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Student Health Service COVID-19 Update
Student Health Service (SHS) has changed many of its procedures to promote social distancing and prevent the spread of COVID-19. We know a person can be a carrier of the virus, not show any symptoms and unknowingly transmit the disease to others. Therefore, we are taking proactive steps.
If you become ill or develop a medical concern the Health Center is open Monday through Friday. To gain access to the office an appointment is necessary. Do Not walk-in. Call a Triage nurse at 845-257-3400 for assessment. Based on this encounter you may be advised one of the following:
- Self-care measures
- Offered a telemedicine appointment with a physician
- Offered an in-person appointment
- Directed to an Emergency Department if your symptoms warrant a referral
A triage nurse is available 8:30am to 12pm and 1pm to 4:30pm (summer 8am- 12pm and 1pm-4pm).
If an in-person appointment is scheduled, wear your face covering to the appointment and be on time.
You may not bring a friend with you to an appointment.
When you arrive for your appointment, enter the first two sets of doors, call 845-257-3400 and office staff will open the Health Center door.
When you enter, you will be led directly to an exam room.
As you enter the office, cleanse your hands with alcohol based hand sanitizer at the Purell hand station. “PUMP IN”.
When you have completed your appointment, received discharge instructions and needed supplies, you should again use the alcohol hand sanitizer as you exit the Health Center. “Pump out”.
CDC – Recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory infections including:
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Maintain 6 foot spacing when around people even if they appear healthy.
- Wear a mask when in public.
- 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.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- Avoid large crowds and gatherings.
- Avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes.
- Cover your cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Use your elbow if a tissue is unavailable.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. (SHS has initiated enhanced cleaning protocols focused on frequently touched surfaces in public places).
The above precautions are for the safety and well-being for our community. We apologize for any inconvenience and sincerely wish the best health for everyone!
To provide quality medical care in a compassionate environment.
To interact with students in a manner that will teach them how to interact with the healthcare system in the future.
To begin a dialogue with students on how to make healthy choices in life with regard to diet, exercise, sleep, relaxation, interpersonal relationships, tobacco use, alcohol use, drug use, and receiving immunizations.
PHONE: 845-257-3400 FAX: 845-257-3415
MAIL: Student Health Service, SUNY New Paltz, 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz, NY 12561
Use IMMUNIZATIONS link to review NYS Required Immunizations and New Paltz Tuberculosis Screening Policy
STUDENT HEALTH SERVICE HOURS
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Phone calls are welcome, doors are opened for scheduled appointments only
4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Phone calls are forwarded to the answering service and staff are finishing the care of those who contacted Student Health Service prior to 4:30 p.m.
INTER-SESSION AND SUMMER HOURS
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Phone calls welcome and doors are opened for scheduled appointments only
DIAL 911 (This will allow students to receive immediate medical attention)
NON-EMERGENCIES AFTER HOURS & WEEKENDS
On-campus students: contact University Police 845-257-2222 or 911
Off-campus students: call 911
Student Health Service is located in the round building across from Gage Hall. The building houses both Student Health Service and the Psychological Counseling Center, which are separate services.
ELIGIBILITY FOR SERVICES
In order to be eligible to use Student Health Service (SHS), students must be registered for classes. Every student needs health insurance. This is not used for the services provided at SHS. Those services are paid for by the student health fee. Insurance is needed for prescription medication, lab tests obtained outside SHS, lab tests obtained at SHS and sent to outside lab, radiologic tests, specialty physicians, emergency room visits, and hospital stays.
Submission of the Health Report (HR) helps SHS staff obtain important background medical information about the student. It is therefore recommended that the student submit a HR 30 days prior to starting college, but it is no longer a requirement for use of the health center. The Health Report can be downloaded on this website under "forms."
SCOPE OF PRACTICE
Student Health Service provides non-emergency primary medical care for problems that occur while college is in session. SHS provides care with an emphasis on preventative health care.
For routine matters such as scheduling appointments for non-urgent, non- emergency reasons, students need to call during our regular business hours.
If a student has an urgent medical problem that they feel cannot wait for our regular office hours, and they are not sure how to proceed, they may reach the on-call physician by calling 257-3400. The on-call physician is available to discuss urgent medical questions with students by telephone and to help the student caller identify his or her options for care.
Some students, because of the nature of their problems, require comprehensive health care which cannot be provided at SHS. Following initial evaluation at SHS, those students will need to secure off campus healthcare services while attending college. Students who require specialty physician care will be assisted by the Student Health Service staff in accessing this care in conjunction with their primary care medical provider (if they have one) and their insurance plan.
TRANSPORTATION TO/FROM OFF-CAMPUS MEDICAL FACILITIES
NON EMERGENCY TRANSPORTATION
The Health Center does not provide transportation to off-campus medical facilities. When a student is referred by SHS to an off-campus medical facility, he or she may use vouchers from SHS for taxi service to get to the recommended medical treatment facility. The student must reimburse the Campus Auxiliary Services for the voucher within 30 days. After hours, when this transportation is authorized, vouchers may be obtained from University Police.
SHS will when indicated activate their emergency 911 system to transport a student to a local emergency room.