Health and Wellness

Last updated: Monday, August 24, 2020

As we prepare to be together safely for fall 2020, Albion College’s top priority is the health and wellness of our students, staff, faculty, and community members. We have made, and continue to make, significant changes to campus in order to ensure that all members of our community can maintain appropriate social distancing as we teach and learn together.

COVID-19 Health Guidelines | Albion Community Commitment

In preparation for reopening, we have made the following adjustments on campus:

  • Installing auto-opening capabilities on doors.
  • Creating plexiglass barriers, where appropriate, in open spaces.
  • Distributing COVID-19 Starter Kits for each student and employee to aid in reducing the spread of the virus (includes a disposable mask, digital thermometer, hand sanitizer, etc.)
  • Installing handwashing and sanitation stations throughout campus.
  • Developing a sanitation plan for increased cleaning of common spaces.
  • Resetting many classrooms for smaller group sizes and spacing desks six feet apart for physical distancing.
  • Installing more than 100 cameras and microphones in classrooms to aid in virtual engagement.
  • Collaborating with local health and medical officials to prepare the campus and community.
  • Installing appropriate barriers between the driver and passenger in Campus Safety vehicles to aid in safety during vital transportation.

Over the coming weeks, we will be updating this page regularly as more information about our plans for a safe and healthy fall 2020 becomes available.

What will the College community be expected to do to safely return to campus?

All members of the campus community will be expected to partake take steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, including:

  • Wearing a mask inside, and outside when a distance of six feet cannot be maintained.
  • Maintaining at least six feet of physical distance between yourself and others. 
  • Monitoring your health and practicing good personal hygiene, including regularly washing your hands.
  • Staying home when sick.

In addition, regular diagnostic testing and contact tracing will be required for all students, faculty and staff returning to campus. A robust testing program will allow the College to keep a close eye on infections that may be occurring on campus, and facilitate a quick response to prevent community spread. This testing will also inform Public Health Protocols on campus. Don't worry, the molecular diagnostic test is quick, simple and painless. Prior to returning to camps, all members of the campus community will be expected to complete a period of self-quarantine.

Beginning fall 2020, all members of the Albion community will be required to have a flu vaccination unless a waiver is approved. The County Health Department will provide on-campus immunizations when the vaccine is available.

Finally, Albion College will be implementing new resources to help students navigate insurance coverage, and will require that all students provide the necessary documentation for verification of insurance OR Medicaid prior to arrival.

While some of these practices will require change to our on-campus experience, we recognize that this is what's required of us to continue to operate in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Will personal protective equipment (PPE) be provided by Albion?

Yes, the College will be providing masks and other personal hygiene (PPE and sanitizing) supplies to members of the campus community.

What should I do if I feel ill this fall?

The health and wellness of Albion College students is of the utmost importance to us. To support students in maintaining the greatest degree of wellness possible, Albion College has partnered with Oaklawn Hospital to provide health care to students. Oaklawn Medical Group-Albion and the Express Care clinic are available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week and can be contacted at (517) 654-1020. Students needing care during the COVID19 pandemic should use the following guidelines.

If you have symptoms that could be related to COVID-19

The following symptoms are associated with 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

If you experience any of these symptoms between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, call Albion’s COVID-19 team at (517) 629-0220.

If you experience any of these symptoms after hours or on weekends, call Express Care at (517) 654-1020 for a screening. This will consist of a series of questions. Based on your answers you will be instructed to do one of the following:

  • Rest, drink fluids, stay home to monitor your symptoms and call back if your symptoms worsen.
  • Use Telemed. Telemed consists of a virtual meeting with a health care provider either on your computer or phone. The provider will evaluate your symptoms further and give advice for care. Instructions for accessing Telemed will be given by the Express Care.
  • Go to Express Care-Albion for evaluation and possible testing. Although Express Care is available daily from 11 a.m.  to 8 p.m. for walk-in appointments, calling ahead is preferred in order to monitor waiting room space and social distancing guidelines.

For transport, you must call Campus Safety at (517) 629-1234. It is imperative that you follow all Campus Safety’s guidelines for transport including sitting in the rear seat and wearing a mask at all times.

If you have further questions call Campus Safety for assistance at (517) 629-1234.

If you have a health issue not related to COVID-19

Call Express Care-Albion for guidance during their open hours, 11 a.m to 8 p.m., seven days a week. Express Care Albion is a walk-in clinic that sees clients on a first-come, first-served basis and can be contacted at (517) 654-1020.

For after-hours care, contact FONEMED at 1-855-851-2208. FONEMED is a triage line answered by registered nurses. The nurses will ask questions, assess the situation, and make one of the following recommendations:

  • Stay home and follow the home care instructions given by the nurse.
  • Seek care during the next health provider office hours.
  • Seek care in the next four hours.
  • Seek care immediately.

If you need assistance with any of the above, or with transportation, contact Campus Safety at (517) 629-1234.

How will Albion handle cases on campus?

We will report cases on campus using our COVID-19 dashboard and have established defined quarantine spaces in the event that a student does contract COVID-19. Further, working with local public health officials, Albion students who are members of the Wilson Institute will be trained to become COVID-19 contact tracers on campus to mitigate any potential spread of the virus.

Who is guiding the Public Health and Safety policies?

Cheryl Krause, BSN, RN-BC, director of health services, has been appointed chair of COVID-19 planning. In this role, Cheryl has assumed responsibility for assisting President Johnson and campus planning teams with managing the policy approval process and with making the medical choices we need to make to be ready for a safe return in the fall.

Cheryl and President Johnson have engaged the counsel of Dr. James Wilson, ’77, a renowned medical scientist and Albion alumnus, as special advisor to the president for medical affairs. Dr. Wilson’s laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania has been identified by national public health experts to assist in the research effort to develop a vaccine for COVID-19. Further, an external panel of medical advisors has been engaged to review policy recommendations for a safe reopening in the fall.

Will Albion College be providing COVID-19 Testing?

Yes, Albion College has partnered with Testing Centers of America (TCA) to provide extensive testing and monitoring of the entire Albion College community, including students, staff, faculty and community members, for the fall. Read more on our COVID-19 Testing page.