Texas A&M University at Galveston COVID-19 Reporting Data    

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases on Campus

Texas A&M University at Galveston is committed to transparency and providing relevant information to our community as cases are identified and verified.

Students, faculty, and staff who report symptoms, potential close contact with a presumptive or known case of COVID-19, a positive test result for COVID-19, diagnosis by a Licensed Healthcare Professional,  and/or are caring for someone who was diagnosed with or tested positive to COVID-19 complete the appropriate COVID-19 Reporting Form through a web-based, secure, online reporting portal.

This information is routed immediately to a case manager on the Galveston Campus who makes contact with the individual. The Case Manager explains the process, coordinates testing, and begins contact tracing.  If quarantine or isolation becomes necessary, the case manager serves as the point of contact throughout the process until the individual is released to return-to-campus. 

When Texas A&M-Galveston becomes aware of a positive COVID-19 case, contact tracing is used to identify and notify campus community members who have been in close contact with the affected individual. It is completed prior to releasing information to the public and accounts for the time lapse between a positive case being reported and when it is published to this website.

Close contact is defined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as 6 feet or less for fifteen (15) minutes or more irrespective of whether a mask was being worn by either party.

The Galveston Campus will not release the name or personal information associated with any individual. Only the basic facts of the case will be made public due to privacy concerns. The data represents active cases where individuals have a direct, on-campus connection and are currently working, studying, or participating in Galveston Campus activities.

*Note: Some students choose to isolate or quarantine at their permanent address while others are in designated rooms located throughout the residence halls.

WHAT IS AN ACTIVE CASE?

Individuals who tested positive or were diagnosed by a Licensed Healthcare Provider with COVID-19 and are in isolation.


WHAT IS A NON-ACTIVE CASE?

Positive cases that are removed from the “active list” after a minimum of ten (10) days of isolation. Please note this is different from the definition of recovered under the CDC guidelines. CDC criteria for symptom-based recovery is defined as:

At least one (1) day (24 hours) have passed since recovery which is defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and,

At least ten (10) days have passed since symptoms first appeared.


HOW TO REPORT AN ACTIVE CASE?

Students, faculty, and staff who are symptomatic, have been in close contact with a presumptive or known positive case of COVID-19, or received a positive test result for COVID-19 must complete the reporting form and/or notify their supervisor. They will be contacted by a campus case manager.


HOW IS CONTACT TRACING MANAGED?

All individuals who test positive for COVID-19 are contacted and confidentially interviewed to identify those who were in close contact with a known case of COVID-19. Additionally, QR codes associated with in-class attendance are used to aid with determining close contact. Close contact is defined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as 6 feet or less for fifteen (15) minutes or more irrespective of whether a mask was being worn by either party.

Contact tracing considers the class schedule; living situation; activities; work locations, including offices and job sites; face-to-face meetings; and any other situations that may have resulted in close contact from forty-eight (48) before the onset of symptoms or date of testing (if asymptomatic).