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Student Guide for Testing Positive or Experiencing Symptoms

Students Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms

Students who feel ill and believe the symptoms might be COVID-19 related should:

  • Immediately self-isolate at the location of current residence and remain isolated until notification of test results are received. If the location of current residence is on campus, remain isolated until contacted by Residential Living.
  • 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.
  • Schedule a COVID-19 test by contacting WT Student Medical Services (806-651-3287, medical@wtamu.edu) or via the online portal curativeinc.com. Student Medical Services offers COVID-19 testing each business day.
  • Do not go to class or go to general public areas.
  • Notify course instructors for absence (course instructors may require an excused absence notification from Student Enrollment, Engagement, and Success which will only be issued after completion of the WT COVID-19 Notification Form).

Students Testing COVID-19 Positive

Students who test positive for COVID-19 should:

  • Immediately self-isolate at the location of current residence and remain isolated. If the location of current residence is on campus, remain isolated until contacted by Residential Living.
  • 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.
  • Please also self-report positive testing information via The Texas A&M University System COVID-19 Reporting Portal.
  • Not go to class or to general public areas.
  • Notify course instructors for absence (course instructors may require an excused absence notification from Student Enrollment, Engagement, and Success which will only be issued after completion of the WT COVID-19 Notification Form).

Students Living On Campus

Students testing positive for COVID-19 and living on campus will be given the option to remain on campus or to return to their primary home residence, whichever is preferred. 

All students testing positive are required to self-report their information via the WT COVID-19 Notification Form for purposes of contact tracing.

If the student will depart campus to self-isolate at their primary home residence:

  • The student will be asked to gather their academic materials and personal items needed for 10 days* and immediately leave campus for home. *A limited number of persons with severe illness may warrant extending duration of isolation for up to 20 days after symptom onset.
  • The student’s roommate(s) will be contacted by Residential Living and asked to self-isolate in their residence hall and await further instruction from Residential Living staff.

If the student will remain on campus to self-isolate at WT residence halls:

  • The student will be asked by Residential Living to gather their academic materials, personal items, and sundry items needed for 10 days* and will be provided access to an isolated room in the designated on-campus residence hall (Guenther Hall) for isolation.

*A limited number of persons with severe illness may warrant extending duration of isolation for up to 20 days after symptom onset.

  • The student’s roommate(s) will be contacted by Residential Living and asked to self-isolate in their residence hall and await further instruction from Residential Living staff.
  • A WT representative will contact the COVID-19-positive student’s roommate(s) to discuss testing options, cleaning and disinfecting recommendations, and guidance on quarantine as appropriate. The roommate will be asked by Residential Living to gather their academic materials, personal items, and sundry items needed for 14 days and will be provided access to an isolated room in the designated on-campus residence hall (Guenther Hall) for quarantine.
  • Residential Living will coordinate the delivery of meals with ARAMARK for all students (isolation or quarantine) who are affected and remain on campus.
  • SSC will coordinate the cleaning and disinfection of the room of the COVID-19 positive student.
  • Student Medical Services will make periodic checks with the COVID-19 positive student as to their needs and current health.
  • The Amarillo Bi-County Health Department, after information is shared because of positive test, may contact the COVID-19-positive student to collect additional information and assist in contact tracing.

Students Living Off Campus

  • Students testing COVID-19 positive and living off campus will be asked to quarantine in their off campus accommodations unless returning to their primary home residence.
  • All students testing positive are required to self-report their information via the WT COVID-19 Notification Form for purposes of contact tracing.
  • Student Medical Services will make periodic checks with the COVID-19 positive student as to their needs and current health.
  • The Amarillo Bi-County Health Department, after information is shared because of positive test, may contact the COVID-19-positive student to collect additional information and assist in contact tracing.

Students Exposed to COVID-19 Positive Person

  • Students who come in contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 should immediately self-isolate and 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.
  • A student should follow current CDC guidance for being 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 facemask or 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.

COVID-19 Notification to Faculty and Managing Related Absences

  • The Assistant Vice President for Risk and Compliance (AVPRC) will contact the Vice President for Student Enrollment, Engagement and Success (VPSEES).
  • The VPSEES will use the current absence notification process and Absence Notification Request Form to make professors aware that the student(s) will not be able to attend class due to medical reasons and should work with student(s) to provide online access to course assignments and offered flexibility in meeting deadlines.
  • Students are encouraged to email their professors also to ask for missed work.

COVID-19 Positive Students Returning to Campus

A student who tested positive for COVID-19 or had COVID-19 symptoms may end isolation and return to campus 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

*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.

  • A student 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.

When students have met the requirements for discontinuing self-isolation, students should do the following:

  • Follow the instructions provided by the WTAMU contact tracing team. Emailed instructions will be sent to WT student email addresses.
  • Wear a facemask or proper face covering and maintain social distancing at all times when returning to campus,
  • Adhere to proper hygiene etiquette.
  • Self-monitor for symptoms and seek re-evaluation from Student Medical Services should symptoms recur.

When students have met the requirements for discontinuing quarantine, the following will occur:

  • The AVPRC will send release notifications to the Executive Vice President and Provost (EVPP).
  • The EVPP will contact all of the student’s professors to notify that the student will be returning to class via the current absence notification procedure.
  • The AVPRC will contact Residential Living to notify that the student will return to campus housing.
  • Residential Living will contact SSC to notify that cleaning and disinfecting will need to be completed at the on-campus temporary housing location. 

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:

What to Do if You Are Sick