COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

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COVID-19 Symptoms & Testing

I have symptoms of COVID-19. Who should I contact for testing?
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you should contact your primary care physician or the UVA Health Clinic at Wise to be tested. The Clinic can be contacted at healthclinic@uvawise.edu or 276-376-3475. The Clinic conducts testing for symptomatic patients on Monday and Thursday.

I tested positive for COVID-19. What do I do? Who do I call?
If you are a student and test positive for COVID-19, you must report your result to the campus Health Clinic. If you live in on-campus housing, you will be provided with a safe, private space off-campus as you recover as well as meals, laundry, etc.

If you do not live on campus, you must stay home. Students not living on campus are asked to quarantine in their residences.

Employees who test positive must report their result to Stephanie Perry, Director of Human Resources, via email

I have been exposed to COVID-19 and asked to quarantine. How can I quarantine and how long will I be expected to do so?  
If you are a student who has been exposed to COVID-19 and are required to quarantine according to Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and/or UVA Health Clinic (at Wise) direction, you will be required to quarantine for at least 10 days. On-campus students will be provided a space off-campus for quarantine as well as meals, laundry, etc. Students not living on campus are asked to quarantine in their residences. Please send any documentation you received from VDH instructing you to quarantine to the UVA Health Clinic at Wise by emailing healthclinic@uvawise.edu (be sure to include your name and the date of exposure in a PDF). Do not leave your quarantine location during your period of quarantine. If you do not have symptoms you may be cleared from quarantine after seven days with a negative PCR or antigen test performed on or after day five.

If you are a member of the UVA Wise faculty or staff who has been exposed to COVID-19 and are required to quarantine according to Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and/or UVA Health Clinic (at Wise) direction, you must report that to your supervisor and Stephanie Perry, Director of Human Resources.

If I have tested positive within the last 150 days, do I need to test again?
As long as the UVA Wise Clinic on campus has your positive test result on file, you will not need to test again within 150 days. You can verify your information with the Clinic using the email healthclinic@uvawise.edu.

How can I sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine?
To register to receive a COVID-19 vaccine from VDH, please visit the Vaccinate Virginia website. Vaccinate Virginia also has a support phone number which you can call to answer your questions related to vaccination.

Safety Guidelines

What safety measures is UVA Wise taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
The College is continuing to monitor best practices for Colleges, Universities, and Institutions of Higher Learning as established by the Centers for Disease Control and the Virginia Department of Health. We will continue to implement many measures to heighten safety.

Are face coverings required on campus?
All unvaccinated students, faculty, staff, and contractors must wear masks at all times when they are inside, except when they are alone and in their own private space (e.g., in an individual office or in a private bedroom or bathroom) or a private space shared with a roommate (e.g., a double bedroom room in a residence hall). Masks should be worn in shared common spaces indoors. When they are outside, unvaccinated students, faculty, staff and contractors must wear a mask even when they can maintain a physical distance of at least six feet. All fully vaccinated students, faculty, staff, and contractors are no longer required to wear masks. Everyone should sanitize hands before removing their mask or returning it to their face. Details about requirements and restrictions are outlined in the full policy.

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

Is there currently a limit on campus gatherings?
College policy will no longer limit the size of gatherings. In order to reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure, our public health experts continue to advise members of this community to keep in-person gatherings outdoors as much as possible and to adhere to safety precautions, such as enhanced cleaning, regularly.

Are visitors allowed on campus?
College policy will no longer restrict visitors. Consistent with College policy, all visitors should follow face covering requirements if they are unvaccinated.

Is the COVID-19 vaccine required?
Vaccination is currently 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 as soon as possible.

How do I document my vaccination record?
Employees should provide proof of vaccination by visiting Human Resources. Students should provide proof of vaccination by visiting the Health Clinic. Incoming students can provide documentation in their pre-entrance health packet.

What will classes look like in the fall?
We are planning for a return to in-person academic instruction this fall, without the strict limitations on spacing and capacity that we’ve had to employ during the past year. We expect that most classes will be offered in-person only, without a concurrent virtual option.

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.