COVID-19 Campus Updates
SPRING 2023 UpdateUpdated January 23, 2023
Welcome Back Golden Bears!
I hope that our entire community has had time to practice self-care and is ready for a healthy and successful 2023! I would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest Golden Bears joining us for the first time—The Center for Health and Wellness is here for you and your mental and physical wellbeing, and we encourage you to come in or give us a call whenever you need us.
As the Spring semester begins, the University will continue to promote health and wellness and follow CDC and DPH guidelines for all communicable illnesses. The Center for Health and Wellness will monitor campus, local, and global trends closely and communicate changes as they happen.
With the continued prevalence of COVID-19 and respiratory illness, WNE’s guidelines have not changed from last semester. Currently, our COVID-19 community level is Medium.
Spring Guidelines - Spring 2023
Here are a few important reminders and policies to prevent illness and spread to others:
- Remember that we are a mask-ready campus. Always have your mask on hand. If someone asks you to wear your mask, we ask that you comply with their request. Please be respectful and supportive of each other’s personal choice to wear a mask.
- Do not attend classes or come to campus buildings or events if you are having any symptoms of illness. Wear your mask, communicate with professors, and contact Health Services or your healthcare provider for medical evaluation and guidance.
- Notes for absences due to medical illness may be provided in Health Services when medically indicated.
- Health Services is test ready. We can perform rapid testing for COVID-19 for anyone experiencing symptoms. Free testing kits are also available.
- Health Services can also perform testing for the flu and other illnesses.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
- Sneeze or cough away from others and into your elbow, even if masked.
- Remember, vaccines are our best defense against COVID-19 and Influenza. WNE will be offering COVID-19 vaccination clinics in Health Services in partnership with Behavioral Health Network on Tuesday, January 31, from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. and Wednesday, February 22, from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
- Watch for further information regarding additional vaccination dates and times.
Be safe, stay informed, practice good hygiene, and get vaccinated.
For good health, wellness, and the success of our Golden Bear community, please continue to take care of yourselves and each other!
Lauren A. Dansereau MSN, ANP-BC
Director of Health Service
Center for Health and Wellness, CSP 235
Western New England University
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Student Health Guidelines
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Western New England University is following the guidance and recommendations from the CDC and Massachusetts DPH. Health Services has a comprehensive plan in place. We are monitoring developments closely and are proactively taking the appropriate steps and measures to maximize prevention, minimize risk, and ensure that we are prepared to respond. The health and safety of our students, employees, and community is our highest priority.Center for Health and Wellness
State, National, and International Resources
• The CDC website
• World Health Organization
• Massachusetts Department of Public Health
• CDC Prevention & Treatment
• Coronavirus vs. the Flu
• Stigma & Coronavirus
• CDC: Enhanced Screening Procedures
• CDC: Spring Break Travel
• CDC: Health information
• US State Department
• US State Department Smart Travel Enrollment Program