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Health and Wellness FAQs

Minimizing the Risk

  • What changes have been made to the Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center? (08/04/20)

    The Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center (SHWCC) in McMinnville has made the following changes to the center’s operations:  

    • SHWCC is open by appointment only. Appointments can be made by calling 503-883-2535.  
    • Traffic will be one direction, with Walker 105 serving as the entrance and 103 as the exit. 
    • In accordance with university policy, face coverings are required in the building. 
    • Students with acute respiratory symptoms will be seen in dedicated exam rooms in Walker 101 and 102. 
    • The Wellness Program will move to Walker 124. 
    • Counseling services will continue to be offered face-to-face and via telehealth.  
    • A part-time counselor and full-time medical assistant have joined the staff to help serve students. 
    • The staff will have a team of contract trackers who work with students placed in isolation or quarantine to monitor their health and make sure they are getting what they need.  

    Learn more about the changes and continuing services.

  • What can I do to help keep our Linfield community healthy? (updated 09/04/20)

    The best way to protect your friends, colleagues and students is to follow Linfield’s return-to-work policies and to practice healthy hygiene habits.

    • Wear a cloth face-covering anytime you are on campus.
    • Avoid touching your face covering as much as possible, especially the side towards your face. Wash your face covering daily.
    • Wash hands frequently for 20 seconds. You should wash your hands if you have been away from your safe space and touched frequently touched surfaces.
    • Avoid touching your face, nose, and/or mouth unless you have just washed your hands. Then wash your hands again!
    • Clean your safe space/office periodically throughout the workday AND if you have had visitors to your area. Coordinate with your office team or roommates to periodically wipe down the frequently touched surfaces in your area throughout the day.
  • How is Linfield keeping a “bubble” on campus with the staff and faculty leaving campus daily or weekly, oftentimes more than the students? (11/08/20)

    When we think about ways to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we know the most effective methods currently available are maintaining physical distance of six feet or more and wearing face coverings, as well as practicing good hand hygiene. Our faculty and staff take these precautions seriously and the university has designed the environment and policies to support these methods. Students by and large interact with faculty and staff in environments where these practices are the norm. What we are learning about COVID-19 outbreaks is they happen when people are not implementing these practices, such as when they are in their homes or at social gatherings and physical distancing in not practiced or face coverings come off because people are eating and drinking together. Because our faculty and staff don’t do those behaviors on campus, the mere fact that they live somewhere else hasn’t been shown to increase the risk to the community. 

  • What is the “Wild for our Health” pledge? (updated 08/04/20)

    The “Wild for our Health” pledge is a commitment made by Linfield students to keep our community as   safe as possible by practicing good hygiene and health habits.    

  • Will students be asked to quarantine before returning for spring semester?  (updated 10/19/20)

    Linfield is asking all students to avoid contact with anyone outside their immediate household and self-monitor their health for the 14 days prior to arrival on campus, except for necessary trips for groceries, medical supplies or appointments.  

  • Are there things I should bring to campus (toilet paper, wipes, etc.)? (07/17/20)

    Check out “Packing Your First Aid Kit – University Edition” prepared by Linfield’s Student Health and Wellness. 

COVID-19 Testing

  • Where can I get tested for COVID-19? (updated 11/04/20)

    The Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center has established two additional exam rooms, Walker 101 and 102 specifically supplied to meet the needs of students with acute respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. Students on the McMinnville campus should schedule an appointment to discuss symptoms and testing options.

    Students on the Portland campus and university employees can also contact their personal health care provider about testing options. The Oregon Health Authority has published a COVID-19 test site locator to help Oregonians across the state find testing sites in their community. The interactive map is available in both English and Spanish and can be toggled into multiple other languages:

  • What is the COVID-19 testing procedure for spring 2021 move-in? (12/02/20)

    Students on both the McMinnville and Portland campuses will complete COVID-testing at the start of the spring semester. 

    McMinnville campus students will be doing nares (nostril) testing during their assigned move-in and testing times between Jan. 5-15, 2021. Portland campus students will utilize saliva-based testing during appointments between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 1 and 2, 2021. 

    Results will be back within a few days. Students will be asked to participate in a modified quarantine, staying in their room/residences except to come out for meals, bathroom and exercise, until test results are received.

    Students will receive more specific information about testing times and processes as the dates near.

  • Will Linfield be testing people for COVID-19 repeatedly throughout the semester or just at the start of the year? (updated 11/04/20)

    In addition to screen testing the student population upon their return to campus, Linfield will continue to test during the semester, using a focused approach. Linfield will spot test groups on campus to get a picture of how COVID might be affecting our community. We will be testing a percentage of student-athletes who are engaged in moderate and high contact sports, because we know these activities pose a risk.  We will also be testing students from different residence halls and apartments. 

  • Are non-student athletes being tested randomly or has it been only targeted toward student-athletes? (11/05/20)

    Linfield’s weekly surveillance testing includes both student-athletes and non-student-athletes. Throughout the semester, samples of students have been tested from various residence halls, Greek chapters, student activities like marching band and more.

  • I am a student from Hawaii or Alaska. Can Linfield help me get tested before I return home? (11/10/20)

    The State of Hawaii requires that anyone traveling to the state have a COVID-19 test from a small list of available clinics or laboratories within a certain timeframe. The best option for Linfield students is to use the VaultHealth system, which is a mail-in saliva-based test. Participants order the test from VaultHealth and schedule a supervised collection appointment through Zoom. Then, the participant sends the specimen directly to VaultHealth (which can be done through the United States Postal Services at the mailroom on campus). VaultHealth will report results directly to the client through a secure portal. This approach allows Linfield students to send their specimen in 72 hours prior to their return flight home and have the results sent to them electronically for required documentation upon arrival, or shortly after.

    There is one clinic in Portland, AFC Portland, who is also an authorized testing site.

    There is a fee for the test, which must be paid by the student, so students should keep their receipts and submit for reimbursement through their health insurance carrier.

    Students returning to Alaska may be tested at the airport upon arrival to Alaska and are required to self-quarantine until they get their results back. More information can be found on the Alaska Safe Travels website.

  • Can I get tested for COVID-19 before returning home for break if I have high-risk family members? (11/13/20)

    Students may make an appointment for COVID-19 testing at the Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center. Students, faculty or staff can also schedule a test with a local Rite Aid pharmacy, who is currently offering free molecular testing and results delivered within 2-7 days.

Illness, Quarantine and Isolation

  • What if I feel sick? (updated 09/04/20)

    First and foremost, STAY HOME or in your residence hall room, or suite or apartment room, and keep away from other people.  

    • Students: Contact the Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center to discuss next steps in care. If living on campus, contact your Residence Advisor who can assist in getting you food or supplies as needed. If you are a student on the Portland campus, contact Student Life at pdxstudentlife@linfield.edu 
    • Employees: Contact your personal healthcare provider to discuss next steps in care. Notify Human Resources of your illness. Contact your supervisor or department head, if appropriate. 
  • What happens if a member of the Linfield community is diagnosed with COVID-19? What about contact tracing? (06/25/20)

    Once Linfield is notified of a confirmed case of COVID-19, Yamhill County Public Health Department will be notified if the case is on the McMinnville campus, and Multnomah County Public Health Department will be notified if the case occurs on the Portland campus. Linfield will provide class rosters, club or sports rosters and any other information requested by the local public health authority to assist with the contact tracing process. Contact tracing is a function of the Public Health Department and may extend beyond the campus communities. Linfield’s Human Resource Department and Student Health, Wellness and Counseling on the McMinnville campus and Student Life on the Portland campus have been designated as Contact Trackers. These departments will be checking in with anyone who has been placed in isolation due to a positive test or quarantine due exposure to a person with a known positive test with the goal of assisting with any needs one might have. 

  • What is the difference between quarantine and isolation? (06/25/20)

    According to the CDC, 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 symptoms and communicate with their health care provider about any changes in their health. 

    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. In the home, anyone sick or infected should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific “sick room” or area and using a separate bathroom (if available). Linfield will have a team assigned to check in with students in isolation to help monitor their health. Linfield has identified housing options for students in isolation or quarantine.  

  • What would happen if I contracted COVID-19? (08/04/20)

    If you did get diagnosed with COVID-19 by a test or symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, you would be placed in a private room with access to a bathroom, also known as isolation. You would remain in this room for a period of 10 days from either the day your first symptoms developed or you were tested AND you are free of fever without the use of fever-reducing medication for 24 hours. Because turnaround time for the test is widely variable, you would be isolated immediately to keep you in a safe place and reduce the possibility of transmitting the virus to others. 

    While in isolation, you will have a member of the Health Care team checking on you once a day, asking you to report any new or worsening symptoms. You will be provided with written instructions for what to look for and what would constitute an emergency and need for immediate care. You will also be assigned a member of the Residence Life team who will also check in with you, using text, phone calls or some electronic face-to-face option. This team member will make sure the food delivery system is going okay and that you have connected with Learning Support Services, so they can help arrange whatever accommodations needed to keep your academics going. Finally, you will also be contacted by a member of the Yamhill County contact tracing team to investigate your illness and see if they can identify where it was picked up from and who may have been exposed. 

  • If I am a local student, should I check in with SHWCC or my local doctor if I have COVID-related symptoms? (08/20/20)

    Linfield is asking that McMinnville students with COVID-like symptoms should check in with the Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center (SHWCC) so that the institution’s medical staff can ensure proper treatment advice is provided to the student, the appropriate accommodations are made for the student’s academic activities, and appropriate notifications are promptly made to the public health department and institution staff. If you go to a different health care provider, please notify SHWCC of the situation promptly so they can help you take care of any institutional steps required for your situation. 

    Portland students should seek the support of their own primary care provider for check-ins and more information regarding their symptoms. 

  • What should I do if a member of my household is requested to self-isolate? (08/04/20)

    If an employee or a current and immediate member of their household is requested to self-isolate or quarantine based on the recommendation of a healthcare provider or other agency such as the CDC or OHA, and has job duties that can be performed on a temporary basis during this period of self-isolation or quarantine, they are then eligible to apply for temporary telecommuting. It is important to note that the physician’s note must have an end or re-evaluation date noted. The purpose of the temporary telecommuting agreement is indeed to allow an employee to telecommute with supporting medical documentation on a temporary basis.

Mental Health and Wellness

  • I am a student dealing with a large amount of stress caused by the pandemic. Where can I find help or other resources? (updated 11/04/20)

    Linfield’s Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center offers traditional face-to-face and tele-therapy services. Office hours during the academic year are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Appointments can be made by coming to the office, Walker 103, or by calling 503- 883-2535. Students can also email shlt@linfield.edu if they have any questions. 
     
    For after-hours emergencies, contact: 

    • Lines for Life Crisis Hotline 1-800-273-8255 or Text '273talk' to 83986 
    • JED 1-800-273- TALK (8255) or Text “START” to 741-741 
    • National Suicide Text Line: Text “CONNECT” to 741741  

    Or seek medical attention at: 
     
    Physicians Medical Center 
    2435 NE Cumulus Ave, Suite A, McMinnville 
    503-472-6161
     
    Willamette Valley Medical Center (Hospital) 
    2700 Stratus Avenue, McMinnville 
    503-472-6131 

  • I am a staff or faculty member dealing with a large amount of stress caused by the pandemic. Where can I find help or other resources? (updated 11/04/20)

    Linfield offers a variety of free resources for staff and faculty. These include:  

    In addition, resources can be found by talking to your healthcare provider or local county health authority.