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COVID-19 Update - Sept. 29


Dear JMU Family,  

Update on Cases
The university observed 0 new positive cases of COVID-19 at the Health Center Monday as well as 1 self-reported case, with 4 becoming considered “recovered,” meaning they were diagnosed as positive more than 10 days ago and are no longer infectious. This puts the number of active cases at 64. The number of open quarantine and isolation beds is now at 184 out of 192. More information can be found on the university’s Stop the Spread dashboard. While our situation continues to improve, individuals must continue to follow public health guidance by wearing masks, maintaining physical distance and washing hands frequently. 

Surveillance Testing
To protect our community’s health as we return to in-person and hybrid learning Oct. 5, notifications begin to go out today for surveillance testing. Three hundred students will be selected randomly to be tested each week. Full compliance is expected, and the university reserves the right to place a hold on a student's account for noncompliance. Notifications will include instructions for booking testing appointments, a list of potential exemptions and day-of-test information. This testing is intended only for students who have no symptoms. Individuals who have tested positive, are currently symptomatic or have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID in the last 90 days are not eligible to be tested in this protocol.   

Stop the Spread HELPline
If students and their families have questions and can’t readily find the answer in our FAQs, call the Stop the Spread HELPline, which is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The toll-free number is 888-886-3131. And don’t forget, many of your questions can be answered here. Call center agents also will be answering questions sent to, and you can submit questions via a form on the Stop the Spread site.

Stay safe, and please remember that the only vaccine currently available for COVID-19 is solidarity. And download the COVIDWISE app!


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Published: Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 6, 2021

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