If You Are Exposed to COVID-19 

JMU is following the guidelines as covered on the CDC website, as are the Central Shenandoah Health District and the Virginia Department of Health. A brief synopsis of how employees should respond is below. More in-depth information can be accessed through the CDC website. 

For these guidelines, CDC does not take mask use into account despite the significant mitigation they provide.

If you have had close* contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19

* The current definition of a close contact is spending 15 minutes or more at a distance closer than 6 feet over a 24 hour period of time. With the Delta variant, a 10-minute time frame may be more appropriate.

I am vaccinated. What should I do?
  1. Wear a mask when interacting with others and continue this practice until you have tested negative. You may return to work. You may also resume normal activities but should be cautious and avoid interacting with anyone known to be immunocompromised.
  2. Arrange testing (as soon as reasonable) if you develop symptoms before testing on day 3-5 post exposure. If symptomatic, you should isolate until testing occurs.
  3. Arrange testing in 3-5 days after the exposure. Testing for faculty and staff is available at the University Health Center (UHC). Contact the occupational health nurse. A rapid Antigen test is fine and may be purchased as a two-pack at CVS.

If you test negative:

Resume usual activities but monitor for symptoms and get retested if you develop COVID symptoms within 14 days of the exposure of concern.


If you test positive:

Notify the UHC Occupational Health Nurse at (540) 568-5310 and your supervisor. Isolate for 10 days with the start date being the date of the test (or the date of symptom onset if symptoms are present).

Inform any close contact you had beginning 48 hours prior to testing positive. Close contacts should quarantine if they are unvaccinated and follow the above scenario if vaccinated.

I am NOT vaccinated. What should I do?

If you have had COVID within the past 3 months:

You do not need to do anything different unless you develop new COVID symptoms. COVID symptoms should prompt an evaluation by a medical professional. If testing is recommended, the Rapid antigen test is the most appropriate to avoid the problem with persistent false positive testing from PCR.


If you have NOT had COVID within the past 3 months:

If the exposure fits the CDC criteria* for a close contact:
  1. You may not go to work/campus.
  2. Contact the UHC Occupational Health Nurse at (540) 568-5310 to discuss quarantine options and duration
  3. Initiate quarantine.
  4. Arrange testing at 3-5 days after the exposure.
  5. Consult with your supervisor as needed to assess professional activities to determine if/how professional responsibilities can be met.
If the exposure does NOT fit the CDC criteria* for a close contact:  
  1. You may go to work/campus.
  2. Monitor for COVID symptoms for 14 days. Arrange testing if symptoms develop.
  3. Consider testing 3-5 days after exposure even if you are asymptomatic. 
If your COVID test is positive:
  1. You may not go to work/campus.
  2. Inform the Occupational Health Nurse at (540) 568-5310.
  3. Initiate isolation for 10 days from the day of the positive test or the day symptoms began.
  4. Consult with your supervisor as needed to assess professional activities to determine if/how professional responsibilities can be met.
  5. Consult with an HR Benefits Specialist to see what leave options are available if you are an A&P faculty or classified staff member.
  6. Inform any close contact you had beginning 48 hours prior to testing positive. Close contacts should quarantine if they are unvaccinated and follow the above scenario if vaccinated.
Information for Students

Quarantine and isolation information for students is available online.

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