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Visit together.vcu.edu for the university's latest updates and safety recommendations regarding COVID-19.
COVID vaccination is no longer required for students, except for those who are currently or periodically in hospital, clinical, or other healthcare settings. Students in these settings should follow the requirements of their placement or work site.
Student Health strongly encourages students to be vaccinated and boosted against COVID. Unvaccinated individuals are significantly more likely to become infected and/or hospitalized due to COVID.
If you have symptoms concerning for COVID-19, please STAY HOME AND CALL STUDENT HEALTH to discuss COVID testing.
VCU offers free and convenient COVID PCR testing to students evaluated through Student Health:
The CDC recently released new guidelines for isolation and quarantine:
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 appropriate follow-up, contact notification, and accurate monitoring of COVID cases on campus.
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.
Detailed information about COVID-19 can be found at the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and VCU Health System's website.
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 & CALL University Student Health Services to discuss testing:
If you are sick, it is important to follow CDC guidelines for self-isolation to prevent the spread of infection to others.
Coronavirus symptoms are often very similar to cold and flu symptoms. Students who think they may have a cold, allergies, or any of the symptoms listed above are urged to self-isolate and call Student Health for free COVID testing and further evaluation.
Yes, VCU offers both symptomatic and asymptomatic COVID testing options to students. Click on the link for additional details.
Three COVID-19 vaccines are available for use in the United States. Getting vaccinated will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and be an important tool in ending the pandemic.
The following self-care habits are important ways to prevent the spread of COVID:
Please visit together.vcu.edu for the latest news and updates on COVID-19 safety at VCU. Safety measures for the spring semester include masking requirements, Entry Pass use, free at-will testing, contact tracing, enhanced cleaning, and other public health safety measures.
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.
Guidelines for travel are constantly changing with the pandemic. Please visit the CDC's website for the latest recommendations and alerts related to domestic travel, international travel, and cruise ship travel.