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At UT Permian Basin, we are emphasizing daily symptom checking for all faculty, staff, and students who will be physically present on campus. Using the #CampusClear app, members of our community can track their daily symptoms and receive a clear or not cleared note to come to campus.

If a person in our community has symptoms, has a positive test, or has been exposed to COVID, then we ask them to let us know at reportcovid.utpb.edu and stay home. A medical case manager will reach out to these individuals to discuss next steps. Do not report to work or come to class unless the medical case manager has cleared you to do so.

UT Permian Basin is not offering test services on campus. We are working with several local partners who can assist members of our community with obtaining a test. Vital Care is an independent company who has set-up a testing site on our campus, but this is unaffiliated with the University.

Employees

Employees seeking testing should contact their health care provider or local health department. The UT Select Health Plan covers the cost of COVID testing for those that meet the guidelines.

Students

Trinity Family Health is our provider for Medical Services for Students. Any student in a face-to-face class or living within 50 miles of campus pays the Medical Services Fee and is eligible for primary care at Trinity Family Health. Routine health care needs are generally provided at no additional cost to students.

Trinity Family Health will have testing available. Students without insurance will be able to receive a test at no additional charge at Trinity Family Health. The University will not reimburse costs for testing from other locations.

Testing Guidance

There are several types of tests that are available. Tests with results that are available within 1 hour are Rapid Tests and are based on the presence of antigens. These tests provide quick results but have about a 20% rate of false negatives. If you receive a positive test result, you can trust that you do have COVID. If you receive a negative result, your medical care provider can recommend if you should pursue a PCR test.

The PCR test is a nasal swab and is considered highly effective in detecting COVID-19 as soon as it enters your body. To get results, the swab must be sent to a lab and it can take several days before you get a result. While you are waiting for test results, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people.

Testing Positive

Return to work or school is based on the CDC guidance as provided by the medical case manager and/or obtained from a medical professional. The CDC guidance addresses several different scenarios depending on symptoms, testing, and severity of illness. View the CDC Guidance

Dashboard

The University will maintain a dashboard of lab-tested positive COVID-19 cases for those physically present on our campus.

Quarantine and Self-Isolation

There are a variety of circumstances when members of our community will need to quarantine or self-isolate. We’ve provided some guidance on the difference between the two, including guidance on everyday activities. Let’s talk about what we mean by exposure, since it’s part of the quarantine definition.

The CDC defines “exposure” as interaction while less than six feet away for more than 15 continuous minutes from someone who tests positive for COVID-19. If you think you have exposure, you should report and stay home. The Medical Case Manager will check in and ask you questions. The case manager will confirm if quarantine is necessary. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/public-health-recommendations.html 

 

Isolation Quarantine
Definition Separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. Separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. This also applies to students returning from international travel.
Meals Meals should be prepared at home or delivered. Students should not visit campus eating locations, the grocery store, or eat in restaurants. Students who live on campus but do not have meals plans will have a special 14-day isolation meal plan added to their bill. Meals should be prepared at home or delivered.
Laundry Students should not leave their assigned housing unit. Students should not use laundry facilities. Students can do laundry if they maintain 6 feet distance from others and wear a mask. 
Classes Students should not attend in-person classes. Academic accommodations will be made to allow for distance learning. Students should not attend in-person classes. Academic accommodations will be made to allow for distance learning.
Athletic Practice/Exercise outside of residence Not allowed Outdoor exercise, if the student can maintain 6 feet of distance from others at all times, is allowed.
Daily Log of Symptoms Required through the #CampusClear app.  Required through the #CampusClear app. 
Relocation from assigned housing space If a student has a confirmed case of COVID-19 and they are able to travel home, they should. Students who cannot travel home will likely relocate to a new space on campus. No
Other Restrictions Students should not leave their assigned housing unit. During the period of self-isolation, the student is prohibited from being within 6 feet of other individuals to avoid spreading the virus. Students should assume they are contagious and limit their contact with others. Mask wearing and maintaining at least 6 feet of distance is critical to reduce the spread of COVID-19.