September 2023 COVID-19 Update


 Please see below for current guidance and information on COVID-19.

On May 11, 2023, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ended the Federal COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Declaration.,to%20align%20with%20data%20changes

Here are the updated guidelines:

  • Guidance of Confirmed Positive for COVID-19

The following information is guidance from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on guidance on confirmed positives and known exposures for COVID-19.

Please review and follow the information below. We recommend that you inform your medical provider or Student Health Services (304 691-1100) that you have tested positive for COVID-19. They may want to provide additional guidance.

  • Confirmed Positive for COVID-19:

If you have recently tested positive, you will need to isolate yourself for five days.  Day 0 of isolation is the day of symptom onset or date asymptomatic positive test, whichever came first.

  • Ending Isolation:

If you had symptoms and your symptoms are improving, you may end isolation after day 5, if you are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication).  If you had no symptoms you may end isolation after Day 5.

  • Regardless of when you end isolation, until at least day 11:
  • Avoid being around people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19.
  • Remember to wear a high-quality mask when indoors around others at home and in public.
  • Do not go places where you are unable to wear a mask until you are able to discontinue masking (see below).

Removing Your Mask (Two options)

  • After you have ended isolation, when you are feeling better (no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and symptoms improving), wear your mask through day 10


  • If you have access to antigen tests, you should consider using them. With two sequential negative tests 48 hours apart, you may remove your mask sooner than day 10.


Undergraduate and graduate students: If you have in-person classes, please contact your professors/instructors to develop a plan for your coursework during isolation.  Undergraduate students, please also complete the University Excused Absence form:

Residence Hall Students:  Students living in the Residence Halls with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis should contact the on-call Area Coordinator at 304-962-6559 to determine the best practice for isolation/quarantine.

Employees: Please notify your supervisor of a confirmed positive COVID-19 test.  COVID-19 illness are covered by the employee’s sick leave.  For questions regarding use of sick leave, contact Human Resources.

COVID-19 Vaccines

Vaccines remain available through medical providers and retail pharmacies.  To find a vaccine near you, visit

Replacement Vaccine Cards – West Virginia

If you are in need of a replacement vaccine card, contact WV DHHR at to obtain a new card.

Additional Questions

Additional questions about COVID-19, should be directed at

Additional Links

CDC COVID-19 Isolation and Precautions Guidance:

Known Exposure COVID-19 Guidance:

COVID-19 Treatment Locator:

Thank you and be well.

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