Updated Close Contact Quarantine Information, Sept. 2    

Sept. 2, 2021

Dear Students,

The COVID-19 situation in our campus community continues to rapidly change. Please review the information below related to changes in the Quarantine & Isolation Protocols and excused absence documentation.

The Galveston County Health District, in coordination with the CDC, determines Texas A&M University at Galveston’s quarantine and isolation protocols. These protocols may differ from other Texas counties and will change depending on regional data.

Complete instructions on what to do if you are symptomatic or are positive for COVID-19, if you are deemed a close contact and what constitutes acceptable documentation is available on the Galveston Campus COVID-19 website.

As of yesterday, we have received authorization from the Galveston Health District to shorten the quarantine period for close contacts. This change is applicable immediately to all individuals currently required to quarantine for 14 days. Your Galveston Campus Case Manager will be sending you updated quarantine letters or you may apply for the reduced quarantine period online now if you meet the following criteria: 

  • Not experienced symptoms; 
  • Remain symptom-free; and
  • Have received a negative COVID-19 test result after testing on Day 8 after exposure to a positive case.

If you have additional questions related to COVID protocols on the Galveston Campus, you may email covidinfo@tamug.edu.  

IN SUMMARY:

  • The quarantine period from being deemed a close contact may be reduced from 14 to 10 days if you meet certain criteria. Details are available on the Galveston Campus COVID-19 website.
  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19 you are required to isolate. You are also required to self-report in the Galveston Campus Reporting Portal and a case manager will contact you. This is considered an excused absence. 
  • If you are unvaccinated and have been in close contact with a person who is symptomatic or has tested positive then you are required to self-quarantine. You are also required to self-report in the Galveston Campus Reporting Portal and a case manager will contact you about COVID-testing. This is considered an excused absence. 
  • If you are vaccinated and have been in close contact with a person who is symptomatic or has tested positive then you are not required to self-quarantine provided you do not show any symptoms. You are strongly encouraged to wear a mask.  
  • Step 3 in the Close Contact COVID-19 Protocols addresses how students should seek an excused absence if they need to quarantine and provides detailed instructions on acceptable documentation.