COVID-19 Status

Sweet Briar is no longer updating case counts. With the wide availability of rapid home testing, case counts have become a less reliable method of measuring community spread.

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 should contact the student life office or the Office of the Dean.


COVID-19 Definitions


An individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. Wondering how long you need to be in isolation? Ask Jodi Canfield or use this handy calculator!



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. Wondering how long you need to be in quarantine? Ask Jodi Canfield or use this handy calculator!

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 102 resolved cases at Sweet Briar (this includes cases from the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020).

Close Contact

CDC definition: Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.

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.


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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