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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

If you are a student that has symptoms of COVID-19 or you are a close contact to someone with COVID-19, please contact VCU Student Health Services during regular business hours.  When the clinic is closed (including nights, weekends, and holidays) please call the COVID hotline at 804-MYCOVID (804-692-6843) or you can contact the Student Health on-call provider at (804) 828-8828.

IF YOU ARE SYMPTOMATIC, please contact Student Health at (804) 828-8828 to discuss COVID testing.

Please visit the university's COVID-19 site, which is updated at least once daily, for the latest recommendations from the university regarding the coronavirus. VCU Health System also maintains a COVID-19 site that provides additional information and resources.


 COVID-19 (Coronavirus) FAQs

The CDC is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus strain, COVID-19. It was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and continues to expand. This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. University Student Health Services is working closely with the Virginia Department of Health in order to respond as needed.

If you have traveled from an area with an ongoing spread of COVID-19 within the last 14 days, or were exposed to someone with suspected coronavirus, and have a fever or respiratory symptoms please STAY HOME and CALL us at 804-828-8828.  It is important to self-isolate if you are sick to prevent the spread of infection to others. Review for CDC guidelines for self-isolation.

Visit the websites for the Virginia Department of Health, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO) for further information.

Are there safety concerns for the VCU community?

Please visit the university's COVID-19 site and VCU Health System's COVID-19 site for the latest updates. We are closely working with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and are following their screening and response protocols.

If you are a student concerned about your own health, please contact University Student Health Services at (804) 828-8828. Other VCU community members should call their primary care provider.

What is VCU doing to protect the campus community?

We are following guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) on our screening and response protocols, and are conducting targeted outreach to relevant VCU populations to protect the health and well-being of our campus community.

What is a coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that range from the common cold to other viruses like MERS (Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome) and SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). Coronaviruses commonly circulate in animals and sometimes also infect humans.

What are the symptoms of the coronavirus?

Symptoms related to this coronavirus strain can include fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, body aches or chills, fatigue, headache, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.  In more severe cases, an infection can cause pneumonia and other complications, especially for older individuals and those with other health conditions. If you develop symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 OR have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19 within the last 14 days:

  • Students should contact University Student Health Services at (804) 828-8828 during regular business hours.
  • After clinic hours (including nights, weekends, and holidays) please call the COVID hotline at 804-MYCOVID (804-692-6843) or you can contact the Student Health on-call provider at (804) 828-8828.
  • Other VCU community members should contact their primary care provider.
  • It is important to call ahead to help prevent other people from being exposed.
How do I prevent coronavirus?

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. It is always good practice to employ the following self-care habits to protect your health: wash your hands, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer, social distance (try to keep a distance of at least 6 feet between you and others in public settings), cover your cough, and don’t share drinks or food. If you get sick, stay home and rest. The CDC recommends that people over the age of 2 and people who do not have trouble breathing wear a cloth face covering in public areas.  The cloth face coverings will help decrease the spread of the disease to others (even if you do not have symptoms).  Review for the CDC guidelines on face coverings.

I’m sick. How do I know if it is coronavirus or something else, like the flu?

Coronavirus symptoms and flu symptoms can be similar.  Call VCU Student Health and we will discuss your symptoms and recommended plan.  IF YOU ARE SYMPTOMATIC, please contact Student Health at (804) 828-8828 to discuss COVID testing.

Students who have flu-like symptoms should STAY HOME and CALL University Student Health Services at (804) 828-8828 to determine whether further assessment or treatment is recommended. Other VCU community members should call their primary care provider.

Is there any information especially for VCU students, faculty and staff?

Information is available on the university's COVID-19 site and on VCU Health's website.

VCU students may call University Student Health Services at (804) 828-8828 for consultation, and VCU community members should call their primary care provider.

Is the virus impacting travel?

Please refer to the CDC's website for alerts and recommendations related to travel.

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