If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 (for example, someone who you have had close contact with told you they tested positive for COVID-19), there are a few important steps to take.

  1. Do not panic.  Even those who have been infected by this virus generally have very mild illness.  
  2. Complete the Self-Report form through MyJMUChart. If you have questions, please contact the University Health Center.
  3. Wear your mask and stay away from others. Virginia Department of Health will contact you, please answer your phone and provide information as necessary.
  4. If you develop symptoms call the Health Center.

Should you get tested?

Since the incubation period of COVID-19 is 2-14 days, there is no test that will detect the disease minutes or hours after you have contracted it. We will test people known to be a close contact but they still need to quarantine for anywhere from 7-14 days. If you want to be tested, the recommended time for testing is between 5 and 7 days after the contact of concern.


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