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IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS CONCERNING FOR COVID-19, please STAY HOME AND CALL STUDENT HEALTH at 804-828-8828 to discuss COVID testing. IT IS IMPORTANT TO SELF-ISOLATE if you are sick to prevent the spread of infection to others.
Students with symptoms of COVID-19 or who are close contacts to someone with COVID-19 should contact VCU Student Health Services to discuss testing recommendations:
Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 at an outside clinic/testing facility should also call Student Health at 804-828-8828 to report their diagnosis so that we can ensure student safety and accurate monitoring of COVID cases on campus.
Students returning to VCU residential dorms/housing in January will need a negative COVID test prior to returning to campus. For detailed information & instructions, click on the following link for Spring Entrance Testing.
Please visit the One VCU: Responsible Together website for the university's latest updates and safety recommendations regarding COVID-19. 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 symptoms concerning for coronavirus, such as fever or respiratory symptoms, and/or were exposed to someone with known/suspected coronavirus, please STAY HOME and CALL Student Health at 804-828-8828 for testing and self-care recommendations. If you are sick, it is important to follow CDC guidelines for self-isolation to prevent the spread of infection to others.
More information about COVID-19 can be found at the Virginia Department of Health, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO).
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 can include fever/chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, body aches, headache, fatigue, new loss of taste or smell, congestion, runny nose, nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea. In more severe cases, an infection can cause pneumonia and other complications, especially for older individuals and those with other health conditions. Students who develop symptoms should stay home and contact University Student Health Services to discuss testing:
The FDA has recently approved the first COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use in the United States. The vaccines, which are given in 2 doses, are safe and very effective. For more information about vaccine safety, side effects, and efficacy, click on the link above. As supply increases and vaccine becomes widely available in the upcoming weeks to months, the public is strongly encouraged to complete vaccination to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and help end the pandemic.
As the number of COVID cases continues to rise, it is of upmost importance to employ the following self-care habits to prevent the spread of COVID:
Coronavirus symptoms and flu symptoms can be similar. STUDENTS WHO ARE SYMPTOMATIC should stay home and call Student Health at 804-828-8828 for testing recommendations. If clinic is closed, students should call 804-MYCOVID.
Yes, VCU offers both symptomatic and asymptomatic COVID testing options to students. Click on the link for additional details.
Please visit the One VCU: Responsible Together website for the latest news and updates on COVID-19 safety at VCU. New safety measures for the spring semester include mandatory surveillance testing as described above, updated student and employee training, and Entry Pass. Classes will begin virtually with the intent to move to in-person formats as pandemic conditions improve.
The university is following guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) on COVID screening and response protocols. Student Health Services is also working closely with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) to protect the health and well-being of our campus community.
New COVID testing requirements for all air passengers arriving in the US from a foreign country will go into effect January 26, 2021. Please visit the CDC's website for the latest recommendations and alerts related to travel.