COVID-19 Status

This page is updated daily on weekdays and on weekends if there is a change.

As of Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, Sweet Briar College has 0 active cases among the student body. There is 1 active case among employees. There are 3 contacts in quarantine. 

Faculty or staff who experience symptoms of COVID-19 or any other respiratory illness, should inform the Office of Human Resources at 434-381-6478 and contact their health care provider.

Students who experience symptoms should contact their resident advisor, resident coordinator or the Office of Student Life as well as their health care provider. Sweet Briar College will keep all medical information confidential and will only disclose it on a need-to-know basis.

COVID-19 Definitions


An individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.

People in isolation remain there for at least 10 days after their positive test, but they must also no longer be exhibiting symptoms before they can be released.


An individual who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive or has symptoms of COVID-19, but has not received a positive test result.

Any contact who goes into quarantine must complete the 14 days, even if they receive a negative test.

The number of cases in quarantine may go up or down as people enter and exit quarantine and some of these individuals may complete their 14-day quarantine and never receive a positive COVID-19 test.

Resolved cases

People who have had a positive test and have been in isolation, but have met the qualifications for leaving isolation. For that definition, please see the CDC website.

There are 8 resolved cases at Sweet Briar.

Close Contact

Being fewer than 6 feet away for more than 15 minutes from someone who tests positive for COVID-19.

Campus Community

Faculty, staff and students at Sweet Briar College. This includes faculty, staff and students who live off campus.

Vendors who come to campus are not included, though if you are in close contact with a vendor who tests positive, you would be contacted by VDH or Sweet Briar through contact tracing.


Someone who is experiencing symptoms, but who may or may not have been tested or ever be tested.

This would include people who indicate on the LiveSafe Health Screener that they have symptoms, for example. It is a highly variable number and is also unofficial, which is why it isn’t reported in the dashboard.


Students and other members of our community may get tested if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or if they’ve been informed that they have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed. COVID testing is available in the campus health clinic. To receive a test in the clinic, you must be:

  • Symptomatic
  • Have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive
  • Have another appropriate reason for testing

Testing in the on-campus clinic is available for students, faculty and staff on campus. If an employee lives off campus, but is on campus when it is determined they need a test, they may have that test done on campus. If someone is already off campus, however, we ask that they not return to campus to have a test. For off-campus testing, please visit the VDH website for a list of testing centers in the area.

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