Exposure

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Q: What is considered exposure?

A: Exposure to COVID-19, means you had close contact with someone with COVID-19. Close contact includes:

  • Living with a person who has COVID-19
  • Providing care for a person who has COVID-19
  • Being within 6 feet of a COVID-19-positive person for a total of 15 minutes or more over the course of a 24-hour period; it is also considered as an exposure whether one or both parties were wearing a mask; and it is still considered as an exposure whether the infected person was symptomatic or asymptomatic of COVID-19, as long as they later test positive for COVID-19; or
  • Having exposure to respiratory secretions from a person with COVID-19 (e.g., being coughed or sneezed on, sharing a drinking glass or utensils, kissing)

A person with COVID-19 is considered to be contagious starting from 2 days before they started experiencing symptoms (or 2 days before they tested positive if they never had symptoms) until they meet the criteria to discontinue isolation.

For more information on exposure, visit https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/local-exposure/.

Q: What if I am symptomatic or test positive for COVID-19?

A: Do not report to any campus activities and call 1-804-MYCOVID or 1-804-692-6843 to connect with University Student Health Services or Employee Health. Call center representatives will ask you who you have been in contact with, so they can report it to VDH for contact tracing. Notify your faculty or supervisor that you will be absent from class or work. You are not required to disclose a reason. 

Q: What if I'm vaccinated and I'm exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19?

A: Call 1-804-MYCOVID or 1-804-692-6843 to connect with University Student Health Services or Employee Health and follow the current guidelines for isolation and quarantine