RICHMOND, Va. -- While local universities will begin allowing students to move-in within the next month, some are requiring students to pass COVID-19 tests before moving into campus housing.
Both Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Richmond will require students to get tested for COVID-19 before moving in.
Virginia State University students are encouraged to get tested when they arrive on campus.
In a virtual town hall, VCU officials said they will be testing at least two percent of the general population.
All the universities advise that students self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days before returning to campus.
Most patients with COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms. However, in a small proportion of patients, COVID-19 can lead to more severe illness, including death, particularly among those who are older or those who have chronic medical conditions.
COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms appear within 14 days of being exposed to an infectious person.
Virginia health officials urged the following precautions:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Avoid contact with sick people.
- Avoid non-essential travel.