Health Questions

What should I do if I get sick?

If you get sick with fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher), cough, or have trouble breathing, seek medical advice.

  • Students — call the Student Center for Health and Counseling at (218) 755-2053. After hours, call Sanford Bemidji Main Clinic at (218) 333-5000.
  • Employees — call Sanford Bemidji Main Clinic at (218) 333-5000.
    • All employees who have traveled to a Level 3 destination should contact their supervisor.
  • Tell the doctor about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Do not travel while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
What happens if a member of campus community is diagnosed with COVID-19?

If there is a case of COVID-19 on campus the MDH will notify the campus immediately, work with us to identify contacts, determine what kind of campus notification is needed, and help navigate any other response measures.

Situational Awareness:  Be aware that COVID-19 has varying impact on each member of the campus community.  Exercise the following:

  • Practice social distancing. Social distancing means staying out of crowded places, avoiding group gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.
  • Call ahead before appointments.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
I am overwhelmed by all of this. How can you help me?

Mental Health, Stress and Anxiety:  This is a stressful time for all of us. Here are some resources to help ease a bit of the stress: 

The Student Center for Health & Counseling will also remain OPEN at this time. 

The Student Center for Health and Counseling will continue to provide services to students – regardless of whether they return home to complete the Spring 2020 semester via alternative methods of delivery, or if they remain on campus due to exigent circumstances.

The SCHC is currently enhancing its technology to allow for HIPAA-compliant teletherapy and telehealth delivery of services through Zoom, with an expected start date of March 20. In the meantime, counseling staff are completing check-ins by phone with scheduled students, and appointments have continued at the clinic. Students will be called prior to scheduled appointments for screenings. Students may always call the center during regular business hours for phone screenings or other services by calling (218) 755-2053 during regular business hours (9 a.m.-12 noon and 1-4 p.m., Mon.-Fri.). After hours, students should call Sanford Bemidji Main Clinic at (218) 333-5000.

As a reminder, students with fever, cough, shortness of breath or concern about exposure to COVID-19 should call SCHC or Sanford before visiting.

 

What should I do if I am experiencing symptoms of COVID-19?

If you feel you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, The Minnesota Department of Health recommends:

1.      Stay at home for at least 7 days, and for 3 days with no fever and improvement of respiratory symptoms – whichever is longer. (Your fever should be gone for 3 days without using fever-reducing medicine).

2.      Use the CDC website on how to Care For Yourself at Home with COVID-19.

3.     If your household contacts were exposed to you while you had symptoms, they should try to stay home as much as possible for 14 days.

      a.    They should closely monitor their health, and if symptoms occur, they must isolate themselves. More guidance on this can be found here: MDH COVID-19 Basics

b.     Use the CDC website for How to Minimize Spread.


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