Congratulations, you’ve made it through mid-terms. YOU deserve a pat on the back for a job well done. Keep up the good work — you’ve got this!
This week’s OC CARES communication addresses a few important reminders:
- Complete the Student COVID-19 Vaccination Survey
- Medical Excuse Form Must Be Submitted to Your Instructors
- It’s Flu and Cold Season
- Tele-Health Doctor Appointments Just a Click Away
Reminder: Complete the Student COVID-19 Vaccination Survey
Thank you to all the students who have completed the online COVID-19 vaccination survey.
All students, residential and commuter, must complete the short online survey indicating whether or not they are fully vaccinated.
The vaccination information is used by the College’s authorized contact tracers should a student be identified as having come in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. The information is not shared with faculty or staff or any outside source for any reason.
- If you have not completed the surveyI, please do so, whether or not you are fully vaccinated.
- If you have been fully vaccinated since you first completed the survey earlier in the semester, please complete the online survey again and upload your vaccination card.
Steps to Complete the Survey
- Log in to the MyOlivet portal by clicking here. You must be logged in to the MyOlivet portal to complete the survey.
- Click on the Student Engagement tab at the top of the page.
- Next, click on the Residence Life tab on the left-hand side of the page.
- At the top right of the Residence Life page you will see “Fall 2021 Return to Campus Student Survey” under “Residence Life Forms.”
Medical Excuse Form Must Be Submitted to Your Instructors
If you receive a medical excuse from the Department of Residence Life for COVID-19 related isolation or quarantine, you are required to give the excuse to each of your instructors as soon as possible to ensure any absences from class are excused. Instructors are not required to accept the excuse weeks or months after your illness.
It’s Flu and Cold Season, too!
The spread of COVID-19 is headline news and remains a threat to everyone’s health and safety, regardless of age. However, it’s important to remember that with the autumn weather comes flu and cold season, both of which are contagious and can spread easily.
- Symptoms of flu can include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, and fatigue (tiredness).
- Cold symptoms are usually milder than the symptoms of flu and are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose.
If you have symptoms, but are not sure if you have COVID-19, the flu or a cold, students should return to their residence and contact Campus Safety immediately at 269-794-7911 for assistance and instructions. Employees should contact human resources.
Even if you test negative for COVID-19, if you have flu or cold symptoms, please stay home for your health and safety and the health and safety of others. Just like COVID-19, every time you sneeze or cough you release germ-filled droplets into the air and risk spreading the flu or cold to other people. The CDC recommends that you stay home at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medications, or after symptoms have improved (at least 4-5 days after flu symptoms started). Click here to learn more about the differences between a cold and the flu.
OC Flu Vaccine Clinic, Oct. 20
- Students and employees are encouraged to attend the OC Flu Vaccine Clinic, Wednesday, October 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Health and Wellness Center.
- Flu vaccines are covered by many insurance plans. If your insurance plan does not cover the flu shot, you may still receive the vaccination for $23.
- Check the OC app for details, watch for emails from Jason Meadows, or stop by the Office of Student Engagement if you have questions.
Tele-Health Doctor Appointments Just a Click Away
Olivet College and Sparrow Health System have partnered together to provide virtual health services through MySparrow to students, faculty and staff. MySparrow services include a free symptom checker to determine if COVID testing is needed; access to on-demand video visits with an urgent care provider from your smartphone, tablet or computer for non-emergencies; and access to test results.
Virtual health visits are available Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. To schedule an appointment with a Sparrow medical provider, visit sparrow.org/olivetcollege and create an account. To ensure that your insurance plan participates with Sparrow, you are welcome to call 517-364-7999 to speak to a Sparrow billing representative in advance of your tele-health appointment. Click here to learn more about the on-demand video visits.
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