JMU Health Update - Jan. 29


Dear JMU Family,

Update on Cases
The university observed 7 new positive cases of COVID-19 at the Health Center yesterday, putting the total number of active cases at 51. The number of open quarantine and isolation beds is 353 out of 391. More information can be found on the university’s Stop the Spread dashboard. As the pandemic continues to surge, individuals must continue to follow public health guidance by wearing masks, maintaining physical distance and washing hands frequently. Please note, due to a technical issue, yesterday’s Daily Health Update failed to send.

On-campus Entry Testing
Friday, Jan. 29, and Saturday, Jan. 30:
Due to the impending inclement weather, we have added time slots to the existing entry testing appointments for today (Friday, Jan. 29) and Saturday, Jan. 30. We have also expanded our hours of entry testing on Saturday, Jan. 30, to include two extra hours of testing. Testing appointments are now available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

To schedule an appointment go to and choose from the existing time slots.

Sunday, Jan. 31:
We are adjusting our testing clinic hours to 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. If you have an appointment from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., you will not need to reschedule your appointment. Your ticket will work at the other times.

We are directly sending this information to all students who have appointments or have yet to schedule.

Arriving Feb. 1 or Feb. 2:
If you need to arrive at a later date, we can accommodate you for free testing on Feb. 1 and Feb. 2 at the Union (Warren 502) from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please use the designated links to sign up for a time.

Arriving after Feb. 2
If you need to arrive after Feb. 2, JMU will not be able to provide you with a free test. You will need to complete testing before you move in. You may choose one of the following options:

Option 1: Test at home

  • You must provide written verification of a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test performed within 24 hours of arrival on campus OR a negative PCR test obtained within 48 hours of arriving on campus. Your written verification of completed test results should include: date and time of test, name, type of test and the result.
  • Bring the test results to Residence Life to be verified.
  • Upon approval, your JACard will be reactivated and you will be able to move in.
  • If you have any questions, please email

Option 2: Test through the University Health Center (UHC)

  • You will need to schedule an appointment at UHC. Please call 540-568-6178 to schedule an appointment. We recommend you schedule 72 hours prior to your arrival. Appointment times are limited.
  • This appointment is for testing only, NOT verification of at-home results.
  • You will then proceed to Residence life with your negative results to reactivate your JACard.

For the most up-to-date information, check the Stop the Spread FAQ.

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 download the COVIDWISE app!


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Published: Friday, January 29, 2021

Last Updated: Friday, May 21, 2021

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