Effective May 16, 2022, VCU will no longer publish a COVID-19 dashboard. VCU will continue to strive for transparency and will publish a dashboard again should the need arise. Currently, the most relevant metrics regarding COVID-19 in the region are available through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at
According to the CDC, “community levels” are a tool to help you decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data. Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. Take precautions to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 based on the COVID-19 “community-level” in your area.
Spring 2022 Dashboard
(last updated May 16, 2022)
The following metrics are based on on-campus testing data as well as information reported to VCU Student Health Services and Employee Health. Learn more about testing and screening for COVID-19 at VCU. As of December 2021, 95.4% of VCU's student population and 97.2% of VCU's employee population reported vaccination to the university.
- Active student cases of COVID-19: 16
- Active employee cases of COVID-19: 21
- As reported to Student Health Services and Employee Health. See reporting requirements below.
- Positive: 1143
- Negative: 1039
- Total: 2182
- % Positive: 52.38%
- Positive tests: 241
- Negative tests: 2755
- Total: 2996
- % Positive: 8.04%
On-campus isolation and quarantine
- Residential students currently in isolation on-campus: 4
- Residential students currently in quarantine on-campus: 0
- Total number of residential students: 1,409
|Date||New student cases||New employee cases|
|Week ending Jan. 21||156||26|
|Week ending Jan. 28||167||48|
|Week ending Feb. 4||98||9|
|Week ending Feb. 11||54||19|
|Week ending Feb. 18||40||20|
|Week ending Feb. 25||19||7|
|Week ending March 4||13||2|
|Week ending March 11||7||8|
|Week ending March 18||9||2|
|Week ending March 25||24||2|
|Week ending April 1||10||4|
|Week ending April 8||18||5|
|Week ending April 15||39||12|
|Week ending April 26||46||17|
|Week ending May 2||59||9|
|Week ending May 10||58||24|
|Week ending May 15||28||8|
About this dashboard
VCU's COVID-19 dashboard provides transparent details about the number of positive cases in our community and additional numbers related to testing, numbers of those in quarantine and in isolation.
It is important to note that VCU will not widely communicate details about individual cases to the community or to media out of respect for the privacy of any COVID-19 patients. Several privacy laws apply to the communication of information about students, employees, and patients that could result in the unintentional disclosure of individual health information and status. For this reason, VCU will provide data on the dashboard in an aggregated format and does not provide information on particular groups or specific locations so as to avoid the inadvertent identification of individuals' health information and status.
Working with our partners in the Virginia Department of Health, our Student Health and Employee Health offices will work to notify individuals reported to them who may have been exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 so that they may monitor their own health symptoms and quarantine.
Active cases are the number of people who have tested positive and are in isolation either on-campus or off-campus, as reported to Student Health Services and Employee Health. Any reduction in cases indicates individuals being cleared to return to work or class.
Isolation and quarantine
Isolation separates those who test positive from people who are not sick. Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of those who may have been exposed to see if they become sick. Isolation and quarantine information presented below is specific to on-campus residential students. Off-campus students and employees may also be isolated or quarantined. Any reduction in cases indicates individuals being cleared to return to work or class.
This is the number of tests conducted for those with symptoms of COVID-19. This number includes the number of tests conducted at VCU Health testing sites as well as those that are conducted outside of VCU and later self-reported.
VCU offers several options for asymptomatic community members who require COVID-19 testing. This includes surveillance testing, at-will testing, and entry and/or exit testing at the start and end of each semester.
This is the percentage of total tests in each category.
The total case number is the number of VCU community members who have been known to test positive for COVID-19 since the start of the semester. This table shows the changes in active cases over time.
This table shows the number of tests in each test category. VCU continues to conduct symptomatic testing and asymptomatic surveillance testing. Entry testing is conducted for residential students prior to move-in.
Students and employees who test positive for COVID-19 or experience symptoms related to COVID-19 must report it to Student Health Services or Employee Health by calling 1-804-MYCOVID or 1-804-692-6843. Student Health Services and Employee Health Services report information to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). VCU and the Virginia Department of Health work together to contact those who are known to have been exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19 so they may monitor their health and quarantine.
Student Health Services and Employee Health refer individuals with symptoms for testing at VCU Health testing sites. Students and employees who test at a primary care physician or other non-VCU affiliated testing facility, must self-report their test results to Student Health Services or Employee Health. VCU does not refer individuals to outside facilities and informs students and employees that, if they choose to test outside of VCU, they must report test results. Student Health Services conducts extensive case management with those who report symptoms and test positive, as well as works with contact tracers to contact those who may have been exposed, and actively follows up with students who are referred for testing but have not yet reported results.