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.
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 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 Student Health at 804-828-8828. It is important to follow CDC guidelines for self-isolation if you are sick 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:
In the United States, there is not yet an approved or authorized vaccine to prevent COVID-19, although one or more vaccines may be available by the end of 2020. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. As the number of COVID cases continue to rise, it is of upmost importance to employ the following self-care habits to protect your health and those of others:
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. 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.
Please refer to the CDC's website for alerts and recommendations related to travel.