Health Center COVID-19 Information
The Student Health Center is following guidelines from the American College Health Association (ACHA) for its reopening plans. Plans have been developed with the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and medical providers as our priority. All recommendations are subject to change as science and technology is rapidly evolving.
The College has created a separate health center respiratory clinic for COVID-19, located in the basement of Davis Hall. The original student health center clinic, in the basement of Bedford Hall, remains available for other medical/health concerns, but by appointment only. Please do not arrive at the health center unannounced, unless it is an emergency.
- Students will be advised to call for an appointment before coming to the Student Health Center or Respiratory Clinic
- No walk-in appointments except for acute injuries/emergency situations, which will be assessed for symptoms first and then fit into the well clinic appointment schedule
- Telemedicine visits or telephone consults with students will continue when appropriate
- Both the Student Health Center and the Respiratory Clinic will use a telephone process for patient check-in
- All students reporting for an in-person appointment (in either the Student Health Center or the Respiratory Clinic) will be screened for respiratory symptoms and have their temperature checked before entering the center
- All students reporting for an in-person appointment (in either the Student Health Center or the Respiratory Clinic) will be required to wear a face mask
- Protocols will be developed for managing students with acute respiratory symptoms. Examples include limiting staff contacts with that student, separating him or her from others, and cleaning spaces where that student was present
- Students will not be allowed to bring guests with them to appointments. In addition, the Health Center will prohibit visitors, guests, vendors/pharmaceutical reps or any other unannounced/unofficial visitors from entering the facility
- All students presenting with COVID-19 symptoms (symptomatic) will be tested on-site and immediately placed in isolation pending test results. Names of close contacts of symptomatic student will be gathered at this time
- Steps will be taken to ensure that staff members are up to date with current information about COVID-19 symptoms, transmission, and protocols, as provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Rhode Island Department of Health
- The College will ensure that personal protective equipment (PPE) is available and that all staff are trained in its use
- The SHC will manage personnel carefully, with consideration for high-risk staff member assignments, by limiting the number of providers who participate in each patient’s care and implementing systems for carefully tracking the exposure of staff members to each patient
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What should a student do if he/she has symptoms of COVID-19?
A. If a student has symptoms of COVID-19, they should call the Student Health Center at 401.865.2422 to arrange to be seen by a provider in the Student Health Center Respiratory Clinic. Any person experiencing symptoms of illness must avoid in-person interactions with the campus community until they receive results of their test. If a symptomatic case tests positive for SARS-CoV-2, this individual is then considered a confirmed COVID-19 case, and they will follow the College’s isolation procedures.
Q. What do I do if I am sick/injured, but not with COVID-19 symptoms?
A. The Student Health Center will be open to see all cases of illness/injury. All students with COVID-19 symptoms will be seen in a separate site (the Respiratory Clinic in Davis Hall) from the main Student Health Center site in Bedford Hall. Students who need to see a provider in the Student Health Center (SHC) are advised to call to make an appointment (at 401.865.2422). Telemedicine visits or telephone consults with students will continue when appropriate. No walk-in appointments except for acute injuries/emergency situations which will be assessed for symptoms first and then fit into the Student Health Center appointment schedule. All students reporting for an in-person appointment in the Student Health Center will be screened for respiratory symptoms and have their temperature checked before entering the SHC. All students reporting for an in-person appointment will be required to wear a face mask. Students will not be allowed to bring guests with them to appointments. Note that at this time, nebulizer treatments will not be done in the SHC.
Q. What is the process for a visit to the Student Health Center Respiratory Clinic?
A. After calling to make an appointment (401.865.2422), the student will arrive at the Respiratory Clinic wearing a mask. The clinic doors will be unlocked when the student notifies staff that they are approaching the clinic. The student will be immediately brought into an exam room, and given a surgical mask and asked to clean their hands. The student’s temperature will be checked. Providers will be in full PPE. The provider will complete a full exam and arrange for testing on-site if warranted. Symptomatic students will immediately be placed into isolation pending test results. Students will not be allowed to bring guests with them to appointments.
Q. What happens if I test positive for COVID-19?
A. When a student tests positive for COVID-19, it is the College’s expectation that they will return to their home to isolate for the appropriate amount of time. This option is applicable for students within a reasonable commuting distance where the student can be transported home safely by a parent/family member. If the return home option is not feasible due to travel distance, availability of care at home, presence of an at-risk/immunocompromised individual at home, etc., on-campus resident students will be isolated on-campus. For safety and space reasons, the College will not be able to isolate off-campus residents (including those in hybrid housing) in on-campus buildings. Please visit the Re-Opening: Health & Safety site for detailed information about quarantine and isolation.
Q. What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?
A. Isolation applies to students who have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, and are thus considered a confirmed COVID-19 case. Students with a confirmed COVID-19 case are required to isolate for a minimum of 10 days, with the last 24 hours of isolation being fever-free and symptoms resolved.
Quarantine applies to students who are a close contact of a confirmed Covid-19 case. The quarantine time period is 14 days. Close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases must avoid in-person interactions with others in the campus community as part of their quarantine. Close contacts may elect to be tested, but a negative result will not shorten the 14-day self-quarantine. If a close contact tests positive for SARS-CoV-2, this individual is then considered a confirmed COVID-19 case, and they will follow the relevant isolation procedures.
In cases of both isolation and quarantine, the preference is for the student to return to their home for the appropriate amount of time. Please visit the Re-Opening: Health & Safety site for detailed information about quarantine and isolation.