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Limited services are available at this time. Call 817-272-2771 if you need to be seen by a healthcare provider.

If you have fever and respiratory symptoms, have had recent international travel or contact with an individual known to have the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) please call before coming to the health center.

Health Services encourages students insured by the UT System student health insurance plan, Academic Blue with Academic Health Plans, to utilize virtual visits through MDLive. Academic Health Plans has announced that co-pays for virtual visits will be waived (normally $20) through April 30, 2020. Please visit the student health insurance page for more information.

Thank you for doing your part to help protect yourself and the Maverick community by following these instructions. 

UTA continues to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and wants to be as helpful as possible in addressing questions about this developing situation.

The following information outlines health, safety and travel recommendations from UT System, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Department of State.

Updated UTA information on this evolving situation will also be available at www.uta.edu/coronavirus.

Prevention

UTA’s top priority is to protect the health and safety of all of our students, faculty, staff and visitors during this evolving and unusual situation. UTA will continue to closely monitor the latest guidance and follow the recommendations of the UT System, CDC and U.S. Department of State. 

We always recommend our community members follow CDC and public health guidelines, which include:

  • Stay home. Only leave for essential work or shopping (food, medication, supplies).
  • When you must leave home, maintain distance from others when possible (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters).
  • Stay home if you are sick and seek medical attention.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing. Throw used tissues in the trash. Immediately wash your hands afterwards.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid contact with others who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

Personal International Travel

As a result of this rapidly emerging situation and in accordance with UT System guidance, effective immediately UTA students, faculty and staff are required to report ALL personal international travel, including cruises, regardless of whether or not your destination has been designated a CDC Travel Health Notice Warning Level. Personal international travel information must be reported as soon as possible through the international travel form.

Individuals returning to UTA from a country with a CDC Level 2 or 3 travel warning will have to self-isolate off-campus for 14 days before returning to class or work. Upon the date of return indicated in your travel submission, you will be contacted by UTA Health Services with further directions related to your quarantine check-ins and release to return to campus.

PLEASE NOTE: the CDC has put into effect a Level 2 travel warning for all international travel. As such, any individual returning from an international destination will be expected to self-isolate.

Travelers should also consider how their planned trips may affect their ability to return to the United States and to campus. If trip cancellation insurance is available, travelers should consider purchasing it in case last-minute cancellation is needed. This continues to be a rapidly evolving situation and it is difficult to anticipate what the future may hold.

Those traveling should allot additional time for airport screening measures, which generally include temperature checks and questionnaires, and should follow directives from authorities. No one should travel while sick, lest they risk additional screening measures, potential entry denial, and quarantine. Additionally, anyone who is sick risks spreading germs and infection to others.

Personal Domestic Travel

As a number of states have declared a state of emergency in response to a growing number of COVID-19 cases, UTA faculty, staff, and students are discouraged from embarking on travel within the U.S. If you plan to travel within the U.S. in the coming weeks, we urge you to monitor the status of your destination and take measures to protect yourself while traveling.

Reporting Close Contact with COVID-19 Patient(s)

If a student, faculty, or staff member comes into close contact (within six feet) with an individual who has been tested and diagnosed with COVID-19, you are required to complete the Close Contact form.

Individuals who have been in contact with anyone who has been confirmed positive for COVID-19 will be expected to self-isolate at an off-campus location for 14 days and receive clearance by a medical professional before returning to campus for any reason. UTA Health Services will be in contact with further directions related to daily quarantine check-ins and release to return to campus.

What to do if experiencing symptoms

If you are experiencing symptoms or have been in close contact with a COVID-19 patient, the CDC and local health authorities have advised to call your health care provider to discuss symptoms or contact history. Do not go to a clinic, UTA Health Services or other, if experiencing symptoms without first calling.

In the event of an emergency, call 911 and inform the dispatcher of COVID-19 concerns.

UTA students can contact UTA Health Services with concerns during office hours at 817-272-2771. Outside of normal business hours, call the Tarrant County Public Health hotline at 817-321-5939. 

Additional resources

While there is understandable concern and widespread news coverage of coronavirus, there also has been a great deal of rumors and misinformation.

The World Health Organization has created a myth-busters site, while the CDC has a “Know the Facts” site to combat rumors about the virus and its transmission.

UTA is working in close coordination with the UT System and public health agencies, and will continue to monitor guidelines and recommendations from the CDC and others.

In addition, several offices at UTA are actively monitoring the latest guidance and coordinating activities and planning, including the Office of the President, Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, International Education, Health Services, Human Resources and Emergency Management, among others. UTA will continue to share information as developments warrant.

Updates

Updated information will be posted to www.uta.edu/coronavirus.

For questions regarding recent travel, please contact traveladvisory@uta.edu.

 

 

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