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Navigating COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases this semester

Emory has partnered with DeKalb County to offer three Test-and-Go kiosks, including this one near Emory Point on Clifton Road.

— Stephen Nowland/Emory Photo Video

As Emory community members start the spring semester, COVID-19, influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and other viruses remain prevalent.

Here’s what you need to know to start the new year:

COVID-19 testing

To help limit transmission of COVID-19, Emory University strongly recommends all campus members conduct regular COVID-19 testing during the semester.

Atlanta campus students who are symptomatic can schedule testing with a provider visit through the Student Health Patient Portal. Oxford students who are symptomatic should call the Oxford Student Health office at 770-784-8376 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. to schedule a test. For after hours and weekends, call 404-727-7551 and press “0” for the medical advice nurse. 

Other testing resources are available in metro Atlanta and Covington.

  • The Georgia Department of Public Health offers free testing sites across metro Atlanta and throughout Georgia.
  • provides helpful resources for accessing at-home tests.
  • Emory has partnered with DeKalb County to offer three Test-and-Go kiosks that can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Kiosks are located at:
    • Emory Point: Surface parking lot next to the CVS on Clifton Road
    • Emory Bookstore: Oxford Road in front of the Emory Bookstore
    • Oxford College: Whatcoat Street Building (Oxford Mail Center)
  • The Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) program, in partnership through Emory, provides free PCR tests for participants who are symptomatic. Participants should schedule their appointments in advance and will receive a gift card for their time.

If you test positive for COVID-19

If you test positive for COVID-19 on or off campus, isolate in place immediately and follow all instructions on Emory Forward’s What do I do if? page. You will be directed to complete a COVID-19 reporting form and will receive isolation procedures based your individual circumstances. Please follow this self-guided process and complete all directions until your isolation period has ended.


Vaccination remains the most important tool in our fight against COVID-19. Emory University requires all students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19, with certain exceptions allowed. Visit the Vaccine page on Emory Forward for more information on how to get vaccinated. 

Remember to get your flu shot too! It’s not too late to get your flu shot to help protect you this season. Flu shots can be scheduled through Student Health Services or be found at your local pharmacy or health care provider.

Here’s what you can do to start the spring semester:

  • Conduct regular COVID-19 testing during semester.
  • Get vaccinated for both COVID-19 and the flu.
  • Stay home and wear a mask when sick. If you test positive for COVID-19, follow the directions on Emory Forward.
  • Wash hands frequently and practice other important healthy behaviors.
  • Review Emory’s operating condition status and masking.

“As we launch into this new semester, please continue to follow all campus protocols and practice healthy behaviors. We wish all of you a safe, healthy and vibrant spring,” says Amir St. Clair, chief resilience officer.

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