JMU Health Update - Dec. 16


Dear JMU Family,

Testing Before the Holidays
Thank you to all of our students who planned ahead and made testing appointments at UHC for this week. In anticipation of inclement weather possibly affecting Wednesday and Thursday appointments, we were able to add testing to accommodate these students on Monday and Tuesday of this week. If the university is open on Thursday, we will have some appointments become available. Once that announcement is made, students can call 540-568-6178 to speak with a nurse.

Spring Semester Entry Testing
As announced in the COVID-19 Updates email yesterday, JMU will be conducting entry testing in January for students living on campus. For more information visit the Entry Testing FAQ page.

Update on Cases
Since Dec. 14, the university observed 2 new positive student cases of COVID-19 at the Health Center, 2 self-reported student cases, 3 employees who tested positive at the UHC and 4 employees who self-reported testing positive, putting the number of active cases at 39. The number of open quarantine and isolation beds is at 442 out of 443. 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
Due to greatly reduced call volume, the HELPline is closed for the semester. If students and their families have questions and can’t readily find the answers in our FAQs, Stop the Spread HELPline call center agents will be answering questions sent to, and you can submit questions via a form on the Stop the Spread site. The HELPline could be reopened if conditions warrant it. 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: Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 20, 2021

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