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Case Count at TCU

COVID-19 Cases on the TCU Campus

In an effort to keep our community informed about the presence of COVID-19 on the TCU campus, the university will report the number of positive COVID-19 cases with direct and indirect on-campus impact by updating the table below. Additional information will be provided through contact tracing to individuals who have had close contact (explained by the CDC as less than 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) with the COVID-19 positive individual(s) within two days of symptom onset or receiving a positive test result.

Updated 8/7/2020 5:10 p.m.
Cases will be updated on this site by 5 p.m. on business days

  ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES WITH DIRECT ON-CAMPUS IMPACT* ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES WITH INDIRECT ON-CAMPUS IMPACT* TOTAL

Student

4

9

13

Employee

4 2 6

Contractor

0

0

0

Total

8 11

19

*Definitions:

DIRECT ON-CAMPUS IMPACT – individual was on the TCU campus within 2 days of symptom onset or receiving a positive test. If individual was not on campus during this time frame, the case is considered without direct on-campus impact.

INDIRECT ON-CAMPUS IMPACTindividual does not report being on the TCU campus within 2 days of symptom onset or receiving a positive test.

ACTIVE CASESindividuals with direct on-campus impact who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are currently self-isolating

SELF-ISOLATIONrefers to the separation of an individual who is positive for COVID-19 from others who are not sick. Self-quarantine refers to the separation of an individual who is known to be exposed to COVID-19 from others who are not known to be exposed. (See CDC explanations.)

Cases will be removed once they have met CDC criteria for symptom-based recovery. CDC criteria for symptom based recovery is defined as:

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared and
  • At least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) have improved

CDC Interim Guidance

Employees who test positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed are asked to report this information to campus by calling TCU COVID-19 Reporting Hotline 817-257-2684 for care and assistance. This will also initiate follow-up from Human Resources, contact tracing and TCU Facilities. Supervisors also may use this number to report an employee who has a confirmed positive test. Supervisors are allowed to report on behalf of employees only if the employee is not able to self-report.

Contact tracing is critical to helping stop potential spread of COVID-19 and to help protect the health of vulnerable people in our community. (See CDC guidance for people who may have been exposed to COVID-19.)

The university, in conjunction with Tarrant County Public Health, will perform contact tracing to notify people in the community who are known to have come in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.

TCU will not release the name of the person and asks that the entire community support efforts to protect others’ privacy. Further, during contact tracing, it is very important that individuals are truthful and thorough about where they have been and who they were around to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

In the event an area is identified to have been occupied by an individual with a known COVID-19 case, the following steps will be taken:

  1. TCU Facilities will identify areas of potential contamination and prevent entry to the location, as well as notify the Vice Chancellor responsible for the affected area and make recommendations regarding movement of personnel in area to alternative locations.
  2. Vice Chancellor will notify personnel with directions on where to report to work (i.e. work in another area on campus, or work from home)
  3. Affected area will be cleaned and sanitized per public health guidance.

Take responsibility for your health and protecting others:

  • Wear a face covering when in public spaces.
  • Follow physical distance guidelines and keep at least six feet between you and other individuals not in your immediate family.
  • Wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds with soap and warm water. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid large gatherings.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue away.
  • If you feel sick, contact the TCU Health Center (students) or your health care provider (faculty and staff).
  • Conduct a daily temperature check and health assessment prior to coming to campus.

 

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Page Last Updated: August 07, 2020