Coronavirus Information

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Arcadia is committed to the health and well-being of its community members. For important COVID-19 (coronavirus) information, including FAQs, visit arcadia.edu/coronavirus.

Student Health Services Recommendations 

For the health and safety of all University community members, Arcadia’s protocol is in accordance with Governor Wolf’s Stay-At-Home Order (STAY AT HOME ORDER GUIDANCE) to avoid being exposed to COVID-19 and in order to slow down the rate at which it spreads. 

To prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus and other respiratory infections, the CDC recommends the following prevention measures:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Voluntary Home Isolation: Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing

SIf you believe you have symptoms related to COVID-19

It is highly recommended that students and employees who believe they may have come in contact with the virus, self-monitor in their place of dwelling while monitoring for signs and symptoms of illness as described by the CDC.  

SELF-MONITORING LOG

The CDC has provided a good resource to  screen your symptoms online.If you feel sick with fever or cough or have difficulty breathing:

  • Seek medical advice. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms. You should avoid contact with others and limit travel on public transportation to keep the risk of secondary transmission at its lowest.
  • Take your temperature 2 times a day, in the morning and evening and record on the self-monitoring log
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60%-95% alcohol immediately after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.

Guidance for Household Members Living with Someone High-Risk

  • Stay in another room or be separated from the patient as much as possible; use a separate bedroom and bathroom if possible
  • Clean your hands often with soap and water or with an alcohol-based sanitizer; use soap and water preferentially if your hands are visibly dirty
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • The patient and household members should wear disposable facemasks when in the same room; throw masks away after using them
  • Avoid sharing household items with the patient
  • Clean “high-touch” surfaces with a cleaning spray or wipe
  • Aid with obtaining basic needs in terms of food, medications, and other personal needs for the household memberHygeine and Prevention

Be Seen by a Provider Virtually

Arcadia students have the option of connecting with a provider via phone and/or video chat using new telehealth services. During a physician consult, you will be able to speak to a physician for the diagnosis and treatment of many different acute illnesses. Click the button below for more information. 

Prevention is the best way to limit the spread of disease. If you find that you are not feeling well after returning, then please seek medical care as described. Otherwise, self-monitor yourself for the specified time so that if you do become ill, the risk of spreading your illness to others is minimal.

If you feel your symptoms are at EMERGENCY LEVELS i.e. Shortness of breath, fever over 102⁰F, chest pain etc., that cannot wait until the morning, call 911 and explain that you are being monitored for potential exposure to coronavirus and need emergency medical care. 

For More Information

  • The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) established a website for up-to-date information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
  • If you have specific medical questions about coronavirus and your health, you can contact Student Health Services at 215-572-2966 or shs@arcadia.edu.
  • Individuals traveling internationally should be aware of the CDC’s specific guidance for travelers. University-sponsored travelers should consult with Dan Devery, Travel Health and Safety Manager: deveryd@arcadia.edu.