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JMU Health Update - Oct. 12


Dear JMU Family,

We Persevere Together

JMU President Jonathan R. Alger encourages the community to embrace the best of the Madison Experience to help and support each other as we navigate the uncertain times shaped by a global pandemic. He reminds us that as Dukes, we are part of the solution, and that a new season awaits.

Only Testing and Pulmonary Clinic Available During Weekend Hours at the UHC

The University Health Center began weekend hours this past Saturday and Sunday and will continue doing so going forward depending on consistent volume. But only COVID-19 testing and the Pulmonary Clinic are available over the weekend by appointment.

Update on Cases

The university observed 4 new positive cases of COVID-19 at the Health Center over the weekend and Friday, as well as 4 self-reported cases, with 9 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 29. The number of open quarantine and isolation beds is at 404 out of 415. 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.

Stop the Spread HELPline

If students and their families have questions and can’t readily find the answers in our FAQs, call the Stop the Spread HELPline, which is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 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. Please note, the HELPline is not for reporting noncompliance with health guidance and the Stop the Spread Agreement signed by all students. Please use the LiveSafe app, which goes directly to the JMU Public Safety dispatch.

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: Monday, October 12, 2020

Last Updated: Monday, October 12, 2020

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