Occupational Health Program

OHP COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

In order to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to help keep our employees safe, it is important that faculty and staff report symptoms and testing regardless of test results to the Occupational Health Program as soon as possible.

Contact us: 512-471-4647 or healthpoint.ohp@austin.utexas.edu to report COVID-19 symptoms or COVID-19 tests regardless of test results.

The Occupational Health Program is currently monitoring employees who have tested positive or a presumed positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus) and is receiving daily check-ins from those employees impacted. Any employee who has tested positive, believes they may have COVID-19, or is returning from international travel should contact OHP at 512-471-4647 or healthpoint.ohp@austin.utexas.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if I think I might have COVID-19 as an employee of UT?

View this guide a PDF: What happens if I think I might have COVID-19 as an employee of UT?" (PDF)

The Occupational Health Program (OHP) should be your first call when an employee:

  • Has symptoms of COVID-19
  • Has been tested for COVID-19 regardless of test results
  • Call 512-471-4647

Who should report to OHP?

  • The individual employee can report on their own behalf
    • Student employees should contact OHP or University Health Services
  • The individual employee can contact their manager who can report on their own behalf
  • Any member of the college, school, or unit (CSU) leadership can report if they hear of an employee who has symptoms or who has been tested

OHP will then:

  • Contact the employee, provide health and leave guidance, and work with the employee to identify close contacts
  • Contact the employee’s manager
  • Contact Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) to evaluate the building for possible closure or deep cleaning if necessary

What is a close contact?

  • Anyone who was closer than 6 feet
  • For longer than 15 minutes
  • Worked in a shared work space

What should Colleges, Schools and Units (CSUs) do during this process?

  • Work with OHP to determine if other employees should be sent home due to being a close contact
  • Work with EHS on building safety before closing buildings or floors
  • Follow OHP guidance on how to communicate with your CSU about positive cases in your area

View this guide a PDF: What happens if I think I might have COVID-19 as an employee of UT?" (PDF)

What should employees do if they get tested for COVID-19 or have symptoms?

View this guide a PDF: "What should employees do if they get tested for COVID-19 or have symptoms? (PDF)"

The Occupational Health Program (OHP) should be your first call when an employee:

  • Has symptoms of COVID-19
  • Has been tested for COVID-19 regardless of test results
  • Call 512-471-4647

Why call OHP?

  • OHP helps slow the spread of COVID-19 by contacting anyone who was in close contact with an employee who might have COVID-19.
  • OHP provides health guidance and leave guidance.
  • OHP helps employees decide when it is safe to come back to work.

How does OHP help me?

  • OHP will help you understand how to take care of yourself and others while you might be sick.
  • OHP will contact your manager so they can help your coworkers understand if they should be tested or stay home.
  • OHP works with other campus departments to help decide if buildings should be deep cleaned to help keep the rest of campus safe.
  • OHP will help protect your privacy while providing you and your unit with expert health advice.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

  • Cough/Sore Throat
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Fever Headache or muscle pain
  • New loss of taste or smell

Contact OHP if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been tested, even if your test was negative.
healthpoint.ohp@austin.utexas.edu
512-471-4647

View this guide a PDF: "What should employees do if they get tested for COVID-19 or have symptoms? (PDF)"

What happens when OHP is notified of an employee (faculty and staff) who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is presumed positive?

OHP will provide campus and public health guidance on self-quarantine, self-isolation and tracking criteria, assist with notification of close contacts, review leave options and establish return to work criteria. OHP will monitor the employees and employees will be required to check in daily with OHP using an online Symptom Tracking tool. OHP will identify UT-connected close contacts and reach out directly to any employee identified as having close contact with another employee who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is presumed positive. This includes employees who are teleworking. Those who practice adequate social distancing and wear face coverings will most likely not be considered a close contact.

For more information, review “The Process for Reporting COVID-19” infographic (PDF).

See a helpful guide on Social Distancing, Monitoring, Quarantine, and Isolation (PDF). This guide is also available in Spanish (PDF).

What does it mean to be a close contact?

A close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of a COVID-19 positive individual for a prolonged period; close contact can occur while caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a waiting room/meeting space, working in shared workspaces or having direct contact with infectious secretions, i.e. being coughed on. Those who practice adequate social distancing and wear face coverings will most likely not be considered a close contact.

What if I'm identified as a close contact of a COVID-19 positive person?

Employees (faculty and staff) who have been identified as a close contact of a COVID-19 positive person, but do not develop symptoms, should self-quarantine and cannot return to campus for:

  • 14 days after their exposure.

Employees should self-quarantine during this time. Employees should report that they are a close contact to a COVID-19 positive person or that they have traveled internationally to the HealthPoint Occupational Health Program at 512-471-4647 or healthpoint.ohp@austin.utexas.edu regardless of a negative result.

See a helpful guide on Social Distancing, Monitoring, Quarantine, and Isolation (PDF). This guide is also available in Spanish (PDF).

If you are not considered a close contact, but worked on the same floor or in the same building, are there any actions to take?

Employees who worked in close proximity but did not have direct contact with an employee who tested positive for COVID-19 or who is presumed positive should self-monitor. Self-monitoring means that you should monitor yourself for fever by taking your temperature twice a day and remain alert for a cough or difficulty breathing. If you become sick with COVID-19 symptoms, develop fever, cough, or difficulty breathing during the self-monitoring period, then self-isolate, limit contact with others, seek advice (CDC Coronovirus Guide) by telephone from your primary health care provider, and notify OHP. If symptoms develop and you do not have a primary health care provider, UT Health Austin offers COVID-19 testing services and is a UT Select insurance in-network provider.

It is important for all colleges, schools, and units (CSUs) to work through OHP. CSUs and building managers should not take steps to close buildings, floors, or send employees home without working through OHP. These employees will need to use federal leave provisions. If they become positive for COVID-19 or are considered a close contact at a later date, these employees will need to use their own leave accruals as their federal leave provisions may be exhausted.

What is the difference between social-distancing, self-monitoring, self-isolation, and self-quarantine?

This Healthyhorns guide (PDF) explains the differences between these commonly used terms.

What if an employee tests negative for COVID-19?

As a precaution, employees who test negative for COVID-19 and have symptoms should not return to on-campus work until 24 hours have passed without symptoms and at least 10 days have passed since the onset of symptoms regardless of a negative test result. These employees should practice self-isolation. Self-isolation means that people with symptoms of COVID-19, with or without a positive test, separate from others, stay home and away from others who share a residence to prevent the spread of the virus. Employees should report that they were tested for COVID-19 to the HealthPoint Occupational Health Program at 512-471-4647 or healthpoint.ohp@austin.utexas.edu regardless of a negative result. OHP will make daily contact with employees who have symptoms, regardless of test results, through a Symptom Tracking tool, while the employee is practicing self-isolation or self-quarantine. This includes employees who are teleworking.

For more information, review "The Process for Reporting COVID-19" infographic (PDF).

What if an employee has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 but has not been tested for COVID-19?

If an employee is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, they should report their symptoms to the HealthPoint Occupational Health Program at 512-471-4647 or healthpoint.ohp@austin.utexas.edu regardless if they have been yet been tested for COVID-19. This includes employees who are teleworking.

For more information, review "What happens if I think I might have COVID-19 as an employee of UT?" (PDF) and "The Process for Reporting COVID-19 (PDF)".

What if I've traveled internationally?

Employees (faculty and staff) who have traveled internationally, but do not develop symptoms, should follow the guidance below for 14 days, upon your return:

Practice social distancing. If you go outside, stay away from crowded places, avoid group gatherings, and maintain distance (~6 feet) from others.

Wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose when outside your home.

Monitor your health. You can learn more about what do if you become sick after traveling here.

Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.

See a helpful guide on Social Distancing, Monitoring, Quarantine, and Isolation (PDF). This guide is also available in Spanish (PDF).

What is the Return to Work Process?

Employees (faculty and staff) who develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, regardless of their test results, should not return to on-campus work for:

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptom onset and
  • At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Other symptoms have improved.

Employees should practice self-isolation during this time. Employees should report that they were tested for COVID-19 to the HealthPoint Occupational Health Program at 512-471-4647 or healthpoint.ohp@austin.utexas.edu regardless of a negative result.

If an employee is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, they should report their symptoms to the HealthPoint Occupational Health Program at 512-471-4647 or healthpoint.ohp@austin.utexas.edu regardless if they have been yet been tested for COVID-19.

After initially contacting OHP to report a COVID-19 test (regardless of test result) or symptoms, the impacted employee will check in virtually with OHP daily through a Symptom Tracking tool while the employee practices self-isolation or self-quarantine. See helpful guide on How To Self-Quarantine.

Employees (faculty and staff) who test positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms can return to on-campus work after:

  • 10 days have passed since test.

Employees (faculty and staff) who have been identified as a close contact of a COVID-19 positive person, or persons who have traveled internationally, but do not develop symptoms, should self-quarantine and cannot return to campus for:

  • 14 days after their exposure or after returning from their trip

Employees should self-quarantine during this time. Employees should report that they are a close contact to a COVID positive person or that they have traveled internationally to the HealthPoint Occupational Health Program at 512-471-4647 or healthpoint.ohp@austin.utexas.edu regardless of a negative result.

See a helpful guide on Social Distancing, Monitoring, Quarantine, and Isolation (PDF). This guide is also available in Spanish (PDF).

What should employees do if they have concerns about the behavior of another employee or student as it relates to COVID-19 safety guidelines?

Contact the Behavior Concerns and COVID-19 Advice Line (BCCAL) at 512-232-5050 or submit your behavior concerns online.

It is important for all colleges, schools, and units (CSUs) to work through OHP. CSUs and building managers should not take steps to close buildings, floors, or send employees home without working through OHP. These employees will use their federal Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) during their period of self-quarantine. If they become positive for COVID-19 or are considered a close contact at a later date, these employees will need to contact their local HR representative for leave guidance.


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Information you provide to the Occupational Health Program is protected from unauthorized or indiscriminate release of personal health information, and medical records are maintained in a confidential manner and separate from department or Human Resources personnel records. Read our Notice of Privacy Practices (PDF).