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Student Guide for COVID-19 Positive Tests and Symptoms

Student Guide for COVID-19 Positive Tests, Experiencing Symptoms and Exposed to Positive Testing Individuals

This guide is for all students who experience symptoms of, test positive for COVID-19 or are exposed to a person who has tested positive to COVID-19.

If a student feels ill and believes the symptoms might be COVID-19 related:

  • Email COVID19@wtamu.edu with your name, contact information and symptoms
  • Do not come to class or go to general public areas
  • Return to your place of residence
  • Notify instructors of absence
  • Contact Student Medical Services to schedule a COVID19 test time.
  • Remain isolated until notification of test results.
  • If living on campus, remain isolated until contacted by Residential Living.

If a student tests positive for COVID-19

Students who test positive for COVID-19 should immediately self-isolate and notify covid19@wtamu.edu, providing basic personal information (Name, Contact Information (e-mail and phone number) and Location of Current Residence).

If the student lives on campus

Students living on campus will be given the option to remain on campus or to return to their primary home residence, whichever is preferred.

  • If student will quarantine at their primary home residence (away from campus):
    • The student will be asked to gather their academic materials and personal items needed for 10 days* and immediately leave campus for home.
    • 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 limited number of persons with severe illness may warrant extending duration of isolation for up to 20 days after symptom onset.
  • If student will remain in 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 quarantine.
    • 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 limited number of persons with severe illness may warrant extending duration of isolation for up to 20 days after symptom onset.

All students testing positive are required to self-report their information to assist in contact tracing at the Texas A&M University System COVID-19 reporting portal.

A Residential Living staff member will contact the COVID-19-positive student’s roommate(s) to discuss testing options, cleaning and disinfecting recommendations, and guidance on self-isolation 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 self-isolation.

The Amarillo Bi-County Health Department, after information is shared because of positive test, will contact the COVID-19-positive student and begin the Contact Tracing protocol.

Residential Living will coordinate the delivery of meals with ARAMARK to all students (infected, self-isolating roommate, etc.) who are affected and remain on campus. Residential Living and Student Medical Services will make periodic checks with the affected students as to their needs and current health both on campus and those returning to their primary home residence. SSC will coordinate a time to clean and disinfect the room of the positive student.

If the student lives off campus

Students living off campus will be asked to quarantine in their off-campus accommodations unless returning to their primary home residence.

  • The Amarillo Bi-County Health Department, after information is shared because of positive test, will contact the COVID-19-positive student and begin the Contact Tracing protocol.
  • Student Medical Services will make periodic checks with the affected student as to their needs and current health.
  • All students testing positive are required to self-report their information to assist in contact tracing at the Texas A&M University System COVID-19 reporting portal.

If a student has come in contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19

Students who has been in contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 should immediately self-isolate and notify covid19@wtamu.edu, providing basic personal information (Name, Contact Information (e-mail and phone number) and Location of Current Residence).

If the student lives on campus

Students living on campus will be given the option to remain on campus or to return to their primary home residence, whichever is preferred.

  • If student will self-isolate at their primary home residence (away from campus):
    • The student will be asked to gather their academic materials and personal items needed for 14 days* and immediately leave campus for home.
    • 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 student will remain in WT residence halls:
    • The student 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 self-isolation.
    • 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.

Residential Living will coordinate the delivery of meals with ARAMARK to all students (infected, self-isolating roommate, etc.) who are affected and remain on campus. Residential Living and Student Medical Services will make periodic checks with the affected students as to their needs and current health both on campus and those returning to their primary home residence. SSC will coordinate a time to clean and disinfect the room of the positive student.