In support of JMU’s efforts to promote the health of our campus community regarding COVID-19, we have developed instructions for a variety of situations. Please click the links below and contact us if you have questions that are not addressed here.

Our COVID-19 FAQ has answers to many of your questions as well as general information about the virus and tips on how to protect yourself.

And just a reminder for the unvaccinated person: wearing a mask, physically distancing, and good hand hygiene will help minimize your risk for COVID-19. While this may not be easy, it will be worth it. These strategies are also effective in minimizing risk for other respiratory infections such as influenza so both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals should implement these steps to help protect those you may come in contact with.

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please follow these instructions. This includes information for week days and weekend.

For students who live off campus, you should stay at home away from others. Wear a mask when walking to the bathroom or when in common areas of your home. Check the health center website for reopening information and schedule an appointment when available. Go to Sentara RMH Emergency Department if you have trouble breathing or other severe symptoms.

For students who live on campus, you should stay in your room as much as possible. Wear a mask when going to the bathroom. Either make an appointment to be seen of contact the Health Center to speak with a nurse and determine the next steps you should take. Both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals should be tested for COVID-19 to make sure we identify these infections early and appropriately isolate and quarantine affected students.  Go to Sentara RMH Emergency Department if you have trouble breathing or other severe symptoms.

For faculty and staff, if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 stay at home and away from others. Do not come on campus and call your primary care provider for further instructions. If you are having significant difficulty breathing or feel short of breath please go to the Emergency Department of your closest hospital. If you have been directed to get tested for COVID-19 and are having difficulty getting tested please call the Occupational Health Nurse at (540) 568-5310 and leave a message. The Occupational Health Nurse will call you back and schedule a testing appointment when the Health Center reopens.


COVID-19 vaccine is available at the UHC. Please call 540-568-6178 for an appointment.


The UHC does perform asymptomatic testing though priority will be given individuals with symptoms or those having had close contact with someone who tested positive (a 5 - 7 day waiting period from the day of contact is recommended before getting tested unless you become symptomatic.) The out-of-pocket cost ranges from $10-$55 with the possibility that the $55 test can be billed to insurance. Call 540-568-6178 to make an appointment to be tested. 

Reasons for asymptomatic testing include travel, visiting at-risk family members and internship or job requirements. It is important to note that COVID-19 testing provides test results for one period in time and does not capture illness immediately after exposure. If you are not showing any symptoms but are concerned that you were exposed, you need to quarantine before and after testing to ensure the test is accurate and that you were not exposed after the initial contact.

Rapid Antigen and PCR Tests for COVID-19

The UHC laboratory has the ability to perform in-house rapid antigen and rapid PCR tests for COVID-19. These tests have specific clinical indications and cannot be billed to insurance. If you are seeking a screening test for COVID-19 related to travel, please determine which test you need (the state’s COVID-19 website is a good place to start.) The UHC can perform the rapid antigen test for these purposes. If your travel requires a PCR test, please call to speak with a nurse to determine how that may be best accomplished. We have been getting consistent 48 hour turnaround time on our PCR tests sent to LabCorp but this is not guaranteed

Call 540-568-6178 to make an appointment for any COVID-19 testing. 

Check out these tips about quarantine and isolation from the Virginia Department of Health.
This information is subject to change. We will update this website as the situation evolves.

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