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Help Us Protect the Purple

Thanks to highly effective vaccines, higher population-level immunity, virus mutations that are associated with milder illness, and more widely available medication (when clinically indicated), the risks of getting severely ill from COVID-19 are greatly reduced. At the same time, we continue to have people in our community who are at higher risk. Reporting and notification protocols remain in effect at TCU. Here’s what you need to know:

Information on:

You’ve tested positive for COVID-19

This form is only for TCU students, faculty and staff to report their own positive test results.
 

Contact Tracing & Notification

While TCU is no longer conducting case investigation, we remain committed to providing COVID-19 related support for the community: 

  • When you self-report a positive COVID-19 test to TCU, you’ll be asked to submit known close contacts as part of the report form. TCU will then send those individuals an automated email informing them of their exposure and precautions to take. Thank you for helping us protect the most vulnerable in our community by responsibly taking part in contact tracing to reduce the spread.

For Students

As with any illness or absence, students are responsible for reporting absences directly to their instructors through email. Students who report a positive test through TCU will receive a verification email from TCU that they may forward to their instructor as proof of reporting, and their instructors will receive notification from the Dean of Students Office.

For Instructors

Instructors may email covidresponse@tcu.edu to verify that an absence due to COVID-19 has been reported by the student to TCU using the self-report positive test form. Students who report a positive test will receive a verification email from TCU that they may forward to their instructor as proof of reporting. Visit the Academic Affairs website for FAQs for Instructors.

Isolation Procedures

If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to comply with protocol established by our local health authority– Tarrant County Public Health – which has aligned with guidelines developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/isolation.html

Isolation

  • If you test positive COVID-19 you should isolate for a minimum of 5 full days from your symptom onset or date of positive test. This is regardless of your vaccination status. If you were symptomatic, isolation ends after 5 days if you are fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications and your symptoms are improving.
  • You must wear a mask around others for 10 days from your symptom onset or positive test regardless of isolation timeline.
  • If you were moderately/severely ill or have a weakened immune system, you should isolate for a full 10 days from your symptom onset.
  • Isolation ends once you are fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications and your symptoms are improving.

If You Are Exposed

Quarantine is no longer required, however, per the CDC, if you were exposed to COVID-19, you should start taking precautions. This includes wearing a mask, getting tested if you have symptoms or if asymptomatic, get tested on day 6. Read the full instructions from the CDC.

Calculating Isolation & Testing Timelines:

Day 0 is your first day of symptoms or the date of your test if asymptomatic. For an exposure, the day you were exposed to COVID-19 is considered day 0.

Questions about testing & isolation? Submit your question to TCU’s covid response team: covidresponse@tcu.edu

Mask Guidance

Throughout the pandemic, TCU has continued to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Based upon their guidance for mask-wearing and COVID-19 transmission levels in Tarrant County, masks are optional for the TCU campus community: 

  • Masks are optional, and people may choose to mask at any time. 
  • People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask.
  • Like other health care facilities, masks are required in the Brown-Lupton Health Center.
  • Instructors may continue to require students to wear masks in classrooms. Thank you for continuing to be respectful of those who are at a higher risk or may have family members and loved ones at high risk.
  • Disposable masks remain available in buildings.

View CDC mask information.