Updates and Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
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Community Health and Resilience

The community health team leverages evidence-based strategies to reduce the impact of illness on student success by facilitating layered prevention behaviors, understanding campus disease patterns, and advancing community resilience to public health emergencies.

Health & Illness Support

Staying home while you are ill is an important way to prevent the spread of illness in the community. For guidance on self-isolation, instructor notifications, and other support related to health or illness related absences, fill out the Health & Illness Support Form by following the link below.

Health & Illness Support Form

COVID-19 Vaccination

Widespread vaccination significantly reduces your risk from infectious diseases and the risk of spread in the community and households. Vaccination is the best action you can take to protect yourself and others. For vaccination resources and appointments, follow the link below.

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources and Appointments

Health Surveillance & Illnesses of Concern

The community health team monitors disease patterns on campus to provide campus with the best guidance possible and better understand how illness spreads in our community. Click on the dropdown menu below for more information about some of the illnesses of concern on a college campus.

The current COVID-19 community transmission level is medium.
Click here to see what that means for you.

COVID-19 is a highly contagious viral infection with a wide range of symptoms including fever and chills, cough and congestion, headache, sore throat, nausea and diarrhea, and loss of taste or smell. If you have these or other unexplained symptoms, you should stay home from class, seek testing, and consider masking if you must be in close contact with others. Some people may be at an increased risk of serious COVID-19 disease, but anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. Staying up-to-date with vaccines and boosters is the best way to prevent serious COVID-19 illness.

While the ways in which we live with COVID-19 are changing, the university continues to take its responsibility to respond to outbreaks and give students the tools to protect themselves seriously.

Read more about the viruses that cause COVID-19, the university’s response, and community resources here.

Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness characterized by fever, cough, and other respiratory symptoms. Most people have a mild illness and are able to recover at home, but flu can be serious in some and is responsible for seasonal epidemics. Annual vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and your community from influenza.

Read more about influenza and campus and community resources here.

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. In 2022, the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began tracking a global outbreak of monkeypox. Generally, person to person transmission occurs through close, skin to skin contact or through touching items (like clothing, bed linens, and towels) that previously touched the infectious rash.  

Your risk from monkeypox is low. Monkeypox does not spread easily between people and is not as contagious as other diseases that have caused public health emergencies, like COVID-19. Respiratory transmission is possible but requires prolonged face-to-face or intimate contact. Some groups may be at elevated risk for exposure to monkeypox, but anyone in close contact with a person with monkeypox can get it and should take steps to protect themselves. People who do not have monkeypox symptoms cannot spread the virus to others. 

Symptoms of Monkeypox include skin rash, fever, chills, headache, muscle and back ache, exhaustion, and swollen lymph nodes. Symptoms usually begin within three weeks of infection and last for 2-4 weeks. In almost all cases, symptoms go away on their own. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should stay home from class and schedule an appointment with a healthcare provider.  

If you are diagnosed with monkeypox, avoid being intimate with anyone and take a break from events involving close skin-to-skin contact until your rash is fully healed and fresh skin has formed. If you are exposed to monkeypox, vaccines are available through the Knox County Health Department. 

Testing is available at the Student Health Center and through Knox County Health Department. Contact the Student Health Triage Nurse at (865) 974-5080 or KCHD at (865) 215-5093. 

Read more on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website

Student Health Center
Division of Student Life

1800 Volunteer Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37996-3102
Phone: 865-974-3135