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COVID-19 Advisories

Last Updated: 03-23-2020 10:20 a.m.

Eastern Virginia Medical School is closely monitoring the ongoing Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak and consulting with our own institutional experts, as well as experts from the CDC, Virginia Department of Health, Sentara Healthcare, Children’s Hospital of The King's Daughters and other partners. Our top priority is the health, safety and well-being of students, residents, staff and faculty, uniquely guided by our mission of “Community focus. World impact.”

We are planning for a variety of scenarios and carefully considering changing conditions and public health guidance.

EVMS remains open and operational, though many actions are being taken to ensure the safety of the community. 

If you are exhibiting symptoms, call your primary healthcare provider. For a list of signs of COVID-19, see the resource Symptoms of COVID-19

The Student Health Clinic will remain open. Please call 757.446.5700 to make an appointment.

If you are an EVMS student and suspect you have COVID-19 symptoms or exposure, call the health clinic for phone triage and, if indicated, you will receive an appointment for testing in the drive-through site. This testing is not available to the public and can be obtained only with an appointment for those patients who screen positive as high risk for COVID-19.

All members of the EVMS community are advised to regularly check their institutional email for specific communication.

Students, Residents and Fellows Guidance

Last Updated: 03-23-2020 10:23 a.m.

School of Medicine: At the end of Spring Break, all M1 and M2 classes will transition to online instruction beginning Monday, March 23. As of March 16, all M3 and M4 students have been recalled from their clinical rotations. Find detailed guidance on the School of Medicine page.

School of Health Professions: All classes will transition to online instruction beginning Monday, March 16. Find detailed guidance on the School of Health Professions page.

All MD and Health Professions students are being recalled from all clinical rotations effective immediately and until further notice. See the most recent communication for updated information.

Graduate Medical Education: Senior residents and fellows will continue to be involved in evaluation and treatment of patients with suspected respiratory illness, including those suspected of [patient under investigation (PUI)] or confirmed as having COVID-19. Find detailed guidance for Graduate Medical Education here.

The Student Health Clinic will remain open. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to noon, with an option to schedule afternoon appointments. If you are an EVMS student and suspect you have COVID-19 symptoms or exposure, call the health clinic for phone triage and, if indicated, you will receive an appointment for testing in the drive-through site. This testing is not available to the public and can be obtained only with an appointment for those patients who screen positive as high risk for COVID-19.

Faculty and Staff Guidance

Last Updated: 03-18-2020 9:11 a.m.

  • As of March 16, some employees will now be considered for remote work. Your supervisor will determine whether you are essential personnel or if you can work effectively from home. You MUST have supervisory approval to begin working remotely.
  • Those who would like to pursue telecommuting should contact their supervisor. In case the situation changes quickly, please be prepared to work remotely by taking any and all necessary devices (laptop, phone and/or tablet) home with you each day.
  • Faculty and staff members who are feeling ill should stay home.
    Those needing support in shifting to online classes may contact Distance Education.
  • Please review guidelines for donning and doffing personal protective equipment.
  • Find more information on the Faculty and Staff page.

Meetings and Events

Last Updated: 03-26-2020 1:15 p.m.

  • In response to COVID-19 and evidence of its likely progression over the next few months, all institutionally sponsored events have either been postponed or canceled. EVMS Commencement will not take place as currently planned. The institution is exploring alternatives to mark this important occasion for the Class of 2020. We will communicate updates as we have them.
  • All meetings beginning March 17, 2020 are limited to 10 people in accordance with federal recommendations.
  • Meetings and events of any size should be reconsidered. Consider using teleconferencing as an alternative.
  • Consult with Business Management if you have any questions regarding canceling an event.
  • The President’s State of the School Address has been postponed.
  • Match Day: In light of the declaration of a state of emergency for Virginia and in keeping with our steadfast commitment to the health and wellbeing of the EVMS community, Match Day will not be held in the customary manner this year. An alternative plan to distribute match results will be forthcoming.
  • Find more information on the Meetings and Events page

Travel Restrictions

Last Updated: 03-13-2020 12:15 p.m.

Medical Information and Resources

Last Updated: 03-13-2020 12:16 p.m.

EVMS is the home of several institutional experts on infectious diseases. With their assistance, EVMS has provided several educational videos throughout the course of the pandemic as well as informational resources and media interviews. Find factual information about coronaviruses and COVID-19 and helpful resources.

Brickell Medical Sciences Library

Last Updated: 03-24-2020 4:26 p.m.

The Brickell Medical Sciences Library service desks are closed to walk in traffic until further notice.

  • New hours are posted on the library doors.
  • The facility remains accessible to EVMS students and affiliates 24/7; EVMS Security monitors access.
  • Reference services are accessible Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., by contacting individual librarians by phone, email or by emailing researchlibrarians@evms.edu.
  • Voicemail directs to the library’s webpage and the library’s general email address library@evms.edu
  • For document delivery, use your ILLiad account; for ILLiad, help contact illiad@evms.edu

Library users are reminded to space themselves according to guidelines (6 ft) and not congregate in groups larger than 10.

For General Information

Last Updated: 03-16-2020 11:15 a.m.

To be routed to the appropriate department for questions, please call the general switchboard at 757.446.5600