WCSU Covid-19 Information Fall 2021

Health Services

Staying safe on campus during the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Our goal at Health Services is to keep the WCSU community as strong and healthy as possible.  The coronavirus pandemic has left many feeling vulnerable about their own health or that of their friends and family.  Coming to campus during this time has some added challenges and we want to offer some guidance that will help you prepare for college life with confidence.

The most up to date information can be found on the University’s main page in the green COVID-19 Banner, or by clicking here.

 

Health Services now has an electronic patient portal. 

You can reach the portal using your WCSU ID (without the @wcsu.edu, example: smith001) to sign on at: wcsu.medicatconnect.com.  In the patient portal you will find where to upload your vaccine records and/or test results.  You will also find the symptom tracker that can be used any time you are having symptoms that you think could be from a COVID-19 infection. 

If you are experiencing any symptoms, please submit the symptom tracker and stay in your room (or at home) until someone from Health Services contacts you.

 

The university is following guidance from the CDC and CT State Department of Health regarding testing students for COVID-19 and contact tracing of students exposed to the virus.  There is a possibility that you may contract a COVID-19 infection or be exposed to the virus while at school.

  • Any student testing positive for the virus will be asked to isolate until fully recovered and cleared to end their isolation, which is usually around 10 days.  Residential students may isolate on campus in a designated room or may go home, if this is more comfortable.  Commuter students will isolate at home.

We understand that either of these situations could be very disruptive, but coming to school fully prepared will help make it more manageable!

  • Here are some tips to help:
    • Families should plan now for the possibility of a COVID-19 illness or exposure during the academic year.
    • If the student prefers to go home for a required period of isolation or quarantine, where will they go (if home isn’t an option) and how will they get there (if they don’t have a car)?
    • Students should come to campus with a “quarantine self-care bag“, packed with the essentials needed to spend 14 days in quarantine.  Have the bag ready to grab in a hurry, if needed.
      • The bag should include:
        • Prescription medications, if needed (epi-pen, inhaler)
        • Over-the-counter medications (fever, cough, diarrhea, stomach upset, cold or flu symptoms)
        • First-aid supplies (bandaids, antibiotic ointment, thermometer)
        • Travel-sized toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, lip balm, deodorant, feminine products, contact lens case and solution)
        • Snacks (granola bars, gatorade, crackers, trail mix)
        • Infection control (hand sanitizer, disposable face masks, tissues)
        • Electronic supports (phone charger, e-reader, handheld video games)
        • A few items of comfy clothing.

Please feel free to reach out to Health Services (203.837.8594) with any questions you have about staying healthy as classes resume. We are looking forward to meeting you on campus for an exciting and healthy fall semester.

 

Health Services staff,

 

Michelle Young, APRN, Director

Joanne Zanella, RN

Dawn Lipke, Administrative Assistant