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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Health and Prevention-related FAQs

What are symptoms of the coronavirus?

Observing any symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing.

Or at least two of these symptoms:  

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

If you have symptoms or think you were exposed, stay home, and call Health Services for guidance. Do not come to the clinic. 

Read about COVID-19 Symptoms at the Florida Department of Health web site. 

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What if I am sick or suspect I have been infected with the coronavirus?

Students should contact Holly Doucette in Health Services with any questions regarding health support services. Staff members are directed to continue to consult with their primary care physician. 

In addition, the Florida Department of Health recommends you:  

  • Contact your county health department.
  • Consult a health-care provider as soon as possible. Call ahead and tell them before you visit that you think you may have COVID-19 so they can take precautions to prevent exposing other people.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • If you have a surgical mask, wear it during close contact with other people. A mask can reduce the number of droplets coughed into the air.
  • Remember, very few respiratory infections will be COVID-19.
  • Please review your signs, symptoms and travel history thoroughly with your physician.

If you are Faculty or Staff and you are sick with or suspect you are infected with COVID-19, you should:

  1. Stay home. Do not go to work or school. People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness. You should restrict activities outside your home except for getting medical care. If you have a medical appointment, call the health care provider ahead and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19
  2. Stay away from others as much as possible, stay in your room and away from other people in your home, do not share household items, use a separate bathroom if possible
  3. Cover your coughs and sneezes, wash your hands with soap and water frequently for 20 seconds and or use 60% alcohol hand sanitizer. Clean and disinfect surfaces frequently
  4. Monitor your symptoms and seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (difficulty breathing)
  5. Call 911 if you have a medical emergency
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Where can I find more information about preventing coronavirus transmission?

The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • You can find more information at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html
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Are counseling services still being offered?

Yes. Counseling Center services are being offered by phone for on- and off-campus students. Please phone us at 904-819-6305 or email counseling@flagler.edu for an appointment.

If you are experiencing a psychological emergency call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room which is at Flagler Hospital.

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If we have any symptoms, do we have to stay home for a certain time period? Can we work remotely if we are sent home? Are students going to be asked to do the same before coming on campus?

The Flagler College Returning to the Workplace Guide outlines how employees should proceed if they are presenting symptoms. 

Employees will be required to continue completing a daily health assessment before coming to campus.  Employees who exhibit symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 must work with their supervisor and Divisional Leader in coordination with the Office of Human Resources to develop a plan that outlines the number of days to self-isolate away from campus and appropriate documentation needed to return to work. If necessary, the College will direct such employees to leave the campus immediately and not return until sufficient time and/or sufficient documentation is received by the Office of Human Resources demonstrating that the employee may safely return to work and is not a threat to himself/herself or others.

Yes, students will be required to complete a daily health assessment before coming to campus or going to class. If they present any symptoms, they will work with Health Services to develop a plan that outlines the number of days to self-isolate. 

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How can you guarantee safety on campus if your game plan does not include consistent testing?

The College has consulted with local health agencies on the topic of testing. The guidance provided indicates that the results of the tests are only valid at the moment they are taken. The regular monitoring of symptoms through the health assessment form is a better indicator of the health of the campus community.

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What should I do if I see someone not wearing a mask?

 The health and safety of the campus is the responsibility of everyone. The Return to Work Guide provides the information we need to maintain our environment, but we must be diligent “enforcers” of the processes and procedures. If you see someone not wearing a mask, it is ok to provide a gentle reminder about the requirement. 

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