Student Health Services

Current News--  Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus named 2019-nCoV. The outbreak first started in Wuhan, China, but cases have been identified in a growing number of other locations outside China, including the United States. Currently, cases detected in the U.S. have been shown to be related to persons who have traveled from China.  All current cases and those cases still being investigated can be tied to China and exposure in that country. 

Health officials are not sure of the source of the virus yet or how easily it can spread. Coronaviruses are found in many different animals.  This novel strain is currently being tied to a live animal and seafood market in China. Health officials suspect the 2019-nCoV evolved from a strain of the animal virus.  Coronaviruses often cause upper respiratory symptoms in humans, however, they may cause more severe symptoms in some of their viral forms. Unlike the Flu, there are no vaccines available to protect against 2019-nCoV infection at this time.   

This is a rapidly changing situation, and the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) are evaluating data and issuing frequent updates as information changes. Currently, the CDC considers the 2019-nCoV a very serious public health threat, however, based on the currently available information, the immediate risk to the American public is thought to be low.

As with most viruses including this novel coronavirus, the best protection is prevention.  You can help to protect yourself and others in the following ways

  • Wash your hands with soap and water frequently for at least 20 seconds use hand sanitizer if necessary until soap and water are available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands

There are no specific treatments for illnesses caused by coronavirus. Most people will recover on their own. To relieve symptoms you should

  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Take pain and fever medications (Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen)
  • Use a room humidifier or take a hot shower to help the discomfort of a sore throat and cough.
  • Stay home and rest until you are fever-free for 24 hours

If you are concerned about your symptoms, you should see your healthcare provider.  

If you would like to learn more about the Coronavirus go

“Navigating your way to continuing health and wellness”

The health and wellness of Albion College students is important to us. To assist students in maintaining the greatest degree of wellness possible, our College has partnered with Oaklawn Medical Group and Express Care-Albion located on the lower level of Munger Apartments. This facility includes the Oaklawn Family Practice Office and Express Care. The entrance is located on the N. Monroe Street side of the building (facing Biggby Coffee).

The Express Care walk-in clinic is open from 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. seven days a week. Appointments are not necessary, as the clinic sees patients on a walk-in, first-come, first-served basis. The contact number for Express Care is 517/654-1020.

Please note that the Oaklawn Express Care clinic is not equipped to treat medical emergencies. Students who are experiencing a medical emergency should call Campus Safety at 517/629-0911.

Medical emergencies include, but are not limited to:

  • Head injury/Unconsciousness
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Broken bones
  • Chest pain
  • Trouble breathing
  • Overdose
  • Severe burns
  • Severe abdominal pain

Students who have a non-emergency health issue during the times when the Express Care clinic is not open may call FONEMED AT 1-855-851-2208. This is a toll-free call line staffed by registered nurses who are trained to provide confidential medical direction and advice. Students may also call Campus Safety for assistance during the times in which the clinic is not open.

Students who are experiencing respiratory or stomach illness may also utilize the Self-Care Guide on-line at on Self Care Guide on the left navigation bar. Students will need to log in with their network ID and password to access the guide.

In addition, students with chronic medical conditions who need to continuing care from a physician near campus may call the Oaklawn Family Practice office at 517/629-2134 to set up a new patient appointment with a physician.

Students, please remember to bring the following documents and information with you when you utilize the Oaklawn Express Care or Oaklawn Family Practice, as well as other area healthcare facilities when you need health services:

  • Albion College Student ID
  • Driver's License or State ID
  • Medical Insurance Card
  • A list of medication you take regularly

For information about other Urgent Care facilities in the Albion area go to and click on Emergency Care on the left navigation bar, then choose Area Urgent Care Centers from the drop down menu.

Cheryl Krause BSN, RN-BC has moved to the Student Development office on the second floor of Ferguson.  Her job is to assist students with insurance issues, referrals, coordination of ongoing care, and navigating a student's connection to the Oaklawn Family Practice and Express Care - Albion. Her office hours are 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Students may call 517/629-0220, stop in during her posted hours, or email her at

Cold, Strep Throat and Flu Comparison Chart
Signs and Symptoms Cold Strep Throat Flu
Fever, chills Low fever, if any Fever Fever usual, can be high
Headache Rare Sometimes Usual
General aches and pains Mild, if any Sometimes All over aches usual, often severe
Fatigue and weakness Mild, if any Mild

Usual often severe. Makes you want to stay in bed.

Runny, stuffy nose Usual No Sometimes
Sneezing Usual No Sometimes
Sore throat Common Yes, usually severe Sometimes
Cough Mild to moderate; hacking cough No Common

Cold and Flu Prevention Tips
  1. Wash hands frequently
  2. Cover your cough
  3. Don't share drinks
  4. Eat healthy and on a regular schedule
  5. Exercise
  6. Get enough rest  (8 hours) 
Safe Sex?

There really is no such thing as “safe sex”…sexual activity of any type (oral, vaginal, anal, genital-to-genital contact without penetration) can put you at risk for contracting an STD (or STI, the terms are used interchangeably)...even if you wear a condom.  The only 100% way to protect yourself from becoming infected is to practice complete abstinence from all types of sexual activity.

Use a condom (or dental dam). Always. For any type of sex.

Using condoms will help reduce your risk of contracting (or passing on) an STD. Condoms must be used correctly (know how to put one on!) and consistently (every time!) in order for them to be effective. Keep in mind that condoms are less effective in preventing diseases such as herpes and HPV, but they do reduce the risk of transmission.  Free condoms are available from any Residential Life staff member.

For additional information on Safer Sex go to and click on the Self-Care Guide, for testing options click on Sexually Transmitted Diseases on the left navigation bar.  More questions?  Call Cheryl Krause at x0220.

Sick Trays

Sick trays are available to students who are ill, injured, and unable to come to Baldwin Hall for a scheduled meal. Sick trays can be picked up at Baldwin Hall or any other dining locations (The Grinds, The Eat Shop) at breakfast, lunch, or dinner during their regular hours.  To request a sick tray please fill out the request formForward it to  or . To pick up the tray bring the sick students ID and present it to the staff.  Menus are available at to assist sick students to make their choices. 

Questions? Call Cheryl Krause at 517-629-0220.

Confidentiality of Medical Records

Health care records are maintained in files separate from the student's academic files and cannot be accessed by faculty, staff, administration, parents or other students. As required by law, student health records will be maintained for 7 years after students graduate.

Protected Health Information is completely confidential. Students must sign a written authorization to release Protected Health Information to anyone, including faculty and family members. Protected Health Information may also be released for medical treatment, medical services, and as required by law.

E-Mail Policy

Student Health Services welcomes your interest and contact. We also value your privacy. Please consider the following information prior to sending an e-mail:

E-mail is not an appropriate medium for questions regarding individual, private, personal health. It is most appropriate for getting general information regarding services, resources or other campus information. We cannot guarantee that the contents of an e-mail message will remain confidential. While we will do our best to keep communication private, e-mail usage can be monitored and others may read the content of your personal messages.

Staff access to e-mail is also limited to Student Health Services work hours, there is no expectation that email will be checked after hours. Also, there is no way of knowing if a specific staff member is unavailable due to illness, vacation, or other business. This means that your message may not be read immediately. E-mail should never be used for urgent communication. When the response is needed in an urgent situation, please call Campus Safety at 517/629-0911.

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