Coronavirus Information and the AU Student Health Center

There is currently an international viral outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, Covid-19.  The situation is continually evolving with new information and guidance being provided regularly; the information below is subject to change and will be updated as needed. For the most current information related to Covid-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html or call The Ohio Department of Health coronavirus hotline 1-833-4ASKODH (1-833-427-5634), or visit COVID-19 Ohio.

Coronaviruses typically cause symptoms that are similar to influenza (the flu) and other viral illnesses. Some people infected with the virus have no symptoms. When the virus does cause symptoms, these may include: 

  • Fever or chills
  • Dry cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Body or muscle aches 
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Warning signs of severe Covid-19 symptoms include:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

If you are seriously ill or have severe symptoms, immediately seek medical attention from your healthcare provider or the nearest Emergency Department. It is important to call before arriving for medical care and report your concern of Covid-19.

Risk factors for severe illness from Covid-19 are older adults and people who have other pre-existing health conditions such as a compromised immune system, diabetes, heart or kidney disease, or chronic lung disease (including asthma). Liver disease, hemoglobin disorders, and severe obesity also increase the risk of severe illness from Covid-19.

The Student Health Center is taking proactive steps to prepare for the fall semester. We are working closely with the local health department and following guidance from state and federal health officials related to the Covid-19 pandemic. Some operational adjustments in the Student Health Center include:

  • Suspension of walk-in visits
  • Telehealth visits (if appropriate for the patient’s complaint)
  • Pre-appointment Covid-19 screenings and temperature checks
  • No visitors are allowed in the waiting room or clinic
  • Employees and patients are required to wear masks while in the clinic (please wear a mask to your appointment).

We are working on our plan related to Covid-19 testing presently.

In the event of a case of Covid-19 on campus, the Ashland County Health Department will be notified immediately. The health department will perform contact tracing and advise if campus members require isolation or quarantine to prevent the spread to others. Students and campus members are asked to notify the health center immediately if they:

  • Develop any symptoms of Covid-19.
  • Are being tested for Covid-19. 
  • Have been diagnosed with Covid-19.
  • Have been exposed to someone who is known to have Covid-19 or is being evaluated for Covid-19.
  • Have been advised by a health department to quarantine or isolate.

Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.

Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected. People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others, as determined by the health department.

If a student who lives on campus would require isolation or quarantine, the university is requesting the student return to their permanent residence. If the student is unable to return home, the Residence Life Office (419.289.5303 or reslife@ashland.edu) will assist with accommodations.

Students who have been advised to isolate by the health department and are unable to return home will need:

  • A private bedroom and bathroom.
  • To stay in their room at all times except to seek medical care (call ahead prior).
  • To utilize remote learning options for all class work. 
  • To not allow others to enter their room.
  • Monitor their health and report to health officials as advised.

Students who have been advised to quarantine by the health department and are unable to return home will need:

  • A private bedroom and ideally a private bathroom.*
  • To stay in their room except to seek medical care (call ahead prior).
  • To utilize remote learning options for class work. 
  • Monitor their health under the direction of the health officials.
  • Notify health officials and the Student Health Center if you develop any symptoms of Covid-19. 

*The student in quarantine may remain in a single occupancy dorm room with a shared bathroom. In this case, the student must disinfect all touched surfaces in the restroom/door handles, etc., after use with disinfecting wipes that are provided by the university. The student must wear a mask when they leave their room to use the restroom and may not use any other shared facilities in the building.

The health department and the university will assist the student with basic necessities and meals as well as resources related to wellness and coping during isolation and quarantine. Once the health department has advised the isolation or quarantine period has ended, the student should request documentation from the health department and submit this to the student health center.

Any student who must quarantine or isolate should contact the Student Accessibility Center (419.289.5904 or au-sac@ashland.edu) for accommodations with classwork.

The Student Health Center is closed for the summer presently but we are checking messages intermittently over the summer at 419-289-5200 or healthcenter@ashland.edu.

HOW TO STAY HEALTHY

The best way to protect yourself is to practice routine hygiene etiquette:

  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid crowds and large gatherings
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when you sneeze or cough
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water (20 seconds or longer) or use hand sanitizer (60-90% alcohol)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands or after touching surfaces
  • Clean and disinfect "high-touch" surfaces often

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