Students: What to Do If You Have Symptoms of COVID-19?

If you feel ill or experience symptoms of COVID-19:

  •  Avoid all contact with others until you have been tested. Stay at home and in your room. Do not go to class, work, dining halls, events, etc.
  • Get a COVID-19 test as soon as possible after your symptoms begin; see section below for on-campus testing options. Your results for on campus testing  will be posted on your My Readiness page within a few hours to discuss your quarantine and isolation period.  If your test is positive, someone from Quarantine Support will reach out to you. If you receive a test off campus, please e-mail a screen shot of your positive test results to  Please contact for any questions regarding your quarantine and isolation period.
Managing Your Symptoms and Seeking Medical Care
  • Seek emergency medical care immediately (call 911) if you experience:
    • trouble breathing.
    • persistent pain or pressure in the chest.
    • new confusion.
    • inability to wake or stay awake.
    • pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone.
  • Most students experience mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms  that can be managed with over the counter medications and rest.  Most  student do not need to be evaluated by a medical provider unless their symptoms become worse or persist for several days.
  • If you feel like your symptoms warrant scheduling an appointment with a medical provider, you can schedule an appointment at Student Health Services or call 336-278-7230. Student Health Services appointments may fill quickly so it may be the next day before an appointment is available.
  • If Health Services is closed or all available appointments are taken, you can consult/visit one of the evening and weekend providers listed here. Note, due to current demand there may be long wait times. Cone Health offers a variety of virtual appointment options (with very small wait times).
  • If you need over the counter medications (fever reducer, cold symptoms, cough drops, throat lozenges) the Fountain Market (located on the first floor of Clohan Hall) offers a variety of over the counter medications. Also, students are eligible for a free SHIPT membership (supply may be limited) provided by SGA. Students can register for free same-day delivery from local stores, such as Harris Teeter, CVS, and Target (use your Elon email address to register). Many stores in the area also offer delivery options.

If you have questions, please consult the Healthy Elon website or call the Healthy Elon phone line at (336) 278-2020 (Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.)  After hours and weekends call Campus Safety and Police at (336) 278-5555 and ask to be connected to the Student Life Emergency Administrator on Call.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Walk-in testing is available at Student Health Services (Ellington Center) for students who are experiencing  symptoms of COVID-19; wait times and testing capacity may vary depending on demand. Students who develop symptoms should isolate until they can be tested and are urged to come as early as possible after their symptoms develop. Students who are experiencing these severe symptoms should seek medical attention immediately by calling 9-1-1.
    • Monday-Friday:  9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
  • Staff and Faculty who are experiencing symptoms or close contacts who may need a COVID-19 test can contact Faculty/Staff Wellness at (336) 278-5569 to schedule an appointment for testing.
  • Students, faculty, staff or visitors who may need to access an off campus testing site can go to the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) Find My Testing Site tool (Note: enter the university zip code – 27244)
  • At-home COVID-19 Testing Kits: NCDHHS is partnering with LabCorp to provide no-cost, at-home COVID-19 testing kits to North Carolina residents. If you are over the age of 2, experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or believe that you may have been exposed, you may order a testing kit directly from this page.