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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Symptoms related to this coronavirus strain include fever along with cough and shortness of breath. 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:
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.
Coronavirus symptoms and flu symptoms can be similar. Even if you’ve traveled to an area known to have cases of COVID-19 or have had contact with someone who has traveled, if you have symptoms of fever, cough, body aches, it is possible that it could be the flu. If you present with appropriate symptoms, your provider will work with state and local health departments and the CDC to determine if you should be tested for COVID-19.
COVID-19 TESTING IS NOT AVAILABLE AT STUDENT HEALTH. Because there are a limited number of tests available nationally, only certain high-risk patients who meet criteria will be referred for COVID-19 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.
VCU students may call University Student Health Services at (804) 828-8828 for consultation, and VCU community members should call their primary care provider.
Please refer to the CDC's website for alerts and recommendations related to travel.