Information on COVID-19 Testing at Williams
Do I need an appointment at the Health Center or can I just walk in?
Yes, you need to make an appointment. For the safety of all students and staff, the Health Center requires students to call the Health Center at 413-597-2206, to be pre-screened by a Registered Nurse (RN) for the appropriate care.
Health Center will be relying heavily on telemedicine this semester. If a provider feels that a student needs to be seen face to face and feels it is safe to do so, the student will be scheduled an appointment. Students requiring more significant care will be transported to a local urgent care or emergency room.
Many appointments are available the same day or next day.
What if I can’t get my physical exam done by the July 1 deadline?
Don’t worry. This occurs every year for some students, often due to insurance requirements. Get your physical when you are due, before arriving on campus, and upload it through your portal when it is complete. There will be a hold on your dorm room key until we have received and reviewed the form. It is important that our form, which is available on the portal, be used. Be sure your medical provider has filled it out completely, with particular attention to the exam date (top right of form), the cardiovascular exam (important for anyone who plans to participate in athletics on any level, including club sports), and whether or not there are limitations on your physical activity level for any reason (this is a box to be checked at the bottom of the actual exam information).
What if I am unable to get immunizations (vaccines) required by the State of Massachusetts?
The Health Center will be able to provide vaccines when you arrive. There will be a hold on your dorm room key until required immunizations are completed. State of Massachusetts required immunizations include: 2 MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), 2 Varicella (chickenpox), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis), 3 Hepatitis B vaccines, and up to date Menactra/Menveo (meningococcal ACWY/MCV4), with one dose given after age 16 years, or signed waiver for meningococcal vaccine. Specific State of Massachusetts requirements about when all of these vaccines have been received, or providing copies of immune titer lab reports, are included on the immunization form in the portal.
The ChooseWell COVID-19 project: a resource hub to assist students, staff, and faculty in tending to their wellbeing during this global moment of uncertainty and unexpected changes.
CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
To enhance everyone’s safety and ensure appropriate social distancing we’re modifying the Walgreens Pharmacy shuttle program in the following ways:
- The shuttle will run by appointment only instead of at regularly scheduled times
- No more than 2 students will be allowed per shuttle
- All riders will be required to satisfy Northern Berkshire EMS COVID-19 screening protocols before being allowed to take the shuttle
The pharmacy shuttle will depart from and return to Hopkins Hall Drive (outside the entrance for Campus Safety & Security).
Students should call (413) 597-4545 to request a ride. Be prepared to provide your name and call-back number.
These additional precautions are likely to increase wait times to get the pharmacy, so please only use this service if it is imperative you pick up a prescription. Please plan appropriately and allot as much time as possible when you call to make an appointment.
Thank you for your consideration and patience as we try to limit the impact of COVID-19 on our community.
For emergency help, Dial 911 from any campus phone.
For concerns of an URGENT NATURE that you feel cannot wait until Health and Wellness Services reopen, call Health and Wellness Services @ 413.597.2206 and follow the message prompts.
- Press 1 to access the on-call physician for medical advice or recommendations.
- Press 2 to access Integrative Wellbeing Services on-call Counselor.