What is off-campus student testing?

JMU is offering free testing for students living off campus.

Rapid antigen test via BinaxNow Ag Cards will be available at weekly clinics and off-campus satellite locations.

 When and where is off-campus testing?

Testing clinics will take place in The Union (Warren Hall 502) every Thursday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. beginning Feb. 11 .

Please visit JMU Off-Campus Life Testing for the latest updates and sign-up information. Satellite clinics will be hosted at off-campus locations later in the semester.

 Who participates in off-campus testing?

This testing is intended for students living off campus. The future satellite sites will be hosted near apartment complexes for the convenience of those residents. However, they are open to any student who makes an appointment.

Students can view and sign up for the time slots of all scheduled testing clinics at https://info.jmu.edu/ocl/testing/.

This will be sent to students who live near and around the satellite site. In addition, all dates will be shared weekly in Dukes Weekly.

 How do I change or delete a testing appointment?

To update or delete your appointment, reference your Sign Up Confirmation email and click on the "Edit My Sign Up" link. From here, you can Update or Delete your appointment time. You'll need to be logged-out of SignUpGenius to complete this function.

 Will I have to pay for the off-campus testing?

No, the university will cover all costs associated with this testing.

Testing at the University Health Center will still cost $55 or can be billed to insurance.

 What type of test is it?

Students will use the Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card. The test is performed on a self-collected nasal swab. You can view how to collect the specimen at this link then view module #3.

The BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card is a type of test called an antigen test. Antigen tests are designed to detect proteins from the virus that causes COVID-19 in respiratory specimens such as nasal swabs. It is a reliable, highly portable tool for detecting active coronavirus infections.

Potential risks include possible discomfort or other complications that can happen during sample collection, which could include a possible nosebleed.

 Do I have to quarantine after I take my BinaxNOW test?

Not generally.

You do not need to quarantine after this test if you have no symptoms and have not had direct contact with someone who tested positive.

If you have symptoms, you should follow general quarantine instructions.

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