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Student Health Center (SHC)

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COVID testing during spring semester

For students with symptoms

If you have symptoms related to COVID-19 or if you flagged an alert on your Husky Health Checker due to symptoms, please self-quarantine until you talk with a health care provider. Contact the SHC at 570-389-4451 to speak to a nurse to discuss telehealth appointments and possible testing available on campus. Reminder please call the Student Health Center first.

When the SHC is closed or on weekends: For students in the Bloomsburg community, contact the Geisinger COVID-19 hotline (570-284-3657). The Geisinger COVID Hotline is also available on weekends. The Geisinger COVID-19 hotline, which supports the testing site at Geisinger Bloomsburg, only provides tests for individuals with symptoms..  If you are a BU student living in another community and you have questions or symptoms of COVID-19 the Student Health Center clinical team will provide information and direct you to resources in your community during the clinic hours. After hours, we recommend you contact your local medical services, like your Primary Care Physician's office or local Department of Health should be your first step as they have more specific and updated information about resources in your area.

Voluntary Testing 

Please be aware the Geisinger Bloomsburg testing tent does NOT provide voluntary covid testing (for example, if you want to travel). . Be advised, the Geisinger Bloomsburg testing hotline/site does NOT test students unless they have symptoms. There is information about local resources for NON-symptomatic (or asymptomatic) and NO close contact type of testing. This information is subject to updates and test availability. We encourage students to check with their primary insurance about resources and coverage of the test cost.

Please read these directions carefully:

Access to Campus Testing:

Return to campus/pretesting has been completed. Testing is available if your access to campus needs change during the semester. We have a limited number of testing appointments available on Tuesdays and Thursdays 12 to 5pm at the Alumni house student testing site. If you have never tested at BU, please complete the pre-registration below to schedule. Please make sure you select ONLY a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon time.

Surveillance Testing:

Surveillance testing has begun and will continue throughout the semester. You will be notified through Husky Success if you've been selected and you will be given directions. Please follow them carefully. Current testing times for surveillance are limited to Tuesdays and Thursday and appointments are scheduled thru the Husky Success notification. If you have concerns about this process notify khammaker@bloomu.edu for more information as directed. Reminder, If you have never had COVID testing at BU, you will be asked to also complete the pre-registration process (button below). Make sure when you complete this process you schedule ONLY a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon time that aligns with the appointment you scheduled in Husky Success.

Covid FAQs


Preregistration is ONLY required for students who:
• Have not been tested at BU in the past.
• Do not have symptoms – if you have symptoms call the Student Health Center at 570-389-4451

Testing for students without symptoms is TUESDAY AND THURSDAYS ONLY FROM 12-5 PM at the Alumni House site. DO NOT CHOOSE ANY OTHER TIME WHEN YOU PREREGISTER BELOW as the BU testing site is ONLY open during these times.

Spring 2021 Semester

We recognize there have been a lot of changes and questions. We remain committed to responding to the many and changing needs of our students. This virus is very challenging.

For the spring semester, the Student Health Center hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. We are not open on weekends or when the University is not in session. Please be aware there is an urgent care center and emergency services within walking distance from the University at the Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital. The emergency department phone number is: 570-387-2100.

When the Student Health Center is open, the SHC professional team remains available for consultation and education on COVID-19 needs and other student health issues and concerns. As appropriate, telehealth appointments are also available.

Reminder about current services:

  • ALL appointments MUST be scheduled in advance. We cannot accept any WALK-In appointments. This change is important for the safety of everyone. Please continue to call early morning to make an appointment. Call 570-389-4451. We're working hard to provide same day services so it's critical you call early in the day.
  • When calling for an appointment you will be asked brief screening questions to help determine the kind of appointment that's needed and to guide your next steps.
  • You may also be told you will receive a call back from our nursing team. Please make sure you respond to the call back request asap.
  • It's very important you call the SHC and inform them if you have been tested for COVID-19. It's critical we have this information asap. Call before you get your result and then when you get your result.

Student Health Center

324 Kehr Union Building
(near the Husky Lounge)
Appointments:
570-389-4451
Fax: 570-389-3417

Weekend Resources

The SHC is not open on the weekends. We reopen on Monday at 8 a.m. If you have a medical emergency, as always, call 911 or get to your nearest emergency room.

If you have symptoms related to COVID-19 or if you flagged on your Husky Health Checker due to symptoms, please self-quarantine until you talk with a health care provider. Given it's the weekend and the SHC is not open please contact your primary care provider or call the Geisinger COVID-19 hotline (570-284-3657) for more directions. Geisinger's COVID-19 hotline and tent at Geisinger Bloomsburg only tests individuals with symptoms, typically not individuals who have been exposed to the virus. If you have been exposed you should self quarantine until you talk with a health care provider.

If you're tested in another location, please call SHC asap to tell us you were tested. Timely information is very important to containing this virus.

If you flagged on your Husky Health Checker or had an exposure to COVID-19 virus over the weekend, please self-quarantine until you discuss your status with a health care provider. You can contact the SHC about this flag on Monday. Until you contact a medical provider it's critical that you self-quarantine.

Flu Season

As we approach the fall flu season it's especially important for students to obtain a flu vaccine.

The SHC can assist you in locating flu vaccine at a local pharmacy.

Medical Services

Emergencies — Call 911!

Appointments — Call early for appointments 570-389-4451

Most medical services are covered by the Health and Wellness fee, however, there are limited services that are a cost to the student.

  • No show fees are charged for missed appointments: $5 for general appointments and $10 for long appointments.
  • Avoid no show fees by calling to cancel your appointment two hours in advance.
  • If this fee is not paid, a HOLD will be placed on your student record.

SHC Web Portal

All new students are required to complete online health forms, which are accessed through the web portal. These include Consent for Treatment, Health History, TB Screening Questionnaire, Immunization Dates, Medical Insurance Information, and the Notice of Privacy Practices. The portal is used for completing required medical information forms, viewing and printing a copy of your SHC account and immunization record and messaging the health center.

Having difficulty accessing the Web Portal?

Especially MAC users, try using Firefox, Internet Explorer or Google Chrome. Also, please wait 7 to 10 days after you pay your deposit of acceptance before accessing the portal.

Contagious diseases

Measles

Bloomsburg University's Student Health Center currently does not have a confirmed case of measles, however, with the recent confirmed cases of measles in the media, the Student Health Center encourages the BU campus community to continue to take precautions to reduce the chances of contracting the disease. The Student Health Center’s medical staff continues to monitor for current measles information from the Pennsylvania Department of Health to ensure appropriate measures are in place.

Students need to recognize the signs and symptoms of measles and seek healthcare from a medical professional if they start to experience symptoms of measles such as a high fever of 101 or over with a rash for three or more days in conjunction with a cough, runny nose, and/or red watery eyes. Measles is highly contagious. It spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

For more information, visit www.cdc.gov. It's very important students keep their immunization records up to date in their electronic health record via the portal.

Measles is a highly contagious virus that lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person. It can spread to others through coughing and sneezing.

Mumps

Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus that spreads from person to person. Typical symptoms of mumps include swollen salivary glands and a fever.

Meningitis B

Meningitis B is a concern on college campuses. Most students have received the Meningitis vaccine for A, C, Y, W, as a state requirement prior to starting college; however until recently there was no vaccine to prevent Meningitis B. Students ages 17 - 23 are at the highest risk for Meningitis B with a 9 percent greater risk for college students vs. non-college students.

For more information on the Meningitis B vaccine, please call the Student Health Center.