COVID-19

Health and Wellness

The College is requiring that all employees, as well as all undergraduate enrolled in on-campus classes whether they live on campus or off, be fully vaccinated (two weeks post their last dose) against COVID-19. Students should plan on completing vaccination requirements and submitting their documentation by August 15th.
 
We encourage you to submit your documentation as soon as you can! Submit a photo or scanned copy of your vaccination card via the button below:

Symptom Monitoring and Reporting Guidelines

All students, faculty and staff returning to campus are required to carefully monitor their health on a daily basis. The key for ensuring a healthy, efficient campus is clear communication, so please communicate any symptoms you may be having with your faculty.

Before leaving your home and making your way to campus each day, please ensure that you are healthy to make sure everyone on campus stays safe and well. Please take this survey each day: Daily COVID-19 Symptoms Pre-Screen Tool.

SYMPTOMS

According to the CDC, COVID-19 symptoms include (but may not be limited to):

  • 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

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ISOLATION, QUARANTINE AND TESTING

The following recommendations apply to non-healthcare settings. Guidance for residents and staff of healthcare settings can be found in the Updated Healthcare Infection Prevention Control Recommendations in Response to COVID-19 Vaccination. To access the CDC’s COVID-19 Data Tracker, click HERE.

Fully vaccinated people with COVID-19 symptoms...

Although the risk that fully vaccinated people could become infected with COVID-19 is low, any fully vaccinated person who experiences symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should isolate themselves from others, be clinically evaluated for COVID-19, and tested for SARS-CoV-2 if indicated. The symptomatic fully vaccinated person should inform their healthcare provider of their vaccination status at the time of presentation to care.

Fully vaccinated people with no COVID-like symptoms following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19...

Fully vaccinated people should be tested 3-5 days following a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result. They should isolate if they test positive. Fully vaccinated people who live in a household with someone who is immunosuppressed, at increased risk of severe disease, or unvaccinated (including children <12 years of age) could also consider masking at home for 14 days following a known exposure or until they receive a negative test result. Most fully vaccinated people with no COVID-like symptoms do not need to quarantine or be restricted from work following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, if they follow the testing and masking recommendation above.

Fully vaccinated people should monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following an exposure.

Fully vaccinated people with no COVID-19-like symptoms and no known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19...

It is recommended that fully vaccinated people with no COVID-19-like symptoms and no known exposure should be exempted from routine screening testing programs, if feasible.

Wellness Resources

Locations / Resources

St. Luke’s Hospital
101 Page Street
New Bedford, MA 02740
(508) 997- 1515

Southcoast Urgent Care Center
208 Mill Road
Fairhaven, MA 02719
(508) 973-2432

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I START SHOWING SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?

  • Stay home. Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home except for getting medical care.
  • Take care of yourself. Get rest and stay hydrated. Take over-the-counter medicines, such as acetaminophen, to help you feel better.
  • Stay in touch with your doctor.
  • Separate yourself from other people. As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people.
  • Monitor your symptoms. Read the CDC’s list of symptoms HERE.
  • Wear a mask. If you must be around other people, wear a mask.
  • Cover you coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue and through them away in a lined trash can. Immediately was your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items. Do not share dished, cups, utensils, towels or bedding with other people in your home. Wash these items thoroughly after use.

Mental Health Resources

WHAT CAN I DO EVERY DAY TO HELP REDUCE STRESS AND ANXIETY?

  • Take care of your body. Eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep. Avoid alcohol and other drugs.

  • Connect with others. Share your concerns and how you are feeling with a friend or family member. Maintain healthy relationships, and build a strong support system.

  • Take breaks. Make time to unwind and remind yourself that strong feelings will fade. Try taking in deep breaths. Try to do activities you usually enjoy.

  • Stay informed. When you feel that you are missing information, you may become more stressed or nervous. Watch, listen to, or read the news for updates from officials. However, avoid too much exposure to the news.

  • Seek help when needed. If stress is impacting your daily life or several days or weeks, talk to someone and get help.

RESOURCES

If you have any questions, or would like to seek out more information about NMI’s Health and Wellness Resources, such as for the well-being and counseling services offered, call us at 508-992-4025 or email us via the button below: