VCU Together Update for faculty and staff - Dec. 18

Winter break COVID-19 testing schedule and more

Our priorities are the health, safety and wellness — both physical and emotional — of every member of the VCU community. VCU continues to monitor, assess and address situations as they arise. This weekly update will be a resource to help keep you informed as details become available. All updates are available at Receive notifications by downloading VCU Mobile from your iOS or Android app store.

Upcoming COVID-19 testing schedule

Dec. 21 - Jan. 3 (winter break testing schedule)

  • Symptomatic testing is open two days/week (Monday and Wednesday). Call 1-804-MYCOVID or 1-804-692-6843 to connect with Student Health Services or Employee Health and discuss testing options.
  • Asymptomatic prevalence and at-will testing sites are closed.

VCU/Virginia Department of Health contact tracers will notify close contacts who are exposed to COVID-19. VCU contact tracers are an extension of the Virginia Department of Health. The process follows all VDH protocols in order to protect an individual's privacy, including health information.

For the full schedule through winter break and the start of the spring semester, visit

Daily health checks during winter break

Once winter break begins and through the university’s winter closing (Dec. 21, 2020-Jan. 1, 2021), only designated employees who are working on-campus will be required to complete daily health checks during this time.

Travel reminder

VCU recommends that all employees returning to VCU and surrounding communities from destinations abroad follow CDC guidelines and stay home for 14 days upon arrival in the U.S., avoid being around people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, and consider getting tested for COVID-19.

Asymptomatic surveillance testing will be mandatory

Starting Jan. 19, asymptomatic surveillance testing (previously referred to as "prevalence" testing) will be mandatory for residential students, students who attend on-campus classes and employees who work on campus. VCU samples asymptomatic VCU community members for testing each week in order to monitor COVID-19 within the VCU community. VCU will contact you by email if and when you are selected to participate. If you are selected to participate, you must schedule your test and attend your testing appointment.

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