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Positive cases, isolation, and quarantine

Positive Cases

Note: The following guidance applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals who test positive for COVID-19.

STUDENTS

Content updated on Jan. 31, 2022

  • If you live on campus or off campus and test positive somewhere besides Schiffert, please fill out this disclosure form and upload your results to the Online Student Health Portal. Then follow your medical provider's instructions or call Schiffert Health Center if you need health guidance or have further questions. 
  • These guidelines apply to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.
  • Do not attend class or work.
  • Isolate yourself in your residence away from friends or family members for 5 days. 
  • Please contact Schiffert Health Center at 540-231-6444 with immediate questions.

Quarantine/isolation: For the 2021-22 academic year, Virginia Tech will not operate a COVID-19 quarantine and isolation program. It is important for students to work with families to develop an advanced COVID-19 plan should they become infected with COVID-19. As with any communicable disease, the Schiffert Health Center and the Dean of Students Office will work closely with students to implement their plan — or discern alternative solutions as needed. 

EMPLOYEES

Content updated on Jan. 20, 2022

Reporting a positive case or close contact with a positive case: Please engage the Environmental Health & Safety Case Management Team using the new Employee COVID-19 Disclosure Form. While this form replaces the reportacase@vt.edu email as the primary means for case reporting, the email address is still available for specific questions.

Quick guide: For more detailed guidance around employee positive case reporting, isolation, and quarantines, please refer to this Quick Reference Guide (guide updated on Jan. 25, 2022).


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What should I do if I'm notified that I'm a close contact with a positive case?

STUDENTS

Content updated on March 30, 2022

  • These guidelines apply to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.
  • Contact Schiffert to schedule a COVID-19 test at 540-231-6444, option 1.
  • Begin quarantining in your residence hall room or off-campus residence if you are having symptoms.
  • Do not attend in-person classes or activities if you are unvaccinated. If you are fully vaccinated, you can attend in-person classes or activities while wearing a mask if you are not experiencing symptoms.
  • If you are exposed, you will need to schedule a test with Schiffert five (5) days after your exposure. 
  • Wear a mask or face covering, even if you are vaccinated.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, complete the Dean of Students disclosure form and upload your results to the Online Student Health Portal Also, isolate yourself in your residence away from roommates, family, and friends for five (5) days. 
  • If you are testing somewhere other than Schiffert Health Center, you may follow quarantine guidance from your healthcare provider. If you were not provided quarantine instructions, contact Schiffert Health Center or case management teams from the Dean of Students Office and/or Housing and Residence Life.


Additional Student FAQs

Where do I get a COVID-19 test if I have been exposed or told I am a close contact?
Students should call Schiffert Health Center (540-231-6444) to schedule an appointment for testing. If you are not experiencing any symptoms, testing options are also available on the Blacksburg campus and can be scheduled within the Shiffert Online Health Portal.

Under what circumstances will a student need to activate their COVID-19 quarantine/isolation plan?
Unvaccinated students living on campus that have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will need to activate their plan once they have been alerted to the exposure. Fully vaccinated students living on campus should activate their plan if they have symptoms after exposure, or if they test positive for COVID-19. Students should contact the Dean of Students office (540-231-3787) with questions relating to activating their COVID-19 plan.

For any questions relating to exposures, testing options, isolation, or quarantine, contact Schiffert Health Center (health@vt.edu) for guidance. Symptomatic students or those with questions about symptoms should also call Schiffert Health Center at 540-231-6444.

EMPLOYEES

Content updated on March 30, 2022

Reporting a positive case or close contact with a positive case: Please engage the Environmental Health & Safety Case Management Team using the new Employee COVID-19 Disclosure Form. While this form replaces the reportacase@vt.edu email as the primary means for case reporting, the email address is still available for specific questions.

Quick guide: For more detailed guidance around employee positive case reporting, isolation, and quarantines, please refer to this Quick Reference Guide (guide updated on Jan. 25, 2022).

Additional Employees FAQs

What are my leave options if I need to isolate myself at home after exposure to COVID-19?
Public Health Emergency Leave (PHEL) will be reactivated with the remaining balances available for use, effective Sept. 1, 2021. Note: PHEL leave is inactive from July 10 – Aug. 31, 2021, in the Leave Reporting and Time Worked System. Employees can use PHEL for many COVID-19 related leave needs and details are available on the Public Health Emergency Leave webpage. In addition to the PHEL benefit, employees can use any applicable leave available for COVID-19 related leave needs. For questions, please contact the Human Resource's Leave Team.

Where do I get a COVID-19 test if I have been exposed?
Non-symptomatic fully vaccinated employees who have had a work exposure to a positive case can schedule a test through the Schiffert Online Health Portal for one of the Blacksburg campus testing sites. Testing appointments can also be scheduled at certain pharmacies and urgent care facilities throughout the area for non-work exposures or unvaccinated employees.

Isolation and quarantine

STUDENTS

Content updated Aug. 4, 2021

For the 2021-22 academic year, Virginia Tech will not operate a COVID-19 quarantine and isolation program. It is important for students to work with families to develop an advance COVID-19 plan should they become infected with COVID-19. As with any communicable disease, the Schiffert Health Center and the Dean of Students Office will work closely with students to implement their plan — or discern alternative solutions as needed. This applies to all undergraduate and graduate students.

EMPLOYEES

Content updated Jan. 20, 2022

Reporting a positive case or close contact with a positive case: Please engage the Environmental Health & Safety Case Management Team using the new Employee COVID-19 Disclosure Form. While this form replaces the reportacase@vt.edu email as the primary means for case reporting, the email address is still available for specific questions.

Quick guide: For the latest employee isolation and quarantine guidance, please refer to this Quick Reference Guide (guide updated on Jan. 25, 2022).

Leave: COVID-19 related leave needs and details are available on the Public Health Emergency Leave webpage. In addition to the PHEL benefit, employees can use any applicable leave available for COVID-19 related leave needs. Employees should work with their supervisor and departmental human resources representative, or contact the Human Resources Leave Team (hrleave@vt.edu) for specific guidance on leave usage during quarantine.