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If You Think You've Been Exposed to COVID-19

Tested positive for COVID-19 or are a close contact? W&M students, faculty and staff should complete the form at ReportCOVID.wm.edu for a case manager to help navigate isolation and procure a COVID-19 test at the right time. If you already have an independent test result, upload it in the Records section of Kallaco.

The Student Health Center has issued the following guidelines:

  1. Do not panic. 
  2. Stay home or in your room if you're a residential student, and minimize interactions with others. During any essential interactions, including with roommates or family, maintain a 6-foot distance.
  3. Contact the Student Health Center or your medical provider for guidance.
  4. Visit ReportCOVID.wm.edu for a case manager who will help you determine if you are a true close contact and to help you obtain a COVID-19 test at the appropriate time, based on your exposure.

The incubation period of COVID-19 requires at least two days, which means there is no test that will detect the disease minutes or hours after you have contracted it. Based on the nature of your exposure, your health care professional or case manager will tell you what symptoms to look for, how to practice quarantine if deemed appropriate and when to consider testing.

In order for a person to become infected by COVID-19, they need to be exposed to a certain number of infectious particles for a certain amount of time. The Student Health Center notes that the efficacy of mask wearing, hand washing and physical distancing of at least six feet are extremely effective at preventing this disease. And COVID-19 vaccinations are proving highly effective at preventing serious symptoms.