COVID-19 Update
10/12/2020

Our operational status

The Student Health Center is dedicated to serving the unique healthcare needs of UWL & Western students.

We are still open for our full array of services including primary care, same day care, mental health, and physical therapy. Some of these services are also being offered virtually!!!!

Make an appointment - call 608.785.8558

Please inform the scheduler if you have fevers, cough, difficulty breathing, or other COVID 19 symptoms OR have tested positive for COVID 19 in the last 10 days

 

For more information: UWL's COVID-19 info hub

The Student Health Center is dedicated to serving the unique healthcare needs of UWL & Western students.

We are still open for our full array of services including primary care, same day care, mental health, and physical therapy. Some of these services are also being offered virtually!!!!

Make an appointment - call 608.785.8558

Please inform the scheduler if you have fevers, cough, difficulty breathing, or other COVID 19 symptoms OR have tested positive for COVID 19 in the last 10 days

** Masks required please**

Please enter the clinic from the Health Science Center entrance on Badger Street

COVID 19 Testing Options

On Campus COVID Testing
  1. Antigen Screening: We will continue to provide screening antigen tests to students without symptoms: Monday through Friday 8am-3:30pm in Cartwright room 212.
    Residence Life Students- testing is required and you will receive a sign up link via email. 
    Off Campus Students- testing is optional, but highly recommended. Please sign up using his link for a specific day and time: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050C48ABAC2DABFB6-offcampus
     
2. PCR Testing: For those with symptoms, close contacts whose exposure was at least 5-7 days ago, and WTC Students. Please do not walk in for testing but call ahead (608) 785-8558. You will be directed to test at either the Cowley Annex or the Student Health Center.
 
 

Off Campus Testing: 

*When testing at our local health systems, be sure to CALL FIRST.

Gundersen Nurse Line: 608-775-4454
Mayo Nurse Line: 507-293-9525

National Guard Testing sites- https://www.lacrossecounty.org/covid19/testing-information

 

For the most up to date information about Coronavirus, please visit UWL's COVID-19 page

Hot topics

Coronavirus expanding section

Coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. It was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, Hubei, China, and has resulted in an ongoing pandemic.

Transmission

COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person-to-person. It is most likely spread between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). Respiratory droplets are produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks and these droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. People may also become infected by touching a contaminated surface and then touching their face. COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

Symptoms

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or are concerning to you.

 

Prevention 

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. You can take steps to slow the spread.

  • Maintain good social distance (about 6 feet). This is very important in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others.
  • Stay home if you feel sick.
  • Do not travel to areas with high COVID-19 rates.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Get a flu vaccine

Recommendations if you have symptoms:

  • Students who have developed any of the symptoms of COVID-19, have been in contact with someone experiencing any of these symptoms, or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should contact the UWL Student Health Center immediately at 785.8558.  Student Heath Center staff will help direct you on the next steps.
  • If you become ill after hours, please utilize one of the local emergency rooms.

Note the SHC is not open for appointments on the weekend. We calling positive results on weekends and holidays.

The CDC and World Health Organization (WHO) are providing the most current COVID-19 information as this is a rapidly evolving situation. You may check the following websites for the most current information:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

You can also view the local COVID-19 updates at the La Crosse County Public Health Department’s website:

https://lacrossecounty.org/covid19

Please feel free to call the Student Health Center at 608.785.8558 with any questions.

 

 

 

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5 Ways to Avoid Colds and the Flu

You don't want to spend this winter battling a runny nose, a nagging cough, or a fever. But colds and flu come with the season, right?

They don't have to. Try this advice from the CDC.

Get a flu shot

The best time to get the flu vaccine is when it becomes available in your community, but getting the vaccine later is better than not getting it at all.  The CDC recommends an annual flu shot for everyone age 6 months and older. Two things to remember: Flu shots don't cause the flu, and getting a flu shot won't protect you against the common cold.

Wash your hands

Wash your hands often. The viruses that cause colds and seasonal flu are spread by droplets, usually when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. The virus is airborne and enters your body through your nose or mouth, or from your hands after you have touched an object contaminated with the virus. For instance, if you share a phone or a computer keyboard, or touch public door handles, and put your hands near your face, the virus could enter your mouth or nose. Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds using soap and water is best for cleaning cold viruses off your hands. If you don't have access to soap and water, carry an alcohol-based hand cleaner with you.

Use tissues, then toss them

Don't stuff used tissues back in your pocket. Throw them away.

Avoid contact

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Stay home if you are sick to prevent spreading your illness. When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve.

Practice good health habits

The CDC recommends that you follow general recommendations to stay healthy. These suggestions include: get plenty of sleep; be physically active; manage your stress; drink plenty of fluids; and eat nutritious food.

 

Influenza vaccine is available at the Student Health Center for $20 (charged to your student account).  Call 785-8558 to make an appointment to get your Influenza vaccine!

 

More information about Influenza and prevention:

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm

https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/influenza/prevention.htm

https://www.nfid.org/infectious-diseases/facts-about-influenza-for-adults/

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A UWL student was recently diagnosed with Meningitis B, received treatment at a medical center, and has recovered. This was an isolated incident. Close contacts of the student have already been identified and treated with antibiotics and vaccination as needed. The La Crosse County Health Department has found no additional cases of suspected Meningitis B.

Meningococcal disease is caused by the Neisseria meningitidis bacteria and can cause a blood infection or meningitis (a swelling of the tissues that cover the brain and spinal cord). These illnesses are severe and can be deadly. College students are at increased risk for meningitis given close living quarters.  Outbreaks of Meningitis B have been seen at other universities.

Meningitis Risk Factors

  • Meningitis is spread by contact with saliva. It is not spread through the air or by casual contact
  • You can help prevent infection by not kissing, sharing drinks, utensils, plates or cigarettes/vapes
  • Weak immune system

Meningitis Symptoms

  • High fever
  • Headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Vomiting
  • Sleepiness
  • Confusion
  • Purple or pinpoint rash

We recommend immediate evaluation in a health care facility for these or other concerning symptoms.

We encourage prevention, which includes vaccines for Meningitis.

Meningitis prevention requires 2 separate vaccines

1.      Meningitis A,C,Y,W (Menactra, Menveo, Menomune)

  • Vaccination starts at age 11 with a booster dose after age 16
  • If the first dose is given after age 16, then only 1 dose is needed

2.      Meningitis B (Bexsero or Trumenba)

  • Recommended between ages 16-23 years
  • 2 vaccines doses are needed with either Bexsero or Trumenba (a 3rd dose is needed for patients at increased risk for meningococcal disease)
  • The vaccines are not interchangeable

Both types of Meningitis vaccine are available at the Student Health Center, with your primary care provider, or at local pharmacies.

  • Cost at the Student Health Center: Menveo (ACYW) $105 Trumenba (B) $120 Bexsero (B) $145
  • If you receive the vaccines through your primary care provider or the pharmacy, then this cost can potentially be billed through your health insurance
  • If you have concerns regarding cost or which vaccines you need, please call the Student Health Center (608) 785-8558

For detailed information and further recommendations on Meningitis please visit the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/index.html

Students should contact the Student Health Center directly with any questions or to make an appointment to review your vaccination status at (608) 785-8558.

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Information about Sexually Transmitted Infections

 Did you know?-->  In La Crosse County, Chlamydia rates continue to be high every year.  Gonorrhea and Syphillis rates have risen dramatically over the last two years.  Here are links to information about STI's and prevention:

 More information:

 American Sexual Health Association

 Centers for Disease Control 

 Planned Parenthood