Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Coronavirus Update

COVID-19 FAQ Fall 2022

You may pick up a free at-home test kit at:

Student Health and Wellness
1210 N. Retama Street,
Kingsville, TX 78363

Dean of Students Office
Room 306
Memorial Student Union Building
1050 W. Santa Gertrudis Ave.,
Kingsville, TX 78363

Lewis Hall
855 N. University Blvd.,
Kingsville, TX 78363

Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate for five days after a positive test regardless of vaccination status. If after day five, an individual who has been fever-free without the aid of fever-reducing medications and whose symptoms are improving may return to campus on day six. They are strongly encouraged to wear a mask through day 10. Individuals with weakened immune systems or who are experiencing moderate COVID-19 illness (shortness of breath, difficulty breathing) or severe illness (hospitalization) are encouraged to isolate themselves for the full 10 days. Individuals with severe illness should consult with a medical professional before ending isolation. Students who test positive for COVID-19 should contact the Dean of Students at Kirsten.Compary@tamuk.edu. If an employee tests positive, they should report it to the Office of Employee Services at Jessica.Chapa@tamuk.edu

Caring for your mental health is critical as we continue to cope with the ongoing impacts of the pandemic. Students are encouraged to contact Student Health and Wellness Counseling Services. Call 361-593-5080 from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Other Individuals may also call the Coastal Plains Crisis Hotline 24/7 at 1-800-841-6467. Counseling services for employees are available through the Employee Assistance Program. More information about EAP services is found on their website. If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, call, or text 988 or chat https://988lifeline.org/ 988 connects you with a trained crisis counselor who can help.

No. Face coverings cannot be required but may be encouraged. Individuals can wear face coverings at any time to mitigate the spread of various respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, colds, and flu. 

No, according to the latest guidance for the Centers for Disease Control (August 2022), individuals who are in close contact with COVID-19 positive cases DO NOT have to quarantine regardless of vaccination status. However, direct contacts are encouraged to wear a high-quality face mask and test for COVID-19 five days following exposure. The Food and Drug Administration recommends individuals who are exposed test with an antigen test three times within a 48-72 hour time frame to ensure accurate testing results.

Stay home and isolate yourself until you confirm your COVID-19 status.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 within 90 days of a previous positive diagnosis, you may not need to isolate again. Please consult a medical professional for further instruction.

CDC guidelines suggest if you have completed your 10-day isolation period and are experiencing rebound symptoms after starting to feel well or testing negative on an antigen test, you should re-start a new 10-day isolation period.

Your isolation period begins the day of your positive test. If you tested positive on a Monday, that is day one of your isolation. If your symptoms are improving, you can return to campus on day six.

No, COVID-19 testing is not required. Students who feel unwell or may have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual are encouraged to adhere to CDC guidelines.