COVID-19 Protocol

August 22, 2022

With the recognition that the COVID-19 virus continues to be a threat to individual and communal health, a part of our work is doing our best to maintain safe practices. We recognize that, as symptoms have become more tolerable and the risk of death diminished, many across the nation are testing at home and not reporting the results. Still, in keeping with CDC recommendations, the following guidance is provided.

Masking at community events and in locations where groups of persons gather is strongly recommended. Instructors have the freedom to determine how this recommendation is applied in their classrooms.

Instead of quarantining if you were exposed to COVID-19, please wear a high-quality mask for 10 days and get tested on day 5, with the date of exposure being “0.”

However, if you are sick and suspect that you have COVID-19 but do not yet have test results, you should isolate until that occurs and you receive a negative result.

Regardless of vaccination status, if you test positive for COVID-19 you should stay home for at least 5 days and isolate from others in your home. This you should do even if you are asymptomatic.

  • Remember, you are likely most infectious during these first 5 days. Wear a high-quality mask when you cannot avoid being around others at home and in public.
  • If after 5 days you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication, and your symptoms are improving, or you never had symptoms, you may end isolation after day 5.
  • If a fever persists, continue to stay home until it resolves.
  • Regardless of when you end isolation, be very careful around people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19 (e.g. those who are immune deficient) until at least day 11.
  • You should wear a high-quality mask through day 10.

If you test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, you should immediately inform the TCU Health Center (https://www.tcu.edu/protect-the-purple/what-to-do.php ) and your supervisor (staff) or your instructor and Dean Miller (students and faculty). You should check-in again and establish eligibility before returning to in-person interaction.

Updated August 22, 2022