As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, and as testing becomes more widely available, the impact to the Shenandoah University family over the next several weeks is likely to increase.
If you are exposed to a person with COVID-19, but you have no symptoms, current recommendations are to self-quarantine for 14 days and monitor for symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you develop symptoms, then the next step is to seek medical care as well as quarantine.
If you need direction on where to get tested and/or to be treated, you can contact your health care provider and/or health department. Remember to call beforehand as most facilities are requiring you to do so, so that they can prepare or direct you to the appropriate clinic.
Cooperate with instructions you may receive from your physician and applicable public health department. Departments near SU’s campuses are listed below.
- ICPH – Fairfax Health Department
- Main Campus/HPB – Winchester/Frederick County Health Department
- Scholar Plaza – Loudoun Health Department
- Cool Spring – Clarke County Health Department
Please submit a Student of Concern report about your condition. A member of the CARE Team will then reach out to you to coordinate any care or support you may need.
If you are a residential student, you should not return to your campus housing, but should instead call DPS at (540) 678-4444 and a DPS officer will contact the area coordinator so arrangements can be made to house you in a room (or area) that has been specifically set up for any student who has been advised to self-quarantine.
If you have symptoms of acute respiratory illness, you must stay home and may not return to campus until you are free of: fever (defined as 100.4° F or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). If you are a residential student, you may not leave your specially assigned dorm room unless the above criteria are met.
As a reminder, students should refrain from gathering together in groups to access online courses and should continue to practice social distancing. We appreciate all that you are doing to keep yourself — and your university community — safe and healthy during this challenging time!