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Health and Wellness FAQs

Minimizing the Risk

  • What can people do to help keep the Linfield community healthy? (updated 07/18/22)

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

    • Get vaccinated and boosted. Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and your community against COVID-19. Booster shots are the best defense against COVID-19 variants. Linfield's Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center strongly recommends those who can get vaccinated and boosted.
    • Linfield asks that all members of our community monitor your health every day before coming to campus. 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 face covering labeled N95, KN95 or KF94 for the best protection. 
    • 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 changes have been made to the Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center? (updated 07/27/22)

    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.

    See the full services available on the Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center webpage.

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.

  • 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 and exposure

  • What should someone do if they feel sick? (updated 07/28/22)

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

    • Students: Students on the McMinnville campus should contact the Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center to discuss next steps in care. 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 should someone do if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19? (updated 08/02/22)

    If you were exposed to COVID-19, please follow the CDC guidelines for quarantine or isolation after an exposure. These can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html. Employees 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.

  • What should a staff or faculty member do if contacted by a student about a possible exposure? (updated 07/28/22)

    McMinnville: 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.

    Portland: Respond to the student and copy Portland Student Life at pdxstudentlife@linfield.edu. Request that the student contact Portland Student Life directly, so that the student can be properly connected to resources and have their academic and health needs properly addressed.

  • 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.

Isolation

  • What is the difference between strict and modified isolation? (updated 07/28/22)

    Regardless of symptoms, students and employees should follow the isolation and modified isolation policies detailed below.

    Students enter strict isolation after a positive result from a COVID-19 test. Students in strict isolation must stay at residence or isolation space for five days while they recover and the risk of spreading the virus diminishes. Meals will be delivered to students in university designated isolation housing. Students isolating in place will not have meals delivered. 

    Students move to modified isolation after five days of strict isolation if: they are fever-free for 24 hours without any fever-reducing medications and other symptoms are subsiding; and they agree to always wear a KN95 or N95 mask when outside their isolation room.

  • What activities can students participate in when in modified isolation? (updated 7/28/22)

    So long as they wear a KN95 or N95 mask, students in modified isolation may:

    • Leave their room to attend class or other activities while wearing a KN95 mask in all outdoor and indoor spaces.
    • Leave isolation rooms to pick up meals from Dillin Hall or Starbucks.
    • Leave their room to exercise alone.

    Students in modified isolation may not:

    • Socialize with other students.
    • Drink or consume food around other students.
  • What does it mean to “isolate in place”? (08/01/22)

    Linfield students who test positive for COVID-19 may opt to isolate in their current housing situation instead of moving to university-provided alternate isolation housing. If the positive student has roommates or suitemates, all parties will agree to and abide by specific stipulations outlined in their Isolate in Place Agreement.

  • Why was the isolate-in-place housing option created? (08/01/22)

    As the COVID-19 virus mutates and adapts so does the mitigation response. The BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants of COVID-19 are highly transmissible, and immunity from vaccine or past illness provides only limited protection against infection from the virus. Vaccine, booster and/or previous illness and features particular to these sub-variants have so far meant most healthy people who are infected with COVID-19 will have a mild course of illness. Because of the high transmission rate, it is possible Linfield University will see a significant number of individuals who are mildly ill and will have been shedding virus before they develop symptoms, thus exposing those living in close quarters. Due to the anticipated number of cases and informed by feedback from students who have experienced isolation housing during the COVID-19 era, as well as Yamhill County Public Health Officials, Linfield adopted this additional housing option for students who have tested positive for COVID-19 and their roommate(s).

  • What if a roommate or suitemate of does not feel comfortable staying in their residence with someone that has tested positive? (08/01/22)

    The isolate-in-place housing option is completely voluntary and either party can change course at any time and request a move to dedicated housing if there is a spot available.

  • What are the expectations of the exposed roommate or suitemate? Do they need to isolate as well? (08/01/22)

    The exposed roommate would not have to isolate but should begin testing on the fifth day after their roommate tests positive, with either a home test or a laboratory-based test. The home tests take more days to show infection than the laboratory-based tests, but exposed students who test negative may want to repeat their test a number of times and home-based tests are more cost effective.

    In addition, the exposed roommate or suitemate should wear a high quality, well-fitting mask such as a KN95 when indoors around others, such as Dillin Hall or in classrooms.

  • What should someone do if they see people who should be isolating in their rooms not following isolation guidelines? (08/01/22)

    Violations of university policy and guidelines (including COVID-19 policies) can be reported by any member of the Linfield community on either campus through a Public Incident Report Form. The reports are confidential and are processed and addressed by the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities.

    Reports can also be made by contacting the following support services on campus:

    • Area Director On-Call: 503-883-5433
    • Dean of Students: 503-883-2436, dos@linfield.edu

Mental Health and Wellness

  • Where can students find help for dealing with anxiety or stress caused by the pandemic? (updated 07/29/22)

    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:

    • 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: Call or text 988 or visit https://988lifeline.org/ 
    • 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 07/29/22)

    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.