COVID-19 has reached new stages as vaccination, testing availability, treatments and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to evolve. Being up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations remains the best protection against serious disease and death.
S&T encourages all students, faculty and staff to be up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccination.
Local pharmacies and the Phelps/Maries County Health Department offer COVID-19 vaccinations by appointment. Please visit their websites for more information.
Visit vaccines.gov to find a COVID-19 vaccine near you by searching for vaccine offered, zip code, and search radius.
If you were vaccinated outside of the U.S. with a World Health Organization listed vaccination, the CDC recommends you receive an mRNA COVID-19 vaccination (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) booster dose(s) when eligible.
If you have common cold-like symptoms (nasal congestion, sore throat, cough), fever, loss of or change in taste or smell or are worried you might have COVID-19, isolate and get tested. Student Health offers COVID-19 testing to students by appointment or online through the Patient Portal. Call 573-341-4284 to schedule an appointment. Student Health prefers you be evaluated if you are ill as there could be other reasons for illness, but if you have a home COVID-19 test, follow the manufacturer’s directions. If you have symptoms, the recommendation is to continue to isolate and repeat a home test in 24-48 hours if the first test is negative and you still have symptoms.
Local pharmacies such as CVS and Walgreens also offer COVID-19 testing by appointment. Visit their websites for more information. Local urgent care clinics at Phelps Health Immediate Care, Mercy Convenient Care, Rolla Family Clinic, Four Rivers Community Health Center offer COVID-19 testing, but you may incur an office visit charge.
Locate a COVID-19 testing site here.
Masks can help protect you and others from COVID-19. You may choose to wear a mask or respirator in certain situations, such as when you are with people at higher risk for severe illness, if you are at higher risk for severe illness, if community transmission is high, and of course, if you have symptoms of illness. Learn more about different types of masks and respirators here.
Masks are still required in Student Health Services.
If you tested positive for COVID-19 and are in isolation. View a helpful document here: Isolation Information (Updated August 2023)
If you have symptoms of or are worried you might have Covid-19 (these are typically mild common cold-like or allergy symptoms). Isolate and get tested.
If you have been exposed to someone who tests positive for or is suspected of having COVID-19, you may come to campus wearing a mask. Please follow the Close Contact Notification (Updated August 2023) information based on CDC guidance.
Influenza cases typically occur November through March and can cause prolonged fever and missed academics. Student Health Services offers the influenza vaccine to students by appointment and can bill insurance for this. Pharmacies and clinics also offer influenza vaccines. Influenza vaccines are typically given starting in September through February, but best to get by November each year.
(Last updated 8/17/23)