It is important to know the symptoms of COVID-19 and to monitor your health.
People Who Need to Take Extra Precautions
Some people are at greater risk of severe illness. It is important to understand who may need to take extra precautions.
The college encourages COVID-19 vaccines and boosters for all employees, students, and campus visitors. Those who have not been vaccinated are encouraged to go to Vaccinate Virginia or call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682, TTY users call 7-1-1) to find a nearby vaccination clinic. For answers to frequently asked questions or to learn more about vaccination for COVID-19 in Virginia, visit VDH – COVID-19 Vaccine Response.
How to Protect Yourself and Others
In addition to vaccinations, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and help slow the spread of COVID-19.
Masks can be used as part of a layered approach to help protect you and others from COVID-19. Learn about the CDC's mask guidance.
- Hand Hygiene
Frequent hand washing with soap and water or use of hand sanitizer, along with not touching your eyes, nose and mouth, can help you protect yourself against a variety of illnesses.
- Monitor your Health
Conduct routine health self-assessments, and if you believe you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms as described by the CDC, get tested and contact a healthcare provider for advice if needed.
Exposure to COVID-19
The Virginia Department of Health provides guidance for those who have been exposed to someone with known, suspected or possible COVID-19.
How to Get Tested for COVID-19
The Virginia Department of Health provides information on the COVID-19 testing sites located within or closest to your zip code.
Monitor the CDC website for important updates and requirement impacting domestic and international travel.
COVIDWISE, Virginia’s official COVID-19 notification mobile app, is designed to alert users who have likely been exposed to COVID-19 so they can get tested, self-isolate, and reduce the risk of infection for family and friends. To protect user privacy, the app uses the Apple/Google Bluetooth Low Energy framework, which does not rely on personal information or location/GPS tracking information. Use of the app is voluntary, and users may opt in and opt out of the app at any time. The app may be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play Store.
Coping with Stress
Fear and anxiety about COVID-19 and the impact it is having on our lives can be overwhelming and emotional for people of all ages. Understanding this stress, learning stress management techniques, and connecting to community resources can help.
CDC – Coping with Stress
Facts vs Rumors and Reducing Stigma
It is important to understand fact versus rumors when it comes to learning about and reducing stigma associated with the virus.
Myths and Facts about COVID-19
WHO COVID-19 Mythbusters
FEMA Coronavirus Rumor Control