VCU Together Update for faculty and staff - Oct. 30

New guidance about exposure, at-will COVID-19 testing, support for international students 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.

New definition of 'exposure'

Per the guidance of the CDC and Virginia Department of Health, the definition of "exposure" has been updated to mean close contact, or within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19, for a total of 15 minutes or more over the course of a 24-hour period. It is also considered an exposure whether one or both parties were wearing a mask, and whether the infected person was symptomatic or asymptomatic of COVID-19, as long as they later test positive for COVID-19. Originally the definition indicated that prolonged exposure was a block of 15 minutes or more. The new definition indicates that the exposure time is cumulative over the course of one day. Visit the Virginia Department of Health's website for more information about exposure.

Support for international students — spring 2021

The Global Education Office has prepared a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) to help international students prepare to start or continue their studies in the U.S. for spring 2021. This is a living document and will be updated as needed. Please be sure to check the FAQs regularly.

Help your students finish the semester strong!

Help motivate your students to finish the semester strong by encouraging them to visit the Keep On Learning website for a few tips on how to Finish Strong this semester as well as how to plan for the spring.

At-will COVID-19 testing

A limited number of “at-will” COVID-19 testing appointments are available Monday through Thursday each week for VCU community members. At-will testing is voluntary and is offered at no cost to students or employees. Any asymptomatic student or employee can participate in at-will testing, except for those who already have a scheduled COVID-19 test as part of the asymptomatic prevalence testing process. Learn more about at-will testing requirements, locations and available appointments. Check back often, as canceled appointments will be made available for sign-up.

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