COVID-19 Information

As a result of ongoing transmission of COVID-19, any student who develops nasal congestion, runny nose, headache, cough, fever, or chills is asked to call the Student Health Center immediately to undergo a provider evaluation and testing for COVID-19.  During that telehealth appointment the provider will determine if additional testing for other upper respiratory illnesses such as Flu, Strep and/or mono is indicated. 

COVID-19 Definitions

Temporary isolation means that you are experiencing symptoms that could be related to COVID-19 infection and you are awaiting test results. 

Isolation means that you are infected with the virus and need to avoid contact with others and monitor your health for worsening symptoms.  If you test positive for COVID-19 outside of the SHC, we ask that you call the SHC at 904-256-8080 to schedule an appointment with a provider.  

Fully vaccinated means that it has been at least 2 weeks since your second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or at least 2 weeks since a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

Student Self-Report: Covid Testing, Positive Results, and Exposure

Please use this link to report if:

  • you have tested positive for COVID-19,
  • you have been or are getting tested for COVID-19, or
  • you have been in close contact with a COVID-positive individual.

Student Self-Report

If you are feeling symptomatic, please contact the Student Health Center at 904-256-8080 or contact your personal healthcare provider. 

The Student Health Center will advise you on isolation, masking, and symptom management. 

Isolation includes the following:

  • Self-isolate at home (or in your on-campus housing assignment).
    • If you live on campus, you will not be relocated to a different on-campus isolation space. 
  • Stay in your room as much as possible and wear a mask when around others. 
  • When leaving your room to access the bathroom or kitchen you will need to wear a face mask.
  • If you need to access the dining hall, wear a face mask, and take your food “to go”.  You can sit outside if you ensure you are 6 feet from others or go back to your room to eat.
    • Meals will not be delivered to you while in isolation.
  • If you have an on-campus job, please alert your employer you cannot work due to your illness.
  • If you are enrolled in courses that hold class in-person, please follow your course syllabus for guidelines on missing class due to an illness.
    • If you need a note for a missed class, please discuss with the provider during your telehealth appointment. 
  • If you are a student-athlete, please let your coach know of your need to miss athletic involvement due to illness.
  • Your Student Health Center provider will advise you regarding informing any close contacts. 
    • The University will not conduct contact tracing.

The SHC recommends that students be prepared for the possibility that they may need to stay in their room or apartment for a period of time. Consider purchasing the following items to have on hand in the event that you are instructed to isolate. 

  • Tissues.
  • Hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol).
  • Fluids such as tea, bottled water, Gatorade, packets of ramen noodles or chicken soup, and juice (it is VERY important to stay hydrated).
  • A disposable or digital thermometer.
  • Salt for saltwater gargling for sore throat.
  • Honey—mixed in tea for sore throat and to soothe coughs.
  • Throat lozenges for sore throat.
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol) for fever and body aches. 
    Follow dosing guidelines carefully to avoid excessive amounts.  
  • Nasal irrigation wash with saline solution.
  • Phenylephrine or other over the counter nasal decongestants.
  • AT-LEAST ONE WEEK SUPPLY OF ANY PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS used for chronic illnesses.
  • Food sufficient for one week if living off campus.
    • Also, ensure you have snacks or comfort food you enjoy when not feeling well.  
  • Eat regular meals and drink plenty of fluids.
  • Get at least 8 hours of sleep per day.
  • Find a way to keep active, even if it is in your room.
    • If you are COVID-19 positive do not exercise until cleared by your healthcare provider.  
  • Open your windows and get fresh air when you can.  
  • Stay in contact with friends and family via phone or FaceTime/Skype/WhatsApp/etc.  
  • Avoid alcohol, smoking/vaping, and recreational drug use.

Your isolation will not be determined by a number of days; it will be based on the improvement of your symptoms as determined by a Student Health Center provider. 

  • Individuals with a competent immune system may return to campus activities when they are
    • without fever for 24 hours without a fever reducing agent:
      • Acetaminophen (i.e., Tylenol),
      • Ibuprofen (i.e., Advil), or
      • Multi-symptom medication that contains acetaminophen or ibuprofen (i.e., Dayquil/Nyquil),
  • AND their symptoms of COVID-19 (nasal congestion, runny nose, headache, body aches, and cough) have improved.  
  • Regardless of vaccination status, if you have been exposed to COVID but don't currently have any symptoms, it is recommended that you monitor for developing symptoms (nasal congestion, runny nose, fever, headache, cough, body aches, and/or fatigue). 
  • If you develop symptoms, isolate yourself and contact the Student Health Center immediately at (904) 256-8080 to schedule an appointment.
  • While supplies last, the SHC is offering free COVID-19 rapid antigen testing for all symptomatic students who are evaluated by an SHC Provider.
  • PCR testing is also available through the SHC for a cost of $80. 
  • For more information regarding available testing and pricing, please contact the SHC.

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Student Health Center

Office location

Health Sciences Complex
5491 Dolphin Point Blvd
Suite #1300
Jacksonville, FL 32211

Telephone number (OTD)

(904) 256-8080

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