Symptoms of Coronavirus:
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention the following may be signs of coronavirus:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath of difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste of smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
Accessing medical care:
All students with symptoms or exposure to COVID-19 should isolate and call the Health Center at 607-436-3573 for consideration of diagnostic testing.
If the student Health Center is closed, and you are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, please see the Emergencies and After Hours Concerns page for a list of local resources.
Types of testing:
Asymptomatic students who wish to have testing done for routine surveillance reasons may present to pool testing. Pool testing is available for asymptomatic students . For up to date testing dates and times please see the fall planning page under testing. Students need to preregister online. For additional testing questions please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Student Health Center has the ability to perform rapid and send out laboratory testing for COVID-19 when medically indicated. Send out laboratory tests are available in 2-5 days.
Receiving a negative COVID-19 test results is reassuring, but negative results are only a snapshot in time. A negative test today does not mean a negative test tomorrow. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention the following are ways to protect yourself and others:
- Wash your hand often
- Avoid close contact
- Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Clean and disinfect
- Monitor your health daily
Frequently Asked Questions
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
According the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, close contact is defined as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.
My roommate/friend tested positive for COVID-19. What should I do? If you have been deemed a close contact, someone from the Otsego County Department of Health will contact you and instruct you on quarantine measures. If you are not contacted by the Otsego County Department of Health, then you can assume that either your friend tested negative or you were not deemed to have been a close contact. If you think your friend forgot to give your name as a close contact but you feel you meet the criteria for a close contact, you should contact the Otsego County Department of Health and tell them you believe you were a close contact of someone who tested positive.
Should I get tested? As a close contact of a positive, you will be given quarantine instructions by the Department of Health. If you become symptomatic, please call the Health Center at 607-436-3573 or your primary care physician for consideration of diagnostic testing. A rapid test and/or a PCR that is negative does not release you from quarantine if you are a contact of a positive.
Information is rapidly evolving, and some information is limited due to this. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, data to date show a person who has had and recovered from COVID-19 may continue to have low levels of virus in their bodies for up to 3 months after initial diagnosis. This means that if you have recovered from COVID-19 and are retested within three months, you may continue to have a positive test result, even though you are not spreading COVID-19.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there are no confirmed reports to date of a person being reinfected with COVID-19 within three months of initial infection. However, research is ongoing. If you have recovered from COVID-19 and have new symptoms of COVID-19, you may need an evaluation for reinfection. You should isolate and contact the Health Center to be evaluated for other causes of your symptoms, and possibly retest.
There has been a nationwide uptick in mental health and wellness brought on by COVID-19. Please remember, we are all in this together! The counseling center is staffed and ready to assist students and can be contacted at 607-436-3368. Additionally, State University of New York has launched a new plan to expand access to mental health services – ‘Reach out SUNY’.
All student information held at the Health Center is strictly confidential and will not be released without written or phone consent by the student and/or as required by law. Students under 18 years of age, must have parental permission to be seen and treated at the Health Center except for emergency situations, emancipated minors, or reproductive health issues.