Dear Students:

Congratulations on making it to the end of the semester!  

Many of you have already sought out COVID vaccine. Good for you!  Be sure to keep your vaccination record in a safe place that you won’t forget. After your last COVID vaccination, returning students should take ALL of the following steps to record proof of vaccination with the College.   

1. Login to the Health Information Portal.

2. Click on “Immunizations” at the top of the screen, then “Enter Dates” and follow the directions to enter the dates of your vaccine.

3. Upload an image of your COVID vaccination card.

  • From the Menu Bar at the top of the Home Page in the Portal, select “Upload.”
  • Select “COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card” as the document you are uploading.
  • Click “Select File” to browse for the file on your computer. Highlight the file and select “Open.”
  • Click the blue “Upload” box.

PLEASE NOTE:  

  • Make sure your name and date of birth are on the document.
  • Only Images (.gif, .png, .tiff, .tif, .jpg, .jpeg) and Documents (.txt, .pdf) are allowed. 
  • File size must be smaller than 4MB. 

Directions of how to request medical and non-medical (e.g., religious) exemptions will be posted to the COVID Vaccination Policy FAQ page later this month.  We encourage you to check out that webpage for any questions that you have, and to e-mail covid19info@lclark.edu if you have questions that are not answered there.  

If you are staying on campus this summer, or will be on-campus this summer to attend classes, please be sure to read the information below about summer medical services and COVID support!  For all others, hope you have a great summer!

Guidance for students in residence this summer and students taking in-person summer classes (This guidance applies to the period from May 6th-August 24th, 2021.)

Medical Consultation 

The Health Service medical clinic will be closing for the semester at 4 p.m today, Thursday, May 6th. It will be closed for appointments through August 29th. During the time the Health Service is closed this summer, there are three options available for students in residence or summer school students needing medical consultation: a free nurseline; a mobile urgent care service (DispatchHealth) that will come to campus and assess you in the privacy of your residence, and off-campus urgent care centers and hospitals.  Please visit this webpage for a full description of these services.  

What if I am exposed to COVID or experience COVID-like symptoms? What do I do over the summer?  

Going into the summer, be sure you have masks, a thermometer, some fever-reducing medication, wipes, and hand sanitizer in your residence.  Remember to self-assess for symptoms every day.

If you experience symptoms of COVID-19 between May 7th and August 29th, you should:

1. Immediately self-isolate in your residence, and follow the College’s Guidelines for Self-Isolation.  For students in residence, these guidelines include information about food delivery options.  

2. Please complete the COVID Self-Check and Reporting Form (SCARF) in the Health Infomation Portal. (Note: Over the summer, data you submit on this form will be checked twice daily, on workdays only. If you need more urgent help, please also call the nurseline number listed below.)

3. Call the Nurse Consultation Service at 1-844-915-2069. 

4. If medical evaluation is recommended, students should contact DispatchHealth through their app, their website, or by calling 503-714-8987. Students will be expected to isolate while awaiting testing or test results. Students may also travel off-campus for medical consultation from a provider of their choice

5. If you have been vaccinated against COVID-19, see below for additional guidance.

While students can go off-campus for COVID testing, students who travel to off-campus testing via rideshare, taxi, public transit or with friends and who test positive will have to solve the challenge of how to return to campus without exposing anyone else to the virus. For this reason, we recommend that if you think you might need COVID testing over the summer, you utilize our nurseline as a first step, followed by DispatchHealth if necessary.

If you are concerned over the summer that you might have been exposed to COVID, but aren’t sure, you should also call Campus Safety and ask to speak with the COVID Consultant On-Call. Staff can answer your questions about your potential exposure.

What if I test positive for COVID?  

If you test positive for COVID, or you are identified as a close contact of a positive case, you are required to immediately notify the College. Please contact Campus Safety at 503-768-7777, and simply request a phone call from the COVID Consultant On-Call. The Consultant will be a Wellness staff member who will then guide you related to the supports you need, including grocery delivery and separate housing where you will not risk transmitting the virus to other students. 

Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine this summer? 

We highly encourage students living on campus over the summer to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible. You can use the Oregon Health Authority’s Vaccine Locator site to find an off-campus vaccine distribution location and make an appointment. 

If you received your first dose of the vaccine at the on-campus clinic on May 4th, an on-campus clinic will be held in early June to administer second doses. It is imperative that you receive both doses of the vaccine to protect you from the virus and ensure that you qualify as “fully vaccinated.”  Watch your e-mail for information about the June clinic.

What if I have received the COVID-19 vaccine and am later exposed to COVID? 

If it has been two full weeks since the final vaccination in any series of injections, you are considered to be “fully vaccinated.” If you are fully vaccinated and have been exposed to COVID-19, you will not be required to quarantine. However, you should still monitor yourself for symptoms and get tested for COVID-19 3-5 days after the exposure occurred.

John Hancock, Ed.D.
Associate Dean of Students for Health & Wellness

 
 
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