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COVID-19 Positive, Symptoms, & Exposures

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I have COVID-19, what next?

Guidance for ODU Students Who Test Positive for COVID-19

Students should discuss a plan with their family members, roommates, and housemates in the event of a positive COVID-19 test. The following guide can assist them in planning. Their plan may include returning home or quarantining and isolating in place.

Knowing When to Isolate is Your Responsibility

Please visit the CDC website for the latest updates and recommended isolation and quarantine periods for vaccinated and non-vaccinated people who test positive for COVID-19. The CDC website also includes helpful Isolation & Quarantine Calculators.

Notification to the University and Your Close Contacts is Your responsibility

Now that positive COVID-19 cases have decreased in Virginia, the Virginia Department of Health and ODU have changed their contact tracing protocols and are conducting contact tracing only in congregate settings (in the case of ODU, this means only for people who live in our residence halls). If you test positive, please follow these notification protocols:

  1. Notify your contacts. Here is guidance on who to contact: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/content/uploads/sites/182/2020/04/VDH_Slow_Spread_COVID19.pdf

Faculty and staff should contact their immediate supervisors, human resources, and/or hr@odu.edu to discuss any potential COVID-related work absences.

Virginia Public Health Emergency Leave (PHEL)

Virginia Public Health Emergency Leave (PHEL) ended May 31, 2022. For more information, contact hr@odu.edu.

After May 31, employees with COVID-related illness should use leave currently available for any illness, including PTO and short or long term disability, when appropriate. If you have questions, please contact the Department of Human Resources at hr@odu.edu.


Please continue to protect yourself and others by following the recommended CDC Guidelines.

For more information contact hr@odu.edu (Faculty/Staff Only) or studenthealth@odu.edu (Students/Parents) and visit our COVID-19 FAQ page.