Student Health Services Updates2022-08-08T16:08:49-07:00
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Student Health Services Updates

Student Health Services provides updates to The Claremont Colleges student community regarding the return to campus, general health advisories, and COVID-19 testing and guidance. For full information on The Claremont Colleges approach to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the consortial The Claremont Colleges COVID-19 Website.

Student Health Services Updates

Fall 2022 Update

 Dear 7C students,  The beginning of another academic year is now upon us. Omicron variants and subvariants continue to cause COVID-19 infections across the world. However, our knowledge in the prevention and treatment of this disease continues to expand and thankfully, the burden of this disease in terms of severe illness, hospitalization, and death continues to diminish. Those who have kept “up to date” on their COVID-19 vaccinations, including all recommended boosters when eligible, continue to fare significantly better than those who are not up to date. With this is mind, our campuses continue to require students to remain up to date on their vaccinations, so we can all safely return to campus for an excellent, in-person higher education experience.  This semester, students will notice some changes related to COVID-19 testing.  While there may be some periodic mandatory testing (please refer to your campus for their specific requirements), for the most part, testing will simply be easily available to students who wish to test. Whether you have symptoms, you were exposed, or you just want to know your status, you can get tested. The location of your testing may have also changed since last year. All students will now utilize [...]

August 17th, 2022|

Monkeypox Update

As you all may be aware, the Biden administration declared monkeypox to be a public health emergency in the U.S. on August 4, 2022. Both California as well as Los Angeles County have also made similar declarations recently. First, I would like to share with you a few current facts regarding monkeypox: Monkeypox is a viral infection As of August 4, 2022, there have been more than 6,600 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the continental U.S. and Puerto Rico While this is a cause for concern, thankfully, monkeypox is rarely fatal and no deaths have been reported in the U.S. so far. However, there have been eight reported deaths from this disease across the world during the current outbreak, primarily in Africa and other regions where the health systems aren’t as robust Early signs may include fever, muscle aches, headache, swollen lymph nodes, exhaustion. A rash may also develop, often beginning on the face and then spreading to other parts of the body, including the hands, feet, eyes, mouth and/or genitals. This rash can sometimes be quite painful in nature Infection can be spread from the time symptoms start until the rash has fully healed and a fresh layer of [...]

August 8th, 2022|

Spring 2022 Update

Dear 7C Students, While we have remained hopeful that COVID-19 would continue to recede, unfortunately as you are likely aware, we are in the midst of another surge with the rapid spread of COVID-19 due primarily to the Omicron variant. The Omicron variant of COVID-19 is highly transmissible, and we expect to see cases and transmission on campus. Thankfully though, most cases due to the Omicron variant are milder, especially in those who are fully vaccinated or up to date with their booster. Boosters are effective and should help in limiting the spread, as will the use of upgraded masking (surgical masks or respirators such as N95/KN95/KF94). We encourage you to be aware and follow your campus’ guidelines for returning. These community messages with important details are linked here: Pomona College Claremont Graduate University Scripps College Claremont McKenna College Harvey Mudd College Pitzer College Keck Graduate Institute Student Health Services (SHS) is committed to supporting students for a safe, healthy and mentally fulfilling in-person experience. As we continue to respond to the evolving nature of our pandemic, medical resources continue to be strained. This semester, students will notice differences in SHS as well as contact tracing operations. SHS visits will [...]

January 14th, 2022|

COVID-19 Boosters

Dear 7C students, Earlier today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorizations (EUA) for both the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines authorizing use of a single booster dose for all individuals 18 years of age and older after completion of primary vaccination with any FDA-authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices also universally endorsed these Pfizer and Moderna booster doses for all individuals 18 years of age and older. I anticipate CDC Director Rochelle Walensky will soon sign off on these recommendations so that booster doses will be available across the U.S. as early as this weekend. J&J booster doses had already been previously authorized for all individuals 18 and older. Here, in California, the state has already moved forward with booster shots available for everyone 18 and older. To book your booster shot or find a walk-in clinic, visit My Turn. These updated recommendations are coming from ongoing studies and data which shows that while completing a primary series with any of the three currently authorized/approved COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S. remains extremely effective in preventing hospitalization and severe disease from COVID-19, protection against mild [...]

November 22nd, 2021|

Respiratory Illness on Campus

Dear TCC students, Our Fall 2021 semester is well under way and so far, things have gone remarkably well from a campus health perspective. COVID-19 case rates have stayed low on campus and in those rare instances of a positive COVID-19 case, there has been very little to no transmission amongst the identified close contacts. While this is very welcome news, I would caution against letting our guard down and becoming complacent with the proper hygiene and social distancing mitigating factors which have helped get us here. While currently on the downturn, this pandemic continues to rage on and LA County is still experiencing substantial transmission. Locally on our campuses, after over two weeks of not picking up any COVID-19 student cases with our saliva screening testing, this week we have already seen seven new student cases. This is yet another reminder that while we are able to safely return to an in-person campus experience, it is highly contingent upon continued best practices from everyone on campus. Other than COVID-19, SHS continues to see students for a variety of other respiratory ailments, such as common colds, strep throat and infectious mononucleosis (“mono”). The mechanisms of spread for these other respiratory [...]

October 11th, 2021|

Fall 2021 Update

Dear 7C Students, After more than 16 months away due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the eager moment where students can finally return to our beautiful campuses is finally upon us. We, here at Student Health Services (SHS), have been working diligently with various stakeholders across the 7Cs to ensure that our campuses are ready for you. Our planning began with great optimism as the efficacy of currently authorized vaccines started becoming clear. Even as our community now faces the delta variant, data so far points to continued great protection from these vaccines against serious illness, hospitalization, and death. Without these vaccines, I am not certain we could have even attempted to have students return for in-person instruction. Public health regulations continue to evolve and impact our operations constantly, in response to local conditions. Currently, SHS is planning for a limited schedule for student appointments during the week of August 16th with normal operational schedule resuming the week of August 23rd. Starting August 16th, single dose J&J COVID vaccination will be available for students who still need to get vaccinated before the Fall session starts. Appointments will be conducted in-person unless a phone visit is specifically requested by the student. As a [...]

August 5th, 2021|
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