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Cardinal Flight Plan

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UIW COVID-19 Community Updates and Operations Information

Illness Reporting Form

Remember to complete the Cardinal Daily Health Check when visiting campus

UIW COVID-19 Updates

The University of the Incarnate Word continues to monitor the local, regional and state-wide progression of COVID-19 to inform decisions about safe campus operations. Below you will find information regarding UIW's COVID-19 response, safety guidelines and helpful resources for the UIW community.

Before You Go: A Guide to Safe Holiday Travel

As we prepare for Thanksgiving break, please review our risk reduction strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on campus and to your friends and family. Please use this guide as you plan your holiday travel.

  • Get an influenza (flu) vaccination as soon as possible.
  • Review regulations at your travel destination. Some states require completion of a traveler’s form prior to arrival and others require a mandatory 14-day quarantine period.
  • Minimize risk of exposure and infection during the time leading up to your departure from campus. Any exposure could disrupt plans to go home. If you are infected or exposed to a person who is confirmed to be infected, you will need to isolate or quarantine before traveling. Travelers who are ill, infected with COVID-19, or have recently been exposed to the virus will not be permitted to board airplanes and trains.
  • Reduce the number of people you have close contact with prior to your trip. Any close interaction (eating in restaurants, riding in cars, social gatherings, bars, etc.) with people outside your immediate household or residence hall roommates will present an opportunity for infection.

  • UIW strongly encourages all students and employees to receive free COVID-19 testing through Curative, Inc., approximately 2 to 3 days before traveling.
  • Beginning Nov. 16, Curative, Inc. will have COVID-19 testing kiosks on the UIW Broadway and SOM campuses.
  • UIW Broadway campus testing is for students and employees only.
  • The testing kiosk at SOM is open to the community.
  • COVID-19 tests through Curative, Inc. are free to all UIW employees and students.
  • COVID-19 results take 24 - 48 hours.
  • Testing only reflects one point in time. There can be false negative results, and in some cases the virus may be contracted during travel.
  • A negative COVID-19 test does not eliminate the need for other safety measures such as mask wearing and physical distancing.
  • It is important to self-quarantine until your COVID-19 results are back to eliminate the risk of contracting the virus while waiting for your results.   
  • Schedule a painless, self-collected COVID-19 test today
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  • Reduce the number of stops on the trip. Take a direct flight if possible, and if driving, pack food and snacks for the car trip home.
  • Delay travel if sick or exposed. Anyone feeling ill, recently diagnosed with COVID-19 (within 10-days) or exposed to someone with COVID-19 (within 14 days) should isolate or quarantine and delay travel. Follow the guidance from your health care provider regarding when recommended isolation/quarantine periods are complete and travel can be resumed.
  • Take safety precautions during travel, especially if using public transportation. Wear face masks at all times. Stay at least 6 feet away from other people; if not possible on public transportation, sit as far away from other passengers as possible. Carry and use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol) frequently.
  • Use a disinfecting/sanitizing wipe to clean any touchable surfaces in the vehicle in which you are traveling. This includes planes, trains, and other forms of transportation.
  • Double check for any requirements or restrictions at your travel destination.
  • The least risky option is private transportation by yourself or your family members. If in a car with others outside the household, wear a mask and sit in the back seat if someone else is driving. If weather conditions permit, open the windows.

  • The most cautious approach upon arrival at home is to quarantine for the first 14 days after arrival. This is especially important if there are vulnerable, higher risk individuals living in the home. This is especially important as San Antonio’s community COVID-19 positivity rate is increasing. Quarantining in the home includes:
    • Eating meals in a private space.
    • Using separate serving ware, utensils, glasses, and plates.
    • Using a separate bathroom from other family members. If not possible, disinfect the bathroom after each use.
    • Avoiding physical contact including hugging, kissing, and shaking hands.
    • Wearing a mask and maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet when in the presence of others.
    • Restricting movement within and outside the home.
  • If quarantine is not possible, stay physically distant from family household members, wear a face mask, and avoid close contact, including hugging and shaking hands, for the first 14 days home.

  • If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, please seek help from your primary care provider or an urgent care facility.
  • If you are feeling sad, anxious, hopeless or having emotional distress, please seek mental health care. Visit my.uiw.edu/counseling for resources.
  • If you become ill or test positive for COVID-19 over the Thanksgiving break, please report your illness on the UIW COVID-19 Illness Reporting Form.

  • As part of UIW’s shared responsibility, students and employees returning to campus following Thanksgiving travel and gatherings should receive COVID-19 testing between days 5 and 7 of your return to campus. 
  • Free testing sites, through Curative, Inc., are located on the Broadway and SOM campuses.

Curative, Inc.

Beginning Nov. 16, Curative, Inc. will have COVID-19 testing kiosks on the UIW Broadway and SOM campuses. Testing is free for UIW students and employees.

Schedule a painless, self-collected COVID-19 test today

Face Mask Requirements - Update

To help stop the spread of COVID-19, all UIW community members are required to wear masks in public and shared spaces on campus. Masks should only be removed when alone in a private office or living space, while eating (6 feet social distancing must be maintained while eating), and as noted in Section F.2 of the COVID-19 Pandemic Return to Campus Requirements and Expectations Policy. Please be reminded that a mask is not a substitute for social distancing and UIW community members should continue to maintain at least 6 feet of separation from others.

The mask directive applies to all members of the UIW community, which includes all students, faculty, staff, and administrative employees, as well as contractors, vendors, and campus visitors. The directive applies to all UIW facilities and locations. For information on the use and care of masks, please refer to pages 9-10 of the UIW Guide for Returning to the Workplace.

Managers are responsible for ensuring that all employees working on or visiting campus comply with this directive. Disposable masks will be provided by UIW, if needed. Managers may contact Sam Wages at wages@uiwtx.edu to request face masks.

The dignity, health, and wellbeing of every member of the UIW community remains an institutional priority at the heart of our Mission. Every member of our community – including you – must do their part. We do this not just for ourselves but for the safety of others, and because this is consistent with the Mission and spirit of how we care for one another at UIW.

COVID-19 Case Updates

COVID-19 Warning Indicators

UIW COVID-19 Warning Indicators are based on the CDC Mitigation Strategies for Communities with local COVID-19 transmission. The indicators look at Bexar County and all UIW campuses COVID-19 positive rates and community transmission. The goal of the warning indicators is to mitigate risk and prevent the progression to the next warning indicator. UIW will update the warning indicators weekly for each individual campus.

None to Minimal

Minimal to Moderate

Moderate

Significant

Level of Community Transmission

Use the drop downs below to learn more about UIW's phased plan approach to continuing operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. UIW is currently in Yellow.

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Evidence of isolated cases or limited community transmission, case investigations underway; no evidence of exposure in large communal settings

<5% positive rate in the Bexar County community

Description of UIW Community Transmission

Very limited community transmission on UIW campuses

Level of Mitigation

Low Mitigation

UIW Response

  • Local COVID-19 indicators and trends reported on UIW webpage
  • Education on signs and symptoms of COVID-19
  • Employees and students who are high risk should have a plan if UIW spread occurs
  • Educate staff and students to stay home when sick
  • Increased hand sanitizer stations
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily

Housekeeping

Level 1

Level 3 cleaning for all areas with a positive individual. The area will be closed for 24 hours and disinfection will occur.

Per CDC guidelines, spaces occupied by someone who is COVID-19 positive do not require disinfection after 7 days.

Academics

Widespread in-person classes

COVID-19 Testing

Symptomatic and contact risk

yellow error message iconDescription of Community Characteristics

Sustained transmission with high likelihood or confirmed exposure within communal settings and potential for rapid increase in cases

5-10% positive rate in the Bexar County community

Description of UIW Community Transmission

Limited community transmission on UIW campuses

UIW positivity rate <5%

Level of Mitigation

Moderate Mitigation and surveillance

UIW Response

  • Face Masks
  • Increased education on hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, cleaning, and disinfection
  • 6ft physical distancing
  • High risk employees and students should have a plan if UIW spread occurs
  • Educate staff and students to stay home when sick
  • Increase hand sanitizer stations
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces

Housekeeping

Level 2

Level 3 cleaning for all areas with a positive individual. The area will be closed for 24 hours and disinfection will occur.

Per CDC guidelines, spaces occupied by someone who is COVID-19 positive do not require disinfection after 7 days.

Academics

Limited in-person classes
(significant reduction of individuals on campus)
Optional in-person sessions

COVID-19 Testing

Symptomatic and contact risk

Voluntary test 10% of students and employees on campus monthly

orange error message iconDescription of Community Characteristics

Large scale, community transmission, including communal settings (e.g., schools, workplaces)

>10% positive rate in the Bexar County community

Description of UIW Community Transmission

Evidence of community spread or sustained spread within UIW campuses

UIW positivity rate 5%- 10%

Level of Mitigation

Significant Mitigation and enhanced surveillance and monitoring

UIW Response

  • Face Masks
  • Significantly increased education and signage on hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, cleaning, and disinfection
  • Medical town halls
  • 6-foot physical distancing (distancing)
  • Reduced occupancy to 50% (density)
  • Minimize high contact activities (duration)
  • Minimize high intensity activities (degree)
  • Indoor congregate areas must maintain 6-foot physical distancing and face masks

Housekeeping

Level 2

Level 3 cleaning for all areas with a positive individual. The area will be closed for 24 hours and disinfection will occur.

Per CDC guidelines, spaces occupied by someone who is COVID-19 positive do not require disinfection after 7 days.

Academics

Limited in-person classes
(significant reduction of individuals on campus)

COVID-19 Testing

Symptomatic and contact risk

Voluntary test 25% of students and employees on campus monthly

red error message iconDescription of Community Characteristics

Large scale, uncontrolled community transmission, including communal settings (e.g., schools, workplaces)

>10% positive rate in the Bexar County community

Description of UIW Community Transmission

Evidence of large scale spread within UIW campuses

UIW positivity rate >10%

Level of Mitigation

Shelter in Place

UIW Response

  • Continue all response efforts identified under substantial, controlled transmission
  • Limit community movement
  • Consider a disruption in educational routine according to guidance from local health department
  • Reduced occupancy to 10%
  • Essential workers only
  • Close congregate areas

Housekeeping

Level 2

Level 3 cleaning for all areas with a positive individual. The area will be closed for 24 hours and disinfection will occur.

Per CDC guidelines, spaces occupied by someone who is COVID-19 positive do not require disinfection after 7 days.

Academics

Transition to virtual learning
Essential clinical activities continue
Follow guidance from SAMHD

COVID-19 Testing

Symptomatic and contact risk
Guidance from SAMHD

Together We Are One Word

UIW Statement of Shared Responsibility

Together We Are One Word. Let's all do our part to protect our Cardinal family.

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COVID-19 Safety Rules

Here's some useful information about the coronavirus. Please do your best to follow general hygiene and safety guidelines to help contain the spread.

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What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus discovered in 2019. Much is left to be known, but it is considered to be highly contagious and can cause severe cardio-pulmonary complications in patients.

Learn more about COVID-19 from the CDC

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Symptoms

Many who test positive for COVID-19 report feeling flu-like symptoms, cough and shortness of breathe. However, additional symptoms have been identified over the last several months as more is learned about the virus.

Learn more about COVID-19 symptoms

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Testing and Reporting

Those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who have been exposed to a positive case of COVID-19 are encouraged to seek testing and self-report at UIW Health Services (testing by appointment only)

Learn more at UIW Health Services

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Face Masks

Studies have proven that wearing a mask is an effective tool in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Wearing a mask while on any UIW campus is currently mandatory.

Learn more about the benefits of masks

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Social Distancing

Social distancing means keeping a safe space between you and others who are not part of your household. You should strive to maintain at least 6 ft. of distance between you and others.

Learn more about safe social distancing

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Good Hygiene

Good hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes and disinfecting surfaces help prevent the spread of disease. These measures will also help protect you and others from COVID-19.

Learn more about protecting yourself

View the COVID-19 Map Updates on Your Mobile Device

Additional Resources

Representatives from UIW's various departments are ready to assist you and answer your questions.

Athletics

(210) 829-2722 
athletics@uiwtx.edu
Athletics Website

Campus Life

(210) 829-6034
campusengagement@uiwtx.edu
Campus Life Website

Mission & Ministry

(210) 829-6000
ministry@uiwtx.edu
Mission & Ministry Website

Human Resources

(210) 829-6019 
uiwhr@uiwtx.edu 
Human Resources Website

Emergency Management

(210) 829-6035 
uiwsafety@uiwtx.edu
EHSRM Management

Communications

(210) 829-6001 
pr@uiwtx.edu
Communications & Brand Marketing Website

Tech Support/Help Desk

(210) 829-2721 
helpdesk@uiwtx.edu
Help Desk Website

UIW Libraries

(210) 829-3835 
reference@uiwtx.edu
UIW Libraries Website

Counseling & Behavioral Services

(210) 832-5656 
counseling@uiwtx.edu
Counseling & Behavioral Services Website

Health Services

(210) 829-6017 
healthsvcs@uiwtx.edu
Health Services Website

Financial Aid

(210) 829-6008 
finaid@uiwtx.edu
Financial Aid Website

Business Office

(210) 829-6043 
busad@uiwtx.edu
Business Office Website

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