Health and Safety Protocols

The City of San Antonio has now reported community spread of COVID-19 within the San Antonio community. We care about the well-being of our campus community, and want to remind all faculty and staff of expectations for maintaining a workplace that protects health and safety.

If you are an essential employee still working on campus

Protect Yourself and Others

Trinity University continues to take steps to sanitize both horizontal and vertical surfaces in classrooms, public contact surfaces, and restrooms, as well as staff and faculty offices.

We ask faculty and staff to continue sanitary practices to assist us in this process:

  • Wipe down your own workstation, phone, light switches, and door handles using the cleaning materials provided by the University

  • Practice social distancing. Continue to hold remote meetings to the extent possible to reduce contact.

  • Follow the CDC guidelines on Steps to Prevent Illness and follow all Trinity health and safety protocols on this website.

Questions
Employees who have questions or needs relating to personal protective equipment or sanitization practices can contact Environmental, Health and Safety at x7004 or ehs@trinity.edu.

If you feel ill

Monitoring Your Health

Faculty and staff who have symptoms of respiratory illness must stay home. An employee who exhibits symptoms of a respiratory illness at work may be sent home. If you’re ill, contact your personal physician for guidance. It is recommended that you DO NOT go directly to a physician’s office, but instead call first. If you cannot reach your primary care physician, then call the medical clinics associated with Trinity’s medical plans.

Severe Symptoms
If you are experiencing severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, we recommend you seek care immediately. Older individuals and those who have underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact their medical provider early, even in the case of mild symptoms. Trinity continues to encourage all employees to follow the protocol recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and/or the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District.

Concerns for a fellow employee
If you are aware of someone who is exhibiting signs of illness being in the workplace, please contact Human Resources or Environmental Health and Safety immediately, so the University can initiate cleaning and disinfection protocols.

Testing for COVID-19

If you’re ill, review the symptoms for COVID-19. Patients who have concerns that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 or may have symptoms of COVID-19 should contact their state Department of Health for testing. The CDC states that coronavirus testing may be performed on patients with a doctor’s approval.

More testing information for Aetna members >

Medical Leave

Standard University leave policies apply to the use of leave, except that employees who are within the first six months of employment, who are typically not permitted to use vacation leave, will be allowed to use accrued vacation. Any employee who misses three or more days of work due to illness will be required to provide documentation from a health care provider to support return to work; however, documentation may also be requested for periods shorter than three (3) days.

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Aetna Medical Clinics
Visit the Aetna member website or contact Human Resources (210-999-7552 or 7507) to obtain the list of medical clinics.

San Antonio Metropolitan Health District Hotline

San Antonio Metropolitan Health District has a COVID-19 hotline for residents to ask questions about the virus. The hotline is available in English and Spanish. Residents can call 210-207-5779 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

Quarantine and Isolation for Faculty and Staff

In order to protect the health and safety of members of the Trinity University community, the University expects individuals (including faculty, staff, students, and visitors) to follow the guidance of public health officials (including the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District: 210-207-5779 and the CDC) and their personal medical provider as it relates to self-quarantine and isolation in relation to potential exposure to COVID-19 (the Novel Coronavirus).

Faculty and staff are restricted from campus in the following circumstances:

Self-Quarantine After International Travel

Faculty and staff traveling/returning from a country designated as Warning Level 3 or higher must self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus, in accordance with current CDC guidelines. More information: Travelers from Countries with Widespread Sustained (Ongoing) Transmission Arriving in the United States.

Self-Quarantine After Domestic Travel

Travelers returning from locations within the United States with a high prevalence of COVID-19 (per the CDC locations experiencing high volumes of community spread) are required to contact their personal physician and/or the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District for guidance before returning to campus. The faculty or staff member should self-quarantine pending guidance from the personal physician or San Antonio Metropolitan Health Department and then follow the guidance provided. In the absence of such guidance, the employee should self-quarantine and self-monitor for 14 days from the point of departure from a high prevalence area before returning to campus, in an abundance of caution and desire to prevent spread of the disease.

Self-Quarantine After Close Contact

Faculty and staff who have had potential exposure to COVID-19 (such as close contact with a person under investigation or who has tested positive for COVID-19), should not return to the workplace, even if they have no symptoms, and are required to Self-Quarantine for up to 14 days. Please consult with your supervisor and Human Resources before returning to campus. Consistent with recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, you are also expected to self-monitor and consult with your medical care provider and/or local health department by phone for guidance.

Isolation Pending Testing Results or After a Positive COVID-19 Test

Individuals that are undergoing testing for COVID-19 or have tested positive for COVID-19 are required to be in Isolation for a period of time as dictated by treating Physician and/or the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District. Please consult with your supervisor and Human Resources before returning to campus.