Covid-19 Close Contact Instructions

COVID-19 is spread mainly by air droplets. If you have been around or cared for a Covid 19 positive person, been closer than 6 feet-indoors, more than 15 minutes (in a 24 hour period), had direct secretions contact (sneezed/coughed on, shared utensils, kissing), then you are a Close Contact (vaccinated or unvaccinated status). Please mask (cover nose and mouth), self monitor for symptoms at least 10 days and test on fifth day from exposure. Test right away if you have symptoms. Call SHC at 757-278-3360, if you need help getting tested. As medical providers we strive to provide the best medical care in a university setting. CDC and VDH guidelines change as variants and vaccines change. Get yearly updated Covid19 vaccines to reduce hospitalizations, severity of illness, and deaths.

Covid-19 Positive Instructions  

If you are sick, feel ill, need testing due to Covid19 exposure or you obtain a positive home test – Please call the Spartan Health Center 757-278-3360 or see your primary care provider. Covid19 diagnosis can be made by positive tests or by clinical symptoms along with exposure risk. This viral illness can cause fever, headache, cough, trouble breathing, chills, muscle aches, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, upset stomach or loose stool, loss of taste or smell. Vaccination with updated shots can reduce your risk of getting Covid19, getting severe illness/death or spreading virus.

As of March 2024 CDC guidelines for Covid19 positive persons have changed. Current guidelines are to stay home if you are sick until BOTH criteria are present for 24 hours: 1. IMPROVED symptoms and 2. NO fever is present. Take precautions while around others for another 5 days with masking, physical distancing indoors, good handwashing and improved cleaner air measures. If you have difficulty breathing, chest pains, confusion please seek immediate medical care. For more information on returning to regular activity check here: VDH. If you have a roommate, they should also use respiratory precautions and frequent handwashing. Notify Housing 757-823-8407 if you need assistance with dining, masks. If you miss classes contact the Dean of Students Office at 757-823-2152 or use the online form- Dean Of Students Medical Absence Form.

For positive home tests-please report your results to the National Institutes of Health’s anonymous site MakeMyTestCount.

Flu-like Syndrome Protocol

Any student exhibiting flu-like symptoms should call SHC 757-278-3360 right away to schedule an appointment (Telehealth visit may be appropriate for classic symptoms and no underlying medical conditions).  


Because some influenza A & B (flu) and Covid-19 symptoms can be similar, it is important to get tested to help with diagnosis and reduce spread on campus.  

Flu season is mainly October to April in the US. The flu virus may change yearly- so vaccines are needed each flu season. It is safe to get your flu vaccine and Covid-19 vaccine at the same time.

Flu may be less easily spread than Covid-19 but has a quicker time of symptom onset after exposure to the flu. Flu has a shorter incubation time of 1-4 days after exposure compared with Covid-19 incubation time of 2-14 days after exposure. 

Flu symptom onset is usually rapid (go to bed fine and wake up ill). Fever, body aches, chills, headache, runny/stuffy nose, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea are common. Fever usually stops in 3-4 days and risk of spreading to others is rapidly decreased after 3 days.  Fatigue may last 7-10 days. Fever should be gone before return to routine activity. 

There are several oral medications which if taken within 24-48 hours of symptom onset can reduce severity of illness and shedding of virus. Current oral prescription medications are oseltamivir (generic Tamiflu), Xofluza, Relenza and Rapivab is an intravenous medication. Your medical provider will determine if an antiviral medication is appropriate for you based on severity of illness, timing of symptom onset and your chronic health conditions. Mild cases can often be treated with over-the-counter analgesics and cold/flu medications.

Students with severe illness, signs of complications may be referred to the emergency room.

If you are a commuter or live locally, you may choose to see your primary care provider/physician (PCP). Please make sure you obtain a medical excuse from your PCP to present to the Dean of Students Office to cover any missed classes/activities. 

CDC Influenza (Flu)

Suggested College First Aid Items

Be prepared for minor health illnesses and emergencies by packing a supply of over the counter medicines (otc) and first aid items that can be safely used. Check with your doctor if you have a chronic health condition and/or are on prescription medicines. Buy generic products for best cost savings.

Health History and Immunizations Requirements

Norfolk State University complies with the code of Virginia (23.1-800,please review at link below) which requires all new and transfer full-time students to provide documentation of health history and immunizations. Starting Fall 2022 we transitioned to digital submission of records (no paper forms will be accepted). Students who have not submitted health information before their second semester class registration may be unable to register for their classes.

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Covid19 and flu vaccines are highly recommended for all students, staff, faculty in order to improve campus safety and reduce respiratory illnesses. Mild “flu-like” symptoms may occur for several days after vaccination which indicates your immune system is making antibodies to protect you (No Covid19 or influenza infection occurs from non-live virus shots).

Check with your High School nurse’s office, your local health department, your doctor’s office or your parents for your records. As of the 2022 -2023 school year health history and vaccine records need to be submitted digitally. Go to the Med+Proctor (syringe) poster on our Home page or click Here. To protect your medical privacy-please do not send Emails.

12VAC5-110-80. Exemptions from immunization requirements.

State of Virginia Exemption form :$file/7-2.3(B)F2.pdf

Sports Physical

Please have these additional forms completed if you plan to participate in band or cheerleading.

Student Medical Excuse Letter Policy

As of December 11, 2017 Spartan Health Center will not issue a medical excuse letter for missed academic classes or events or work that occur PRIOR to the date that you are seen in the office. Medical providers will determine if there is a medical necessity to be excused from future activity or classes based on severity of illness. In order to maintain the integrity of the system you must be seen in the clinic or via telehealth visit Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm. Schedule an appointment by phone, in the office or by appointment request through the SHC website. Appointment requests through the SHC website can be submitted at any time; staff check the website regularly throughout the workday.

Please DO NOT use email to request appointments or to convey medical information due to confidentiality concerns. Please inform staff at 757-278-3360 if you encounter any problem utilizing the SHC website appointment request. Any and all notes documenting date of your medical visit must be submitted to the Dean of Student’s office as per NSU Student Handbook instructions.

Health Insurance

The University does not offer an Accident Medical Expense Benefit Plan or a Sickness Medical Expense Benefit Plan for Domestic Students. International Students are required to enroll into the International Students Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan at the time of registration -please check with O.A.S.I.S office 757-823-8325.

Due to the high cost of health care, it is strongly recommended that all students be covered by some form of health insurance. This may be as a dependent on a family plan (up to age 26) or by purchasing a student health insurance plan. Other state Medicaid plans, Tricare Prime and Kaiser-Permanente plans may not have coverage in this area, except for the emergency room. Here is a link for Virginia residents without health insurance to check for eligibility for state sponsored health insurance plans  Cover Virginia.


CDC Information