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COVID-19 Guidance

UTSI COVID-19 Guidance

The UT Space Institute is taking preventive measures to ensure the health and safety of employees and students while also ensuring the continuity of business operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Provided below is useful information to help guide you through the pandemic.

UTSI COVID PROCESS

If you need to self-isolate, complete the UTSI COVID-19 Self-Isolation Form.  After submitting the form someone from the UTSI HR office will contact you to either provide or gain additional information. The response time is generally within 24 hours but may vary depending on situation.  If you need assistance, please contact the UTSI Human Resources office at hr@utsi.edu or phone 931-393-7226.

UTSI COVID-19 Self-Isolation Form

DEFINITIONS

Fully vaccinated.  Being fully vaccinated is defined as being two weeks past your final dose of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine.

If fully vaccinated you do not need to quarantine after contact with someone who has COVID-19, unless you have symptoms of the virus.  However, you should get tested 5 days after exposure, even if you don’t have symptoms, and wear a mask indoors and in public for 10 days following exposure or until your test result is negative.

Recovered from COVID-19. If you have previously tested positive for COVID-19 and completed the required isolation, you do not need to self-isolate or be tested again for up to three months as long as you do not develop symptoms again.  If you develop symptoms again within three months of a COVID-19 diagnosis you should self-isolate and be tested.

Close contact.  Being less than 6 feet away from an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or clinical diagnosis) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.  For example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes.   

Two types of self-isolation – Quarantine / Isolation:

Quarantine is for people who may have been exposed because of close contact with a COVID-19 case or travel.

Calculating quarantine.  The date of your exposure is considered day 0.  Day 1 is the first full day after your last contact with a person who has had COVID-19.  Stay home and away from other people for at least 5 days.

Vaccinated Individuals 

  • You do not need to quarantine after contact with someone who has COVID-19, unless you have symptoms of the virus. 
  • Even if you don’t develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
  • Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. 
  • Take precautions until day 10.  Wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days anytime you are around others insider your home or in public.  Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask.  Avoid travel and being around people who are at high risk.
  • If you develop symptoms, isolate immediately and get tested.  Continue to stay home until you know the results.  Wear a well-fitted mask around others.

Unvaccinated Individuals

  • Stay home and quarantine for at least 5 full days.  Wear a well-fitted mask if you must be around others.    
  • Even if you don’t develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
  • After quarantine, watch for symptoms until 10 days after you hast had close contact with someone with COVID-19. 
  • Take precautions until day 10.  Wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days anytime you are around others insider your home or in public.  Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask.  Avoid travel and being around people who are at high risk.
  • If you develop symptoms, isolate immediately and get tested.  Continue to stay home until you know the results.  Wear a well-fitted mask around others.

Exposed to COVID-19 and had confirmed COVID-19 with the past 90 days

  • You do not need to quarantine unless you develop symptoms. 
  • Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
  • Take precautions until day 10.  Wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days anytime you are around others insider your home or in public.  Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask.  Avoid travel and being around people who are at high risk.
  • If you develop symptoms, isolate immediately and get tested.  Continue to stay home until you know the results.  Wear a well-fitted mask around others.

Isolation is for people who have tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19.

Calculating Isolation.  Day 0 is your first day of symptoms or a positive virial test.  Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed or your test specimen was collected.  If you have COVID-19 or have symptoms, isolate for at least 5 days.

Regardless of vaccination status, you tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms

  • Stay home for 5 days and isolate from others in your home.  Wear a well-fitted mask if you must be around others in your home.
  • Ending isolation;
    • If you had symptoms after 5 full days if you are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and your symptoms are improving, or;
    • If you did not have symptoms end isolation after at least 5 full days after your positive test.
  • Take precautions until day 10.  Wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days anytime you are around others insider your home or in public.  Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask. Avoid travel and being around people who are at high risk.
  • If you were severely ill with COVID-19, you should isolate for at least 10 days.  Consult your doctor before ending isolation.

When to isolate

  • Test positive for COVID-19.
  • Develop symptoms of a COVID-19 infection(fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea).
  • Are awaiting COVID-19 test results.
  • Are a close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Have been advised to self-isolate by a health authority.
  • Need to self-isolate after traveling in accordance with the latest CDC travel guidance.

For additional COVID-19 scenarios, visit the following link – COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation | CDC

****REMINDER.  Face Masks are not required at this time, but we expect everyone to protect others from the spread of COVID-19 and strongly recommend wearing masks in academic and administrative spaces.


Online Training through K@TE

K@TE is the University of Tennessee’s Learning Management System that grants UT employees access to e-Learning professional development courses.

How to log-in to K@TE:

  1. Log into K@TE (kate.tennessee.edu). You will need you Net ID and Password.
  2. Search for the topic/program you’d like to view.
  3. Click on the course.
  4. Click “Launch”. (Or, “Request” if taking a curriculum)
  5. A pop-up will appear (you must enable pop-ups).
  6. Click “Start Course”.

Insurance Information

Partners for Health TN

Partners for Health TN is updating COVID-19 related information for state and higher education employees on state insurance plans. View the latest COVID-19 related health insurance information (PDF).

Employee Assistance Program

The Employee Assistance Program is offered through Optum Health and designed to provide free confidential assistance to help employees and their families resolve problems that influence their personal lives or job performance. EAP services are available to all benefits-eligible UT employees and their spouses and dependent children. Benefits include up to five no-cost EAP visits with a provider in our EAP network per year.

Contact EAP any time – Employees can access EAP at any time by visiting here4tn.com or calling 855-Here4TN (855-437-3486; TDD/TTY dial 711). 

Optum Public Crisis

The Optum Public Crisis Line is 866-342-6892. This line is available to everyone, so you can share the number with your family and friends. Caring professionals connect callers to resources 24/7.

Optum’s COVID-19 support page hosts a wealth of resources and supports for well-being.

Sanvello

Free Sanvello premium access will be available during the COVID-19 crisis. This app provides coping tools, peer support, and on-demand help with reducing stress and anxiety.

Resources available through EAP and Optum Health:


Educational Assistance Fee Waiver Forms

Once completed, please contact the UTSI HR office at hr@utsi.edu for further assistance.


Workers’ Compensation

Information on how to file a Workers’ Compensation claim.

Rev. 10/18/2021

Contact Us

UTSI COVID Coordinator: 
Scott Van Zandbergen 
Email: svanzand@utsi.edu
Ph: (931) 393-7260

UTSI Human Resources Office:
Email: hr@utsi.edu
Ph: 931-393-7226