community support our efforts to protect others’ privacy. It is crucial that individuals be truthful and thorough in reporting to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Contact tracing is critical in protecting the health of the most vulnerable in our community.
Isolation Guidelines for Students
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:
- Telehealth visits with a health care provider
- A health kit containing a face covering, gloves, digital thermometer, alcohol-based hand sanitizer, educational materials relating to COVID-19 and instructions for cleaning their living space.
- Wraparound services which may include assistance with notifying professors about class attendance, food, laundry, etc.
- Virtual counseling services and support
Students will be asked to perform daily self-monitoring of symptoms and communicate with the Health Center if there are any new symptoms or symptoms of increasing severity.
- 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 in isolation may not have visitors during this period of isolation.
- If isolated students must leave their room, they must wash 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, and house is one way to isolate. We acknowledge that students may want to return to their parent’s home during this time. Use face masks and gloves (or sanitized hands) if traveling in a car with someone else. 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.
Students in Quarantine
Student contacts will be asked to self-monitor and to communicate and promptly report any new symptoms or symptoms of increasing severity to the TCU Health Center. Contacts should be tested for COVID-19 within three to five days of exposure or within three to five days of notification of exposure. If testing is done and the contact is positive for COVID-19, the Case Investigator at the Health Center will collect a list of names for contact tracing. If test results are negative for COVID-19, the student will remain in quarantine.
- Close contacts with symptoms should self-isolate and contact the TCU Health Center to discuss symptoms and options for testing
- Close contacts without symptoms should self-quarantine for 14 days from their last potential exposure and be tested for COVID-19 within three to five days of exposure
TCU is a community that 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. Regardless of symptoms, they are asked to not attend class in person.
- If contacts have a roommate who was not exposed, TCU will either move the contact or roommate. In all likelihood, the roommate will also be in quarantine.
- Contacts should not have visitors during this period.
- If contacts must leave the room, they must wash or sanitize their hands before leaving the room and wear a face covering, minimizing any contact with surfaces and other people.
- Quarantined students should record their temperature twice a day.
- Quarantined contacts should report to the Care Coordinator that they are observing quarantine.
- Contacts may return to a normal routine after 14 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 contact 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. If these students are asymptomatic, they will be able to stay current with their classes remotely. The Care Coordinator will work with close contacts regarding professor notification if there is a need to miss class.
Frequently Asked Questions