EMU COVID-19 Information

EMU Health Services requires  COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters for all students and strongly encourages all faculty and staff to obtain the covid vaccines and stay up to date with the most recent Covid vaccine/booster. Visit Vaccinate Virginia for vaccination sites in the commonwealth. 

Masking is always welcome on campus. The last few years have clearly shown that masks dramatically reduce the spread of airborne infections, including COVID-19. Masks will not be provided by EMU. All employees and students are encouraged to bring their own.

Do not attend class, work or gatherings if you are sick. Test if you suspect COVID-19.

2023-2024 COVID Protocol for EMU students and employees 

  • Walk-in COVID rapid testing will be available for EMU students at Health Services (University Commons, Student Life Suite), Monday – Friday 8:45 a.m.– 3 p.m.
  • EMU encourages all students, whether residential or commuter, to access testing in Health Services.
  • Any student or employee who self-tests and tests positive should email  covidhotline@emu.edu indicating a positive COVID test result.
    • Residential students who test positive in Health Services and who plan to remain on campus for their isolation period will be given a food voucher that includes dates of isolation. The food voucher will allow for others to get food for you in the cafeteria and bring it to your room. The student is responsible to ask others to help with meals and should first ask roommates and/or hallmates for help in bringing food to their room - if necessary, CAs or Area Coordinators can assist in facilitating meal delivery.
    • The student who tests positive will isolate for five full days (count the day of testing as zero), and mask for at least 10 days (longer if still experiencing symptoms).
    • The person who tests positive is responsible for contacting people they have been in close contact with for periods of 15 minutes or longer in a 24-hour period and within the past 24 to 48 hours.

Isolation and Quarantine - Further Details 

Isolation: Per Centers for Disease Control (CDC), isolation is five full days away from others. Count the day of the positive test as day zero. Wear a mask for a full ten days after testing positive. 

Quarantine: Per CDC, there are no requirements to quarantine when exposed to a person who is positive. If a person knows they have been a close contact to someone who has tested positive, it is recommended that they mask for five days and complete a rapid antigen at home test on day 5 after exposure or if they become symptomatic.

Additional Public information about the virus 

EMU's Crisis Management Preparedness Team

The Crisis Management Preparedness Team includes members from across campus; it leads major decision-making on issues related to campus operations. The team works in collaboration with the President, the President’s Cabinet, and the Provost’s Office.

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