We will use this page to keep Davidson students updated on the Center for Student Health and Well-Being operations as we respond to COVID-19 concerns.

Center for Health and Well-Being Operations Update

Health services, counseling services, and nutrition services are open and operating. However, to promote best practices of social distancing, we have made some necessary changes for both safety and efficiency.

Health Services

Based on the recommendations of the CDC, the State of NC and our Medical Director, the Health Center has moved to a telephone triage model.  Students can call 704-894-2300 and press #1 to speak to a nurse 24 hours a day.  If it is determined that a  student needs to be seen, the nurse will coordinate a time for the student to come in to be assessed by a Healthcare Provider Monday through Friday.  Students will no longer have CatCard access into the center.

Counseling Services

Counseling services remain available during regular office hours, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, all counselors are currently working remotely through teleservices, which includes availability by phone, email, or at times video. To initiate contact, students are asked to contact their regular counselor or call 704-894-2300 or email studentcounseling@davidson.edu the center if they are not currently in counseling.

Emergency services remain available to ALL students. Please call 704-894-2300 to either reach a counselor (during regular office hours) or the on-call counselor (during after-hours and/or on weekends).

Support for parents and families remains a top priority. We therefore offer a few suggestions (PDF) for how you can help your child cope with the transition and adjust to completing their academic requirements from home.

Important Note on Regular Counseling

For students remaining on campus or remaining in the state of North Carolina, you will have access to counseling services as you always have through the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. Again, please contact your counselor or the center to resume or initiate counseling.

For students currently residing in other states or other countries, regular counseling and teleservices is currently limited and/or prohibited; state and international laws have significant restrictions on the provision of counseling and teletherapy services across state lines and international borders. Therefore, these students may not be able to legally receive counseling services from a Davidson College counselor. We ask that these students contact either their current counselor or the center (studentcounseling@davidson.edu; 704-894-2300) to determine if they are currently eligible for remote counseling.  NOTE: Counselors are still available to ALL students for consultations and case management services, such as helping you connect with a local, in state or international therapist. 

Nutrition Services

Nutrition services remain available during regular office hours, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, our Dietitian is currently working remotely which includes availability by phone or email. To initiate contact, please email Elizabeth Allred at elallred@davidson.edu.

A good defense against contracting viruses and limiting severity of symptoms can be determined by how well we take care of ourselves. Here are nutrition interventions to consider for COVID-19 (PDF).

Center for Student Health and Well-Being COVID-19 FAQs

Will the Center for Student Health and Well-Being still offer services for the students staying on campus?

Yes. Counseling service hours will currently remain the same: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. A counselor on call remains available to take emergency calls after hours and on weekends. 

Nurses will be available by phone 24 hours a day to answer questions and help direct care.  To speak to a nurse, call 704-894-2300 and press #1.  If it is determined that a student should be seen by a Healthcare provider, the nurse will help to coordinate that visit or make a referral to an off campus provider.

Health-Specific FAQs

How do I make an appointment at the Center for Student Health and Well-Being?
To make an appointment, please call the Center at 704-894-2300. 

How can I get my prescriptions refilled for the remainder of the school year?
If your medication was prescribed by one of our providers, you can call 704-894-2300 during regular clinic hours to request a refill. Refills can not be called in by our After Hours nurse.

I am friends with someone who I think may have been tested for COVID-19. Can you share their test results?
Unfortunately no, as this is confidential. However, if you have general questions, we would be happy to try and answer them. 

If I’ve hung out with the person that has been tested for COVID-19. Should I be tested?
Current guidelines are only recommending testing for those who have symptoms. Seek medical attention if you experience fever, cough or difficulty breathing.

I have a cough and sore throat. Should I be tested?
Not necessarily. It is still cold and flu season. You should seek medical attention if you experience fever, cough or difficulty breathing. The Healthcare providers based on guidelines from the state and CDC can determine if you should be tested for COVID-19.

It is important to note that people who receive COVID-19 testing will need to self-quarantine until the results of the test come back; generally this will take 3-5 days (if negative, they would discontinue self-quarantine; if positive, they would follow guidance of public health officials).

Should I be wearing a facemask?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask as they do not reduce the risk of infection. Face masks should be worn by people who show signs of COVID-19 or other influenza-like illnesses to reduce the spread of virus into the air through coughing or sneezing. Facemasks are currently in short supply and healthcare facilities have been impacted. The general public should avoid purchasing facemasks to help conserve this protective equipment for healthcare facilities.

What is social distancing?
The CDC defines social distancing as remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.

What preventative steps can I take?
There is currently no vaccine for the novel coronavirus. However, the CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like coronavirus. They include:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.

Am I still covered under my student insurance plan even though I am leaving campus?
Yes, though you may have to meet your deductible if seeking care at a healthcare facility and not on campus. Learn more on the college's Academic Health Plan website.

Where can I access sexual health supplies (condoms, lube, dental dams, plan B, etc.) for the remainder of the school year?
If you are staying on campus, you can find these supplies in several locations:

  • Sexual Health Vending Machine (lower level of the Student Union)
  • Center for Student Health and Well-Being
  • Residence Halls (condoms only)

What should I do if I would like to get a birth control prescription on campus?
If you need a refill or to get a prescription, call the Center for Student Health and Well-Being at 704-894-2300. 

Where can I find more information about my health plan?
Read more information about Academic Health Plans and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as access to customer service contact information. 

Counseling-Specific FAQs

I have been utilizing counseling services at the Center for Student Health & Well-Being. What counseling services are now available to me?

For students remaining on campus or remaining in the state of North Carolina, you will have access to counseling services as you always have through the remainder of the spring 2020 semester.  Again, please contact your counselor or the center to resume or initiate counseling.

For students currently residing in other states or other countries, regular counseling and teleservices is currently limited and/or prohibited; state and international laws have significant restrictions on the provision of counseling and teletherapy services across state lines and international borders. Therefore, these students should not expect to receive typical counseling services. However, counselors are still available for consultations and case management services, such as helping you connect with a local, in state or international therapist. If legislation changes at any point during the semester, students will be informed.

If you have questions, concerns, or to set up a consultation or teletherapy appointment, please email your counselor directly. If you have not yet met with a counselor, please call our front desk at 704-894-2300.