February 9, 2023
Updates to COVID-19 Protocol

Dear Emory Students,

We hope you all were able to read President Fenves’ announcement about new COVID-19 policies yesterday, and we want to provide more information about what you can expect.

New COVID-19 Policy Changes

  1. Emory University will no longer require COVID-19 vaccinations for students, faculty, and staff. However, Emory Healthcare COVID-19 vaccine requirements will still be enforced for health sciences students in School of Medicine and School of Nursing, and those university employees already subject to EHC immunization requirements
  2. Emory will no longer require students, faculty, and staff to report COVID-19-positive tests or complete isolation clearance forms to return to campus.
  3. Emory will remove all COVID-19 vaccine requirements for minors and non-Emory affiliated program participants staying in overnight on-campus housing.
As certain COVID-19 requirements lift, Emory strongly recommends all campus members continue following healthy behaviors based on CDC guidelines.


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Students should not go to class or socialize if they have fever, are sick or have tested positive for COVID-19. Please follow the guidelines on the Emory Forward: What do I do if...? page.

What do I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

STEP 1: Isolate in place immediately. If you develop severe symptoms, contact your primary care physician or Student Health Services. Call 911 if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

STEP 2: It is no longer mandatory to report your positive test results. However, completing the “COVID-19 Reporting” form on the Return to Campus portal will notify your school of your absence due to being in isolation. 
  • Navigate to the Return to Campus (RTC) Dashboard, click COVID-19 Event Tracking, and create a case. 
  • Fill out the event form on the RTC Dashboard, including the day you first developed symptoms and when you tested positive.
  • If you have a high-risk condition and need additional support, either make an appointment through the Student Health Portal to see a provider in person or via telehealth.
  • Once submitted, you will receive an email directing you to follow isolation protocols based on your personal circumstances.
  • We encourage you to reach out to your professors to assist in managing your time out for isolation.

STEP 3: Follow all isolation protocols per CDC guidelines. 

  • You will need to isolate for at least 5 days. Day 0 is the day of your positive test or symptom onset, and day 1 is the first full day after your test or symptom onset.
  • Student Health is no longer actively monitoring students in isolation. If your symptoms are moderate, severe or worsening, schedule an appointment via the Student Health Portal to access care. If appointments are not available, call the SHS office at 404-727-7551 and press "0" to find more appointment availability or to speak with the triage nurse.

STEP 4: After your designated isolation period, you may return to campus per CDC guidelines.


Other Steps to Follow

Wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public until day 10. If you are unable to wear a mask when around others, you should continue to isolate for 10 days.

Avoid people who have weakened immune systems or are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19, and nursing homes and other high-risk settings, until after at least 10 days.

Do not travel for at least 5 days after testing positive or while you have COVID-19 symptoms. You must wear a well-fitting mask until day 10 if you are traveling.


Student Health Services

Emory University Student Health Services (EUSHS) provides outpatient care for enrolled Emory students with a valid Emory ID card. International student's spouses, Domestic Partners and unmarried children over 18 years of age are also eligible for primary medical care if they are currently enrolled in the Emory/Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan.

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