COVID-19 Symptoms

 What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

If you experience COVID-19 symptoms or feel sick, follow the CDC guidelines.  

In addition, inform your supervisor and consult with an HR Benefits Specialist to see what leave options are available to you.  

Do not report symptoms due to an existing known health condition such as seasonal allergies or chronic lung disease.  

If you are having significant difficulty breathing or feel short of breath, please go to the Emergency Department of your closest hospital. 

 Should I monitor for symptoms?

Yes, all employees must monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. Vaccinated and non-vaccinated employees are at risk of infection of the virus.

 What if my symptoms subside in 24-48 hours?

Nausea/vomiting, and/or diarrhea without other COVID symptoms listed above are not typical for COVID and are usually due to an intestinal virus. Individuals with one or more of these symptoms and no other COVID symptoms typically get better within 24-48 hours.Since these viruses are contagious, you should stay home if you have nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea. You may return to work when feeling better.

If you have other COVID symptoms along with nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea, you should see your medical provider for consideration of a COVID test.

 What do I do if I experience symptoms?

If you experience COVID-19 symptoms:

  • You should stay at home and away from others
  • Do not come to campus
  • Call your primary care provider for further instructions
  • Inform your supervisor
  • Consult with an HR Benefits Specialist to see what leave options are available
  • Do not report symptoms due to an existing known health condition such as seasonal allergies or chronic lung disease

If you are having significant difficulty breathing or feel short of breath, please go to the Emergency Department of your closest hospital.

 Is there someone on campus I may discuss my symptoms with or seek advice from?

If you would like to discuss your symptoms with the JMU Occupational Nurse, call (540) 568-5310.

Exposure, Quarantine and Isolation

 What does "exposed" mean?

According to the CDC, 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 CDC guidelines for information on quarantining if you are exposed

 What if I am exposed or experience symptoms after being vaccinated?

If you experience COVID-19 symptoms or feel sick, follow the CDC guidelines on isolation and quarantine.

 How do I know when to quarantine or isolate?

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 CDC quarantine and isolation guidance under "When to Stay Home" for more information.

 What if I am exposed or experience symptoms but have not been vaccinated?

If you experience COVID-19 symptoms or feel sick, whether vaccinated or not, follow the CDC guidelines on isolation and quarantine.

 If I tested positive for COVID, do I need to test to get out of isolation?

No. Once you test positive for COVID-19 you do not need to test for 90 days unless a medical provider instructs you to get tested. Follow the CDC isolation guidelines. COVID-19 tests should be reserved for those who have not tested positive in the last 90 days.

 What if I have been tested for COVID-19 but do not have test results yet?

The large majority of on-campus testing is rapid, and results are available to you in less than one hour.

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

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