COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

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COVID-19 Symptoms, Testing & Vaccines

I have symptoms of COVID-19. Who should I contact for testing?
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you should contact the UVA Health Clinic at Wise to be tested. The Clinic can be contacted at or 276-376-3475.

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. Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to complete their isolation at home. UVA Wise will not be providing on-campus or off-campus quarantine and isolation space.

Students should contact their professors to notify them of their absence.

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

I have been exposed to COVID-19. Will I be asked to quarantine?
If you are a vaccinated student who has been exposed to COVID-19 you will only be required to quarantine if you are symptomatic.

If you are an unvaccinated student who has been exposed to COVID-19 you will be required to complete your quarantine period at home. UVA Wise will not be providing on-campus or off-campus quarantine and isolation space.

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.

If I have tested positive within the last 90 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 90 days. You can verify your information with the Clinic using the email

I’m concerned that I may have been exposed to COVID-19, even though I wasn’t officially identified as an “exposure” through the contact tracing process. May I obtain a test to ensure I don’t have COVID-19?
The College is pleased to also offer “Worried Well” testing for employees.  This means that if you haven’t been notified that you were officially exposed to COVID-19, but would like to obtain a test for your own health and safety, you can do so by emailing

How can I sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine?
Vaccines are widely available at pharmacies throughout the region and from the Lenowisco Health District of the Virginia Department of Health. More information can be found at the Vaccinate Virginia website.

Have more questions about the vaccination process or the development & safety of the vaccine?
View the VDH vaccination FAQ.

Do I need a booster shot and a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine?
According to the VDH, booster doses are currently recommended for certain individuals who received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine primary series, including people 65 years of age and older, those with underlying medical conditions, and individuals who are at increased risk for COVID-19 based on their employment setting, which includes employees of higher education institutions.

An additional or third dose after an initial primary vaccine series is a COVID-19 vaccine dose administered to someone with a moderately or severely weakened immune system because their initial immune response after completing the primary vaccine series may have been insufficient to provide them with strong protection. This third dose for immunocompromised people is NOT considered to be a traditional vaccine booster dose. Rather, this third dose is considered a necessary part of the primary series for those with significant immune compromise.

You can read more about booster and third doses on the VDH website. If you choose to get either additional vaccination, students are asked to report it to the Health Clinic and employees should share it with Human Resources.

Can I get the flu shot at the same time as getting a COVID-19 shot?
According to the VDH, yes. COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines may now be administered without regard to timing. This includes getting a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines on the same day, as well as coadministration within 14 days.

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 students, faculty, staff, contractors and visitors 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. The College also strongly encourages that face coverings be worn, even outdoors, when distancing is not possible.

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.

Can I travel to a college-approved conference or event?

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?
Let us know you are vaccinated, then provide proof of vaccination. 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.

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.