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Quick COVID-19 Guide for Employees

An Essential Resource for Employees

COVID-19 is one of the many illnesses that the university helps students and employees manage on a daily basis while providing the premier in-person academic and campus experience that distinguishes William & Mary among the best universities in the world.

Policies at a Glance
  • Masks are optional in most indoor and outdoor spaces on campus. They remain required in the Student Health Center. Masking is encouraged in large crowds.
  • COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters are strongly encouraged for all students, faculty and staff at William & Mary. Visit Vaccinate Virginia for local vaccination sites in the Commonwealth.
Managing COVID-19 as an Employee
  • The CDC calls for any COVID-19-positive person to isolate for at least five days. Visit Quarantine & Isolation Guide and Calculator for more information.
  • Do not attend work, classes or events at William & Mary for at least five days or as long as you are sick. Follow the university's sick-time policies.
  • Virginia no longer offers Public Health Emergency Leave (PHEL). If you are out because of a COVID-19 diagnosis, please use sick or other appropriate leave.
  • If you feel able to work and your position allows you to work remotely, please coordinate with your supervisor, dean or chair as appropriate.
  • Please visit the University Human Resources website or email [[AskHR]].
If You Are a Close Contact of a Person with COVID-19
  • William & Mary no longer conducts contact tracing. If you are advised that you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, the next steps depend on your vaccination status. Visit the CDC’s Quarantine & Isolation Guide and Calculator for information.
  • Current vaccinated and boostered employees do not need to quarantine if they remain asymptomatic.
COVID Connect

W&M COVID Connect is a free, optional, text-based service that links service providers with William & Mary faculty and staff to help them navigate a diagnosis of COVID-19. While they do not manage cases nor trace contacts, W&M providers can help employees find resources and information they need:

  • COVID-19 tests
  • Isolation guidance
  • Medical care
  • Human Resources

To connect, send SMS (text) message to 757-760-3200. You can message at any time. Live service providers are available to respond during these hours but will respond to inquiries that were sent at any time.

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Saturday: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Sunday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.