Student Wellness Center Response to COVID-19

If you have symptoms such as cough, fever, or shortness of breath and suspect it may be COVID-19, OR have had contact with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19, please call the Student Wellness Center to schedule an appointment. 

After Hours: If  you need to be seen at an Urgent Care, please CALL the Urgent Care center before showing up. A provider will help you decide if you need a visit or medical help.  Please see Emergencies and After Hours of Operation for more information.

To prevent against Covid-19, please follow and encourage others to follow the below precautions:

  • Cover mouth and nose (preferably into elbow) when coughing and sneezing
  • Frequent Handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use alcohol based hand sanitizer. See CDC Hand Hygiene Link below.
  • Avoid touching your own face
  • Do not share eating and drinking utensils
  • Do not share saliva
  • Take good care of yourself with adequate sleep, good nutrition and regular exercise.
  • Social Distancing to prevent the spread of disease (at least 6 feet from other individuals)
  • Disinfect commonly touched surfaces
  • CDC Hand Hygiene: Clean Hands Save Lives

With regard to the ongoing concern and media attention surrounding Covid-19, be assured that the Student Wellness Center is following Penn Medicine and CDC guidelines for screening and evaluation of potentially at risk individuals.  

For students who have Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) through F&M, you have access to Virtual Health Care from anywhere in the country:


For more detailed information, please visit the  following websites:


What is coronavirus?

Human coronaviruses typically cause a mild upper respiratory tract illness that we recognize as a “common cold” (runny nose, head congestion, sore throat, cough, low-grade fever, and fatigue). These infections are common during cold and flu season.

How are coronaviruses spread? How can transmission be prevented?

Coronaviruses are spread by respiratory droplets produced during coughing or sneezing. Respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette, including covering your cough, performing frequent hand hygiene, and staying home when sick are the best preventative measures

What is different about this new Covid-19 strain? Where did it start?

Most virulent strains of coronaviruses can emerge when animal viruses infect humans and can cause serious infections- severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) are recent examples. In December 2019, a new coronavirus is thought to have crossed from an animal reservoir to humans in a seafood and animal market in Wuhan City, China, and has continued to cause infections in humans. The market was closed on January 1, 2020. Subsequent human-to-human spread has led to the current situation.

What are the symptoms of infection with COVID-19?

For confirmed COVID-19 infections, reported illnesses have ranged from infected people with little to no symptoms to being severely ill. Symptoms can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

How are patients being screened for risk of COVID-19 at the Student Wellness Center?

When scheduling appointments and checking in at the front desk, patients will be asked a series of questions regarding recent travel, symptoms, and exposure to possible or confirmed cases of COVID-19. Instruction will be provided to the patient regarding testing and evaluation.

Can I get tested for COVID-19 if I don’t have any symptoms?

The Student Wellness Center only has capacity to test symptomatic students at this time. Our current test turnaround time is averaging around three days.

If you’re asymptomatic and would still like to get tested, there are options for testing at MedExpress, Patient First, and the CVS in Lititz. MedExpress is doing rapid antigen tests with a roughly 15 minute turnaround time; however, keep in mind these tests are not as accurate. They are also running a follow up nasal swab test as well that takes several days to come back.  

These locations may require a test reservation, so call in advance to schedule your appointment.

Does every patient with COVID-19 need to be hospitalized?

No. Evidence from across the globe indicates that most patients with COVID-19 become only mildly ill with respiratory symptoms and fever. 

If I’m in quarantine as an identified close contact, can I end my quarantine if I get a negative test result?

No, regardless of test result, you must stay in quarantine--whether on campus in Schnader or, if possible, at home--until the identified end date. It’s important to keep in mind that a negative test result at one point in time does not guarantee a negative test result a day or two later. 

Should I quarantine when I get home for break?

With the rising number of COVID-19 cases locally and nationally, it is safest to complete a modified quarantine upon arrival home. At least one week is recommended, especially if you used public transportation (bus, train, or flight) to get home and if there are any high-risk individuals at home.

What if I’m in a formal quarantine put in place because of close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19?

If you’re already in a formal quarantine and choose to go home, you should maintain the formal quarantine and isolate yourself from family at home until your quarantine window (14 days since last contact) has ended.