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Coronavirus Updates

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Introduction

 

This document provides guidance for UT Dallas employees working on campus or at other UT Dallas facilities. It does not address the return of faculty, staff and/or students to laboratories or classrooms. This guidance may be updated as public health recommendations change and/or additional information on the spread of the COVID-19 virus becomes available. The latest version of this guide will be made available online.

Principles

Concern for the health, safety and well-being of all members of our University community is the foundation for UT Dallas’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including these guidelines for returning our employees to campus. We will follow the advice and guidance of federal, state and local public health authorities and will comply with all applicable public health orders.

These guidelines will be updated as appropriate as our understanding of the COVID-19 virus evolves and more information becomes available.

Expectations

All employees working at UT Dallas facilities are expected to comply fully with the protocols and guidelines outlined in this document. Failure to do so may result in further action in accordance with the appropriate faculty or staff disciplinary policy.

Amendments/Deviations

Any requests to amend or deviate from these protocols and guidelines must be submitted by the appropriate vice president to the Office of Emergency Management and Continuity Planning (OEMCP) for review and approval.

Symptom Monitoring Requirements

Under no circumstances should an employee exhibiting signs or symptoms of COVID-19 report to work on campus. If employees become symptomatic while at work, they must leave work immediately and should isolate themselves and/or seek medical attention.

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Employees who have been instructed to return to their workplace will be asked to conduct symptom monitoring and complete a screening questionnaire before reporting to work each day. You must be free of any symptoms potentially related to COVID-19 to be eligible to report to work.

At this time, this includes experiencing one or more of the following new or worsening symptoms, in a way that is not normal for you:
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Runny nose or sinus congestion
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea)
  • Loss of taste or smell

If you experience any symptoms, you must report them through the UT Dallas COVID-19 screening tool, and you should take precautions to avoid possible virus transmission to others. If your symptoms are severe or worsen, you should immediately seek medical attention.

Employees who have isolated themselves after experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines Opens in a new tab. on how and when to discontinue home isolation.

Health Concerns and High-Risk Groups

The CDC has determined that individuals in certain demographic populations and/or those with certain medical conditions may be at higher risk for severe illness related to COVID-19.

Those groups/conditions may include:

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  • Older adults (aged 65 years and older)
  • People with HIV
  • Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Diabetes
  • Serious heart conditions
  • Chronic kidney disease being treated with dialysis
  • Severe obesity
  • Being immunocompromised

Employees who have been instructed to return to work at UT Dallas facilities and have concerns about doing so because of potential higher risk from illness related to COVID-19 should contact their supervisor. Supervisors will consult with the Office of Human Resources (HR) about appropriate arrangements for these employees.