Student Health Services adapts to quarantine

In order to maintain both the physical and mental well-being of students and staff currently residing here on campus during the shelter-in-place order, Student Health Services has modified some services online and has reduced hours for in-person visitation.

According to Administrative Analyst Jennifer Slye Moore, Student Health and Counseling has changed its hours of availability and is asking students to call ahead of time to schedule appointments and have limited the number of face-to-face appointments.

“In order to continue to safely serve students, we have expanded our services to offer telehealth and Zoom appointments with medical providers,” said Slye Moore. “We were able to quickly transition to the
telehealth format without much difficulty and students have been responsive to the service.”

A sign outside the Student Health Center has reasons to be seen if you are feeling sick. Photo by Carlos Holguin

The Student Health Services website states that the offices are open Monday to Friday from 9:15 a.m. to noon for phone calls and teleservices. Physical services include the pharmacy, lab services and in-person appointments from 1 to 4:15 p.m. Slye Moore asks students to call ahead of time in order to schedule an appointment to be seen.

“The Student Health Center is still also offering limited in-person acute services,” said Slye Moore.

According to her this includes but is not limited to “…treatment of minor injuries, mental health, respiratory illnesses, COVID-19 screening, STI treatment, other acute medical conditions and pharmacy services.”

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) has moved into an online capacity as well, with teletherapy sessions via Zoom or by phone call. In addition to group and individual sessions, CAPS is also hosting a variety of workshops that students can access through Zoom.

While some of the workshops like “Managing Social Isolation & Anxiety in Crisis” and “Staying Healthy (Body and Mind) While Quarantining” have been created specifically to help during the epidemic, CAPS has also worked to get pre-existing events like the African American Center for Academic Excellence’s Talking Drum Circle to an online format.

Slye Moore said over email that the online additions have enabled them to continue caring for students even from afar.

“Telehealth has enabled us to continue to provide patient care to students that are currently living out of the area and also enabling local students to receive care while sheltering in place,” said Slye Moore.

Students can check for dates and times of all currently planned workshops at https://counseling.humboldt.edu/groups-during-coronavirus while appointments with CAPS can be made by calling (707) 826-3236 or email at hsucaps@humboldt.edu.

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