WLU COVID Isolation Guidelines

I’ve tested positive for COVID. What should I do?

  • Continue to report new positive COVID test results using the COVID Reporting Form
  • Upload a copy of the positive test result to the student health portal. (Students using home tests, include your name, birthdate, and date of test)

Residential students who live within 5 hours of campus will be expected to travel home for their isolation period. Exception requests will be reviewed by the Executive Director of Housing & Student Life and/or his/her designee. Students who are approved to isolate on campus will isolate in their own room.

If you are approved to isolate on campus:

  • Stay in your own room/apartment space.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask (such as a kN95) in the event you must be in the same space as a roommate. Guests will not be permitted in the room/apartment during the isolation period.
  • Students can only leave the isolation room/apartment for essential needs, such as medical care and bathroom facility use.

When can I stop Isolating?
Plan to isolate for 5 days from the date symptoms started (date of test or day of symptom onset is Day 0). Student Health Services will notify you of your earliest release date after you submit the COVID Reporting Form. In order to leave isolation, you must:

  • Have isolated for 5 full days
  • Be fever-free and with improving symptoms for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medications)
  • Wear a well-fitting mask for 5 more days when around others and in public spaces.

What should I do about my classes?
You are responsible for notifying your professors that you will be absent from in-person classes while you are in isolation.

How can I get food?

If you are a residential student, you will be able to use your meal plan and submit meal delivery requests through the Isolation Meal Delivery Form, after reviewing the Bear’s Den cafeteria menu. Meal requests must be submitted one day prior to the meal. Students in isolation on campus can designate a friend to pick up the meal at the Bear’s Den cafeteria at the designated mealtimes.

  • Breakfast weekdays will be picked up between 8:00am-8:30am
  • Lunch weekdays and brunch on weekends will be picked up between 11:30am-12:30pm
  • Dinner weekdays and weekends will be picked up between 5:00pm-5:30pm

What if I need medication or have concerns for my physical health?
Students can be seen at Student Health Services during normal business hours. Students are instructed to call for an appointment at 304-336-8049 and wear a well-fitted mask to the appointment. Students can also be seen at Doctors Urgent Care-24 Homestead Avenue, Wheeling, WV 26003. Students experiencing chest pain, shortness of breath, inability to stay awake, pale/dusky lips, or other emergency symptoms are instructed to call 911.

What if I have concerns for my emotional well-being?
Isolation can be challenging. You can reach out to our Counseling Service at 304-336-8215 Monday-Friday from 8am-4pm. If you are in a crisis, please call 911. Campus Police is available 24 hours a day at 304-336-8021.

My roommate tested positive for COVID. What do I do?

If your roommate tested positive, you have likely already been exposed and will be considered a close contact. You do not have to isolate. However, wear a well fitted mask for 10 days from the date of last exposure.
Take a COVID test on day 5 after exposure, or sooner if you develop symptoms. If you don’t feel comfortable staying in your room with your roommate, please explore options to go home or stay with friends while your roommate isolates. If neither of those options are possible, please contact the Executive Director of Housing/Residence Life at 304-336-8345.

*Guidelines subject to change