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COVID-19 Exposure FAQs


The COVID-19 vaccine is not required for Old Dominion University but is recommended to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Old Dominion University is offering classes both in-person and online. The University requires masks in all indoor public settings (including classrooms and common areas in residence halls) and all students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 (exemptions may be requested for medical reasons or religious beliefs). These measures aim to promote and protect the health and well-being of our immediate campus, the local community, and the broader region.




If you test positive for COVID-19 based on a home test or a test provided outside of ODU


Complete the Daily Check-In to report your positive test result and date in the Monarch Wellness Portal. Make sure your name, date of birth, and test date are on the test.

Stay home, do not go to class or anywhere until you are contacted and given instructions. If you live on campus, please call student health at 757-683-3132 or the COID Care Team at 757-302-7622.




If you think or know you have been directly exposed to COVID-19


Review the CDC definition of close contact and ask yourself if you meet the criteria: Within 6-feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15-minutes or more over 24 hours with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

If you do not meet the above criteria, you are NOT considered a close contact and do not need to quarantine or self-report.

If you are uncertain and want to be contacted by the Contact Tracing team, please complete the Daily Check-In via the Monarch Wellness Portal. You can also call Student Health Services at 757-683-3132 or the COVID Cares hotline at 757-302-7622.

If you meet the close contact criteria: complete your Daily Check-In via the Monarch Wellness Portal.


Exposed Vaccinated Students

  • No quarantine is required if you have zero symptoms! You must wear a mask indoors for 14 days, schedule testing if you develop symptoms at any time. You can test too early, don't test too soon!
  • If you start having any symptoms, you must report them and get tested as soon as your symptoms start. You must stay home and complete the Daily Check-In via the Monarch Wellness Portal.
  • Reminder: you can still get COVID-19 even if you're vaccinated. Stay vigilant.

Exposed Unvaccinated Students

  • Complete your Daily Check-In via the Monarch Wellness Portal to notify ODU about your exposure.
  • You are required to quarantine for 10-days minimum.
    1. If you live on-campus, go home. You will be contacted with further instructions regarding quarantine. You cannot quarantine in your dorm/campus apartment.
    2. If you live off-campus, quarantine in your home.
  • You will be scheduled for a COVID-19 test around 5 - 9 days after exposure and when symptoms start. A negative test will not shorten your quarantine time. If you start having symptoms at any time during quarantine, please get tested. You must make sure to complete the symptom monitoring form located in the Monarch Wellness Portal and get tested as instructed.



If you have 2 or more symptoms/concerned you have COVID-19 symptoms


Complete the Daily Check-In via Monarch Wellness Portal.

Schedule yourself an appointment via the Monarch Wellness Portal to get a COVID-19 test.

Stay in your room/home and self-isolate until your test results come back.





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Student Health Services has been accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. (AAAHC) continuously since 1986. This means that Student Health Services is surveyed every three years to determine adherence to ambulatory health care standards as established by AAAHC.