Testing and Daily Self-Monitoring

if you have come in close contact with a COVID-positive individual

If a student, faculty, or staff member comes into close contact (within six feet for 10 minutes or longer) with an individual who has been tested and diagnosed with COVID-19, you are required to complete the Close Contact form and follow any subsequent guidelines from UTA Health Services.

If you have been in close contact with a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19, you may not return to work or class until the end of a 10-day self-quarantine period from the last date of exposure to the person that tested positive as long as you have not experienced symptoms. Please note the day an individual learns of close contact exposure is considered Day 0. Day 1 of the quarantine time period is the following day.

Report Close Contact

If you Test Positive for COVID-19

Individuals personally diagnosed with COVID-19 are required to report to the University by filling out the Personal Diagnosis form and are expected to self-isolate at an off-campus location.

Report Personal Diagnosis

You may return to campus when all five of the following criteria are met:

  • At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications)
  • Improvement in symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath)
  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared
  • You have obtained a note from a medical professional clearing you for return to work or class. The employee must submit the note to Human Resources Leave Management.
  • Employee only: Human Resources Leave Management notifies your Manager that you are cleared to return to work.

COVID-19 testing

Effective March 1, 2021, all UTA employees and students can receive COVID-19 tests on campus through a partnership with Curative. Supported by funding from the Texas Division of Emergency Management, these on-campus testing services will be free for all UTA students, regardless of insurance status.

Curative will be administering tests from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. UTA’s Curative Testing Center is located at 435 Spaniolo Drive in the College Park District.

Appointments are encouraged but not required. They can be made through UTA’s portal on Curative’s website.

Testing through Curative is available for anyone regardless of exposure or whether you have symptoms. UTA encourages all Mavericks to be tested frequently, on a weekly or biweekly basis, to help curb asymptomatic spread on our campus and in our community.

More information about this expanded testing capability, including where to park when you arrive at the Curative Testing Center, is available through our Curative On-Campus Testing FAQs.

The PCR tests administered through this service meet diagnostic requirements for returning to school and work and clearance for travel and medical procedures.

UTA Health Services continues to offer free COVID-19 testing for students and has now expanded its services to provide proactive surveillance testing for all students. UTA administers PCR tests that meet diagnostic requirements for returning to school and work, and clearance for travel and medical procedures. Test results are available in 24-48 hours.

Students with COVID-19 symptoms or who need a test on a day other than Tuesday or Thursday due to COVID-19 exposure should call 817-272-2771 to schedule a consultation with a health center medical provider. If you are experiencing symptoms, please do not utilize the proactive surveillance testing sessions.

For COVID-19 testing sites available after-hours and on weekends, please visit the Texas COVID-19 Test Collection Site Locator. In the event of a medical emergency, call 911 and inform the dispatcher of COVID-19 concerns.

COVID-19 testing with an in-network provider is at no cost for those with UT Select and UT Connect coverage. Find locations for COVID-19 testing sites.

Covered employees should contact Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) for assistance with finding a testing site. A BCBSTX representative will be happy to help with choosing an in-network provider with the best location for individual needs.

The BCBSTX numbers are:
UT Select (866) 882-2034
UT Connect (888) 399-8889

You may also contact benefits@uta.edu or call (817) 272-5554 for if you have further questions.

Daily self-monitoring for COVID-19

Everyone must measure their temperature daily.

Prior to coming to campus or while on campus if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms that are new, worsening or occurring in a way that is not normal for any chronic conditions you may have, please remain or return home. Employees should notify their supervisor.

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Daily Self-Monitoring Checklist

The UTA mobile app provides a convenient, confidential tool to assist with conducting the daily self-assessment, or you can download the daily self-monitoring checklist for easy access.

If you have symptoms

If you have symptoms listed above and do not wish to be evaluated by a medical professional or tested for COVID-19, you may not return to work or class until you have completed the same four-step criteria listed above.

If you have symptoms listed above and want to return to work or class before completing the self-isolation period, you must obtain a medical professional’s note of clearance from COVID-19 or an alternative diagnosis.

University Response to Positive COVID Cases

When UTA is notified of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis within the campus community through the submission of a Personal Diagnosis form, a University team begins contact tracing efforts.

The contact tracing team determines if the COVID-positive individual has been in contact with others while infected and if those individuals need to be contacted to self-isolate or get tested.

The team also assesses if additional disinfecting is required in the areas the individual visited while infectious and notifies the Office of Facilities Management of said areas. The Office of Facilities Management completes the disinfecting process the same day or night they receive notification.

Curative On-Campus COVID-19 Testing

Effective March 1, 2021, all UTA employees and students can receive COVID-19 testing on campus through a partnership with Curative, the provider behind the state’s drive-thru testing services.

Learn More about curative testing

Daily Self-Monitoring Checklist

If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms that are new, worsening or occurring in a way that is not normal for any chronic conditions you may have, please remain or return home.

Download The Checklist

Face-Covering Guidance

UTA no longer mandates the wearing of masks on campus but continues to strongly encourage and recommend that Mavericks wear masks, particularly when inside campus buildings.

Learn More about the Guidance