COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Testing & Contact Tracing

Test providers in San Antonio are responsible for reporting all positive results to Metro Health authorities, who will conduct contact-tracing procedures. Metro Health authorities will work with our Public Health Liaison, Victor Pantusa. Texas A&M University Health Science program will support contact tracing for the campus as well.

The University has a COVID-19 test site on campus with walk-up services opened Monday –Friday from 8:30 to noon and 1 to 2:30 p.m. located in Portable Building 101b.  Testing is available to on-campus students, faculty and staff exhibiting COVID-19-like symptoms or come in contact with a person confirmed to have COVID-19. Individuals will need their insurance card or plan # when coming for a test.  Anyone without insurance is still accepted at no cost. Test providers will ask general health questions at the time of the test.

Anyone receiving a test will be informed to self-quarantine until the test results are confirmed. The lab utilized for this test site will report results to Metro Health and to Texas A&M University Health Science program. A select group of University personnel will also have access to the campus test results.

Students who are not on campus and feel ill or have reasons to be tested should not come to campus. Instead, they should consult their health care provider. The City of San Antonio has a website available to the public for self-screening and COVID-19 testing locations: https://covid19.sanantonio.gov/What-YOU-Can-Do/Testing.

The University’s public health awareness campaign will provide updated information on free community test sites.

The University will maintain a record of those who have a positive test result. This information will be provided to the COVID Monitoring Committee as one of the items being monitored to form a recommendation to the President for the campus operational level needed.

Student Self-Testing

If a student receives COVID-19 testing off-campus, they must self-quarantine off-campus while they await their test results. Additionally, the student must share their test results with the Dean of Students Office and the Risk Manager:

The student will receive instructions on when they can return to campus. If the student resides on campus, they will be required to report for self-quarantine at an isolation area in Esperanza Hall.

Once the student receives the results from an off-campus test facility, they must inform the Risk Manager and the Dean of Students (contact info above). Test results from the on-campus test site are available to the Risk Manager.

For positive results, the student must use the COVID-19 reporting link.  The student cannot return to class or work until they meet the following criteria: (1) 10 days from onset of illness and free from the onset of symptoms; (2) at least 24 hours with no fever without fever reducing medications; and (3) improvement of symptoms with the exception of the loss of taste or smell which may not improve for up to several months.

COVID-19 Exposure

Once the University receives notice of a student received a test for COVID-19 at an off-campus site or the campus site and there is a confirmed positive case, the Dean of Students will pull the student’s registration information to determine if they are enrolled in face-to-face instruction or employed as a student worker. The Dean of Students will notify the instructor or supervisor, and any other students they may have potentially been exposed.

If a student knows they had direct exposure to a person with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis, they must leave campus immediately and inform the Risk Manager and the Dean of Students. The student will not be allowed to return to the University for 14 days. The student must self-quarantine and keep the University informed of their health status should they become ill or receive testing.

Dean of Students

Care Team/Report: A&M-San Antonio is committed to helping students address personal problems that interfere with meeting the demands of college life and their academic success. If you see or know of a student who may be in distress, please file a  Care Report. A case manager or Care Team member will respond to the incident and find a referral or resolution to the concern.

COVID Exposure Protocol: A&M-San Antonio promotes a safe learning and working environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors. If you feel that you have been exposed, experienced symptoms of COVID-19, or have tested positive, we ask that you report to the University at the COVID-19 reporting linkDepending on your status, the Dean of Students’ staff will assist with housing, testing, class accommodations or other critical factors impacting the student.

Jaguar Lift Program (Emergency Fund): The Jaguar Lift Program is a fund help students with unexpected financial hardships that may prevent the student from attending class. For more information on the Jaguar Lift project, email dos@tamusa.edu.

Self-Reporting Information

Information submitted through the self-reporting tool by University employees and students is not protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The University is not a covered entity subject to HIPAA. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the privacy of the information submitted through the self-reporting tool by currently enrolled University students, while the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects the confidentiality of the information submitted by University employees.

The University can request that employees provide information relating to their COVID-19 diagnosis and symptoms. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has advised that, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act permit employers to ask employees who report feeling ill at work, or who call in sick, questions about their symptoms to determine if they have or may have COVID-19. Additionally, an employer can send home an employee with COVID-19 or symptoms associated with it.

updated: October 27, 2020