Student Health Service is committed to safeguard the health of our students in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidelines below are designed to help you navigate these complex circumstances.

COVID-19 Guidelines

Before Arriving on Campus for ALL Students

Students should perform daily health screenings for infectious illnesses, including COVID-19 before they arrive to campus and/or clinical rotations. Students with signs or symptoms of infectious illness should stay home, isolate away from others, and call Student Health Service to schedule a video visit at 909-558-8770.

Students should stay home if they have any of the following symptoms (not including a chronic medical condition such as migraines, asthma, IBS/colitis, or premenstrual syndrome):

  • Fever (temperature ≥ 100.0˚F) or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Sore throat 
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Not feeling well

Students who are unvaccinated or not fully-vaccinated and who have had close contact* with a known/suspected COVID-19 case, should stay home and call Student Health Service to schedule a video visit at 909-558-8770.

Individuals are considered fully-vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

Students who do not meet these requirements, regardless of age, are NOT fully-vaccinated. Students should continue all precautions until they are fully-vaccinated.

* Close contact is defined as being near someone greater than 15 minutes and at a distance less than 6 feet. This includes interaction during the time period of 48 hours prior to symptom development in the suspected/confirmed patient.

Students with certain medical conditions may be more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19. Students with the following high-risk conditions are encouraged to make an appointment with Student Health Service at 909-558-8770:

  • Cancer 
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Chronic Lung Diseases
    • COPD
    • Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
    • Interstitial Lung Disease
    • Cystic Fibrosis
    • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Dementia or other Neurological Conditions
  • Diabetes (Type 1 or Type 2)
  • Down Syndrome
  • Heart Conditions
    • Heart Failure
    • Coronary Artery Disease
    • Cardiomyopathies
    • Hypertension
  • HIV Infection
  • Immunocompromised State (weakened immune system)
  • Liver Disease
  • Overweight (BMI >25) and Obesity (BMI ≥30)
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle Cell Disease or Thalassemia 
  • Smoking, Current or Former
  • Solid Organ or Blood Stem Cell Transplant
  • Stroke or Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Any other reason to believe you are at elevated risk due to an underlying health condition

For more information, please visit the CDC website

COVID-19 Vaccine

We expect all of our students to be fully-vaccinated against COVID-19.

Students who need to schedule an appointment or view vaccine locations, may visit: https://lluh.org/vaccine. Appointments are required. No walk-ins available.

Shuttle Services are available to most vaccine sites. For more information, please view the Shuttle Service Map or contact Transportation Services at (909) 651-3020 or ext. 53020.

International students vaccinated outside of the United States should refer to Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of COVID-19 Vaccines Currently Authorized in the United States for the need for vaccinations upon arrival in the United States.

Students who need to obtain a digital copy of their COVID-19 vaccine record may do so through the CDPH.

Please note:

  • TB testing can be done before or at the same time as a COVID-19 vaccination, or otherwise delayed for ≥4 weeks after the completion of a COVID-19 vaccination.
  • COVID-19 vaccination can be administered at the same time as other vaccinations and/or other vaccinations may be administered without time limits after the COVID-19 vaccine. Required vaccinations should not be delayed because of COVID-19 vaccination.
  • If your PPD and/or other vaccines required for a clinical rotation had to be delayed due to the administration of your COVID-19 vaccine, please email studenthealth@llu.edu

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/clinical-considerations.html

Before Arriving on Campus for International Students

International Students (meaning non-citizens on LLU-sponsored student visas) should inform the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) (at intlstdsrv@llu.edu or phone 909-558-4955) of their arrival date in the U.S. as soon as their travel itinerary has finalized.

International travelers living on-campus in the residence halls should contact their facility dean and inform {or provide a copy of their flight itinerary} of their arrival date to the U.S.

For more information related to travel during the COVID-19 Pandemic, please monitor CDC and CDPH guidance

International students vaccinated outside of the United States should refer to Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of COVID-19 Vaccines Currently Authorized in the United States for the need for vaccinations upon arrival in the United States.

Upon Arrival to Campus- Expectations for ALL Students

We expect all of our students to be fully-vaccinated against COVID-19. Students who are returning to in-person classroom and/or clinical activities may be required to show proof of vaccination. Under California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and CDC guidance, all students regardless of vaccination status are required to wear a mask indoors.

Students choosing to not receive the COVID-19 vaccine or those who do not meet fully-vaccinated CDC guidance, must remain fully masked at all times indoors and maintain physical distancing.

Students in a clinical or patient care setting as part of your program may be expected to show proof of vaccination at each site and will need to wear a face covering regardless of vaccination status.

Cloth masks are acceptable in academic/non-clinical areas. Surgical masks and/or other appropriate PPE (based on level of interaction) are required in patient care and clinical areas.

All students are encouraged to practice the following preventive measures:

  • Frequent and appropriate hand hygiene
  • Utilize proper cough/sneeze etiquette
  • Self-screen daily for symptoms and exposures
  • Consistent and correct use of masks, for those who meet criteria
  • Physical distancing, for those who meet criteria
  • Assist with frequent disinfection of common and high traffic areas and surfaces

Loma Linda University will continue to utilize the following prevention strategies to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Offering and promoting COVID-19 vaccination
  • Contact tracing combined with isolation and quarantine
  • Increased ventilation
  • Increased cleaning
  • Maintaining communication
  • Promoting health equity

CDC and CDPH guidance changes often. Protection strategies are affected by the level of community transmission, COVID-19 vaccine coverage, local outbreaks, and increasing trends. In substantial to high transmission of COVID-19, LLU may implement physical distancing and mask use indoors for all students, regardless of vaccine status.

Upon Arrival to Campus- Guidelines for Dormitory students

All students, regardless of vaccine status, must wear a face covering in the dormitory unless they are in their private room.

Students who develop COVID-like symptoms should wear a mask in their private room and notify their RA/Dean of Women/Dean of Men to ensure proper quarantine/isolation precautions are followed.

Quarantine is not required for high-risk or international travel. For specific questions/concerns regarding your travel, please contact Student Health Service at 909-558-8770 or via email at COVID19_Student_Health@llu.edu.

Students with Symptoms and/or Exposures

Student Health Service provides care for students who are located in the state of California.  Students currently located outside the state, should consult their primary care provider in their home state. 

Symptoms:

Student Health Service serves as your primary care location to manage any COVID-like symptoms. Please call the office at  909-558-8770 for a video visit.  Do not come in person for symptom assessment. Be sure to proactively limit your contact with others until you have contacted Student Health Service for determination of whether isolation is needed. 

  • Mild symptoms - call our office during regular week day hours to be scheduled for a video visit.
  • Severe symptoms - Call 911 or go to emergency services to be evaluated. If possible, notify them ahead of time of possible COVID-19 infection.
    • Severe symptoms include, but are not limited to: trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds.

COVID-19 Testing:

COVID-19 testing is available to students who meet testing criteria. This is determined during your video visit with one of our providers.

Required Notification for a Suspected COVID-19 Infection:

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued new guidance on reporting suspected COVID-19 infections for students enrolled in clinical rotations. We are required to report this information to CDPH on an ongoing basis.

  • If you are isolating because of a suspected COVID-19 infection that has not yet been confirmed, please email Student Health Service at COVID19_Student_Health@llu.edu.
  • Please include the location where you complete your clinical rotation/field work.

Exposures*:

Unvaccinated or not fully-vaccinated students who suspect they have been exposed* should call Student Health Service at 909-558-8770 to schedule a video visit with a provider.  A same day appointment is preferred, but if the exposure is over the weekend, make sure you proactively limit your contact with others until you have contacted Student Health Service for determination of whether quarantine is needed.

  • Clinical rotations - if appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) is worn while interacting with a COVID-19 positive individual, this does not constitute an exposure and typically does not require quarantine or testing. If there is a failure or breach of PPE, please contact Student Health Service for a video visit with a provider.
  • Classes/Community - if you were exposed* to a confirmed COVID-19 case in class or community, please contact Student Health Service for a video visit with a provider. If the exposure occurs on an evening or weekend, limit your contact with others and follow up with Student Health Service on the next business day.

* Exposures/close contact is defined as being near someone greater than 15 minutes and at a distance less than 6 feet. This includes interaction during the time period 48 hours prior to symptom development in the suspected/confirmed patient.

Exposed or Not Exposed?
Vaccinated students with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria: 

  • Are fully-vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine) 
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure 

Students who have been exposed to an asymptomatic individual who had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 positive case, are not considered exposed.

Students who are living with a person who has been quarantined (without symptoms), are not considered exposed.

View the COVID-19 exposure flowchart (PDF) for clinical and non-clinical settings.

LLU Student Return-to-Campus/Clinical Criteria

For comprehensive details on Loma Linda University's COVID-19 pandemic response, please view our full COVID-19 prevention plan (PDF).