Coronavirus health information
This is a time of increased uncertainty, grief and loss for students, families, faculty and staff. The services of Linfield's Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center remain available to you. They also recommend these additional resources for supporting mental health.
If you feel sick
If you are ill with a cough, please call your health care provider for instructions prior to visiting a clinic, hospital or other medical facility. Specific recommendations may be made in anticipation of your visit, such as wearing a mask or checking in at a different location.
Health officials continue to urge all Oregonians to take steps to protect those who are most vulnerable to complications from COVID-19. Those considered “high risk” include adults 60 and older, or anyone with a serious health condition, including lung or heart problems, kidney disease, or diabetes, or anyone who has a suppressed immune system.
People vulnerable to complications should follow federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations to stay home as much as possible and avoid gatherings.
Every resident should take these basic steps to protect those most at risk:
- Never visit a hospital or long-term-care facility if you have a fever or cough illness
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- Stay home if you feel ill
The COVID-19 virus spreads like the flu, when someone who is sick coughs or sneezes close to another person (close means about six feet). As testing capacity increases — with Labcorp and Quest Diagnostics online, and clinical laboratories at some Oregon hospitals — officials expect the number of people who test positive with COVID-19 to continue to rise.
Health-related frequently asked questions:
Testing availability changes day-to-day as testing kits become available or supplies become limited. Feel free to contact the Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center at (503) 883-2535 or your own Primary Care Provider to discuss testing criteria and options.
All COVID-19-related questions can be sent to email@example.com. We are doing our best to answer in a timely manner. We ask for your patience, but we will get to your concerns. If these questions are of a medical or personal nature, please contact the Center for Health, Wellness and Counseling or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below is some helpful information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus Webpage that explains what is currently known about COVID-19 and ways to protect yourself from illness. This is a rapidly evolving situation and we encourage you to check the webpage often for the most up to date information.
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, between people who are in close contact with one another (within about six feet). The virus is transmitted by respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest). Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. Severely ill people may develop pneumonia. The very young, very old and those with compromised immune systems are more severely affected by the illness.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday precautionary steps to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health care workers and for people taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).