To prevent quarantine if exposed, please submit your COVID vaccination information to the SHC

If you have received your COVID vaccine and/or COVID Booster vaccine please submit your information in the student portal (This Vaccine is Highly Recommended

  • Register first by clicking on the Yellow Student Portal tab on the SHC website.  Register by using your UMW ID (banner# starting 000…) and UMW email (  Log in if already registered.
  • Once in the portal, go to upload and click on COVID vaccine Documentation and upload a copy of your immunization card. The image must be in .gif, .png, .tiff, .tif, .jpg, .jpeg and document must be .txt, .pdf

You can find out how you can get vaccinated and get a copy of your vaccination record in Virginia by looking here or calling 877-VAX-IN-VA (877)-829-4682.   If you are out of state, then you can find vaccination information online at your local Health Department.

Call the SHC at 540-654-1040 if you have any questions. 

Symptoms to look out for with COVID-19

· Nasal congestion, and/or sore throat, and/or Headache
· Cough
· Fever and/ or chills
· Fatigue with or without activities and/or generalized weakness
· Sudden loss of smell and/or taste
· Shortness of breath
· Muscle aches and pains
· Loss of appetite, and/or nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, and/or abdominal pain
· Discoloration of fingers and toes, hands and feet, and/or any new generalized rashes
· Confusion, loss of balance, or localized muscle weakness

COVID-19 can feel like allergies, cold, or no symptoms at all.  If you are exposed to someone with COVID-19 and you have symptoms, please test right away and retest again in 24-48 hrs.  If you do not have any symptoms, then test 3-5 days after exposure and retest again in 24-48 hrs.   You can get COVID-19 more than once, please take precautions when with others!

Testing for COVID 19 available at the Student Health Center and locally in Fredericksburg

If you are sick, you may call the Student Health Center from 8 am-5 pm for an appointment for an evaluation and testing.  After hours, there are OTC COVID testing kits you can purchase at pharmacies including Walmart, CVS, or Giant pharmacy.   You can also go to a local urgent care center for testing.  If you need to speak to a nurse after-hours, please call the SHC at 540-654-1040 and press 2 to connect with Fonemed and a nurse will call you back to discuss your health concerns.  Any emergency please call campus police at 540-654-4444.

Practice self-care if you have COVID-19

  • Rest – it is important to get adequate rest and sleep. This will keep your immune system strong.
  • Drink plenty of fluids – Viral infections are dehydrating. Drink enough so that your urine is a normal pale color.  Water, soup, fruit juice, and hot tea with lemon are good choices.
  • Take OTC (Over-the-counter) medications for symptoms if needed.
    • Tylenol or Ibuprofen to reduce fever or relieve body aches.
    • Use petroleum jelly on sore skin that may occur around your nose and/or lips from increased use of tissues.
    • A sore throat can be relieved with fluid, cough drops, or Benzocaine containing lozenges i.e. Cepacol or Chloraseptic 

*Please read and follow all instructions on OTC labels.

When should you call for help?

Call your doctor or go to the ER if:

  • You have trouble breathing. (You can’t speak a full sentence.)
  • You have constant chest pain or pressure.
  • You are severely dizzy or lightheaded.
  • You are confused or can’t think clearly.
  • Your face and lips have a blue color.
  • You feel like passing out (lost consciousness) or you are having a hard time staying awake.
  • You can’t keep liquids down.

Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:

  • Your symptoms get worse.
  • You are not getting better as expected.

Call before you go to the doctor’s office.  Follow their instructions. And wear a mask.