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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.

UIW COVID-19 FAQs (Updated August 9)

Mask and face coverings will now be required indoors by those who are vaccinated as well as persons not vaccinated. Masks will also be required outdoors in group settings and when social distancings cannot be maintained. 

Read the full mask policy here. 

No, effective immediately, employees and students no longer need to complete the Cardinal Daily Health Check when arriving at campus locations.

Masks and face coverings are now required indoors by those who are vaccinated as well as persons not vaccinated unless they are in their private work or study spaces. Masks are also required by vaccinated and non vaccinated individuals outdoors in group settings and when social distancing cannot be maintained. Special events and similar activities will still require appropriate social distancing, including 3 ft. or greater distancing for indoor events.

Students and faculty should maintain a distance of 3 ft. or greater.

If requested to do so, employees who are vaccinated and unvaccinated might be required to test depending on the circumstances. Specific instructions on who will be tested are announced at the time of testing.

See the current testing policy here

Yes, UIW will work with our cleaning staff to continue protocols for cleaning high-contact surfaces using regular cleaning products.

No, effective immediately, UIW will no longer be checking temperatures for entry to campus facilities. However, temperature scanners will remain in place, and it is recommended that employees and students check their temperature if feeling unwell.

If you are exhibiting signs of COVID-19, you should stay home until you are feeling better. It is also recommended that you get tested. Employees and students can be tested at the Curative Kiosk on the Broadway Campus and at the UIWSOM.

  1. Report your positive test results on the UIW COVID-19 Illness Reporting Form within 1 hour of receiving your positive test results.
  2. Isolate in place, away from others.
  3. You are not permitted to enter any UIW buildings during your isolation period. 
  4. For most people, isolation can end once 10 days have passed, with symptom improvement and absence of fever for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication.

If you are fully vaccinated:

  1. Get a COVID-19 test 3 to 5 days after your exposure, even if you do not have symptoms. 
  2. You do not need to quarantine and may attend school or work. 
  3. Wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following your exposure or until your COVID-19 test result is negative (remember, masks are currently required at UIW regardless of vaccination status). 
  4. If you test positive, follow the guidelines in the previous FAQ answer. 

If you are not vaccinated;

  1. If you have had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you s hould reach out to UIW Health Services for guidance. 
  2. Quarantine in place, away from others, for 14 days. 
  3. You are not permitted to enter any UIW buildings during your quarantine period. 
  4. Get a COVID-19 test if symptoms of COVID-19 are present. 
  5. If you do not develop symptoms, get tested for COVID-19 on the 7th day after your exposure. 
  6. If you test positive, follow the guidelines in the previous FAQ answer. 

No. Per the CDC, the COVID-19 vaccines currently approved in the United States cannot cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection.

Bottle filler fountains are now available. Drinking fountains that require physical touch to activate are expected to remain locked through the summer.

The dignity, health, and wellbeing of every member of the UIW community remain 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.

The COVID-19 situation remains fluid, and UIW protocols may be updated as changing conditions deem it appropriate. Please remember that 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. Thank you for your patience as we work to ensure the safety of our campus community.

Curative, Inc.

Curative, Inc. continues to have COVID-19 testing kiosks on the UIW Broadway and SOM campuses. Testing is free for UIW students and employees.

Effective Thursday, June 17 2021, Curative has transitioned from oral swab tests to shallow nasal tests. Curative operates on its UIW campus locations Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

Face Mask Requirements - Update August 24, 2021

Effective Thursday, August 5, masks and face coverings are now required indoors by those who are vaccinated as well as persons not vaccinated. Masks will also be required outdoors in group settings and when social distancing cannot be maintained.

UIW Face Mask Guidelines
  Mask Required   Mask Optional
Outside (3 feet or greater from others)     X

Outside high-intensity sports (running, tennis)

  X

Outside, presenting, teaching, or coaching (3 feet or greater from others)

  X

Outside (small groups) Socially distanced

  X
Indoors, alone in the office   X
Residence halls, with roommates or suitemates   X
Outside (large gatherings) X  
Indoors on all UIW campuses X  
Indoors presenting or teaching X  
Shuttle X  
Residence hall, visitors X  
Carpooling X  
  • All individuals, fully vaccinated or not, are required to wear face masks on all UIW properties.  
  • Face masks, maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent spread when worn indoors in public.  
  • Gaiters, valved masks, and face shields do not qualify as approved face masks.  
  • Face masks must completely cover your nose and mouth and fit snuggly against the sides of your face 

Why this change?

We continue to monitor the COVID-19 landscape daily. We are implementing this change due to rapidly changing conditions caused by the COVID-19 Delta variant, in consultation with medical professionals, and with guidance from the CDC and the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District. This variant presents a much higher and faster rate of infection than we have seen in COVID-19 thus far. 

Please contact Dr. Nathan Johnson, Associate Vice President for Public Safety, at najohns2@uiwtx.edu, if you have any questions or concerns about this policy. The COVID-19 situation remains fluid, and this policy may be updated as changing conditions deem it appropriate. Thank you for your continued commitment to the safety of the University of the Incarnate Word community and for doing your part to maintain our philosophy of shared responsibility together as One Word.

Read the full mask policy here

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.

green error message iconDescription of Community Characteristics

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

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

Description of UIW Community Transmission

Limited community transmission on UIW campuses

Level of Mitigation

Moderate Mitigation and surveillance

UIW Response

  • Face Masks
  • Increased education on hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, cleaning, and disinfection
  • 3 ft. or more 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

Establish plans for remote learning, if needed.

COVID-19 Testing

Symptomatic and contact risk.

Pursuant to current campus guidelines.

Surveillance testing at 10%.

orange error message iconDescription of Community Characteristics

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

Description of UIW Community Transmission

Evidence of community spread or sustained spread within UIW campuses

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
  • 3 ft. or more physical distancing (distancing)
  • Reduced occupancy to 50% (density)
  • Minimize high contact activities (duration)
  • Minimize high intensity activities (degree)
  • Indoor congregate areas must maintain 3 ft. or more 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)

Description of UIW Community Transmission

Evidence of large scale spread within UIW campuses

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 for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status.

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 3 ft. plus 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

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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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