COVID-19 Information

UVA Wise is committed to remaining vigilant as we do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

CDC Community Level

As of February 2, the CDC community level for Wise County is listed as HIGH. Learn more about prevention steps you can take based on your COVID-19 community level.

View Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 2022 or Fall 2022 dashboard data.

Safety Guidelines

Are face coverings required on campus?
Wearing a mask is optional on our campus. Our campus has emphasized personal responsibility – to yourself and others – as a way of managing COVID and we will continue to rely on everyone’s efforts and concerns for each other in maintaining a safe campus.

Is physical distancing required on campus?
Students, faculty, and staff will no longer be required to maintain six feet of physical distance.

Is the COVID-19 vaccine required?
Vaccination is not required. We hope that all UVA Wise employees and students who do not have a need for medical or religious exemption will get vaccinated and boosted as soon as possible. Currently, more than 70% of UVA Wise students are vaccinated.

How can I document my vaccination record?
Although vaccination is not required, we encourage you to share your vaccination as our vaccination statistics are one way we can monitor the health of our campus population. Vaccine status will also help our health services staff provide the best advice in the event of an infection.

Students can provide proof of vaccination by visiting the Health Clinic. Incoming students can provide documentation in their pre-entrance health packet. 

Employees can upload proof of vaccination (and boosters) to Workday utilizing the guide sent to employees by Human Resources.

Where can students find current policies & procedures?
The Student Handbook continues to be updated as needed. It is the responsibility of the student to read, understand, and follow the expectations outlined in the Student Handbook, which pertains to curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular settings such as student organizations and fraternities and sororities. Students who violate the outlined policies, procedures, and practices place the College community at risk and may be cited and referred to the Student Conduct process.

COVID-19 Symptoms, Testing & Vaccines

How will I know if I should be tested for COVID-19?
According to Governor Youngkin’s COVID-19 Action Plan, testing is reserved for those with symptoms of COVID-19 or who have been exposed to the virus.

What should I do if I have symptoms of COVID-19?
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, please do not come to class or work. Please seek testing for COVID-19, using the guidelines that follow.

Where can I tested for COVID-19?
Students at UVA Wise can go to the College’s Health Clinic to be tested if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or were exposed to the virus, in which case they would be tested on day six after exposure.

Employees of the College should pursue testing through their primary care physician, a local health department, or at-home testing methods.

What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?
All members of the UVA Wise community, whether students or employees, should report their positive COVID-19 result to the campus health clinic and Human Resources.

Before completing their isolation, students are asked also asked to fill out the extended absence form on You can find the form under the “students” tab in the “electronic student forms” listing. After completing their isolation, students who tested positive from a home test are asked to fill out the At-Home Attestation Form and present it to the Health Clinic.

How will I know when I can return to campus following COVID-19?
The College’s Health Clinic will follow up after your isolation period to evaluate your status and, when appropriate, release you to return to school or work.

I have been exposed to COVID-19. Will I be asked to quarantine?
If you feel you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, please follow the Centers for Disease Control’s new guidelines about quarantine.

If you are a member of the UVA Wise faculty or staff who has been exposed to COVID-19 and are required to quarantine, you must report that to your supervisor and Stephanie Perry, Director of Human Resources.

How can I find more information about the COVID-19 vaccine or vaccination process?
More information can be found at the Vaccinate Virginia website and in the VDH vaccination FAQ.