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Last Updated 7/16/24

Respiratory Virus Updates

As we continue our community response efforts, it's important to recognize that respiratory viruses—including COVID-19, flu, and respiratory syntactical virus (RSV)—pose significant health risks each year, resulting in millions of illnesses and thousands of hospitalizations and deaths across the United States. Moving beyond the exclusive focus on the COVID-19 pandemic, our operational strategies now address a broader spectrum of respiratory viruses.



Current Protocols for Respiratory Viruses at Alamo Colleges District

You are no longer required to report a COVID-19 diagnosis through the internal case tracking form or to your campus risk coordinator. However, guidelines for respiratory illnesses suggest isolating if you test positive or exhibit symptoms, similar to protocols for other viral infections such as the flu or RSV.

Follow the comprehensive CDC guidelines for various respiratory viruses, which include
  • Immunizations: Stay up-to-date on vaccines available for respiratory viruses.

  • Hygiene Practices: Implement regular hand-washing and sensitization to minimize risk.

  • Illness Prevention: Wear masks and maintain physical distancing to prevent the spread when symptomatic.

  • Testing: Utilize available testing resources to confirm infections and guide care decisions.

Guidance for Symptomatic Individuals

If you develop symptoms or test positive for any respiratory virus, immediately inform your supervisor or instructor and follow recommended health measures similar to handling other common illnesses. For detailed prevention strategies and the latest updates, please refer to the CDC’s guidelines on managing and preventing respiratory viruses here.

Posted Health and Safety Requirements

The Alamo Colleges District requires employees, students and visitors to comply with the following measures to protect public health and safety, in accordance with our public health and safety procedure. View procedure C.2.19 »

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Get Tested


There are many COVID-19 Testing sites located all over the San Antonio area.

Find a Testing Location Near You

Get Vaccinated or Boosted


At the Alamo Colleges District, all students, faculty, and staff are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated or boosted.

Find a Vaccination Site Near You


Get Support

Advocacy Centers


Each college’s advocacy center provides a variety of services including:

  • Food pantries
  • Rent and utility assistance
  • Temporary housing assistance
  • Mental health counseling
  • Financial literacy
  • Job assistance
  • Clothing
  • Childcare
  • Connection to other community resources

Students are encouraged to contact their college's advocacy center or call the Student Advocacy Helpline to get connected with various resources based on their specific needs.


Learn More


The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District has opened a COVID-19 hotline for residents to ask questions about the virus. The hotline is available in English and Spanish.

  • For COVID-19 questions call 210-207-5779
  • The hotline is open Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Find More Information at the San Antonio Metro Health Website