Updates

Please visit the university's COVID-19 site, which is updated at least once daily, for the latest recommendations from the university regarding the coronavirus. VCU Health System also maintains a COVID-19 site that provides additional information and resources.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) FAQs

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 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 us at 804-828-8828.  It is important to self-isolate if you are sick to prevent the spread of infection to others.  Click on the following link for CDC guidelines for self-isolation.

Visit the websites for the Virginia Department of Healththe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO) for further information.

Are there safety concerns for the VCU community?

Please visit the university's COVID-19 site and VCU Health System's COVID-19 site for the latest updates. At this time, the risk of transmission is still low in the VCU and VCU Health System community.  We are closely working with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and are following their screening and response protocols.

If you are a student concerned about your own health, please contact University Student Health Services at (804) 828-8828. Other VCU community members should call their primary care provider.

What is VCU doing to protect the campus community?

We are following guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) on our screening and response protocols, and are conducting targeted outreach to relevant VCU populations to protect the health and well-being of our campus community.

If you are a student concerned about your own health, please contact University Student Health Services at (804) 828-8828.  Other VCU community members should call their primary care provider.

What is a coronavirus?

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.

What are the symptoms of the coronavirus?

Symptoms related to this coronavirus strain include fever along with cough and shortness of breath. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia and other complications, especially for older individuals and those with other health conditions. If you develop symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 OR have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19 within the last 14 days:

  • Students should contact University Student Health Services at (804) 828-8828.
  • Other VCU community members should contact their primary care provider.
  • It is important to call ahead to help prevent other people from being exposed.
How do I prevent coronavirus?

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. It is always good practice to employ the following self-care habits to protect your health: wash your hands, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer, cover your cough, and don’t share drinks or food. If you get sick, stay home and rest. The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

I’m sick. How do I know if it is coronavirus or something else, like the flu?

Coronavirus symptoms and flu symptoms can be similar. Even if you’ve traveled to an area known to have cases of COVID-19 or have had contact with someone who has traveled, if you have symptoms of fever, cough, body aches, it is possible that it could be the flu. If you present with appropriate symptoms, your provider will work with state and local health departments and the CDC to determine if you should be tested for COVID-19.

COVID-19 TESTING IS NOT AVAILABLE AT STUDENT HEALTH. Because there are a limited number of tests available nationally, only certain high-risk patients who meet criteria will be referred for COVID-19 testing.

Students who have flu-like symptoms should STAY HOME and CALL University Student Health Services at (804) 828-8828 to determine whether further assessment or treatment is recommended. Other VCU community members should call their primary care provider.

Is there any information especially for VCU students, faculty and staff?

Information is available on the university's COVID-19 site and on VCU Health's website.

VCU students may call University Student Health Services at (804) 828-8828 for consultation, and VCU community members should call their primary care provider.

Is the virus impacting travel?

Please refer to the CDC's website for alerts and recommendations related to travel.