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Health and Wellness FAQs

Minimizing the Risk

  • What can people do to help keep the Linfield community healthy? (updated 08/12/21)

    The best way to protect everyone's friends, colleagues and students is to get vaccinated, follow Linfield’s temporary pandemic policies and practice healthy hygiene habits.

    • Get vaccinated. Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and your community against COVID-19. SHWCC strongly recommends those who can get vaccinated.
    • Linfield asks that all members of our community perform a health self-monitoring checklist before coming to campus each day. This can be done by using the Health Monitoring Daily Checklist.
    • If you are sick or ill, stay home. Isolate yourself from others in your household as best as possible.
    • Wear a cloth face covering anytime you are indoors on campus, with the exception of your own personal office space, residence hall room or apartment.
    • Face coverings are recommended for any large event outdoors. 
    • Anyone who is unvaccinated is also required to wear a mask outdoors, whenever they cannot maintain six feet of distance from others. 
    • 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 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.
  • What safety precautions are ongoing for Linfield's student-athletes? (08/09/21)

    Like the general student population, student-athletes are required to abide by the university's vaccination policy. However, due to Northwest Conference guidelines, any unvaccinated or partially vaccinated student-athlete will need to undergo COVID-19 testing throughout the year. Student-athletes are financially responsible for the cost of the test. 

  • What changes have been made to the Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center? (updated 08/09/21)

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

    • Appointments to the SHWCC can be made by calling 503-883-2535, emailing SHLT@linfield.edu or stopping by the front desk in Walker Hall 105.
    • In accordance with Oregon Health Authority policy, face coverings are required for all who enter in the Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center.
    • Counseling services will continue to be offered face-to-face and via telehealth.
    • Student Affairs 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 things should students 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, Wellness and Counseling Center.

COVID-19 Testing

More information is available on the COVID-19 testing page.
  • Where can someone get tested for COVID-19? (updated 05/20/21)

    Information about COVID-19 testing, including where you can get tested, is available on the COVID-19 testing page.

  • Why does Linfield not provide COVID-19 testing for its employees? (updated 05/20/21)

    Linfield's Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center serves as a healthcare provider for Linfield's current students; it is not a healthcare provider for employees. 

    Staff and faculty access to their own healthcare providers through their health insurance program. For those employees who utilize the university's health insurance program through Kaiser Permanente, more information about testing can be found on their COVID-19 testing page or you can request a test through kp.org

  • Can Linfield help students from Hawaii or Alaska get tested before returning home? (updated 05/20/21)

    Students can get tested for COVID through the Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center. Certain states may require testing at specific sites and all are encouraged to review that information on the website of the appropriate state.

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

    Students can get tested for COVID through the Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center. There are many testing sites in McMinnville and Yamhill County. The Oregon Health Authority website can help locate a testing site. 

Illness, Quarantine and Isolation

  • Do people who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 still need to quarantine after a known exposure? (updated 08/09/21)

    Fully vaccinated people (those who are two weeks past their final COVID-19 vaccine shot) who are exposed to COVID-19 do not need to quarantine, but are advised to:

    • closely monitor their health
    • wear a mask indoors around other people for the 14 days following exposure, and
    • get tested 3-5 days after exposure.
    If the test is positive for COVID, then the infected individual will need to isolate for 10-14 days, as directed by the local health authority.

    Unvaccinated people who are exposed to COVID-19 should isolate immediately and follow the instructions from their local health authority regarding isolation and testing. The normal range for isolation is between 10-14 days.

  • What should someone do if they 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 to 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 someone contracted COVID-19? (updated 08/09/21)

    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 between 10-14 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 times for the test vary, 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 local health authority's 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.

  • Should local students check in with SHWCC or their local doctors if they have COVID-related symptoms? (08/20/20)

    Linfield is asking that McMinnville students with COVID-like symptoms check in with the Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center (SHWCC) so that the institution’s medical staff can ensure that 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 healthcare 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 a staff or faculty member do if contacted by a student about a possible exposure? (01/28/21)

    Respond to the student and copy Patty Haddeland, director of the Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center. Request that the student contact Patty directly so that the student can be properly connected to resources and have their academic and health needs properly addressed.

  • What should someone do if a member of their household is requested to self-isolate? (updated 08/09/21)

    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, the employee should use PTO for the recommended period of time. Questions about PTO policies can be directed to the Office of Human Resources at 503-883-2594 or hr@linfield.edu.

Mental Health and Wellness

  • Where can students find help for dealing with anxiety or stress caused by the pandemic? (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

  • Where can staff or faculty members find help for anxiety or stress caused by the pandemic? (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.