It’s our goal to bring you the most-up-to-date health and wellness information as well as on-campus health services that support your health needs.

Promoting a Healthy New College Community

Health Services are now available for students through the Counseling and Wellness Center (CWC) next to the Palmer B Residence Hall (B-Dorm) on the Bayfront Campus

APRN Linda Marsh, a nurse practitioner, is available by appointment at the CWC: 

  • 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; and noon to 4 p.m. Friday.
  • Call 941-487-4254, option 1 to schedule.
  • Services include general medical care, sexual health, gynecology exams, vaccinations, and allergy shots. There is no charge to see the nurse practitioner. Students may be referred to other services outside of the Center such as pharmacy, lab work, X-rays, etc.  These services will require students to have their own health insurance.

Updates for Fall 2022

As you prepare for life on campus, we recommend bringing some self-care health items:

  • Over-the-counter medications or other needs, including throat lozenges and a thermometer for colds, coughs, sore throats, etc.
  • Prescriptions and other medications as directed by your healthcare provider, including refill information. 

Class attendance if you’re not well:

If you’re not able to attend class, you can obtain verification of absence by seeing the nurse practitioner at the CWC. Please call for an appointment at 941-487-4254, option 1.

The community level of COVID-19 in Sarasota County is “HIGH,” based on cases and hospitalizations (according to the most recent update from the CDC on August 11, 2022).

  • If you don’t feel well, please do not go to class. You can obtain verification of absence by seeing the nurse practitioner at the CWC. Please call for an appointment at 941-487-4254, option 1
  • On-campus COVID-19 testing won’t be available this fall. However, off-campus tests are available through other providers (information below) or you may opt to bring your own rapid test kits. 
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, be prepared to self-isolate in your residence hall or in off-campus housing, keeping in mind that meal deliveries will not be available from New College housing.
  • If you do test positive for COVID-19, the CDC recommends isolation for five days, followed by strict mask use for an additional five days. Additional information from the CDC may be found here: CDC Updates and Shortens Recommended Isolation and Quarantine Period for General Population.
  • Face masks are optional, based on your own health decision-making.
  • Flu season is also around the corner. Please be aware and take care of your health, using the same prevention steps as you would for COVID-19. 

We are planning a flu shot and COVID booster clinic in October. Monkeypox may be an additional concern. Please see more information here: https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/prevention.html.

COVID-19 by County | CDC shares information about the current rates and preventive steps.

Where to get tested?

There will not be COVID-19 testing options on campus this fall. It is recommended that you bring rapid tests with you to campus. 

  • If you have insurance, check with your local pharmacy to determine if your insurance will cover the cost of the rapid tests. 
  • You can order free COVID-19 tests and have them for your own use. Free Government COVID 19 Testing Kits.

Sarasota Department of Health offers free COVID testing at the following locations: All three sites below will test anyone regardless of symptoms. Testing is free, but individuals being tested will be asked to provide health insurance information, if available.

  • Former Sarasota Kennel Club, 5400 Old Bradenton Road, Sarasota. This site is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., offering rapid and PCR COVID-19 testing. This site is operated by Nomi Health.
  • Robert L. Taylor Community Complex parking lot, 1845 34th St., Sarasota. This walkup site is open weekdays, effective July 1, 2022 (8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to noon on Friday). PCR and rapid COVID-19 testing is available throughout the day. This site is operated by Lab Services.
  • Atwater Community Park, 4475 Skyway Ave., North Port. This drive-through site is open weekdays, effective July 1, 2022 (8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to noon on Friday). PCR and rapid COVID-19 testing is available throughout the day. This site is operated by Lab Services. No appointments required.

Testing options not listed above as free but may meet your needs include: Lab Services of Sarasota, Any Lab Test Now, Quest Labs, CVS, Walgreens, America’s Pharmacy, Ellenton Urgent Care, and Sarasota Memorial Urgent Care Centers.

Thanks to our students, faculty and staff who have worked with CWC to provide input and guidance so that we can provide important Health Services for our campus community. 

APRN Linda Marsh is an experienced provider who has worked with the CWC in the past, and she looks forward to serving our students. 

If there are ways we can continue to improve, we welcome your feedback. 

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Yosef Shapiro

Director Environmental Health & Safety, Director of Emergency Management
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