Presidential COVID-19 Update: September 23, 2020

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Flu Shots
Starting today, the Wellness Center will be offering flu shots. Please call 406-447-5441 for an appointment. The Wellness Center is  open 9 am – 12 pm and 1 pm – 4 pm. The cost is $20, students can charge their accounts while staff and faculty need to pay by check or cash. We are hoping to have several outdoor flu shot clinics in the future – stay tuned for details. 

If you feel ill
As we continue to move through the semester, remember that resources are available if you feel ill or suspect you have COVID-19.

If a student feels ill, they should follow the below procedures. (Faculty and staff guidelines can be found on the Marching Back website.)

  • During regular business hours, call the Carroll College Wellness Center 9 am – 12 pm and 1 pm – 4 pm, Monday through Friday (do not go to the center before calling first).

    • Carroll College Wellness Center: 406-447-5441

    • The Wellness Center Staff will ask you a series of COVID-related questions about symptoms you may be experiencing such as:

      • Cough

      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

      • Fever – 100.4° and above 

      • Chills

      • Runny nose or new sinus congestion

      • Muscle pain

      • Headache

      • Sore throat

      • Fatigue

      • New loss of taste or smell

      • This list does not include all possible symptoms. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. 

  • After hours, call the St. Peter’s Urgent Care hotline at: 406-457-4180.

    • After assessing your symptoms, the Wellness Center may order a COVID-19 test.

      • You will be contacted directly for instructions on how to receive a COVID test.

      • Test sites currently include LabCorp and St. Peter’s Urgent Care.

  • If you are tested, and awaiting test results: 

    • Contact the Wellness Center at 406-447-5441 to report that you have been tested and to determine the best course of action.

    • Stay home until instructed otherwise by Lewis & Clark Public Health or a healthcare professional.

    • Do not go to work, school or public areas.

    • Notify your faculty members, supervisors, coaches, etc. to report that you are sick or suspect you may be sick and will not attend class/work/practice.

    • Ask friends or family members to do your shopping or use a grocery delivery service.

    • Isolate yourself from people and animals in your home – stay in a specific room away from other people and use a separate bathroom if available. Limit contact with pets and other animals. If possible, have a member of your household care for them. If you must care for an animal, wear a face covering and wash your hands before and after you interact with them. 

  • After test results are obtained:

    • An interviewer from public health will contact you if you (re)test positive for COVID-19, usually by phone.

    • If you have a confirmed case of COVID-19, the interviewer will help you understand what to do next and what support is available.

    • Lewis and Clark Public Health will let you know how long you should isolate yourself if you tested positive for COVID-19.

    • If you have a confirmed case of COVID-19, complete and submit the COVID-19 Reporting Form found on the Marching Back website, under the "Students" tab in the "If you have been contacted by Lewis & Clark Public Health or another healthcare provider and informed that you are COVID-19 positive" section. 

  • If you are not tested or your test is negative: You can return to normal activities 48 hours after the last symptom, including having no fever without using a fever reducer.

Asymptomatic testing for COVID-19}
We continue to work closely with state officials in Montana who announced this week that their goal is to test college students once every 14 days. We will communicate testing information as soon as it is available. In the meantime, students who need a test should contact the Wellness Center as directed above.  

Statewide COVID-19 Reporting for Schools 
The state of Montana has begun providing a weekly statewide report of school-related cases of COVID-19 broken out by county and school. Carroll College is reflected in the report under Lewis and Clark and the number of cases reported indicates total cases since the academic year began on August 17. The report can be found here – scroll down the page to the link for “Additional information for COVID-19 in Montana schools.”

Once again, we appreciate the efforts being made by our campus community to keep us all safe, healthy and open. 

Sincerely,

John E. Cech, Ph.D., President
Carroll College Marching Back Task Force