For Students – I feel sick: What do I do?

  • If you have severe or life-threatening symptoms (shortness of breath, persistent pain in your chest), call 911 or go to the emergency room.
  • If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and are living at home, isolate yourself and call your healthcare provider.
  • If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and are living in Winston-Salem, isolate yourself from others and seek medical evaluation through one of the following options:
    • Call the Student Health Service 336-758-5218 or email
    • Schedule an appointment at the Wake Forest Baptist Health Urgent Care 743-900-5908 and identify yourself as a Wake Forest student.
    • Off-campus students may call the Faculty/Staff Clinic at 743-223-4217.
  • If you have symptoms and have been tested for COVID-19 at an off-campus location, you should isolate.
    • If your receive a positive test and live on or off-campus, you will need to notify the University by emailing this information to immediately.
  • Current Student Health Service hours can be found on their homepage. Nurse triage is available after hours. Please email or call (336) 758-5218 to arrange an appointment.
  • If you are a student worker experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, test positive for COVID-19, or have been exposed to COVID-19, you should also inform your supervisor. Student workers must be cleared by the Student Health Service before returning to on-site work.

Follow protocols, even after a negative test

People infected with COVID-19, even those that don’t have any symptoms of illness, can spread the virus to others. If you believe you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, seek medical advice and follow these safety guidelines. Individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19 should quarantine for recommended number of days from their last exposure. While testing for COVID-19 after an exposure can help indicate if you have the virus, a negative test does not guarantee that you haven’t been infected, due to the incubation period of the virus. It is important to quarantine after an exposure to prevent the spread of infection to others even if your test is negative. It is important to consult with a medical professional to understand your test results.

If you are sick you should also follow these additional guidelines:

Stay at home or in your assigned isolation space:

Isolation and quarantine accommodations are provided by the University for students who live on or off campus. Visit for more information about this process.

Consult medical provider:

Stay in touch with your medical provider. If your symptoms worsen or change, contact them for advice. If you need an appointment, call first. If you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms, call 911.

Avoid public transportation:

Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.