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COVID-19 EXPOSURE ACTION CHART

WHO HAVE BEEN BOOSTED OR
Completed the primary series of Pfizer within the last 5 months, Moderna within the last 5 months or J&J vaccine within the last 2 months.
NOT BOOSTED and
Completed the primary series of Pfizer over 5 months ago, Moderna over 5 months ago or J&J vaccine over 2 months ago OR
UNVACCINATED
Everyone

Get tested weekly through PCT or use a free self-test kit.

Get tested 2X a week through PCT or use a free self-test kit.

Asymptomatic Close Contact Exposure

(No symptoms but had close contact** with someone who tested positive for COVID-19)

Mask around others for 10 days.

Get tested on day 5 after exposure (date of exposure is day 0) through UT's free Proactive Community Testing program or use a free self-test kit.

Self-quarantine. Stay home for 5 days

Mask around others for 10 days.

Get tested on day 5 after exposure (date of exposure is day 0) through UT's free Proactive Community Testing program or use a free self-test kit.

Self-monitor. Check for fever or respiratory symptoms.

Symptomatic
(regardless of exposure)

Self-isolate. Do not leave home unless seeking medical care or testing. Avoid others in your residence. Disinfect surfaces regularly.

Get tested Immediately.

Students: schedule test or telehealth appointment with UHS provider, depending upon symptom severity. Follow prompts to schedule through MyUHS or, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, call either: UHS Appointments, 512-471-4955, or UHS Nurse Advice Line, 512-475-6877. You may also choose to use a free self-test kit.

Faculty/Staff: schedule test with UT Health Austin or private healthcare provider.
(See additional instructions for employees below.) You may also choose to use a free self-test kit.

Mask with a properly fit, non-cloth mask.

Self-isolate. Do not leave home unless seeking medical care or testing. Avoid others in your residence. Disinfect surfaces regularly.

Get tested Immediately.

Students: schedule test or telehealth appointment with UHS provider, depending upon symptom severity. Follow prompts to schedule through MyUHS or, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, call either: UHS Appointments, 512-471-4955, or UHS Nurse Advice Line, 512-475-6877. You may also choose to use a free self-test kit.

Faculty/Staff: schedule test with UT Health Austin or private healthcare provider.
(See additional instructions for employees below.) You may also choose to use a free self-test kit.

Mask with a properly fit, non-cloth mask.

Positive COVID-19 Test

Isolate for at least 5 days*** since symptoms first appeared AND at least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medications AND symptoms have improved.

If asymptomatic, isolate for 5 days from the date of the test.

Immediately notify individuals with whom you had close contact in the 48 hour period prior to receiving your positive test result or symptom onset and ask them to follow the guidance above for asymptomatic close contacts (or symptomatic if applicable).

Mask for a full 10 days with a properly-fit non-cloth masks, even if you have ended isolation after 5.

Read more about ending isolation for students.
See additional instructions for employees below.

Isolate for at least 5 days*** since symptoms first appeared AND at least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medications AND symptoms have improved.

If asymptomatic, isolate for 5 days from the date of the test.

Immediately notify individuals with whom you had close contact in the 48 hour period prior to receiving your positive test result or symptom onset and ask them to follow the guidance above for asymptomatic close contacts (or symptomatic if applicable).

Mask for a full 10 days with a properly-fit non-cloth masks, even if you have ended isolation after 5.

Read more about ending isolation for students.
See additional instructions for employees below.

WHO
Everyone

HAVE BEEN BOOSTED OR
Completed the primary series of Pfizer within the last 5 months, Moderna within the last 5 months or J&J vaccine within the last 2 months.

Get tested weekly through PCT or use a free self-test kit.

NOT BOOSTED and
Completed the primary series of Pfizer over 5 months ago, Moderna over 5 months ago or J&J vaccine over 2 months ago OR
UNVACCINATED

Get tested 2X a week through PCT or use a free self-test kit.

WHO

Asymptomatic Close Contact Exposure
(No symptoms but had close contact** with someone who tested positive for COVID-19)

HAVE BEEN BOOSTED OR
Completed the primary series of Pfizer within the last 5 months, Moderna within the last 5 months or J&J vaccine within the last 2 months.

Mask around others for 10 days.

Get tested on day 5 after exposure (date of exposure is day 0) through UT's free Proactive Community Testing program or use a free self-test kit.

NOT BOOSTED and
Completed the primary series of Pfizer over 5 months ago, Moderna over 5 months ago or J&J vaccine over 2 months ago OR
UNVACCINATED

Self-quarantine. Stay home for 5 days

Mask around others for 10 days.

Get tested on day 5 after exposure (date of exposure is day 0) through UT's free Proactive Community Testing program or use a free self-test kit.

Self-monitor. Check for fever or respiratory symptoms.

WHO

Symptomatic
(regardless of exposure)

HAVE BEEN BOOSTED OR
Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna within the last 5 months OR
Completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months.

Self-isolate. Do not leave home unless seeking medical care or testing. Avoid others in your residence. Disinfect surfaces regularly.

Get tested Immediately.

Students: schedule test or telehealth appointment with UHS provider, depending upon symptom severity. Follow prompts to schedule through MyUHS or, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, call either: UHS Appointments, 512-471-4955, or UHS Nurse Advice Line, 512-475-6877. You may also use a free self-test kit.

Faculty/Staff: schedule test with UT Health Austin or private healthcare provider.
(See additional instructions for employees below.) You may also use a free self-test kit.

Mask with a properly fit non-cloth mask.

NOT BOOSTED and
Completed the primary series of Pfizer over 5 months ago, Moderna over 5 months ago or J&J vaccine over 2 months ago OR
UNVACCINATED

Self-isolate. Do not leave home unless seeking medical care or testing. Avoid others in your residence. Disinfect surfaces regularly.

Get tested Immediately.

Students: schedule test or telehealth appointment with UHS provider, depending upon symptom severity. Follow prompts to schedule through MyUHS or, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, call either: UHS Appointments, 512-471-4955, or UHS Nurse Advice Line, 512-475-6877. You may also use a free self-test kit.

Faculty/Staff: schedule test with UT Health Austin or private healthcare provider.
(See additional instructions for employees below.) You may also use a free self-test kit.

Mask with a properly fit non-cloth mask.

WHO

Positive COVID-19 Test

HAVE BEEN BOOSTED OR
Completed the primary series of Pfizer within the last 5 months, Moderna within the last 5 months or J&J vaccine within the last 2 months.

Isolate for at least 5 days*** since symptoms first appeared AND at least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medications AND symptoms have improved.

If asymptomatic, isolate for 5 days from the date of the test.

Immediately notify individuals with whom you had close contact in the 48 hour period prior to receiving your positive test result or symptom onset and ask them to follow the guidance above for asymptomatic close contacts (or symptomatic if applicable).

Mask for a full 10 days with a properly-fit non-cloth masks, even if you have ended isolation after 5.

Read more about ending isolation for students.
See additional instructions for employees below.

NOT BOOSTED and
Completed the primary series of Pfizer over 5 months ago, Moderna over 5 months ago or J&J vaccine over 2 months ago OR
UNVACCINATED

Isolate for at least 5 days*** since symptoms first appeared AND at least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medications AND symptoms have improved.

If asymptomatic, isolate for 5 days from the date of the test.

Immediately notify individuals with whom you had close contact in the 48 hour period prior to receiving your positive test result or symptom onset and ask them to follow the guidance above for asymptomatic close contacts (or symptomatic if applicable).

Mask for a full 10 days with a properly-fit non-cloth masks, even if you have ended isolation after 5.

Read more about ending isolation for students.
See additional instructions for employees below.

Employees (including student employees) should report symptoms and testing regardless of test results to the Occupational Health Program (OHP) as soon as possible. Contact 512-471-4647 or email healthpoint.ohp@austin.utexas.edu to report COVID-19 symptoms or tests regardless results. OHP values employee privacy and is following privacy guidelines that allow the university to keep our workplace and co-workers safe while still protecting individual privacy as much as possible. Faculty and staff who are asymptomatic and receive a negative test result through Proactive Community Testing (PCT) do not need to report to OHP.

DEFINITIONS:

*Symptoms of COVID-19: Range from mild to severe and may include fever (≥ 100.0°F) or chills, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle/body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea.

**Close Contact: Being within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test) until the time the patient is isolated.

***Five Day Isolation: Given there is small residual risk of transmission from days 5-10 in some cases, UT recommends minimizing time in public when possible (for example, work/study from home). For masking, a properly-fit, non-cloth mask is preferred. Eat/drink in well-ventilated and socially distanced locations. If you must be around others, then a negative rapid antigen test for COVID-19 on the evening of day 5 or morning of day 6 can reassure you and others that you are LESS LIKELY TO BE infectious. Rapid antigen tests are available through Proactive Community Testing and rapid antigen home kits can be purchased at local pharmacies. Test only if you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and your other symptoms have improved (loss of taste and smell may persist for months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation). If you choose not to test, you must be 24+ hours fever-free without use of fever-reducing medications AND other COVID-19 symptoms have improved. If a rapid test is not available, consider staying home at least past day 7, as risk of transmitting from day 8-10 is minimal. Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests (NAAT-RT-PCR) tests, which are the only tests used at the UHS Symptomatic Testing Center should not be used to end isolation.

Symptoms that Suggest COVID-19 Worsening, Call Your Doctor or Go to ER: Shortness of breath at rest, chest pain, persistently high fever despite fever lowering medicine, confusion, lightheadedness, inability to eat or drink.

Self-monitor: People should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19. If they feel feverish or develop measured fever, cough, or difficulty breathing during the selfmonitoring period, they should self-isolate, limit contact with others and seek advice by telephone from a healthcare provider to determine whether medical evaluation is needed.

Self-quarantine: Separates people who were exposed but do not have symptoms to see if they become symptomatic. A person can be contagious before symptoms begin, so this is critical to prevent the spread.

Self-isolation: Separates people with symptoms of COVID-19, with or without a positive test. Stay home and away from others who share your residence to prevent the spread of the virus.

Note: Testing guidance is based on limited information and is subject to change as more information becomes available.

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