The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is a rapidly evolving and emerging situation. The University of Texas at Arlington will provide updated guidance and information, including actions the University is taking and the latest health, safety and travel recommendations based on information from UT System, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Department of State. Updated information is available on UTA's official coronavirus information page.
We always recommend our community members follow CDC and public health guidelines, which include:
- Stay home if you are sick and seek medical attention.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid large gatherings and put 6 feet of distance between yourself and other people.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a face covering when around others. Face coverings are required when in campus buildings and elsewhere on campus where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g. student shuttle buses, etc.). Please review UTA's face covering protocol for more information.
- When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve. Throw used tissues in the trash. Immediately wash your hands afterwards.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- Monitor your health daily. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath or other symptoms of COVID-19.
Students, call 817-272-2771 if you develop symptoms that are new, worsening or occurring in a way that is not normal for any chronic conditions you may have:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- Loss of taste or smell
- Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100 degrees Fahrenheit
All students, faculty and staff are required to complete daily monitoring and a temperature check before coming to campus. 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.
Health center medical providers will determine whether testing is needed and coordinate testing. Students who are identified as being in need of testing will not pay out-of-pocket costs, regardless of whether they have insurance. 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 an emergency, call 911 and inform the dispatcher of COVID-19 concerns.
IF YOU TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19
Individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 at an off-campus clinic or testing site 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 until cleared by a medical professional. A member from the Health Services Contact Tracing Team will follow up to collect information. Students diagnosed in the health center do not need to complete a personal diagnosis form as Health Services will follow up with instructions and conduct contract tracing.
Personal Diagnosis Form
IF YOU HAVE COME IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH A COVID-POSITIVE INDIVIDUAL
Individuals who have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 need to fill out the Close Contact Form and are expected to self-quarantine at an off-campus location for 14 days from the last day of exposure. A member from the Health Services Contact Tracing Team will follow up to collect information.
Close Contact Form
If you are experiencing symptoms or have been in close contact with a COVID-positive individual, do not go to UTA Health Services or another clinic without first calling. Students can contact UTA Health Services with concerns during office hours at 817-272-2771.