Medical & Mental Health
Last Updated: March 31, 2020
Our top priorities are ensuring staff remain healthy and doing all we can to slow the spread of the virus. Denison is following all CDC protocols with regard to the coronavirus.
The CDC urges us all to make regular habits of these standard practices to prevent all viruses, including the flu and COVID-19:
- Wash your hands frequently, or use commercial hand sanitizers, especially after touching objects in public areas.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Avoid close contact with sick people. Avoid coughing directly into your hand.
- When coughing or sneezing, cough into the bend of your elbow or a Kleenex.
- Take good care of yourself - i.e., adequate sleep, consume a nutritious diet and drink plenty of water.
- If you are sick, please stay home and avoid contact with others
Students who are on campus should call the Wellness Center immediately at 740-587-6200. Students who are not on campus should contact a healthcare provider in their area.
We want to alert you that, due to the current COVID-19 situation, we have received reports of very long wait times before getting a virtual appointment via Teledoc (up to 10 hours). Therefore, we recommend that you call your primary care physician for guidance first. If you do not have a primary care provider or cannot reach them, consider visiting an urgent care center.
If you have medical insurance through Denison, you can visit Aetna’s website to find urgent care centers near you. If you live in the Newark/Heath area, the following urgent care centers are in-network:
- Newark Valley Urgent Care, 1906 Tamarack Road
- Family Urgent Care LLC, 607 Hebron Road
If you have medical insurance elsewhere, please consult with your insurance coverage to find medical providers.
Teladoc remains a good option for non-urgent medical advice at no cost. With Teladoc you can receive medical advice without having to wait at a doctor’s office or urgent care (where wait times could be long as well). Just please be aware that wait times may be long.
If you are experiencing a medical emergency, you should call 911 or have someone take you to an emergency room. And please remember that if you are not feeling well, you should stay home. If you are at work when symptoms arise, please inform your supervisor and go home.
Our guiding principle is protecting both the health of our campus community and the privacy of those involved. When we are informed that a member of our community has tested positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms consistent with COVID-19. We will inquire about the medical guidance the person has received to date and take the following steps
- If the person has received a lab-confirmed diagnosis or it is determined that a person meets the definition of symptoms consistent with COVID-19, a timeline of the person’s onset of symptoms and contacts will be developed.
- Those contacts will be notified and given the appropriate advice for the circumstances, including potentially isolation (if they themselves are experiencing symptoms) or quarantine (if they are not symptomatic). Please remember that whether you are contacted, and any guidance given, turns on several factors, including the nature of your exposure, the timeline of the other person’s manifestation of symptoms, and whether you yourself are symptomatic.
- If you are not notified, then according to the CDC guidelines we are following, you are not at a risk level above the general population (just remember that all of us should be following the baseline directives for self-observation, social distancing, etc., in addition to the state order that remains in place).
- We will maintain the confidentiality of all individuals and we ask all who know individuals with confirmed diagnoses or symptoms to honor their privacy so they and their families can focus on their health and recovery.
In light of the current concerns about the coronavirus, during the next 90 days Aetna insurance is offering zero co-pay telemedicine visits and is waiving co-pays for all diagnostic testing relating to COVID-19.
Students who are on campus should call the Wellness Center at 740-587-6200. Students who are not on campus should contact a healthcare provider in their area.
Students who receive their prescriptions through the Wellness Center will receive an email directly from the Wellness Center providing them with directions according to the individual refill needs. Students that have additional questions about their refills can call the Wellness Center directly at 740-587-6200.
We understand members of our community may be concerned and anxious, and especially so if they have loved ones in locations impacted by the virus. Students can schedule individual counseling sessions by appointment by calling 740-587-6200 (Press #1 for scheduling). Sessions are usually 45-50 minutes, bi-weekly, Monday-Friday. Some evening hours are available.