MLS (Medicare lab Services) will no longer be offering free on campus testing every Tuesday. This decision was made due to low turnout for the testing events. Our tester agreed to do two more testing events. But, they will be on Saturdays, May 7 and May 14 11 am till 1 pm. The location will still be in front of Sudakoff. You will require proof of health insurance. You can pre-register using the link provided: tinyurl.com/NCFcovidtest .

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Yosef Shapiro at yshapiro@ncf.edu.

More Information

Anyone experiencing possible symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home. If you are a student, please fill out the NCF Covid Health Screening Form that can be found on the NCF portal. Employees should reach out to Anne Fisher at 941-487-0033 either via call or text.

People with symptoms can get a rapid test, then follow it with a PCR. (For students, if they fill out the Covid Health Screening Form, Student Health will reach out and provide testing within 24 hours in most situations.) If the rapid test is negative, no need to isolate, but caution is advised in interacting with others until the PCR results are received. If the PCR is also negative, then the person need not isolate or be further evaluated.

 

Anyone experiencing possible symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home.

If you are a student, please fill out the Covid Symptom Form that can be found on your the NCF portal and request an appointment with Student health Services via this form https://form.jotformpro.com/71154011036945.

Students should reach out to Dr.  Anne Fisher at 941-487-0033 either via call or text. If residing on campus reach out to Housing & Residential Life as well at (941) 487-4259.

Employees should contact the Office of Human Resources for guidance.

People with symptoms should get a rapid test, then follow it with a PCR. (For students, if they fill out the Covid Health Screening Form, Student Health will reach out and provide testing within 24 hours in most situations.) If the rapid test is negative, no need to isolate, but caution is advised in interacting with others until the PCR results are received. If the PCR is also negative, then the person need not isolate or be further evaluated. Please note if you have tested positive for Covid within the last 90 days, utilize results from the rapid test as your final results as the PCR test will more than likeley continue to show you as positive.

If the rapid test is negative, there is no need to isolate, but caution is advised in interacting with others until the PCR results are received. If the PCR is also negative, then the person need not isolate or be further evaluated.

If anyone tests positive for COVID, they must isolate for 5 days from the date of the test collection or their first symptom, whichever is first. They are then released on the 6th day if the symptoms have resolved. No further testing is done.

If you are a residential  student that has tested positive please be sure to inform your roommate(s)  fill out the Covid Symptom Form that can be found on your the NCF portal and request an appointment with Student health Services via this form  https://form.jotformpro.com/71154011036945.

Students should reach out to Dr.  Anne Fisher at 941-487-0033 either via call or text, if residing on campus reach out to Housing & Residential Life as well (941) 487-4259.

Off campus students should not come to campus until their 6th day.

Students can request a medical absence excuse through Dr. Fisher.

NCF offers a variety of mental health services and resources. Our NCF Employee Assistance Program offers confidential 24/7 access to support for employees at no cost. To access online services, visit www.espyr.com and request the log-in information or contact Espyr by calling 800-869-0276.

The Counseling and Wellness Center (CWC) is available to all registered students for individual and/or group counseling.  Students should call 941-487-43254 option 1 for appointments, which are available in person and through telehealth. More information may be found at https://www.ncf.edu/cwc/

Generally, no. If you are fortunate enough to recover, you do not need to get tested again for three months. In fact, you should not get tested again within the 3-month window post-recovery, because you may still have detectable RNA after the risk of transmission has passed.

However, this does not apply in the following cases:

– if the test is to confirm the initial diagnosis of COVID-19. – if you develop new symptoms. – if you are otherwise advised by your health care professional.

For students and employees: if they are exposed but fully vaccinated, they can come to class or work if they are asymptomatic. However, they should watch their health carefully and if they are experiencing symptoms they should immediately isolate, getting a test ASAP. If they are not fully vaccinated, they must quarantine for 7 days with a PCR test on Day 5. If that PCR is negative, they are released on Day 7. No test, then they are released on Day 11. If symptoms start, the person must immediately isolate until evaluated.

When tracing this virus, people on campus will be contacted if they had a high-risk exposure to someone who tested positive. Contacts of contacts are not notified. Please note we do the best we can with this, and will either email or call if your phone is available. Do watch your email however, as this may be the only way we can contact you.

High risk exposures are defined as being within 6 feet of a positive case for more than 15 minutes aggregate over 24 hours. The timeframe is 48 hours prior to the person testing positive or having symptoms. Longer timeframes for exposure, such as the week before, are not investigated.

Fever or chills Cough Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing Fatigue Muscle or body aches Headache New loss of taste or smell Sore throat Congestion or runny nose Nausea or vomiting Diarrhea

No, a “medical absence” does not mean or equal COVID. The Campus is no longer doing contact tracing, SO, please inform your roommates if you are positive. If you are unable to attend classes, please reach out to DR \Fisher for absences from class.

Yes. It is safe to receive both the flu shot and the covid-19 vaccine at the same time. The flu shot doesn’t protect people against getting infected with COVID-19 and getting vaccinated for COVID-19 doesn’t protect people against getting the flu. For more information, please visit: https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/9-17-flu-shots-and-covid-19/.

If you are sick, it would best not come to work or class. Given the current pandemic conditions, it is important that we all do our part not to pass on the common contagious diseases, such as flu, colds, bronchitis, etc. given the strain COVID has placed on our health care system. Unless you are certain your illness is both 1) non-contagious and 2) leaves you capable of performing effectively, the College has sick policies in place for both students as well as faculty and staff that are designed to protect both the individual and the community.

For more information on COVID vs Flu vs Allergies, follow the link below: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/covid-19-cold-flu-and-allergies-differences/art-20503981

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