Exposure & Testing Positive

You can find answers to most COVID-related questions on the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) website.

According to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), an individual has been exposed to COVID-19 when they have contact with someone infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in a way that increases the likelihood of getting infected with the virus. 

Close contacts are someone who was fewer than 6 feet away from an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. For example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes is considered a close contact.

Consult VDH guidelines for information on quarantining if you are exposted. 

JMU is following the recommendations of the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) related to quarantine and isolation after exposure

  1. Visit the VDH quarantine and isolation website for isolation instructions and follow them accordingly.
  2. Contact your supervisor to inform them of your status. Employees should use eligible leave currently available to cover any absences related to COVID-19 illness. If you have leave questions, contact HR Leave Specialist Reagan Neese.

You quarantine and stay away from others when you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

You isolate when you are sick or when you have been infected with the virus, even if you don’t have symptoms.

The time required for quarantine and isolation depends on several factors. Refer to the VDH quarantine and isolation guidance under "When to Stay Home" for more information.

If you receive a PCR test, you must stay in quarantine until test results are received.

Testing & Vaccines

Free tests are also typically available at Massanutten Regional Library. Please check with MRL for availability.

Take-home tests are typically available for purchase in the UHC pharmacy.

You can find locations to receive a vaccination or booster using the Virginia Department of Health Vaccination Finder.

Employee Masking

Masking is optional on campus.

Employees may continue to wear a mask at any time.

Organizers of campus events and activities those events and activities may request masks to be worn during those events and activities (e.g., for artistic performances, special receptions, etc.) on a case-by-case basis.

JMU will also continue to adhere to any external requirements that apply to clinical placements, student teaching, etc.


See University Policy 1332

ADA Accommodations

Faculty and staff with questions about the Americans with Disabilities Act who would like to request an accommodation, may contact a Benefits Specialist in Human Resources or email benefits@jmu.edu.

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