Current Health Advisories


The VCU Public Health Response Team is working closely with the Virginia Department of Health and VCU Health System to monitor the spread of monkeypox, a rare disease caused by the monkeypox virus. For current information about monkeypox — including signs and symptoms, prevention, and more — visit the VDH website and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.


We each have roles and responsibilities to promote safety in our learning, work and living environments. Take precautions to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 based on the COVID-19 “community-level” in your area.

VCU follows guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Stay in-the-know by checking health advisories and community levels on the CDC website. This site also includes information about individual health precautions including masking, staying up-to-date on vaccinations and testing when necessary.

For more information about exposure, when to quarantine and understanding your risk, visit

COVID-19 Advisory

June 2, 2022 – COVID-19 has reached a high community level in Richmond as defined by the CDC. VCU, in consultation with our public health experts, advises wearing masks indoors when community levels are high. As a reminder, masks continue to be required within health system facilities and clinical settings. They are not required in other indoor spaces (e.g., classrooms and offices)

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.

COVID-19 Testing

VCU offers COVID-19 testing on campus for students and employees at no cost. More information about student testing can be found on the University Student Health Services website. More information about employee testing can also be found on the Employee Health website.

Reporting COVID-19

Students and employees are encouraged to report COVID-19 symptoms and/or positive tests to University Student Health Services or Employee Health Services to receive more information about exposure, testing and isolation/quarantine. More information can also be found at

COVID-19 Vaccines

With the concurrence of our Public Health Response Team, VCU strongly encourages COVID-19 vaccination and boosters. Unvaccinated individuals are more likely to become infected and hospitalized compared to those who are vaccinated. VCU continues to offer a number of on-campus vaccination opportunities by appointment. 

Students: Make an appointment online through University Student Health Services.

Employees: Call VCU Employee Health at (804) 828-0584 to schedule an appointment. Find more information and employee resources on the Employee Health COVID-19 page.

To search all vaccination opportunities near you, visit

Public Health Supplies

VCU Facilities Management provides public health supplies (e.g., antigen testings and face coverings) throughout campus based on supply.

Students and employees can use their VCU ID to obtain a limited number of rapid antigen tests and face coverings at no cost from vending machines located throughout campus. Individuals are allotted two swipes per item per month (i.e., two of each item can be obtained each month).

Monroe Park Campus
Vending Machine Locations:

    • Snead Hall, East Hall, center lobby across from the security desk
    • T. Edward Temple Building, auditorium wing across from the atrium entrance, between Rooms 1160 and 1165
    • James Branch Cabell Library, 1st floor, center of building, near the printers
    • Student Commons, 1st floor, near Suite 104

MCV Campus
Vending Machine Locations:

    • Larrick Student Center, right of Starbucks
    • McGlothlin Medical Education Center, 1st floor, across from the elevators
    • Hunton Student Center, 1st floor, right of the information desk

Additional Guidance