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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Employee Guidance

COVID-19 Reporting Procedure

Employees are responsible for reporting positive cases. Human Resources will no longer be individually reaching out to employee reports. Units and supervisors should direct employees to complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form and follow the appropriate CDC instructions for isolation or quarantine.

Employees can complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form for the following occurrences:

  • If you test positive for COVID-19
  • If you had close contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive
  • If you live in the same household as someone who is COVID-19 positive

In the interest of maintaining the health and safety of the campus, UTHSC has implemented the following safety procedure:

  • 5-day self-isolation for COVID-19 positive employees.
  • Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms.
    • Current CDC guidelines no longer require individuals to quarantine following contact with an individual that tested positive for COVID-19.
    • Individuals exposed to COVID-19 should wear a high-quality mask for 10 days and get tested on day 5 or if they become symptomatic.

Please refer to the CDC calculator to confirm your isolation/quarantine dates

  • ALL employees experiencing the above should request clearance by completing this form prior to returning to campus and submit it to University Health Services (UHS) for approval.
    • For any questions, please contact UHS at or 901.448.5630.
    • UHS will provide authorization to return to campus and can advise employees on their unique health situations.
    • If you test positive for COVID-19 and symptoms are not improving and/or a fever persists within the last twenty-four (24) hours, your isolation period may be extended to 10 days.

Leave and Telecommuting

If approved by your supervisor and should your job duties allow, you may telecommute during your isolation or quarantine period. When unable to telecommute, accrued sick or annual leave must be used for work time missed. If leave balance is insufficient, leave without pay will be applied.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

UHS is no longer providing COVID-19 vaccinations. To locate COVID-19 vaccine near you, please visit

Please remember to practice proper hand hygiene and cover your coughs and sneezes. COVID-19 variants are expected, and the Omicron variant can spread more easily than other variants.

All employees are encouraged to get tested (if they have had a close contact to someone testing positive for COVID-19, suspect exposure, or have symptoms) and vaccinated against COVID-19. For more information and further guidance:

Thank you for your cooperation as we all work together to ensure the health and safety of our campus!

Jan 19, 2023