COVID-19 Information Center

Texas State University is committed to keeping our community safe and our students advancing toward their educational goals. This page gathers all COVID-19 resources and recommendations in one location so you can easily find the information you need.

COVID-19 Community Level: Medium

According to the CDC, the level of COVID-19 in our community is currently medium. This takes into account the number of new cases and the potential strain on the health system.
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Medium Community Level Guidance

Based on data from the CDC, the best precautions are:

Persons who are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease should:

  • Talk to a healthcare provider about whether they need to wear a mask and take other precautions

If you have contact with someone at high risk for severe disease:

  • Consider testing yourself to detect infection before meeting with them
  • Consider wearing a mask when indoors with them

For more information, visit the CDC's COVID-19 Community Levels webpage.

Texas State University COVID-19 Dashboard

For the latest case counts, as well as rates for vaccination, testing, and local positivity, check out our university dashboard.

Vaccination and Treatment

The Student Health Center at Texas State offers vaccines for COVID-19. Treatments for those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms are available by prescription in the local community.

COVID-19 Vaccines

Vaccination is vital to the country’s efforts to bring the pandemic to an end. Vaccines have proven to be safe and effective with no evidence of any long-term side-effects. They continue to be highly effective in preventing serious illness, hospitalization, and death.

Texas State University offers Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines by appointment at both the San Marcos and Round Rock campuses. Vaccinations are provided at no cost to the individual.

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COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

Answers to some commonly asked questions about vaccines are provided below.

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  • No, COVID-19 vaccination is not required to attend classes or work at Texas State at this time.

    Vaccination is strongly recommended to protect yourself from developing serious illness due to COVID-19. It may also help decrease the spread of the infection to others.

    Studies continue to assess all the potential benefits of vaccination.

  • Most COVID-19 vaccines require two doses to produce the optimum immune response and protection. Completing your primary vaccination series is important to developing and extending your immunity.

    COVID-19 vaccine boosters can further enhance or restore protection that may have waned over time since completing your primary vaccination series.

    People are protected best from severe COVID-19 illness when they stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines, which includes a booster for many people. To learn more about the benefits of boosters, see the CDC's Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination.

  • COVID-19 boosters are currently recommended for individuals 5 and older. Additional boosters are recommended for those 50 and older or for those who have moderately to severely compromised immune systems.

    Complete eligibility for boosters is outlined on the CDC's COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters webpage.

    To receive a booster at Texas State, schedule an appointment with the Student Health Center by calling (512) 245-2161.

  • According to the CDC, none of the approved COVID-19 vaccines can cause you to test positive on viral tests, which assess for current infection.​

    If you develop an immune response after you are vaccinated, which is the desired effect, you may test positive on antibody tests. Antibody tests indicate previous infection and that you may have some level of protection against the virus.

  • Yes, the CDC recommends that persons who have been previously infected with COVID-19 get vaccinated.

    It is unclear how long the natural immunity that develops after infection lasts. Because it is rare that a person infected with COVID-19 will be reinfected within 90 days due to their natural immunity, they can wait up to 90 days before getting vaccinated.

COVID-19 Treatments

For those experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, new treatments are available.

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COVID-19 Testing

Testing is critical to our efforts to keep our campuses healthy and safe. COVID-19 testing is recommended after known or suspected close contact to a person with COVID-19 and when COVID-19 symptoms are present.

Testing on Campus

All Texas State faculty, staff, and students with health insurance are eligible for testing at the testing sites on campus, but testing is not recommended for those who have had a positive test within the last 90 days. Persons without health insurance are no longer eligible for free testing due to a lack of federal funding. Uninsured students may order free at-home antigen tests from the U.S. government. Free at-home antigen tests for students are also available at the Student Health Center Pharmacy in San Marcos and the Student Health Center Clinic in Round Rock while supplies last.

For testing appointments, please bring your health insurance card, Texas State ID, and driver's license (or government-issued ID). Specific information about on-campus testing locations is provided below.

On-Campus San Marcos Locations

Curative on the San Marcos Campus

The Curative testing kiosk is located on the plaza between Flowers Hall and the Evans Liberal Arts building. Persons with health insurance may register for the free test online. 

Available Times:
Monday through Friday • 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

MD Diagnostic on the San Marcos Campus

The MD Diagnostic testing kiosk is located between Alkek Library and the Denise M. Trauth and John L. Huffman Undergraduate Academic Center. Students, faculty, and staff may register for the test online or walk up for testing. MD Diagnostic will bill your insurance. There are no out-of-pocket costs.

Scheduled Testing:
Monday through Friday • 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Walk-In Hours:
Monday through Friday • 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

On-Campus Round Rock Location

Student Health Center on the Round Rock Campus

Faculty, staff, and students can call (512) 245-2161 and select option 2 to schedule a COVID test in the Student Health Center in Round Rock. Testing is only available for individuals who are symptomatic or a close contact. Screening testing is not available. Testing at this clinic will be sent to Clinical Pathology Laboratories (CPL) for analysis. Results will be sent to the patient through their portal.

Operating Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Off-Campus Testing in the Round Rock Community

Additional COVID-19 testing sites are available in the local community that offer different schedules and services. Location and appointment scheduling details are below.

Curative Trailer in Georgetown

Location:
707 S. Martin Luther King Jr. St., Georgetown, TX 78626

Operating Hours:
Monday through Friday • 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Curative Kiosk in Round Rock

Location:
2008 Enterprise Dr., Round Rock, TX 78664

Operating Hours:
Monday through Friday • 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday • 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

What to Do If You Are Sick

If you think you may be experiencing COVID-19 illness, please review the symptoms and next steps in the sections below.

Symptoms of COVID-19

COVID-19 illness may be associated with a range of symptoms that appear 2–14 days after exposure to the virus. Illness may be mild to severe. Some of the more common symptoms of COVID-19 are listed below.

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Fever or chills
Cough
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Fatigue
Muscle or body aches
Headache
New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Diarrhea

For more information, see the CDC's Symptoms of COVID-19.

Next Steps If You Are Ill

Review the common symptoms of COVID-19.

Isolate yourself immediately if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Individuals with COVID-19 sometimes experience mild symptoms, few symptoms, or no symptoms at all.

Get tested for COVID-19. Viral testing is recommended at least 5 days after last exposure to COVID-19. If you are not aware of particular COVID-19 exposure but have developed symptoms, test right away. For more information, see the CDC's page on COVID-19 Testing

Remain in isolation until your test result is available. If you take a rapid test, you should receive your result within minutes. If you receive laboratory testing, you may have to wait for your test result for one or more days.

Contact instructors and supervisors. If you receive a rapid test and the result is positive, you may enter a report in Bobcat Trace the same day and forward the notification email to your instructors and supervisors. If you receive laboratory testing, you are encouraged to directly contact your instructors and supervisors to make arrangements until you receive your test result.

If the test result is positive, review the following section, "Next Steps After Receiving a Positive COVID-19 Test."

If the test result is negative, you may return to work and school once your symptoms have improved and you are fever-free for 24 hours without taking a fever-reducing medicine.

What to Do If You Test Positive

If you have taken a COVID-19 test and received a positive result, please review our recommendations for next steps.

Next Steps After Receiving a Positive COVID-19 Test

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Continue isolating. It is important to complete your isolation period following the CDC's isolation guidance. If symptoms worsen or fail to improve during your isolation period, seek medical attention.

If at high risk for serious illness from COVID-19, get treatment. Review the CDC's COVID-19 Information for Specific Groups of People to assess your level of risk. You may also wish to review the CDC's page on COVID-19 Treatments and Medications.

File a report with Bobcat Trace. Forward your Bobcat Trace email notification to instructors and supervisors to notify them that you will be away from class and work due to a medically necessary absence. For extended isolation, a medical note may be required by an instructor or supervisor.

If living on campus, contact your residence hall director. You must isolate at home unless you are an international or out-of-state student or have other extenuating circumstances.

Bobcat Trace

Bobcat Trace is a reporting tool for positive COVID-19 cases and close contacts. When you enter a report in the system, you will receive a notification with information on next steps. Reporting to Bobcat Trace also helps the university to monitor cases on campus and to make informed decisions for the safety of our community.

Frequently Asked Questions

Use the links below to navigate our FAQ section.

FAQs for Faculty

  • If a student reports they have tested positive for COVID-19, you should keep the information confidential and encourage the student to report to Bobcat Trace if they have not done so. Bobcat Trace will send the student and instructor an email notice with information about the appropriate dates for isolation. After completing a five-day isolation period, students should wear a face mask for an additional five days. Faculty have discretion in managing student absences related to COVID-19 and should determine appropriate arrangements for students who miss class.

  • If you are exposed to someone positive for COVID-19, review the CDC's Quarantine and Isolation webpage to determine whether you are required to quarantine or follow other safety measures. The CDC’s recommendations are based on your vaccination status and any recent history of COVID-19 illness.

    If quarantine is required, notify your department chair/school director to make arrangements for continuity of instruction. You can also file a close contact report with Bobcat Trace.

    Get tested for COVID-19 at least 5 days after your last close contact with someone infectious with COVID-19. If your test result is positive, report to Bobcat Trace as a positive case and follow the isolation protocol outlined in your Bobcat Trace email notification.

  • First, report to Bobcat Trace and follow the instructions provided regarding isolation and additional safety measures. Faculty who are absent from class should coordinate with their chairs/directors to ensure continuity of instruction.

    An asymptomatic faculty member who teaches face-to-face classes may briefly transition to remote learning for an isolation period by using Zoom, Teams, Canvas, or other tools. These transitions, which may be due to emergency or unforeseeable events, do not count against the in-person contact hours required by instruction modes. The university recognizes the flexibility needed during times of emergencies and unforeseeable events.

  • No. All employees, including faculty, must safeguard the privacy of infected persons. Releasing the names of students who tested positive for COVID-19, or their close contacts, violates their privacy and confidentiality.

    In special circumstances, a contact tracer may request assistance from Texas State faculty in obtaining contact information for exposed persons. Case information is shared only with those persons who need to know and who may have action to take. Information about positive cases or close contacts is confidential and should not be shared.

  • As in the past, faculty have discretion in managing student absences, including those due to illness. Faculty members determine appropriate arrangements for students who miss class. Faculty should encourage students who test positive for COVID-19 to report to Bobcat Trace. The email notice generated by Bobcat Trace will provide the student and instructor with information on the appropriate dates for isolation and other safety measures.  

    If a face-to-face class has a large number of absences and the instructor experiences difficulty in managing make-up assignments and course delivery, remote learning and alternative strategies are at the instructor’s discretion. For example, the instructor may choose to temporarily use Zoom so absent students are able to observe lectures and class activities. An instructor may record and distribute lectures, add discussion boards in Canvas, create substitute assignments, or implement some other plan.

  • If you did not see an answer to your question in the FAQs above, you may submit it to shccovid@txstate.edu. In your email, do not include any protected health information or identifying information for persons who may have been exposed to COVID-19. You should receive a response to your question within one day Monday through Friday.

FAQs for Supervisors

  • If an employee indicates they are positive for COVID-19, keep the information confidential. Encourage them to report to Bobcat Trace and to forward their Bobcat Trace email notification to you, both as documentation of COVID-19 illness and to provide information on the appropriate isolation period. The employee should complete the isolation period before returning to work on campus.  

    If the employee is asymptomatic and requests short-term remote work, a supervisor may approve short-term remote work without submitting a remote work agreement. Eligible employees may use up to 30 workdays in a fiscal year. Visit UPPS 04.04.01 General Workplace Policy to learn more.

  • An employee who reports being exposed to a person positive for COVID-19 should follow CDC quarantine guidance. Whether staying home to quarantine is required is based on vaccination status.

    An employee who is vaccinated and has received a booster is considered up to date with vaccination and does not have to stay home to quarantine. However, they must wear a face mask for 10 days since their last exposure.

    Those not up to date with vaccination must complete a five-day quarantine period at home followed by wearing a face mask for another five days. An employee exposed to COVID-19 can file a close contact report with Bobcat Trace for more information on next steps.

    Testing for COVID-19 should be conducted at least 5 days after last exposure to the positive case. If your test result is positive, report to Bobcat Trace as a positive case and follow the isolation protocol outlined in your Bobcat Trace email notification.

  • No. All employees, including supervisors, must safeguard the privacy of the infected person. Case information should be shared only with those persons who need to know and who may have action to take. Outside of these circumstances, information about positive cases or close contacts is confidential and should not be shared.

  • Yes. Short-term remote work no longer requires the submission of a remote work agreement, though supervisor approval is still required. Under the short-term remote work program, eligible employees may use up to 30 workdays in a fiscal year. Visit UPPS 04.04.01. General Workplace Policy to learn more.

  • If you did not see an answer to your question in the FAQs above, you may submit it to shccovid@txstate.edu. In your email, do not include any protected health information or identifying information for persons who may have been exposed to COVID-19. You should receive a response to your question within one day Monday through Friday.

FAQs for Students

  • If you are exposed to a person who tested positive for COVID-19, the need to quarantine is based on whether you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccinations. To learn more about vaccination status and the need to quarantine, check CDC quarantine guidance.

    If you are up to date on your vaccinations, or if you have recovered from a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 90 days, you do not have to quarantine.

    All others must quarantine for at least 5 days and wear a face mask for another 5 days. If you are required to quarantine, you should contact your professors, and supervisor if applicable, to notify them that you will be away from class or work due to a medically necessary absence. Students exposed to COVID-19 can file close contact reports with Bobcat Trace. 

    Testing for COVID-19 should be conducted at least 5 days after last exposure to the positive case. If your test result is positive, report to Bobcat Trace as a positive case and follow the isolation protocol outlined in your Bobcat Trace email notification.

  • Students who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate at home away from others and report to Bobcat Trace. A notice will be emailed to you with information about your isolation period and when it is safe to return to class or work. A face mask should be worn for an additional 5 days after ending isolation.

    Students should also contact their professors, and supervisor if applicable, to notify them that they will be away from class or work due to a medically necessary absence.

    If you live in a residence hall, you should isolate in your room, wear a face mask, report to Bobcat Trace, and notify your residence hall director. Bobcat Trace will determine your necessary isolation period, outline that information in an email notification to you, and share the necessary details with the Department of Housing and Residential Life (DHRL). You will need to go home to complete your isolation period. If you are an international or out-of-state student or have other extenuating circumstances, DHRL will coordinate an on-campus isolation space, if needed.

  • No. A negative test is not required. After completing the recommended 5-day isolation period, students with confirmed cases of COVID-19 may return to class or work. However, if a student is still visibly ill, an instructor or supervisor can require them to leave the class or workplace. Students should wear a face mask when around others for an additional 5 days after leaving isolation.

    Getting a rapid antigen test at the end of isolation is recommended and a good way to determine if you are still infectious. However, the antigen test is not required to return to class or work. If the antigen test is positive at the end of your 5-day isolation period, you should continue isolation for another 5 days. For extended isolation, a medical note may be required by an instructor or supervisor.

  • Students are expected to notify their professors/instructors in cases of absence due to COVID-19. Faculty have discretion in managing student absences, including those due to illness. Faculty members determine appropriate arrangements for students who miss class.

    Students are strongly encouraged to report to Bobcat Trace if they test positive for COVID-19. They will receive a Bobcat Trace email notification after reporting, which they can forward to their professors as documentation of their medically necessary absence. If a student does not report to Bobcat Trace, a professor may require a student to provide some form of medical documentation substantiating the need for an extended absence from class.

  • If you did not see an answer to your question in the FAQs above, you may submit it to shccovid@txstate.edu. In your email, do not include any protected health information or identifying information for persons who may have been exposed to COVID-19. You should receive a response to your question within one day Monday through Friday.

University Statements

Read the latest Texas State COVID-19 updates.

Other COVID-19 Resources

Check out our collection of local, state, and federal resources on COVID-19 for more information.