Feeling sick? Fill out the WVU Illness Reporting Form to provide confidential information to the appropriate University staff.

Staying Well

We want all our students, faculty, staff and patients to remain well. Continue practicing preventive care, such as regular hand-washing and disinfecting commonly touched surfaces. For additional information, please reference the About Coronavirus page.

What should I do if I feel ill or may have been exposed to COVID-19?

If you’re feeling sick, call first before seeking medical care.

Students who feel sick or believe they may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should:

  1. Stay at home, remain isolated from others and wear a mask at all times.
  2. Morgantown campus students should contact WVU Medicine Student Health at 304-285-7200. Student Health/UC Evansdale will be open on Saturdays beginning Aug. 22. Regular hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday. Saturday hours, starting Aug. 22, will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students on regional campuses should contact their Student Health Clinic, the local health department or the WV DHHR hotline at 1-800-887-4304.
  3. Student Health staff will perform an assessment, provide you with advice, determine if testing is needed and complete the WVU Illness Reporting Form.
  4. If your symptoms continue to escalate, seek immediate emergency care.
  5. You may be contacted by university officials for additional information.

If you are currently awaiting COVID-19 test results, please self-isolate until results are final. If you have received a positive test result, please continue to self-isolate per CDC guidelines. Local health department authorities will be in contact with further guidance.

Additional COVID-19 Resources

Self-Quarantine Guidelines

Self-quarantine guidelines are as follows:

  • Remain at home. Do not attend any gatherings and avoid public places until 14 days after leaving a hotspot or coming in contact with a symptomatic individual.
  • Contact your healthcare provider – If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, have been exposed to a COVID-19 patient or recently have traveled to a high-risk area (domestic or internationally), contact your primary healthcare provider or call WVU Medicine at 304-598-6000 (option 4).
  • Stay home except to get medical care – You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing services or taxis.
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home:
    • People – As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. You also should use a separate bathroom, if available.
    • Animals – You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it still is recommended that people with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. 
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor – If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep others from getting infected or exposed.
  • Wear a facemask – You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) or pets and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are unable to wear a facemask (e.g., because it causes trouble breathing), then people who live in your residence should not stay in the same room with you or they should wear a facemask if they enter your room.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes – Throw used tissues in a lined trash can. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60 to 95% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.
  • Clean your hands often – Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60 to 95% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items – You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels or bedding with other people or pets in your home. After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces every day – High-touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and bedside tables. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool or body fluids on them.
  • Monitor your symptoms – Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening. Before seeking care, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you have (or are being evaluated for) COVID-19. If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that you have (or are being evaluated for) COVID-19. 
  • Discontinuing home isolation – Patients with confirmed COVID-19 should remain under home isolation precautions until the risk of secondary transmission to others is thought to be low. The decision to discontinue home isolation precautions should be made on a case-by-case basis in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments. 

Use of Masks

As COVID-19 is primarily spread through respiratory droplets, WVU will require in the Fall that all faculty, staff, students and visitors wear masks while on campus.

WVU Health Sciences currently requires that all patients, students, faculty and staff wear masks or face coverings on the Health Sciences campus at all times. 

I'm stressed about the outbreak. What can I do?

As the outbreak of Coronavirus COVID-19 spreads across the globe, the disruption to daily life and uncertainty can lead to stress and anxiety for many. You can check out some tips for managing stress

WVU BeWell services, a satellite office of the Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services, is also available to West Virginia University students to help provide stress reduction and management support.