Student Health Service and COVID-19

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

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

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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  • What is the difference between self-quarantine and self-isolation?

    Quarantine

    Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, and monitor their health. 

    Isolation

    Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected. People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. In the home, anyone sick or infected should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific “sick room” or area and using a separate bathroom (if available).

     

  • How do I self-quarantine?

    Stay home and monitor your health

    • Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19
    • Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
    • If possible, stay away others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19

    Review the CDC guidelines on self-quarantine and the Student Health guidelines on self-quarantine.

  • How do I self-isolate?

    Stay home except to get medical care

    • Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately
    • Stay in a separate room from other household members, if possible
    • Use a separate bathroom, if possible
    • Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets
    • Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils
    • Wear a cloth face covering when around other people

     

    Review the CDC guidelines on self-isolation and the Student Health guidelines on self-isolation.

About COVID-19

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  • How does COVID-19 spread?

    The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.
    • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
    • COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

    The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading very easily and sustainably between people. In general, the more closely a person interacts with others and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread.

    It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about how this virus 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.