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COVID-19 Updates & Information

Emory & Henry College is constantly monitoring this situation and the latest COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) updates will be posted here.

These updates include information provided by the college’s task force actively monitoring the local and global status of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). The health and safety of the Emory & Henry community is our highest priority. We are committed to providing updates, further developments and any other changes.

Please check back to this website for the latest information, updates and announcements.


Emory & Henry College will move fully online for the rest of the Spring 2020 Academic Semester.

View the latest Emory & Henry Campus Updates


General Questions

  • What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

    There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans.

    Symptoms* of Coronavirus include:
    Patients with COVID-19 have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms include:

    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath
  • How can I help protect myself from COVID-19?

    There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The Centers for Disease Control always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of flu and respiratory illnesses, including:

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Wash your hands.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Has anyone been infected at Emory & Henry College?

    No cases of COVID-19 have been reported among the Emory & Henry College community.

  • Where can I go for medical advice?

    Emory & Henry maintains an outpatient health center and provides outpatient medical treatment for minor illness and injury. Members of the Emory & Henry community with questions or concerns are encouraged to contact the College Health Center at 276-944-6219.

    You can also view outside resources in the direct area for more information.

  • Are there any travel restrictions?

    Check the CDC’s Traveler’s Health Notices for the latest guidance and recommendations for each country to which you will travel. Specific travel information for travelers going to and returning from China, and information for aircrew, can be found on the CDC website.

    Emory & Henry College does not have students studying abroad in areas identified with the highest concentration of cases. Students, faculty and staff are the top priority. There currently are no summer trips planned to the locations impacted.

    See the communication updates for further information in regards to travel.

  • How will I know if there is a case of COVID-19 at E&H or in Southwest Virginia?
    If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 (coronavirus) at E&H or in Southwest Virginia, county health officials will provide an initial notice and E&H will follow in communicating to students, faculty, and staff.
  • What will happen if there is a confirmed case on campus?

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocols will be followed in the event there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 (coronavirus) on campus. Individuals who have had close contact with the patient will be contacted and monitored by the Washington County Health Department/Mount Rogers Health District with E&H’s full support.

For more information and details see our FAQs page.