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UNT System COVID-19 Information

Updated COVID Guidelines

Revised January 6, 2022

In our ongoing efforts to protect the health of our students, faculty and staff, the UNT System has adopted the following recommendations for both COVID positive test results and COVID exposures:

COVID Guidelines

COVID STATUS TARGETED POPULATION ISOLATION/QUARANTINE PERIOD
Confirmed positive COVID-19 test result Everyone, regardless of vaccination status
  • Isolate for 5 days. If you have no symptoms or symptoms are resolving after 5 days, end isolation.
  • Recommended to wear a mask around others for 5 more days.
Exposure to someone with COVID-19 (Exposure defined as < 6 feet for > 15 minutes over a 24-hour period) Everyone, regardless of vaccination status
  • Recommended to wear a mask around others for 10 days
  • Test on day 5, if possible
  • If symptoms develop at any point, isolate and get a test

 

For specific guidelines at each UNT System campus, please visit the following web sites:

CRITERIA TO SAFELY RETURN TO OFFICE OR CAMPUS

  • 5 days have passed since any symptoms first appeared OR continue to NOT experience any symptoms if asymptomatic (i.e. cough, shortness of breath)
  • Improvement of symptoms (Symptoms other than fever do not need to be fully resolved)
  • > 24 hours have passed since last fever without use of fever reducing medications

Note. Prolonged symptom expression in individuals who are immunocompromised may require longer isolation periods.

LEAVE REQUESTS

As it relates to employee requests for leave, work modifications or other needs due to COVID-19-related circumstances, we will continue to follow established UNT System policies related to Flexible Work Arrangements and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Please contact your System or Campus HR office with any questions related to CDC guidelines, employee leave, Flexible Work Arrangements and the American with Disabilities Act:

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY
It is important to note that there is no mask mandate in Texas, as summarized in a statement released by Gov. Greg Abbott’s office:

"Governor Abbott has been clear that the time for government mandating of masks is over—now is the time for personal responsibility. Every Texan has the right to choose whether they will wear a mask, or have their children wear masks. Vaccines are the most effective defense against contracting COVID and becoming seriously ill, and we continue to urge all eligible Texans to get the vaccine. The COVID vaccine will always remain voluntary and never forced in Texas."

THE TOOLS TO FIGHT COVID-19
The CDC lists vaccines, masks and testing as key tools to help ensure your personal safety with regard to COVID-19. Vaccinations and boosters have been found to drastically reduce the chance of experiencing severe impacts from COVID-19 and minimize transmission of the disease. You’ll find vaccine options at local pharmacies and other locations.

UNT System employees should follow system guidelines in interacting with coworkers, students and the public. All employees are permitted to make decisions about the use of personal protective measures, as long as those decisions are not imposed on others. For example, we encourage everyone, especially those who are not vaccinated, to wear masks in accordance with new CDC guidance.

Vaccines

Revised Dec. 30, 2021

Vaccines remain the best public health measure to protect people from COVID-19, slow transmission, and reduce the likelihood of new variants emerging.

  • COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death.
  • Scientists are currently investigating Omicron, including how protected fully vaccinated people will be against infection, hospitalization, and death.
  • CDC recommends that everyone 5 years and older protect themselves from COVID-19 by getting fully vaccinated.
  • CDC recommends that everyone ages 18 years and older should get a booster shot at least two months after their initial J&J/Janssen vaccine or six months after completing their primary COVID-19 vaccination series of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna.

Masks

Revised Dec. 30, 2021

Masks offer protection against all COVID-19 variants.

  • CDC continues to recommend wearing a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high community transmission, regardless of vaccination status.
  • CDC provides advice about masks for people who want to learn more about what type of mask is right for them depending on their circumstances.

Testing

Revised Dec. 30, 2021

Tests can tell you if you are currently infected with COVID-19.

  • Two types of tests are used to test for current infection: nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) and antigen tests. NAAT and antigen tests can only tell you if you have a current infection.
  • Individuals can use the COVID-19 Viral Testing Tool to help determine what kind of test to seek.
    • Additional tests would be needed to determine if your infection was caused by Omicron.
    • Visit your statetribal, local, or territorial health department’s website to look for the latest local information on testing.
  • Self-tests can be used at home or anywhere, are easy to use, and produce rapid results.
    • If your self-test has a positive result, stay home or isolate for 10 days, wear a mask if you have contact with others, and call your healthcare provider.
    • If you have any questions about your self-test result, call your healthcare provider or public health department.

COVID Reporting & Supervisor Guidance

Revised Jan 6, 2022

UNT System Administration staff who need to report a positive COVID-19 test result, symptoms or possible exposure, or ask a question related to COVID-19 should e-mail COVID@unt.edu.

Faculty and Staff of UNT, HSC and UNT Dallaswho need to report a positive COVID-19 test result, symptoms or possible exposure, or ask a question related to COVID-19 should visit the COVID-19 web site for their institution -- those are listed and linked above, as well as in the left-hand browser menu. 

Supervisor Guidance

Supervisors should NOT ask questions intended to:

  • Solicit which employees have or have not received the vaccine
  • Identify underlying health condition(s) of an employee
  • Identify which type of vaccine an employee receives

Supervisors may ask questions regarding the general well-being of their employees and ensure that all employees are following safety protocols.

Supervisors are encouraged to maintain flexibility in scheduling to allow employees to take appropriate time off of work to receive the vaccination. Employees who attend COVID-19 testing or vaccination clinics offsite may utilize their accrued sick leave for the appointment.

Employees who have specific questions regarding their medical condition(s) as it pertains to work are encouraged to contact their campus HR teams for assistance.