Health Protocols

The University of Louisville has responded to the pandemic by implementing multiple protocols and procedures to keep students, faculty and staff safe and healthy on campus.





Health and safety protocols

UofL has established the following health and safety protocols for all university members to follow while on any university campus. Additionally, all university members are expected to stay in compliance with state and federal safety guidelines.

    1. Wear a mask or face covering in common areas and avoid touching your face.*
    2. Practice physical distancing.
    3. Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow or a tissue then throw that tissue in the trash.
    4. Disinfect used surfaces and frequently touched objects.
    5. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    6. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not readily available.
    7. Stay home if you are feeling sick and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
*Masks should be worn over the nose and mouth.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you should:
    • Stay at home.
    • Notify Campus Health at 502-852-6479   Campus Health will provide students, faculty and staff guidance on isolation and testing.
    • Contact your medical provider.
    • If you are an employee, notify your supervisor.

Even if you decide to seek care from your own medical provider, or test positive at an at-home test, be sure to inform Campus Health so the university can effectively track COVID-19 cases and ensure proper quarantine or isolation procedures for our campus community.

Additional information for admissions visitors

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Campus procedures

Masks are required in public, indoor spaces on campus. Starting Jan. 10, any Cardinal who would like to have a KN95 mask can pick up one at the following locations: Student Recreation Center, Student Activity Center - Welcome Center East, Admissions, Libraries, Student Success Center - BAB, Cultural Center and International Center, SGA Leadership, and Shelby campus administration. See the Mask FAQs for questions about masks and proper care for KN95 masks.

Training videos, hosted on our Safe Colleges training module platform, will be emailed to all university members. The training videos will cover university actions and individual responsibilities for a safe spring semester. 

Physical Plant will conduct cleaning, enhanced cleaning and disinfection practices, in accordance with CDC guidelines, of frequently occupied spaces and frequently touched surfaces. 

Events and meetings on campus are encouraged to provide virtual attendance options when possible. Event organizers should follow the UofL Department and Student Organization Event Approval Guidelines. If meeting/event/class presenters can achieve six feet or more of physical distance from all masked attendees, presenters are allowed to remove their mask for the extent of their presentation/speech/lecture. 

Travel guidelines are located in the Travel Guidelines section of this site's homepage. 

More Information

Operations Support Documents

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Testing program

Symptomatic Testing Program 

If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID please contact either Campus Health Center to schedule symptomatic testing and/or evaluation.   

Cardinal Station Health Center (Main Campus)   852-6479

HSC Campus Health Center  852-6446 

Continuously Staffed Weekday Testing Locations for the Spring 2022 Semester

During non-mandatory testing periods the follow testing locations are available for asymptomatic testing.  

Non-Mandatory Testing Periods Testing Locations

These sites will be available weekdays

throughout the semester for asymptomatic testing

Student Rec Center lobby            2030   South 4th Street 

HSC Abell Building, Room 108     Abraham Flexner Way

Required testing periods

The university is resuming its required testing program for the spring 2022 semester. Students, faculty and staff who are not fully vaccinated and are on campus will be required to get tested multiple times with UofL’s testing provider, Bluewater Diagnostic Laboratory (Bluewater Lab). The required testing periods and locations are as follows:

Mandatory Testing Periods  Testing Locations

January 10 to 21

Student Rec. Center, Student Activity Center, Abell Bldg.

February 14 to 25

Student Rec. Center, Student Activity Center, Abell Bldg.

March 21 to April 1

Student Rec. Center, Student Activity Center, Abell Bldg.

April 11 to 22

Student Rec. Center, Student Activity Center, Abell Bldg.

Additional testing periods may be added based on vaccination percentages and the number of positive cases on campus.

Testing locations and times are subject to change. Refer to your appointment confirmation email for the exact time and location details. If you are feeling symptoms of COVID-19, do not get tested at the above testing locations; instead, schedule a testing appointment with Campus Health Services’ Health Office by calling 852-6479. Non-compliance with the required testing program may result in denied access to campus facilities, classrooms, offices, programs, residence facilities, activities and services.The Dean of Students Office will handle student non-compliance issues, HR will handle staff non-compliance issues, and Faculty Affairs will handle faculty non-compliance issues.

Schedule a test with Bluewater Lab --  Updated 10/20/2021

Bluewater has updated its registration system to improve the registration and reporting process.  Once you register for testing you don't need to select an appointment.  You just walk in for a test when every you need one.   To Register: 

               Bluewater QR Code
    • Enter your personal information and upload you insurance card and click submit. 
    • You will see a screen confirming that you have completed the registration process.  
    • You simply walk-in to any Bluewater collection site of campus WHENEVER you need a test once you are registered.  No need to schedule an appointment. 
    • Text notification of test results occurs within 72 hours but generally are available in 24-48 hours.   

Submit off-campus testing proof
If you are an unvaccinated Cardinal, you are required to get tested during each of the university's spring testing periods. While on-campus testing is highly preferred, if you choose to get tested with an off-campus testing provider, you must upload proof of that testing within the required testing period by following the instructions below. At-home testing kits are not regarded by Campus Health.

  1. Have an image of your test results ready to upload in jpg, png or pdf format
  2. Go to and sign in with your university ID information.
  3. If it's your first time using the portal, click on the "Profile" tab and fill in all your contact information.
  4. If it's your first time using the portal, click on the "Medical Clearance" tab and make sure you've filled out and submitted the "NPP & Agree to Treat 2021" digital form
  5. You should now be on the main page of the Campus Health Patient Portal.
  6. Select “Enter My COVID-19 Test Results" button in the center of the screen  
  7. Enter the test date  and result under the appropriate COVID-19 test (PCR, Rapid Antigen)
  8. Click UPLOAD under the  "COVID-19 Test Results Upload"  
  9. Attach appropriate image file and click OK. 
  10. Log out of the portal.  
For questions or issues with uploading your proof of testing from an off-campus testing provider, contact .

What to bring and expect at testing appointments

Bring your current university ID and your medical insurance card to your testing appointment. If you do not have medical insurance, be prepared to provide your social security number to testing officials. Be sure to wear a mask upon arrival to the testing sites and practice physical distancing while waiting. Please exit the testing site immediately following your test. Your results will be emailed or texted to you within three business days. If you test positive for COVID-19, you will receive a call. There is no out-of-pocket cost for students, faculty or staff.*

*Employees who are on a UofL Health plan and utilize the on-campus COVID-19 testing through Bluewater may have received an Explanation of Benefits from Anthem indicating they owe something for their test. If you receive this, please disregard it. Any outstanding balance due will be handled between Anthem and Bluewater. Also, please remember to present your Anthem card at your testing appointment.

Testing types
There are three basic types of COVID-19 testing: molecular, antigen and antibody testing. These tests are not interchangeable.

    • Molecular (also known PCR, RT-PCR, genetic) testing is a diagnostic test that detects genetic material of the virus and can continue detecting it for weeks to months following an initial infection. UofL's testing vendor, Bluewater Lab, conducts molecular testing for all university members who are asymptomatic (not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19).
    • Antigen testing is a diagnostic test that determines if viral coat proteins are present, which is associated with an active coronavirus infection. Antigen testing will only confirm you are positive for COVID-19 if you are currently shedding the virus.  Campus Health Services provides antigen testing to rapidly test symptomatic university members. After an initial infection, antigen testing will only remain positive for about a week.
    • Antibody testing shows if you’ve been infected in the past. Campus Health Services sends antibody testing to their reference lab on a case-by-case basis.

It is important to note you can test positive by one type of testing (such as molecular) and test negative by another type (such as antigen). Discrepancies between test results do not mean your test was performed incorrectly or another test is more accurate. If you have previously had COVID-19, you can continue shedding very low levels of coronavirus genetic material which can be detected through molecular testing for months following your initial infection's active period. This does not mean that you are infectious or capable of transmitting the virus. Per the CDC, these low levels of detectable genetic material have not been associated with the production of functional virus; therefore, those individuals are not considered infectious. An antigen test will only confirm you are positive for COVID-19 if you are currently shedding the virus. After contracting COVID-19, an antigen test will not remain positive for months the way a molecular test will.

Take a look at this FDA testing guide to learn more about the three different forms of basic COVID-19 testingFor more details on UofL's testing program, read the Testing and Tracing FAQs.

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Get Vaccinated

Campus Health Services will be providing COVID vaccines and boosters during the month of January according to the following schedule.  For fastest service, please preregister to receive your vaccine.  Link to registration information at bottom of table.    

Date Day  Campus Building Time
Jan 5 Wed HSC HCOC 10-3
Jan 6 Thu HSC  HCOC 10-3
Jan 7 Fri HSC HCOC 10-3
Jan 12 Wed Belknap SAC 10-3
Jan 13 Thu Belknap SAC 10-3
Jan 14 Fri Belknap SAC 10-3
Jan 19 Wed HSC HCOC 10-3
Jan 20 Thu HSC HCOC 10-3
Jan 21 Fri HSC HCOC 10-3
Jan 26 Wed Belknap SAC 10-3
Jan 27 Thu Belknap SAC 10-3
Jan 28  Fri Belknap SAC 10-3


Schedule a vaccination

Follow the instructions below to sign up for a safe and easy COVID-19 vaccination on campus. Every day, more and more Cardinals are getting the shot and making our community safer!

  1. Go to and sign in with your university ID information.
  2. Click on the "Profile" tab and fill in all your contact information.
  3. Click on the "Medical Clearance" tab and make sure you've filled out and submitted the "NPP & Agree to Treat 2021" digital form.
  4. Click on the "Appointments" tab of the dashboard.
  5. Select "COVID Mass Immunizations Clinic"
  6. Select the dose you need (your very first dose of vaccine, or a second dose of a vaccine you started at an off-campus location).
  7. Follow the remaining steps you'll be prompted to take to complete your appointment sign-up.

Remember, the COVID-19 vaccines available in the U.S. are safe and effective. They are one of our greatest tools for fighting the pandemic. COVID-19 vaccination is not required, but it is strongly encouraged in order to keep our campus safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19.  For more details on the vaccine, read UofL Health's Vaccine FAQ document and the university's COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs.  If you have questions regarding COVID vaccines, please call Campus Health Services at 852-6479.   

Off-campus vaccination locations
If you prefer to get vaccinated off campus, take advantage of one of these resources to find a vaccine location near you:

Submit out-of-state vaccination records
Campus Health Services has access to university members’ immunization data through the Kentucky immunization registry. Out-of-state immunization records, however, are not available to them. If you were vaccinated out of state, please use the instructions below to upload your COVID-19 vaccination documentation to the university's secure health portal.

  1. Have a copy of your immunization card in a PNG, JPG, GIF or PDF format ready to upload.  Dates should be visible.    
  2. Go to 
  3. Click the “Student, Staff and Faculty” button at the top of the page. 
  4. Microsoft login screen will open.  Sign in using your ULink ID and associated password. 
  5. “Stay Signed In” screen will appear. Click “No.” 
  6. Confirm your identity by entering your date of birth and click “Proceed.” 
  7. You should now be on the main page of the Campus Health Patient Portal. 
  8. Select “Enter My COVID-19 Vaccination Information" button in the center of the screen 
  9. Click UPLOAD under the COVID-19 Vaccination Card Upload. 
  10. Attach appropriate image file and click OK.  
  11. Log out of the portal.  

Lost vaccination cards

If you've lost your vaccination card, there are resources you can use to request a replacement card.

For those who received one or both vaccines at UofL Health:
Please go to  for instructions on how to request copies of your immunizations.  

For those who received one or both vaccines from another location:
If you did not receive both vaccines from UofL Health, you can call the LouHealth hotline at 502-912-8598. You will be asked to complete a release request form. Once that form is submitted, you can have your vaccine record email to you via an encrypted email, pick it up at the health department or have it mailed to you.

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Contact tracing, isolation and quarantine

Despite the university's best efforts to institute policies and protocols for preventing the spread of the virus, we know that positive cases may inevitably arise on campus. When those cases happen, Campus Health and their team of contact tracers will intervene quickly. 

Contact tracing 

UofL's contract tracing team of dedicated university health professionals will continue to trace, notify and properly advise any individuals who may have been exposed to a positive COVID-19 case.  

All positive results from the Campus Health Centers and Bluewater are forwarded to the Contact Tracing Team for investigation.  The Tracing Team will determine who had significant contact with the case and make recommendations for quarantine.  Additional positive cases may be reported by individuals who tested positive outside of the University’s testing programs or by the Health Department.   The Contact Tracing Team can provide documentation of the quarantine period for academic purposes.  

Contact Campus Health Services if you believe you were exposed to COVID-19. Campus Health and the Contact Tracing team will help determine if you were exposed and what steps to take.    

Exposure and quarantine
Exposure is now defined by the CDC as being less than 6 feet away from an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more, regardless of masking or vaccination status. If a university member has been exposed, there are two different protocols based on vaccination status.

As of January 3, 2022, the state of Kentucky has updated guidance with regard to isolation and quarantine. Isolation refers to the actions when you have been infected with the virus, even if you don’t have symptoms. Quarantine refers to the actions taken when you may have been exposed to the virus and may or may not be infected.

  • Isolation People with COVID-19 should isolate for 10 days.  If they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), isolation may be shortened to 5 days followed by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others to minimize the risk of infecting people they encounter.
  • Quarantine People who are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second mRNA dose (or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted, should quarantine for 10 days. Quarantine may be shortened to 5 days if you have no symptoms and test negative for COVID-19 on day 5.  Individuals should wear a well-fitting mask around others for an additional 5 days. Individuals who have received their booster shot do not need to quarantine following an exposure but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure. For all those exposed, best practice would also include a test for SARS-CoV-2 at day 5 after exposure. If symptoms occur, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.

Campus Health and the contact tracing team consider the following factors when determining exposures and quarantine guidance:

    • Proximity (closer distance likely increases exposure risk)
    • Duration of exposure (longer exposure time likely increases exposure risk)
    • Whether the infected individual has symptoms (the period around onset of symptoms is associated with the highest levels of viral shedding)
    • If the infected person was likely to generate respiratory aerosols (e.g., was coughing, singing, shouting)
    • Other environmental factors (i.e., crowding, adequacy of ventilation, whether exposure was indoors or outdoors)
    • Whether the exposed person lives in congregate housing (e.g. university residence halls) or not
    • If the exposed person has had COVID-19 within the last 90 days

University members are not required to show proof of a negative test in order to return to campus.  Students who are residents at the university should review the Self-Isolation for Residents FAQs.

For more details, review the Quarantine, Symptoms & Sickness FAQs. 

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Health recommendations and resources

Create a support and resiliency plan. Make plans for regular check-ins with your friends, family and your support networks. If you're an employee, touch base with your supervisor and co-workers. Be honest about how you are doing. Take advantage of the following university and community resources:

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Other COVID-19 mitigation strategies

UofL tightly monitors coronavirus infection rates in the community and — if warranted due to increasing infection levels — the university will implement randomized, broad-based testing to identify, isolate and trace the virus. Additionally, wastewater from different parts of campus (e.g. residence halls) will be analyzed as an early detection system for coronavirus, followed by individual testing as indicated.

The Co-Immunity Project, a groundbreaking collaboration to track and curb COVID-19 in Kentucky, tests health care workers and the general public in Metro Louisville and is a national example for developing a COVID-19 early warning system.

UofL has numerous ongoing clinical trials and others just starting in our hospitals and clinics and around the country to block COVID-19 from infecting people, limit its replication if people are infected and help those most sickened by the disease.

Our public health experts have developed the models used to project outbreaks and make sure the university and Metro Louisville are proactive in our management of the virus.

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