COVID-19 Evaluation and Testing

Student Health Services provides evaluation, diagnostic testing, and healthcare for students who experience symptoms of COVID-like illness. Students who have concerns about isolation or exposure guidelines can call Student Health Services (703-993-2831) for advice.

Visit our COVID-19 Isolation Guidance webpage for answers to frequently asked questions such as “what do I do if I test positive” or “what if I am a close contact.” Be prepared for COVID illness, have at least 2 at-home COVID self-test kits available as well as face masks. You can purchase these items from most local retail stores or online retailers –  such as grocery stores, pharmacies, CVS, Walgreens, WalMart, Target, Amazon, etc…

Symptoms of COVID-19

Symptoms of COVID-19 include, but are not limited to:
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
Congestion or runny nose

If you are showing any of these emergency warning signs of COVID-19, seek emergency medical care immediately:
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

This list does not include every emergency symptom. Call your healthcare provider to discuss any other severe or concerning symptoms.

If you have symptoms of COVID

  1. Stay home or in your residence hall room. Separate yourself from others (isolate). Wear a face mask if you must be around others.
  2. Take a rapid at-home COVID antigen test.
    • If the result is positive, click here and follow these steps.
    • If the result is negative, continue to isolate and wear a mask around others. Then, 48 hours later take another at-home COVID test. If both results are negative, you do not need to isolate. You may continue to wear a mask if you are having symptoms to avoid spreading other illness to others.

Call Student Health Services at 703-993-2831 to speak with a nurse if your symptoms are getting worse or if you have concerns about symptoms. You can also call if you have questions about test results. After-hours, follow prompts to reach the free nurse advice service.

Student Health COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing

By appointment only.  Student Health provides rapid point-of-care and PCR testing (nasal swab) for current COVID-19 infection. Diagnostic testing is for students who are symptomatic. Call Student Health at 703-993-2831 to schedule an appointment.

Not near campus? Your provider can refer you to a local testing location.

COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments

COVID-19 vaccines are available to everyone age 6 months and older. Vaccination appointments for primary series and booster vaccination are available at Mason and are open to those ages 12 and older. These appointments are not managed by Student Health Services.

Vaccination at Mason