Student Health Center
COVID-19 UPDATE | The Student Health Center is following guidelines from the American College Health Association (ACHA) for its fall reopening plans. Plans have been developed with the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and medical providers as our priority. Read more here…
The Student Health Center provides comprehensive and confidential physical and mental health services for all full-time undergraduate students. The Student Health Center also provides relevant health and wellness programming including screenings on nutrition, physical activity, alcohol and other drug use, tobacco, stress, and general wellness.
All visits to the health center are free. There is a charge for any testing or referrals off campus, as well as prescriptions dispensed by the providers.
Please note: The Student Health Center providers do NOT write absence notes or give excuses for illnesses or visits.
Announcements & Advisories (19/20 Academic Year)
3/13/20 – HEALTH ANNOUNCEMENT: Availability of Health Services During Remote Teaching
Medical providers and other Student Health Center staff will be available for telephone consultation and advice during the period of remote instruction at 401.865.2422 during normal business hours.
3/2/20 – HEALTH ANNOUNCEMENT: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Psychological Resources
- News reports about COVID-19, together with speculation that it could become more widespread, can, understandably, make people anxious. Here are some tips to help you manage your anxiety and put news reports in perspective.
- Baruch Fischhoff, PhD, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University and an expert on public perception of risk, joins APA’s podcast, Speaking of Psychology, to explain why we worry about new risks more than familiar ones, how to calm our anxiety, and what are the psychological effects of being quarantined.
2/27/20 – HEALTH ADVISORY: COVID-19
An email was sent to the Providence College campus community (students, faculty, staff and parents) on February 27, 2020 regarding COVID – 19 (Coronavirus) and Spring Break Travel and Study Abroad. Please click here to view the community message, as well as to view any additional updates and communication.
1/29/20 – HEALTH ADVISORY: Influenza
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) has confirmed that the flu is widespread in Rhode Island. This advisory includes prevention information, symptoms, and information about what to do if you contract the flu. In order to reduce the spread on the Providence College campus, students are reminded to:
- Get a seasonal flu vaccine – it’s not too late!
- Be vigilant about handwashing
- Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Avoid close contact with those who are sick
The influenza illness can include any or all of the following symptoms:
- Fever (100 degrees or above) or feeling feverish/chills
- Dry cough
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children than adults)
Students who are experiencing influenza-like symptoms should please remain in their rooms, check their temperatures and contact the Student Health Center at 401-865-2422. A Student Health Center Staff Member will assist students in following the appropriate influenza protocol. After hours and on weekends, students should call campus EMS at 401-865-2391 for assistance.
Flu & Antiviral Drug Treatment Information
- CDC: The Flu – “What to Do If You Get Sick”
- CDC: Antiviral Drug Treatment- “What You Should Know About Flu Antiviral Drugs”
- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and RIDOH recommend that people with influenza-like illness remain at home/out of the classroom until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever (100), or signs of a fever, without the use of fever reducing medications.
- If you have a pre-existing health condition, such as chronic respiratory issues, diabetes, or immunosuppression, call the Student Health Center immediately.
- For additional information, please visit Centers for Disease Control www.cdc.gov/flu or RIDOH www.health.ri.gov/flu
1/23/20 – HEALTH ADVISORY: Coronavirus
- For ongoing updates from CDC about coronavirus, please check Centers for Disease Control: Coronavirus.
- To view FAQ from CDC about coronavirus, please visit Frequently Asked Questions and Answers: 2019 Novel Coronavirus.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported an outbreak of respiratory illness that is caused by a new coronavirus. The virus was first diagnosed in Wuhan, China, with one recently confirmed case in the United States (state of Washington). While CDC is investigating the WA state case, they continue to report that the risk to the American public at large remains low at this time. As a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay out of class when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or into your sleeve.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Following CDC and RI Department of Health (RIDOH) guidance, Health Services will screen all students presenting with respiratory illness (fever, cough, shortness of breath and recent travel out of the country). For additional information about coronavirus, please visit: Center for Disease Control: Coronavirus.
10/10/19 – HEALTH ADVISORY: E-Cigarettes & Vaping
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) are investigating a multi-state outbreak of serious lung injury associated with e-cigarette product use, or vaping. As of today, there are two confirmed cases in Rhode Island with 21 reported deaths in the United States, including a death reported Monday in Massachusetts. While this investigation is ongoing, the CDC recommends that you refrain from using e-cigarettes or vaping products, particularly those containing THC. For more information, please consider the following resources:
- The CDC: The Facts About E-Cigarettes
- RI Department of Health: Electronic Cigarettes
- The US Surgeon General: THE FACTS on e-cigarette use
If you are somebody who vapes, you can discuss resources for quitting with a Student Health Center provider (https://health-center.providence.edu/), a Personal Counseling Center provider (https://personal-counseling.providence.edu/) or your primary care physician. Additionally, please consider these resources for assistance in reducing your dependence on vaping:
9/27/19 – FLU SHOT CLINICS
Health Services will host three student flu shot clinics this semester. The dates and times for the clinics are:
- Monday, 10/21/19, 10:00am-1:00pm – ’64 Hall
- Tuesday, 10/29/19, 11:30am-2:30pm – ’64 Hall
- Tuesday, 11/5/19, 5:00pm-8:00pm – ’64 Hall
Cost: Students must bring their insurance card with them to the event. No Charge for accepted insurances (BC/BS RI or Federal BC/BS, Medicare Part B, United Healthcare, Neighborhood Health, Tufts or Tufts/Carelink, Wellfleet Students). Different insurance or no insurance – $25.00 (cash/check/credit card/debit card).
While walk-ins will be accepted, we strongly recommend students register online prior to attending. Students should print registration and bring to clinic with insurance card (or a photo of card).
- Log-on to www.thewellcomp.com
- Scroll down to: Register Now
- Click: Flu
- Click: College/University
- Enter Login ID: provcoll
9/3/19 – Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)
The following letter was sent by the VP for Student Affairs to all students, faculty, staff and parents on September 3, 2019.
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) has confirmed the first human case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in West Warwick, Rhode Island, the first such case in the State since 2010. This summer there is a higher-than-average risk for mosquito-borne diseases in New England and there have been additional cases in our surrounding states.
EEE is a very serious disease spread by mosquito bites and while rare, can cause fever, stiff neck, headache, convulsions, and even death. There is no specific treatment for EEE.
The Deputy Director of RIDOH strongly recommends that people protect themselves, by using insect repellent, minimizing outdoor exposure from dusk through dawn, and wearing long sleeves and pants. RIDOH states that insect repellents should be EPA-approved with one of the following active ingredients: DEET (20-30% strength); picaridin, IR3535; and oil of lemon eucalyptus or paramenthane. Always read the label and follow all directions and precautions.
At Providence College, we are monitoring catch basins, removing standing water, inspecting the campus regularly, and monitoring test results provided by the Department of Environmental Management (DEM).
As anxiety provoking as this message may be, we believe it important to keep you informed so you can take necessary precautions.
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