Quarantine & Isolation Protocols    

Updated Sept. 2, 2021

The Center for Disease Control AND the Galveston County Health District determines the quarantine and isolation time periods associated with positive and close contact protocols. This information is subject to change based on regional conditions.

The information below provides step-by-step guidance on what to do you test positive for COVID-19 or are symptomatic, what to do if you are determined as a close contact of an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 and information on the acceptable documentation for students to request an excused absence for either scenario. 

If you have questions related to any of the information regarding the COVID-19 reporting process, please contact covidinfo@tamug.edu.

 

Positive or Symptomatic COVID-19 Protocols
Positive or Symptomatic COVID-19 Protocols

Students, faculty and staff who test positive or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should follow the guidance below. 

STEP 1

STAY HOME WHEN SICK

Any unvaccinated person who experiences symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should isolate themselves from others, be clinically evaluated for COVID-19, and tested for SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 if indicated.

Any fully vaccinated person who experiences symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should isolate themselves from others, be clinically evaluated for COVID-19, and tested for SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 if indicated. The symptomatic fully vaccinated person should inform their healthcare provider of their vaccination status at the time of presentation to care.

STEP 2

GET TESTED FOR COVID-19

Free COVID-19 testing is provided for students, faculty, and staff by the Galveston Campus. Information for on-campus testing is available here or any FDA authorized test result from any health care provider will be accepted. Test results from an external health care provider may be uploaded here.

STEP 3

COMPLETE THE COVID-19 SELF REPORTING FORM

General Reporting Guidelines for Employees and Students

Employee: You must stay home, immediately notify your supervisor, and complete the self-reporting form in the Galveston Campus Reporting Portal.

Texas A&M University System Regulation 31.03.02 Section 3.7 gives authority to each supervisor to send a sick employee home.

Student: On-campus students should notify your housing coordinator and complete the self-reporting form in the Galveston Campus Reporting Portal. 

Off-campus students should remain off campus and complete the Galveston Campus Reporting Portal.

STEP 4

NOTIFY APPROPRIATE CAMPUS MEMBERS

Students:

On-campus residents who are directed to isolate should inform their housing coordinator. Residential staff are prepared to discuss available options and guide them through the next steps. Residents who are from a location beyond a five-hour drive from Galveston might have the option to isolate in an alternate location on or near campus. Each case will be evaluated individually. Contact your housing coordinator for assistance.

Students who are directed to isolate, whether symptomatic or not, may request an excused absence for the required period of isolation. Students must report their positive test through the Galveston Campus Reporting Portal to receive the appropriate documentation satisfying Student Rule 7. This documentation must be provided to your instructor. Falsification of these reports constitutes a violation of Student Rule 24.4.1 and the Aggie Honor Code. 

Employees:

Employees must notify their supervisor if they are directed to isolate or are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. Texas A&M University System Regulation 31.03.02 Section 3.7 gives authority to each supervisor to send a sick employee home.

Student Employee:

Student employees who work on campus must immediately notify their work supervisor if they are directed to isolate or are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. Texas A&M University System Regulation 31.03.02 Section 3.7 gives authority to each supervisor to send a sick employee home.

Supervisors and Faculty: 

Supervisors and faculty members must follow the steps outlined above in Step 3 for “Employee” and must also take the steps shown below when notified directly by an employee or student of any of the above listed COVID-19 criteria. Faculty do NOT need to take these steps when a student provides them with a confirmation of a medical visit document or an absence of notification form.

  • Instruct the person to go home immediately or stay at home, practice isolation, and complete the Galveston Campus COVID-19 Self Reporting Portal. Texas A&M University System Regulation 31.03.02 Section 3.7 gives authority to each supervisor to send a sick employee home.
  • Encourage the person to seek medical attention if they have not already done so.
  • Inform the person that a Galveston Campus Case Manager will contact them once the form in the Galveston Campus COVID-19 Reporting Portal has been completed, to provide them with information and resources and to initiate case management if necessary.
  • Encourage the person to fully cooperate with the Case Manager’s efforts.

Supervisors and faculty should not relay any medical information, such as a diagnosis or symptoms, about employees to any other person. Supervisors and faculty may advise relevant personnel that the employee may be absent from work. 

Texas A&M University System Regulation 31.03.02 Section 3.7 gives authority to each supervisor to send a sick employee home.

STEP 5

SELF-MONITOR AND GET SUPPORT

Monitor Your Symptoms

Symptoms of COVID-19 include headache, congestion, fever, cough, and more. Make an appointment with your primary medical provider if you would like to further discuss your specific condition. Follow care instructions from your healthcare provider and local health department. Seek emergency medical care immediately if you show any of these signs: trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or bluish lips or face.

STEP 6

DETERMINE WHEN IT IS SAFE TO COME TO CAMPUS

Sick campus members should follow the guidance of their medical providers and/or case manager on when to discontinue isolation. The following are basic guidelines following the latest CDC guidance:

For individuals with a positive or presumed positive case:

If you have symptoms:

You can discontinue isolation and be with others after

  • At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
  • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and
  • Symptoms have resolved

If you had severe illness from COVID-19 (you were admitted to a hospital and needed oxygen), your healthcare provider may recommend that you stay in isolation for longer than 10 days after your symptoms first appeared (possibly up to 20 days) and you may need to finish your period of isolation at home.

If you do not have symptoms:

If you have no symptoms, you can discontinue isolation and be with others on the date indicated by your Galveston Case Manager in your isolation letter. 

Close Contact COVID-19 Protocols
Close Contact COVID-19 Protocols

Students, faculty and staff who have been deemed a close contact by a Galveston Campus COVID-19 Case Manager, should follow the steps below. 

STEP 1

DETERMINE IF YOU ARE A CLOSE CONTACT

The CDC defines close contact by proximity and duration of exposure. As of Sept. 2, 2021, close contact is defined 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. An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting from 2 days before they have symptoms, or for asymptomatic patients, 2 days before the positive test date, until they meet isolation requirements. 

STEP 2

COMPLETE THE COVID-19 SELF-REPORTING FORM

Complete the self-reporting form in the Galveston Campus Reporting Portal

STEP 3

NOTIFY APPROPRIATE CAMPUS MEMBERS

Students:

Students deemed a close contact with someone testing positive or presumed positive for COVID-19 should follow university guidance regarding quarantine. Students in quarantine due to exposure should not attend in-person classes but are expected to keep up with course work in collaboration with the instructor of record. Students should reach out to their instructors to discuss access to course content and submission/completion of graded work. Students must report their close contact through the Galveston Campus COVID-19 Reporting Portal. To receive an excused absence, the Students must report their close contact through the Galveston Campus Reporting Portal to receive the appropriate documentation and documentation must be consistent with Student Rule 7.

On-campus residents who are deemed a close contact to someone who tested positive, should inform their housing coordinator. Residential staff are prepared to discuss available options and guide them through the next steps. Some on-campus residents may be able to isolate/quarantine in their own room, depending on their unique situation and where they live. Residents who are from a location beyond a five-hour drive from Galveston might have the option to isolate/quarantine in an alternate location on campus. Each case will be evaluated individually. Contact your housing coordinator.

Employees, including student employees:

Employees must notify their supervisor if they believe they have been in close contact with someone who has or is suspected to have COVID-19. Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period regardless of wearing a face covering. 

STEP 4

QUARANTINE, IF UNVACCINATED

Quarantine by staying home and monitoring your health in the following ways:

  • Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19.
  • You may leave quarantine to seek medical attention and get tested as needed, but you should go directly to your appointment, minimize contact with others, and return to quarantine.

For guidance regarding individuals who have recovered from a COVID-19 case within the past 3 months, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/end-home-isolation.html.

STEP 5

SELF-MONITOR, IF FULLY VACCINATED AND ASYMPTOMATIC

Fully vaccinated people who have come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 should be tested 3-5 days following the date of their exposure and wear a mask in public and indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result. They should isolate if they test positive.

Fully vaccinated people who live in a household with someone who is immunosuppressed, at increased risk of severe disease, or unvaccinated (including children <12 years of age) could also consider masking at home for 14 days following a known exposure or until they receive a negative test result. Fully vaccinated people with no COVID-like symptoms do not need to quarantine or be restricted from work following exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

Fully vaccinated people should monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following exposure to someone deemed a close contact. Symptoms of COVID-19 include headache, congestion, fever, cough, or other symptoms. Make an appointment with your primary medical provider if you would like to further discuss your specific condition. Follow care instructions from your healthcare provider and local health department. Seek emergency medical care immediately if you show any of these signs: trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or bluish lips or face.

For guidance regarding individuals who have recovered from a COVID-19 case within the past 3 months, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/end-home-isolation.html.

STEP 6

GET TESTED FOR COVID-19

Unvaccinated individuals who are not experiencing symptoms should test on or after Day 8 after exposure to a positive COVID-19 case. If you begin to experience symptoms, you may test prior to Day 8.

Fully vaccinated individuals should test 3-5 days following the date of their exposure to an individual deemed a close contact (Day 0).

Free COVID-19 testing is provided for students, faculty, and staff by the Galveston Campus. Information for on-campus testing is available here or any FDA test result from any health care provider will be accepted. Test results from a FDA authorized COVID-19 test may be uploaded here.

STEP 7

DETERMINE WHEN IT IS SAFE TO COME TO CAMPUS

Unvaccinated individuals

  • The preferred quarantine period is 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19. 
  • Please note that the day of exposure to an individual deemed a close contact is Day 0. 
  • You may apply for a reduced quarantine period of 10 days if you have not experienced symptoms, remain symptom-free, and have received a negative COVID-19 test result after testing on or after Day 8 after exposure to a positive COVID-19 case. Apply for a reduced quarantine period here.
  • After day 10, you must continue to take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 such as wearing a mask (recommended), physical distancing, washing hands, and avoiding crowds. After day 10, you must continue to monitor yourself for symptoms, and if you experience any symptoms, you should return to quarantine, consult your primary care provider, and get tested for COVID-19.

Fully Vaccinated individuals

Fully vaccinated people with no COVID-like symptoms do not need to quarantine 

Acceptable Documentation for Excused Absence
Acceptable Documentation for Excused Absence

Students who are directed to isolate or quarantine, whether symptomatic or not, may request an excused absence for the required period of isolation/quarantine.

Students must report their positive test through the Galveston Campus Reporting Portal to receive the appropriate documentation consistent with Student Rule 7 

Students must report their close contact through the Galveston Campus Reporting Portal to receive the appropriate documentation and documentation must be consistent with Student Rule 7.

Falsification of these reports constitutes a violation of Student Rule 24.4.1 and the Aggie Honor Code. 

Students who are identified as a close contact by a Case Manager or self-report as a close contact, may apply for a reduced quarantine period of 10 days if they have not experienced symptoms, remain symptom-free, and have received a negative COVID-19 test result after testing on or after Day 8 following exposure to a positive COVID-19 case.

Apply for a reduced quarantine period here to receive the appropriate documentation.