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COVID-19 Information

Use the resources below to learn more about COVID-19 and the Student Health Center resources you can use to keep yourself healthy and safe.

Stay Healthy. Stay Safe.

Follow these simple recommendations to keep yourself, family, friends and community safe:

  • Wear a mask in public
  • Social distance and keep 6 feet apart
  • Wash your hands
  • Stay home if you can

Social distancing and hand washing are necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19. Slowing the spread prevents our health care systems from becoming overwhelmed and protects our vulnerable populations from developing serious complications of COVID-19.

Get your flu vaccine. The flu vaccine can be obtained on campus by scheduling an appointment with the UWO Student Health Center or one of its flu clinics. The cost for a flu shot is $15 per injection and can be charged to your student account.

Contact the Student Health Center

The Student Health Center can be reached via phone or secure message during our regular business hours.

A secure message can be sent via the Student Health Portal found on the UWO Student Health Center web page or the UWO mobile app. Log in using your student NetID and password.

If you need to seek medical advice during the evening or weekend hours, call the Prevea After Hours hotline. If it is urgent or an emergency, you will need to call 911 or present to an Urgent Care/Emergency Department. Call ahead to inform them of a potential/confirmed COVID-19 status.

UWO Student Health Center: (920) 424-2424
Prevea After Hours Hotline: (920) 496-4700

Home Care for Upper Respiratory Infection

General Measures

  1. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Advil) for pain relief as directed on bottle. It will control symptoms better to take these products every 4-6 hours as recommended on the product label for the first 2-3 days of symptoms.
  2. Drink plenty of fluids—enough to have pale yellow or clear urine. Cold fluids (popsicles) or warm fluids (teas) whichever is more soothing.
  3. Get plenty of rest—no late nights.
  4. Breathe in steam from a bowl of hot water or shower.
  5. Use a humidifier or cool mist vaporizer.
  6. Cough drops, throat lozenges, or sore throat spray for pain relief. May numb the sore throat and decrease cough.
  7. Gargle salt water—1/4 tablespoon salt with 8 ounces of warm water 3-4 times per day.

Sore throat:

  1. Eat soft foods or soup to decrease pain felt when swallowing.
  2. Seek medical attention with: a sore throat and a fever, sore neck, and/or white spots to tonsils; a sore throat lasting more than 3 days without a stuffy or runny nose; a sore throat lasting more than 5 days with other symptoms. Seek Urgent Care with a sore throat causing breathing problems or an inability to swallow saliva.

Cough:

  1. Use honey—to help control cough.
  2. May use a product with Dextromethorphan for cough: examples are Robitussin, Vicks Dayquil Cough, Delsym.
  3. Seek medical attention with: a cough lasting more than 3 weeks; a cough plus a fever and/or trouble breathing.

Stuffy nose / Nasal congestion:

  1. Apply a warm compress to face where pressure is present.
  2. A nasal sinus rinse (Neil Med) will soften and clear mucus. Be sure to use bottle water or boiled/sterile water.
  3. Seek medical attention with: severe facial pressure, fevers, and discolored mucus from nose; persistent stuffy nose for more than 9 days.

Other medication options for symptom treatment—use these as directed on bottle/product label:

  1. Nasal steroid sprays: Flonase or Nasacort—use this to decrease swelling, congestion and discharge in the nose.
  2. Guaifenesin (Mucinex) to loosen mucus to better drain nose.
  3. Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) to constrict blood vessels and ease congestion in nose or pressure in face. Do not use if you have high blood pressure.
Testing

If you have one or more COVID-19 symptoms or if you have been identified as a close contact, you should schedule a COVID-19 test.

On-campus Testing Site:

Off-campus COVID-19 Community Testing Sites

If you have tested positive at an off campus location, students are strongly encouraged to complete the UWO Titans Return Positive Case Reporting Form.

Quarantine

The purpose of quarantine is to keep someone who may have been exposed to the virus away from others to prevent spread. Close contact is commonly defined as being within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes with an infected person.

A close contact to someone who has COVID-19 needs to be tested. Wait at least 48 hours after exposure to be tested because COVID-19 is most commonly first detected 3-5 days after exposure.

Guidelines to follow during Quarantine:

– Stay home, stay in your room. Only leave your room for medical care, bathroom use, obtaining food at a designated spot in your building and emergency evacuation of the building you are in if indicated.

– Monitor your symptoms, keep a log of your temperatures. If symptoms develop contact the Student Health Center or your primary health care provider. Symptoms to monitor for: fever (temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or greater), cough, shortness of breath, or other COVID-19 symptoms (fatigue, muscle or body aches, headaches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea).

– Separate yourself from other people – you should maintain a minimum of 6 feet from any other person at all times, no physical contact.

– Wear a mask or cloth covering over your mouth and nose at all times when you are not alone in your room, only exceptions are to shower or brush your teeth.

– Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue and throw it away immediately in a lined trash can.

– Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water after coughing or sneezing, use sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if you cannot readily wash your hands.

– Avoid sharing personal household items: dishes, drinking glasses, cups, utensils, towels, bedding.

– Clean and disinfect regularly touched surfaces (phones, remote controls, counters, tables, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, keyboards, tablets) everyday while wearing disposable gloves.

For class: notify your professors, instructors, or faculty/staff via email or phone. Inform them of your situation and discuss a plan for your academics. YOU ARE NOT PERMITTED TO PHYSICALLY ATTEND ANY FACE-TO-FACE CLASSES. Please contact the Student Health Center or Dean of Students if you have problems.

For work: notify your employer. DO NOT GO TO WORK. If you need a work excuse, please contact the Student Health Center.

Seek emergency medical care if you experience:

– Trouble breathing

– Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

– New confusion

– Inability to wake up or stay awake

– Bluish lips or face

– Feeling dizzy or lightheaded all the time

– Slurred speech (new or getting worse)

– New seizure or seizures that will not stop

– Any other new or concerning symptoms

Call 911 or call ahead to your local Emergency Department to tell them you have or may have COVID-19.

You will need to be officially approved by Public Health or UWO Disease Investigator in order for your quarantine to be completed.

Isolation

The purpose of isolation is to keep an infected person away from others who are not infected. If you have symptoms and have not been tested, you need to do so now.

Guidelines to following during Isolation:

– Stay home, stay in your room. Only leave your room for: medical care, bathroom use, obtaining food at a designated spot in your building and emergency evacuation of the building you are in if indicated.

– Stay in touch with your medical provider and with campus contact tracers.

– Monitor your symptoms, keep a log of your temperatures.

– Separate yourself from other people – you should maintain a minimum of 6 feet from any other person at all times, no physical contact.

– Wear a mask or cloth covering over your mouth and nose at all times when you are not alone in your room, only exceptions are to shower or brush your teeth.

– Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue and throw it away immediately in a lined trash can.

– Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water after coughing or sneezing, use sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if you cannot readily wash your hands.

– Avoid sharing personal household items: dishes, drinking glasses, cups, utensils, towels, bedding.

– Clean and disinfect regularly touched surfaces (phones, remote controls, counters, tables, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, keyboards, tablets) everyday while wearing disposable gloves.

For class: notify your professors, instructors, or faculty/staff via email or phone. Inform them of your situation and discuss a plan for your academics. YOU ARE NOT PERMITTED TO PHYSICALLY ATTEND ANY FACE-TO-FACE CLASSES. Please contact the Student Health Center or Dean of Students if you have problems.

For work: notify your employer. DO NOT GO TO WORK. If you need a work excuse, please contact the Student Health Center.

Seek emergency medical care if you experience:

– Trouble breathing

– Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

– New confusion

– Inability to wake up or stay awake

– Bluish lips or face

– Feeling dizzy or lightheaded all the time

– Slurred speech (new or getting worse)

– New seizure or seizures that will not stop

– Any other new or concerning symptoms

Call 911 or call ahead to your local Emergency Department to tell them you have or may have COVID-19.

You will need to be officially approved by Public Health or UWO Disease Investigator in order for your isolation to be completed.

Contact Us

Student Health Center
Radford Hall, First Floor
777 Algoma Boulevard
studenthealth@uwosh.edu
Phone: 920.424.2424
Fax: 920.424.1769

Hours
Monday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Tuesday 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Wednesday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Thursday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Sat–Sun: Closed

11/25 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Closed 11/26-11/29

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