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Employee Guide for Testing Positive or Experiencing Symptoms

Employees who are not feeling well or are sick should stay home regardless of whether or not they believe their symptoms are related to COVID-19. If you think you may have COVID-19 based upon related symptoms, please call the WT Nursing Wellness Clinic at 806-651-4100 to speak with a nurse or contact your primary care physician.

Employees Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms

When an employee is experiencing symptoms of or tests positive for COVID-19, they must complete the following steps: 

Step 1: Self-Isolate and Inform Your Immediate Supervisor:

  • An employee who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should immediately self-isolate, notify their immediate supervisor, and seek guidance from a health care provider.
  • An employee who is at work should inform their supervisor and depart immediately and seek assistance with transportation if needed.
  • An employee who is not at work when symptoms begin should stay at home.

Step 2: Self-Report to University COVID-19 and TAMUS Reporting Portal:

  • As soon as possible, an employee who tests positive and has been or is working on-campus must notify the University by completing the WT COVID-19 Notification Form. A WT representative will reach out to gather required information for contact tracing, answer COVID-19 related questions, and provide information on the next steps.
  • All employees, including student workers, who test positive, should also self-report their information via The Texas A&M University System COVID-19 Reporting Portal

Step 3: Maintain Communication with Immediate Supervisor:

  • Employees may work remotely during the self-isolation period, dependent upon the nature of their work, their supervisor guidance, and their ability to work due to their health. An employee who is ill should take the appropriate leave and not work while on sick leave.
  • Employees who are not able to work remotely should contact Human Resources by emailing hr@wtamu.edu or calling 806-651-2114 to determine leave and paid status under the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act

Step 4: Return to Work Determination:

  • An employee who tested positive for COVID-19 or had COVID-19 symptoms may return to work after:
  • At least 10 days* have passed since symptom onset, and
  • At least 24 hours have passed since the resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications; and
  • Other symptoms have
  • An employee who tested positive for COVID-19 but never developed COVID-19 symptoms may end isolation after at least 10 days have passed since the date of their first positive COVID-19 test. If COVID-19 symptoms develop, then the above symptom-based strategy should be followed.
  • Before returning to work, employees should contact their immediate supervisor to discuss their return. 

*A limited number of persons with a weakened immune system (due to a health condition or medication) or that have a severe illness from COVID-19 may warrant extending duration of isolation for up to 20 days after symptom onset. 

Individual in Employee’s Household or Acquaintance

Employees who have a family member, a person in their household, or an acquaintance whom they have been in contact with that tests positive for or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 must complete the following steps, quarantine, and seek guidance from a health care provider:

Step 1: Quarantine and Inform Your Immediate Supervisor of Exposure:

  • An employee will notify their immediate supervisor as soon as practicable upon learning their family member, a person in their household, or an acquaintance they have been in contact with has tested positive for or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Notify the University COVID-19 delegate by completing the WT COVID-19 Notification Form. A WT representative will reach out to gather required information for contact tracing, answer COVID-19 related questions, and provide information on the next steps.
  • An employee should follow current CDC guidance for people exposed to people with known or suspected COVID-19. The CDC recommends that persons who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 take the following steps:
  • Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19,
  • Watch for COVID-19 symptoms, and
  • If possible, stay away from others, especially people at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19.
  • Close contact is generally defined as being within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes regardless of wearing a face covering. Close contact also includes:
  • Providing care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19 (including a roommate or housemate),
  • Having direct physical contact with the person (touched, hugged, or kissed them),
  • Sharing eating or drinking utensils with the person, or
  • The person has sneezed, coughed, or somehow gotten respiratory droplets on you.
  • The CDC outlines various scenarios for ending quarantine, such as when you live with someone with COVID-19 and can or cannot avoid continued close contact.
  • Exposed employees may work remotely during the quarantine period, dependent upon the nature of their work and the supervisor’s
  • Exposed employees who are not able to work remotely should contact Human Resources by emailing hr@wtamu.edu or calling 806-651-2114 to determine leave and paid status under the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act.

Step 2: Notify University and TAMUS if Exposure turns into COVID-19 Symptoms or Employee Tests Positive:

As soon as possible, an employee who tests positive and has been or is working on-campus are required to:

Step 3: Maintain Communication with Immediate Supervisor:

  • Employees may work remotely during the self-isolation period, dependent upon the nature of their work and supervisor’s guidance, and their ability to work due to their health. An employee who is ill should take the appropriate leave and not work while on sick leave.
  • Employees who are not able to work remotely should contact Human Resources by emailing hr@wtamu.edu or calling 806-651-2114 to determine leave and paid status under the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act.

Step 4: Return to Work Determination:

  • Employees must self-quarantine for 14 days* from the date their family member, a person in their household, or an acquaintance whom they have been in contact with tests positive for or experiences symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Employees may return to work following the 14 day* quarantine period if they have not developed symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Employees testing positive should follow Section 1, Step 4 above.
  • Employees should contact their immediate supervisor and discuss their return to work prior to

*A limited number of persons with a weakened immune system (due to a health condition or medication) or that have a severe illness from COVID-19 may warrant extending duration of isolation for up to 20 days after symptom onset. 

COVID-19 Resources

West Texas A&M University COVID-19 Resources:

Texas A&M University System COVID-19 Resources:

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 Resources: