COVID 19

If you have completed your COVID vaccination!

Congratulations!  Please let us know if you have completed your COVID vaccination. Please click on the YELLOW TAB  and register at the student portal as directed and upload your documentation or picture of your documentation. Click on “UPLOADS” and scroll down to drop box and select COVID vaccination documentation.  Call the SHC if you have any questions. 

Symptoms to look out for with COVID-19

· Nasal congestion, and/or sore throat, and/or Headache
· Cough
· Fever and/ or chills
· Fatigue with or without activities and/or generalized weakness
· Sudden loss of smell and/or taste
· Shortness of breath
· Muscle aches and pains
· Loss of appetite, and/or nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, and/or abdominal pain
· Discoloration of fingers and toes, hands and feet and/or any new generalized rashes
· Confusion, or loss of balance, or localized muscle weakness

New COVID variants

New variants from UK, South Africa, Brazil are found to be more transmissible (i.e. more efficient and rapid transmission).  Scientist are working to study these variants and how they spread more easily from person to person, severity of disease, affect our ability to detect viral infection,  affect our present therapeutics for COVID disease and effectiveness of the vaccination.  At present there is evidence of the UK variant in Virginia.  It is more important than ever to MMDC.  Make sure that your mask is of high quality cotton with high thread count and avoid only using thin, stretchy fabric as masks unless you can put another layer on.  Please also avoid using mask with an exhaling valve.  Everyone has a role to protect the health and wellness of the UMW and the Fredericksburg community.

Are you a close contact?

Per CDC, a close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of someone known to have COVID-19 (even with mask on) for a total of 15 minutes or longer over a 24 hour period, or having exposures to respiratory secretions from an infected person (e.g., being coughed or sneezed on, sharing a drink, or utensils, kissing), starting from 2 days before the person became sick (or 2 days before specimen collection if no symptoms).

If you are exposed, don’t Panic.   Minimize your interactions with others.  During any essential interaction. you should keep your mask on and stay at least 6 feet distance apart from others.  Please contact your Student Health Center for guidance.

Testing for COVID 19 available at the SHC and locally in Fredericksburg

If you are sick, you may contact the Student Health Center at Marshall from 8am-5pm for an appointment for an evaluation and testing.  After hours, you can also go to local urgent care centers for testing. If you are unable to go to an urgent care, you can contact your Residence life representative.  Stay in your room and keep your mask on and stay at least 6 feet distance apart from others, avoid all but essential interactions with others.

 Testing Protocols at UMW

Please see UMW testing protocols for further information regarding Testing and Isolation Protocols for Spring 2021 at https://www.umw.edu/returntocampus/protocols-spring-2021/

Practice self-care if you have COVID-19

  • Rest – it is important to get adequate rest and sleep. This will keep your immune system strong.
  • Drink plenty of fluids – Viral infections are dehydrating. Drink enough so that your urine is a normal pale color.  Water, soup, fruit juice, and hot tea with lemon are good choices.
  • Take OTC (Over-the-counter) medications for symptoms if needed.
    • Tylenol or Ibuprofen to reduce fever or relieve body aches.
    • Use petroleum jelly on sore skin that may occur around your nose and/or lips from increase use of tissues.
    • Sore throat can be relieved with fluid, or cough drops or Benzocaine containing lozenges i.e. Cepacol or Chloraceptic 

*Please read and follow all instructions on OTC labels.

When should you call for help?

Call your doctor or go to the ER if:

  • You have trouble breathing. (You can’t speak a full sentence.)
  • You have constant chest pain or pressure.
  • You are severely dizzy or lightheaded.
  • You are confused or can’t think clearly.
  • Your face and lips have a blue color.
  • You feel like passing out (lose consciousness) or is having hard time keeping awake.
  • You can’t keep liquids down.

Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:

  • Your symptoms get worse.
  • You are not getting better as expected.

Call before you go to the doctor’s office.  Follow their instructions. And wear a mask.

HEALTHY HABITS DURING QUARANTINE