COVID-19 Center

Current Status

last updated: 03/26/2024

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently changed its COVID-19 isolation guidance, effectively dropping the recommendation to isolate for five (5) days. It should be noted that the CDC has now lumped the guidance for COVID with other respiratory virus recommendations (influenza and RSV).

Given this new guidance, JWU community members no longer need to isolate for five (5) days after testing positive for COVID-19; however, all individuals should stay home and away from others when they have respiratory virus symptoms that include: fever, chills, fatigue, cough, runny nose and headache. Following these recommendations, students, faculty and staff can return to normal activities when, for at least 24 hours, both are true:

  • symptoms are getting better overall, and
  • you have not had a fever (and are not using fever-reducing medication).

Upon return to normal activities, individuals should take added precautions of wearing a mask and practice frequent handwashing. 

You can find more details and answers to common questions here, along with more CDC respiratory virus recommendations.

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Health & Safety

Johnson & Wales University remains committed to mitigating the risks of COVID-19 and maintaining a positive campus community and online environment for living, learning and working. 

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All JWU community members must follow these guidelines each and every day.

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“We have found many creative and fun ways to stay connected and engaged ... Let’s do our part to keep our campuses open and keep each other safe.”

- Chancellor Mim L. Runey, LP.D.

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Universitywide FAQs

What is the university's protocol?

The university is recommending but not requiring COVID-19 shots for students, faculty, & staff. The university continues to follow state guidance in terms of mask-wearing. Students who test positive throughout the academic year will be instructed to isolate in place and to mask for an additional five days after isolation has ended. Masking is not required on campus but is a great way to reduce the transmission of all viruses; masks will still be required in Health Services offices if you have any respiratory or GI complaint, and/or at the discretion of the provider or nurse.

What is the guidance for wearing a mask while on campus?

Mask-wearing, regardless of an individual’s vaccination status, is optional on our campus and no longer required inside or outside buildings. Please be advised that anyone who feels more comfortable wearing a mask (a KN95 mask is recommended) on campus is supported in doing so. We also encourage all students, faculty and staff to continue carrying masks on them. Please note: the university still requires masks in Health Services offices if you have any respiratory or GI complaint, and/or at the discretion of the provider or nurse.

Can I do an at-home test?

You can.

Once you've taken an at-home test, here's what you should do:

  • Take a picture of the test strip.
    • If there is room on your test strip, write your name and the date you took the test on it.
    • If there isn’t room on the test strip, write just the date you took the test on the test strip. Then write your name on a piece of paper and take a picture of both the test strip and the paper with your information on it in one photo.
  • Submit your photo to Health Services via the Medicat Portal

If you are a student on the Providence Campus and your result is positive, call Health Services at 401-598-1104 or 401-598-1151. Health Services will instruct you on quarantine/isolation guidelines and assist you with any questions you may have. Positive or negative, you should also submit your result to the Rhode Island Department of Health by going to and filling out the required fields.

If you are a student on the Charlotte Campus and your result is positive, email Health Services ( with your best contact information and any information about symptoms, course of illness, and contacts. Health Services will contact you by phone to provide instructions on quarantine/isolation guidelines and assist you with any questions you may have.

*This does not apply to JWU employees (faculty and staff) who are unvaccinated. They must continue to be tested on-campus or in another monitored testing situation.


How can I upload off-site test results to share with the university?

Once you have your test results from either a medical provider or testing site (or an at-home test), you should:

  • Submit a photo of those results to Health Services via the Medicat Portal


What is the university's requirement on COVID-19 booster shots?

At this time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintains that vaccines are still the best public health measure to protect people from COVID-19, slow transmission, and reduce the likelihood of new variants emerging. Right now, about 95 percent of our Providence campus population is fully vaccinated. Boosters are still an important part of this process and are strongly encouraged as you are eligible for them.

Students are required to upload their medical records of their COVID-19 vaccination into the Medicat Student Patient Portal. The university will not accept student vaccination records via email.

To upload medical records verifying COVID-19 vaccinations, visit and follow these steps:

  • Enter your JWU log in
  • Once the portal is open, click Upload
  • Select 2019 Novel Coronavirus (Covid 19), NAA (Third Party) from the drop down menu
  • To upload take a photo or screenshot of your vaccination card with your phone, email that to yourself, open your email up on your computer, then you can drag/drop or browse for the file that you would then upload to the portal.

Faculty and staff are required to provide Human Resources with a copy of their vaccination card.

Anyone who has been granted an exemption from this requirement for medical or religious reasons will continue to be required to go through sentinel testing.