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COVID-19 Message

November 10, 2020

Faculty, Staff, and Students,

As we continue to move through this COVID-19 pandemic, I want to keep you informed of the requirements pertinent to maintaining the safety of our campus:

  • On October 21, the CDC revised their definition of close contacts to include any instance where a person is within 6 feet of an individual with COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more during a single 24-hour period. This underscores the importance of maintaining a social distance of at least 6 feet from others at ALL times. This is key to eliminating any transmission on campus.
  • UTHSC students and employees must continue to report positive diagnoses and the need to quarantine following close contact with known positive individuals:
    • UTHSC students must report this to their Associate Dean, Department Chair, Program Leader, or Division Director, who will then report this information to Campus Safety by emailing Tim Barton at
    • UTHSC employees must report this via the HR Notice of COVID-19 Occurrence form on the HR website.
  • Following a close contact with a known positive individual, you must quarantine for 14-days before returning to campus based on testing results. University Health Services will reach out to individuals that have received either a positive diagnosis or those who have been quarantining to coordinate their safe return to campus.
  • Observance of campus guidelines, including the use of face masks and social distancing, can challenge social norms and routine work practices pre-COVID. Supervisors and professors should provide ongoing support to their employees and students by raising awareness when they see at-risk behavior and prompting them with reminders about compliance.
  • Our behavior at home and in social situations off campus has a major impact on our colleagues and our patients. As health care providers, many of us are actively seeing patients, and must avoid gatherings or behaviors where the risk of COVID-19 transmission is high. At-risk behavior by us places our colleagues and patients at risk.

Thank you for your continued compliance with the COVID-19 safety measures, as we work hard to keep our campus safe from this virus!

Steve J. Schwab, MD

May 26, 2022