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

State COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

On July 26, 2021, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) ordered that the vaccination status of all healthcare workers, including students and trainees, must be verified. On August 5, 2021, CDPH ordered that healthcare workers, including students and trainees, must have their first vaccine dose of a one-dose regimen or their second dose of a two-dose regimen by September 30, 2021. Loma Linda University Health operates state-licensed hospitals and clinics, and as such, we must comply with all California Department of Public Health requirements.

Below is information about how LLUH/LLU will comply with the CDPH orders.

Submitting vaccine forms

As a student, you will have to submit a form attesting to your COVID-19 vaccine status (you may be exempt from the vaccination requirements based on religious beliefs or qualifying medical reasons). You can find the required forms using our online system. First, log in off campus or log in on campus, then follow the appropriate steps below. You may need to set up multi-factor authentication (MFA) to log in — view our MFA setup guide (PDF).

Attest to your vaccine status

You will be asked to attest to your vaccine status via email, or you may use our online system:

  • Respond to the prompts and fill in your vaccine information
  • Upload a copy of your COVID-19 vaccination card

Submit a medical exemption

  • Download the medical exemption form
  • Call Student Health Service at 909-558-8770 to schedule an appointment
  • Have the form completed and signed by a Student Health Service physician, nurse practitioner, or other licensed medical professional practicing under the license of a physician stating that you qualify for the exemption (the statement should not describe the underlying medical condition or disability) and indicating the probable duration of your inability to receive the vaccine (or if the duration is unknown or permanent, so indicate)

Submit a religious exception

  • Respond to the prompts and complete the religious exception form

Submit an exception as an exclusively remote (online) student

  • Respond to the prompts and complete the COVID-19 exception form

Submit an exception as a student who does not participate in patient care

  • Respond to the prompts and complete the COVID-19 exception form

Testing for students who are not fully vaccinated

Testing is required for students who are not fully vaccinated and participate in patient care. If you wish, you may schedule a vaccine appointment.

  • Twice weekly testing applies to those individuals who participate in:
    • Acute healthcare or long-term care settings (i.e. inpatient hospital settings)
  • Once weekly testing applies to:
    • All other areas where healthcare occurs and is performed by healthcare workers, including students and trainees, as defined by the state

Please watch for email communication from Student Health Service on how to pick up your specimen kits and pre-printed labels.

Student COVID-19 Testing Process

Students who need to undergo COVID-19 testing will be notified by email. Please follow these steps to complete your testing:

  1. Pick up a COVID-19 self-swab test kit and specimen label at the Student Health Service office in Evans Hall, suite 111.
  2. Self-swab your nasal passages — for help, view CDC guide (PDF). Specimens should be collected at your residence, in your car or outdoors.
  3. Adhere the label to your specimen.
  4. Drop off your specimen at the Medical Center Clinical Lab, room 1743 (view additional available lab locations below).
  5. Check for results in MyChart.
  6. If positive, please stay home, isolate away from others and call Student Health Service at 909-558-8770 to schedule a video visit.
  7. Follow the return-to-campus criteria (PDF)

Additional Lab Drop-Off Locations

Medical Center
11234 Anderson St., Suite 1712, Loma Linda, CA 92354
909-558-4400
Open 24/7
 
Surgical Hospital
26780 Barton Road, Suite L279, Redlands, CA 92373
909-558-4400
Open 24/7

Medical Center – East Campus
25333 Barton Road, Loma Linda, CA 92354
909-558-4400
Open 24/7
 
Medical Center – Murrieta
28078 Baxter Road, Suite 130, Murrieta, CA 92563
909-558-4400
Monday - Thursday: 6:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Friday: 6:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Closed for lunch 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Closed on weekends

LLUH – Beaumont/Banning
81 South Highland Springs Ave., Suite 203, Beaumont, CA 92223
909-849-3962
Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Closed on weekends

250 E. Caroline St., Suite C, San Bernardino, CA 92408
909-651-1927
Monday - Thursday: 8 - 5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed on weekends

Faculty Medical Clinics (FMC)
11370 Anderson St., Suite 1400, Loma Linda, CA 92354
909-558-4400
Monday - Thursday: 5:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 5:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 7 - 1 p.m.

Professional Plaza
25455 Barton Road, Suite 104A, Loma Linda, CA 92354
909-558-4400
Monday - Friday: 6:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Closed for lunch 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Closed on weekends

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 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 a COVID-19 vaccine should call Student Health Service at 909 558-8770. Appointments are required. No walk-ins available.

Additional vaccine locations are available at: 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:

  • COVID-19 vaccination should not be delayed because of testing for TB infection. Testing for TB infection with one of the immune-based methods, either the TST or an IGRA, can be done before, after, or during the same encounter as COVID-19 vaccination.

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*:

All students, regardless of vaccine status, 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.

Student Health Service is responsible for case investigation and contact tracing for all students. When Student Health Service is notified that someone has tested positive for or been diagnosed with COVID-19, Student Health Service notifies close contacts of the exposure, in accordance with applicable privacy and other laws. Notification is sent via LLU email.

* 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 a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection may qualify for a shortened quarantine.

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).