Student Health Service and COVID-19

Lennar Foundation Medical Center
Until further notice, all care at Student Health will be by appointment only and will start with a telehealth visit. If needed, telehealth visits will be followed by in-person care. 

Future date telehealth appointments are available at mystudenthealth.miami.edu. Same day telehealth appointments are available by calling 305-284-9100.

For COVID-19 Concerns

  • For non-urgent issues, contact Student Health at studenthealth@miami.edu
  • For urgent assistance, contact Student Health at 305-284-9100 (including after hours)
  • For emergencies, students are urged to seek emergency care or dial 911

Contact SHS if you...

  • Have symptoms of COVID-19
  • Have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • Have tested positive for COVID-19 outside of Student Health
  • Have any other COVID-19 medical questions

Students who test positive for COVID-19 outside of Student Health or have been exposed to COVID-19 should complete the Student Health Service COVID-19 Self Report Form

Absence Verification:

If you are a professor looking to verify a student’s absence from in-person class due to isolation/quarantine or other health related issues or a student looking to notify your professor(s) of an excused absence from attending in-person class due to isolation/quarantine or other health related issues, please complete the Absence Verification survey. Student Health will only confirm the dates a student is excused from attending in-person classes, private health information will not be disclosed. No information will be shared until the student provides Student Health with authorization to disclose these dates. Students, please note that you will still need to coordinate directly with your professor(s) regarding class lectures and assignments.

Students can report concerns about unsafe behaviors of student groups or individual students to 'Canes Care for 'Canes.

Seeking Care and Testing

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Self-Quarantine and Self-Isolation Guidance

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About COVID-19

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  • How does COVID-19 spread?

    COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person to person, including between people who are physically near each other (within about 6 feet). People who are infected but do not show symptoms can also spread the virus to others. 

    COVID-19 can sometimes be spread by airborne transmission, which means exposure to the virus in small droplets and particles that can linger in the air for minutes to hours. Viruses spread by airborne transmission may be able to infect people who are further than 6 feet away from the person who is infected or after that person has left the space. Available data indicate that it is much more common for the virus that causes COVID-19 to spread through close contact with a person who has COVID-19 than through airborne transmission.

    COVID-19 spreads less commonly through contact with contaminated surfaces.

    For more information, visit the CDC's website: How COVID-19 Spreads

  • What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

    People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

    Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea

    This list is not all possible symptoms. 

  • How do I prevent COVID-19?

    The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The CDC recommends:

    • Wash your hands often
      • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
      • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
      • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
      • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
      • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
        • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
      • Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker. Currently, surgical masks and N95 respirators are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders.
      • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
    • Cover coughs and sneezes
      • If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
      • Throw used tissues in the trash.
      • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
    • Clean and disinfect
      • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
      • If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
      • Then, use a household disinfectant. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work.
    • Monitor your health daily 
      • Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
      • Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
        • Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.
      • Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.

  • What is the treatment for COVID-19?

    People infected with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. Currently, there is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19 infection.

    If you have questions regarding your symptoms, you may schedule a telehealth appointment at mystudenthealth.miami.edu

  • Should I wear a face mask?

    Follow University guidance regarding the use of face masks as part of the "Protecting personal space" pillar.  

    The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected. Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is NOT a substitute for social distancing. 

    For more information, review the CDC's recommendations and guidelines for cloth face coverings

  • What does social distancing mean?

    Limiting face-to-face contact with others is the best way to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home.

    To practice social or physical distancing stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.

    Social distancing applies even if you are young and do not have any symptoms. Those who have no symptoms can still transmit the virus to somene else who is at risk of experiencing serious symptoms. Everyone has a role to play to reduce and slow the transmission of COVID-19 and protect those around us. 

    We strongly encourage all members of the University of Miami community to truly practice social distancing. Review the CDC's website for more information on social distancing and how to protect yourself when leaving the home. 

Our Response to COVID-19

Your health and safety is our priority and we want you to know that we are taking all necessary precautions for our students. Here are our current safety measures:

All patients, employees, and providers wear masks while inside our clinic. Masks are provided for anyone who does not have one.
All employees are being screened before returning to work, and patients are being screened prior to on-site appointments. Anyone suspected of having COVID-19 or an exposure is treated in a different area and isolated from other patients.
Like all UHealth facilities, the Lennar Foundation Medical Center has signage reminding patients and staff of the safety guidelines. In addition, appropriate protective shields have been installed where needed, furniture has been rearranged to promote social distancing, and hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the facility and clinic. There is increased cleaning in high-traffic areas, high-risk areas, and frequently touched surfaces.