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Health and Wellness FAQs

Minimizing the Risk

  • What can people do to help keep the Linfield community healthy? (updated 01/13/22)

    The best way to protect everyone's friends, colleagues and students is to get vaccinated and boosted, follow Linfield’s pandemic policies and practice healthy hygiene habits.

    • Get vaccinated and boosted. Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and your community against COVID-19. Booster shots are the best defense against COVID-19 variants. Linfield's Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center strongly recommends those who can get vaccinated and boosted.
    • Linfield asks that all members of our community perform a health self-monitoring checklist before coming to campus each day. This can be done by using the Health Monitoring Daily Checklist.
    • If you are sick or ill, stay home. Isolate yourself from others in your household as best as possible.
    • Wear a face covering labeled N95, KN95 or KF94 for the best protection. Without a high-grade mask, the university strongly recommends double-masking (a disposable medical mask under a cloth mask).
    • Masks are required anytime you are indoors on campus except for individual office spaces, residence hall rooms or apartments. Masks are also required outdoors when unable to maintain 6 ft. of distance from other people.
    • Face coverings are recommended for any large event outdoors. 
    • Avoid touching your face covering as much as possible, especially the side towards your face. Wash your face covering daily.
    • Wash hands frequently for 20 seconds. You should wash your hands if you have been away from your safe space and touched frequently touched surfaces.
    • Avoid touching your face, nose, and/or mouth unless you have just washed your hands. Then wash your hands again!
    • Clean your space/office periodically throughout the workday AND if you have had visitors to your area. Coordinate with your office team or roommates to periodically wipe down the frequently touched surfaces in your area throughout the day.
  • What safety precautions are ongoing for Linfield's student-athletes? (08/09/21)

    Like the general student population, student-athletes are required to abide by the university's vaccination policy. However, due to Northwest Conference guidelines, any unvaccinated or partially vaccinated student-athlete will need to undergo COVID-19 testing throughout the year. Student-athletes are financially responsible for the cost of the test. 

  • What changes have been made to the Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center? (updated 08/09/21)

    The Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center (SHWCC) in McMinnville has made the following changes to the center’s operations:

    • Appointments to the SHWCC can be made by calling 503-883-2535, emailing SHLT@linfield.edu or stopping by the front desk in Walker Hall 105.
    • In accordance with Oregon Health Authority policy, face coverings are required for all who enter in the Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center.
    • Counseling services will continue to be offered face-to-face and via telehealth.
    • Student Affairs will have a team of contract trackers who work with students placed in isolation or quarantine to monitor their health and make sure they are getting what they need.

    Learn more about the changes and continuing services.

  • What things should students bring to campus (toilet paper, wipes, etc.)? (07/17/20)

    Check out “Packing Your First Aid Kit – University Edition” prepared by Linfield’s Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center.

COVID-19 Testing

More information is available on the COVID-19 testing page.
  • Where can someone get tested for COVID-19? (updated 05/20/21)

    Information about COVID-19 testing, including where you can get tested, is available on the COVID-19 testing page.

  • What is the testing requirement for unvaccinated employees? (updated 01/20/22)

    Note: As a result of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision voiding mandates for testing unvaccinated employees at companies with more than 100 employees, Linfield is pausing testing requirements for unvaccinated employees until further notice.

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    In accordance with President Biden’s vaccine or test requirement for large employers, unvaccinated employees are required to undergo mandatory weekly testing for COVID-19 starting Jan. 4, 2022. The test results must be submitted weekly by anyone who is not fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This process will remain in place until further notice.

    Employees will be required to obtain a lab based COVID-19 test (home tests will not be accepted) and provide the results to the Office of Human Resources by 2 p.m. every Tuesday via secure upload to the Etrieve system. If results are not provided by 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, Paid Time Off (PTO) or Unpaid Time Off will be required until the result has been received and uploaded to Etrieve. Employees who have tests conducted during their regularly scheduled shift may take up to two hours per week to obtain the required tests.

  • Can Linfield help students from Hawaii or Alaska get tested before returning home? (updated 05/20/21)

    Students can get tested for COVID through the Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center. Certain states may require testing at specific sites and all are encouraged to review that information on the website of the appropriate state.

  • Can students get tested for COVID-19 before returning home for break if they have high-risk family members? (11/13/20)

    Students can get tested for COVID through the Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center. There are many testing sites in McMinnville and Yamhill County. The Oregon Health Authority website can help locate a testing site. 

Illness, Quarantine and Isolation

  • What should someone do if they feel sick? (updated 09/04/20)

    First and foremost, STAY HOME or in your residence hall room, or suite or apartment room, and keep away from other people.

    • Students: Contact the Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center to discuss next steps in care. If living on campus, contact your residence advisor who can assist in getting you food or supplies as needed. If you are a student on the Portland campus, contact Student Life at pdxstudentlife@linfield.edu.
    • Employees: Contact your personal healthcare provider to discuss next steps in care. Notify Human Resources of your illness. Contact your supervisor or department head, if appropriate.
  • Should local students check in with SHWCC or their local doctors if they have COVID-related symptoms? (08/20/20)

    Linfield is asking that McMinnville students with COVID-like symptoms check in with the Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center (SHWCC) so that the institution’s medical staff can ensure that proper treatment advice is provided to the student, the appropriate accommodations are made for the student’s academic activities and appropriate notifications are promptly made to the public health department and institution staff.

    If you go to a different healthcare provider, please notify SHWCC of the situation promptly so they can help you take care of any institutional steps required for your situation.

    Portland students should seek the support of their own primary care provider for check-ins and more information regarding their symptoms.

  • What happens if a member of the Linfield community is diagnosed with COVID-19? What about contact tracing? (06/25/20)

    Once Linfield is notified of a confirmed case of COVID-19, Yamhill County Public Health Department will be notified if the case is on the McMinnville campus, and Multnomah County Public Health Department will be notified if the case occurs on the Portland campus. Linfield will provide class rosters, club or sports rosters and any other information requested by the local public health authority to assist with the contact tracing process. Contact tracing is a function of the Public Health Department and may extend beyond the campus communities.

    Linfield’s Human Resource Department and Student Health, Wellness and Counseling on the McMinnville campus and Student Life on the Portland campus have been designated as Contact Trackers. These departments will be checking in with anyone who has been placed in isolation due to a positive test or quarantine due to exposure to a person with a known positive test with the goal of assisting with any needs one might have.

  • What is the difference between quarantine and isolation? (06/25/20)

    According to the CDC, 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, monitor their symptoms and communicate with their health care provider about any changes in their health.

    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). Linfield will have a team assigned to check in with students in isolation to help monitor their health. Linfield has identified housing options for students in isolation or quarantine.

  • What is the difference between strict and modified isolation? (01/13/22)

    Regardless of symptoms, students and employees should follow the isolation and modified isolation policies detailed below.

    Students enter strict isolation after a positive result from a COVID-19 test. Students in strict isolation must stay at their off-campus residence or will be moved to one of several designated spaces on campus for five days while they recover and the risk of spreading the virus diminishes. On-campus students will have meals delivered to their room until they qualify for modified isolation.

    Students move to modified isolation after five days of strict isolation if: they are fever-free for 24 hours without any fever-reducing medications and other symptoms are subsiding; and they agree to always wear a KN95 or N95 mask when outside their isolation room.

  • What activities can students participate in when in modified isolation? (01/13/22)

    So long as they wear a KN95 or N95 mask, students in modified isolation may:

    • Leave their isolation room to attend class while wearing a KN95 mask in all outdoor and indoor spaces.
    • Leave isolation rooms to pick up meals from Dillin Hall or Starbucks.
    • Leave their room to exercise alone.

    Students in modified isolation may not:

    • Socialize with other students.
    • Drink or consume food around other students.

    Once approved for modified isolation students need to contact Jeff Larson in Learning Support Services, so he can notify faculty that the student is cleared to return to the classroom. Students cannot not attend class until their LSS faculty notification accurately reflects their most updated return-to-class date. 

    Student-athletes must be cleared by the head athletic trainer and/or athletic director to resume contact with their team.  Student-athletes will follow specific instructions from the head athletic trainer and/or the athletic director. Instructions will vary depending on the sport but must be followed explicitly. 

  • What should a staff or faculty member do if contacted by a student about a possible exposure? (01/28/21)

    Respond to the student and copy Patty Haddeland, director of the Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center. Request that the student contact Patty directly so that the student can be properly connected to resources and have their academic and health needs properly addressed.

  • What should someone do if a member of their household is requested to self-isolate? (updated 08/09/21)

    If an employee or a current and immediate member of their household is requested to self-isolate or quarantine based on the recommendation of a healthcare provider or other agency such as the CDC or OHA, the employee should use PTO for the recommended period of time. Questions about PTO policies can be directed to the Office of Human Resources at 503-883-2594 or hr@linfield.edu.

Mental Health and Wellness

  • Where can students find help for dealing with anxiety or stress caused by the pandemic? (updated 11/04/20)

    Linfield’s Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center offers traditional face-to-face and tele-therapy services. Office hours during the academic year are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Appointments can be made by coming to the office, Walker 103, or by calling 503-883-2535. Students can also email shlt@linfield.edu if they have any questions.

    For after-hours emergencies, contact:

    • Lines for Life Crisis Hotline 1-800-273-8255 or Text '273talk' to 83986
    • JED 1-800-273- TALK (8255) or Text “START” to 741-741
    • National Suicide Text Line: Text “CONNECT” to 741741

    Or seek medical attention at:

    Physicians Medical Center
    2435 NE Cumulus Ave, Suite A, McMinnville
    503-472-6161

    Willamette Valley Medical Center (Hospital)
    2700 Stratus Avenue, McMinnville
    503-472-6131

  • Where can staff or faculty members find help for anxiety or stress caused by the pandemic? (updated 11/04/20)

    Linfield offers a variety of free resources for staff and faculty. These include:

    In addition, resources can be found by talking to your healthcare provider or local county health authority.