COVID-Related Employee Health Issues

Coronavirus (COVID-19) UPDATES from The University of TexasHealth Science Center at Tylerand the Centers for DiseaseControl and Prevention.

Updated COVID-19-related employee health issues

Please continue to use personal protective equipment. You must wear masks at all times when interacting with patients or other employees in clinical work areas. Additionally, wear eye protection with all patient encounters that are within six feet. Break rooms and the cafeteria are no exception. Social distancing of more than six feet must be maintained when unmasked and eating in these settings. Please consider alternatives such as eating in a closed office, work space or eating on your own outside.

  • Employees returning to work after illness or known/suspected exposure to COVID-19 must complete the Return-to-Work (RTW) Screening Questionnaire and receive approval from the Occupational Health department before coming back on campus. Employees can access the questionnaire here: Return-to-Work (RTW) Screening Questionnaire.
  • Employees who have been directed to return to campus after exclusively working remotely are also required to complete the questionnaire and receive approval from the Occupational Health department before coming back on campus.
  • Your Return-to-Work Screening Questionnaire must be completed no later than 3 p.m. the day before your intended return to work. If your return to work is on Sunday or Monday, it must be completed by no later than 3 p.m. the Friday before. Occupational Health will make determinations Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you develop symptoms over the weekend, please stay home and contact Occupational Health on Monday.
  • Notify Occupational Health immediately if you have been tested for COVID-19, and once results have been received, so they can give you guidance about safely returning to work. You must stay home from work if you are sick and/or have been tested and are awaiting results. Filling out the return-to-work questionnaire is the preferred method of contact with Occupational Health about these issues. Should you need to clarify anything further, please email Occupational Health at
  • Supervisors may not authorize employees to return to work on campus without approval from Occupational Health if those employees have taken time off or have been working remotely. We are closely tracking information related to COVID-19 and need to be promptly made aware of any concerns.