The health and safety of our campus community is our priority. This site contains guidance for students, faculty, staff and visitors — along with information about our efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19. If you have questions or concerns, contact the SSU Health Team by emailing

Get A COVID-19 Vaccine

Vaccines at the SSU Health Clinic are free and available to the public. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian who can give consent for the vaccination.

Vaccine clinics are held each Monday 2:30-4:30 pm and Wednesday 9 am-4:30 pm.  Other days and times are available. Call (740) 351-3608 for information or schedule during any clinic hours using the link below.

  • Johnson & Johnson vaccine – available to anyone 18 and older on a walk-in basis.
  • Pfizer vaccine – available to anyone 12 years and older during walk-in clinics or by appointment during clinic hours.
  • Moderna vaccine – available to anyone 18 years and older during walk-in clinics or by appointment during clinic hours.

Schedule a Vaccine Appointment at the SSU Health Clinic

Schedule COVID-19 Testing

If you are experiencing symptoms stay home and schedule an appointment for testing at Hatcher Hall. Summer 2022 hours for the Health Clinic and Rapid Testing are Monday through Friday 9 am to 4:30 pm.

The SSU Health Clinic and Rapid Testing is located in Hatcher Hall at 1001 4th Street, Portsmouth, Ohio.

Schedule Rapid Testing (15 min results)

Report an Illness, Exposure or Positive Test

Students, faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 or who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are required to self-report through Health Pass on the SSU App or the COVID-19 Incident form:

Report a COVID-19 Incident

Bears Are Back  - Stronger than Ever

A Message from President Jeff Bauer:

The SSU Health Team has been reviewing COVID-19 transmission data, community health risk levels, and local hospitalization and capacity information.

Scioto County has been downgraded from high to medium community risk on the new CDC COVID-19 Community Level tool and remains at this level. Scioto County transmission rates have also dropped into the moderate (yellow) level on the CDC site. According to the CDC, those in communities with low to medium risk do not need to wear masks.

In response, Shawnee State has adjusted its mask policy, effective Monday, March 21.

As of March 21, masks will be optional in most settings campus wide. The use of masks will still be required in designated classrooms and laboratories, as determined by individual faculty; designated offices, based on personal individual preference; and may be required for certain events and activities where the use of masks is determined to be necessary. 

Please continue to carry a mask to wear in these situations to protect the health of vulnerable people in our campus community.

At medium risk, the CDC recommends the use of masks for those who are at high risk for severe illness. Anyone who feels more comfortable wearing a mask is encouraged to do so. 

If you are concerned about the safety of participants in an event or activity for which you are organizing, please consult with the SSU Health Team for support and guidance.

Anyone who has tested positive or has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should also wear a mask, following all SSU Health Team guidance.

We will continue monitoring health data for our region and make adjustments to our policies based on guidance from the CDC and local health officials.

Thank you for continuing to do your part to keep our campus safe.

Guidance & Resources

If you have questions or concerns, contact the SSU Health Team at

Health Pass & Reporting

If you have or can download the SSU App:
If you don't have or can't download the SSU App:

Health Pass on the SSU App

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Use Health Pass on the SSU App to get your Health or Vaccination Pass and track symptoms if they occur.

Learn more about Health Pass

How can I contact the SSU Health Team?

If you have questions or concerns, contact the SSU Health Team at