Novel Coronavirus Update


The news surrounding the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak is generating significant concerns within the JMU community and worldwide. Since this virus is not currently in the general U.S. population there is minimal risk of exposure here at JMU. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) are closely monitoring this situation, as is the medical team at the University Health Center.

However, since we are in the midst of widespread flu activity, everyone should be taking precautions to limit their risk of becoming ill. If you do get an upper respiratory infection, it is most likely due to one of the causes of the common cold or influenza, not the novel coronavirus.

Preventative measures for all upper respiratory viruses include:

  • Getting a flu shot -- it is not too late.
  • Self-isolation until the fever has been gone for 24 hours (this may require students to miss classes)
  • Covering your cough or sneeze
  • Washing hands frequently
  • Avoiding sharing drinks and eating utensils
  • Limiting time in crowded places and avoiding shaking hands during the time period the virus is active in the community
  • Following a healthy lifestyle which includes getting plenty of sleep

We will update the campus community if the status of novel coronavirus and its impact on JMU changes.

If you would like further information, visit the CDC website or the VDH website.

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Published: Friday, January 31, 2020

Last Updated: Monday, May 18, 2020

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