COVID-19 Updates

Sept. 8, 2023

The following describes Providence College’s current COVID-19 guidelines:


Masks are currently optional inside Providence College buildings (except the Student Health Center, where they are required for anyone presenting with fever and/or upper respiratory symptoms). Faculty members have the authority to require masks in their classrooms.

In accordance with CDC guidelines, persons who test positive for COVID-19, and those who have been exposed to it, should wear a mask around others at all times for 10 days, regardless of vaccination status. 


The availability of on-campus testing is limited to symptomatic students. Call Student Health Services at 401.865.2422 (weekdays 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) if you are experiencing symptoms to arrange for testing. To arrange for symptomatic rapid testing nights and weekends, call 401.865.2391.


Any student who tests positive must begin isolation immediately. Those tested in a clinical setting at the Student Health Center will receive instructions from a staff practitioner.

Students who test positive using a home/rapid test or through a primary care provider, urgent care facility, or emergency department must take the following steps:

·        Call Student Health Services at 401.865.2422 (weekdays 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) or Public Safety at 401.865.2391 (nights and weekends) to report the positive test

·        Upload a photo of the positive test result to the secure database

·        Begin isolation

On-campus resident students who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to return home to isolate unless their circumstances are extraordinary. Off-campus students are also advised to return home for isolation, to limit the possibility of spreading the virus to others in the PC community.


Students exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19 should begin precautions immediately, in accordance with CDC guidelines. This means wearing a mask around others for 10 days, regardless of vaccination status, and self-monitoring for symptoms. A test five full days after last exposure to the person with COVID-19 is also recommended.

Roommates should consider themselves to have been exposed to the person who tests positive. 

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