Health & Wellness

 

How can I get tested for COVID-19?

Testing for COVID-19 is done through a medical provider. If there is a shortage of tests or collection supplies, testing will be prioritized for patients hospitalized with respiratory illness, healthcare workers, those living or working in group settings (i.e., long term care, group homes) or those who are identified as a close contact to an existing case and are ill. Dakota College student health is not a testing or collection site for COVID-19.

• Stay home if you feel sick.
• If you have mild or no symptoms, stay home and practice good social distancing.
• If you have a fever (100.4 or higher), cough, or shortness of breath, call your provider. If you are having an emergency, go to the ER or call 911.
• If you don't have a provider, providers are available locally.
If you are ill and unable to be tested, the NDDoH is asking you to isolate yourself from those you live with and have contact with for at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared or 72 hours without a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
• Please call prior to visiting any medical provider.
• You can also call the NDDoH COVID-19 Hotline at 1-866-207-2880.
• If you have traveled to areas where there are cases of COVID-19 please complete the NDDOH COVID-19 Travel Survey.

 

What do I do if I am sick?

Stay home if you feel sick:

• Again, stay home if you feel sick.
• If you have mild or no symptoms, stay home and practice good social distancing.
• If you have a fever (100.4 or higher), cough, or shortness of breath, call your provider. If you don't have a provider, here is a list.
• If you are having an emergency, go to the ER or call 9-1-1.
• Take this NDDoH Risk Assessment to help determine if your symptoms align with COVID-19.
• If you are ill and unable to be tested, the NDDoH is asking you to isolate yourself from those you live with and have contact with for at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared or 72 hours without a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
• Please call prior to visiting any medical provider.

For more information on what to do if you are sick, go to the CDC “What to do if you are sick” page or call the NDDoH COVID-19 Hotline at 1.866.207.2880.

 

I am feeling unsure and anxious, are the Dakota College campus Counselors available?

It is understandable to feel uncertain or anxious during a public health crisis. It is important to remember to not make assumptions about others’ perceived symptoms, travel history or identity.

DCB campus counseling is here for you! Students can continue to receive counseling services through video chat or phone sessions. Please contact Corey Gordercorey.gorder@dakotacollege.eduor 701-228-5451.

If you are having a mental health emergency, please call 2-1-1 or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255. Or our local emergency room at 701-228-9300.

For employees who are looking for support, theEmployee Assistance Program(EAP): 800-627-8220 is a resource available to help employees through stressful situations and events.

Resources to practice mindfulness:
Mindfulness Can Help You Navigate the Coronavirus Panic - posted by Mindful.org
Download Headspace - guided meditation for any pocket of time (the beginning meditation series is free but the rest is by subscription)
Download Motivation - an app that provides motivational phone wallpapers
• Keep (or start!) a journal using prompts (click here for prompts) or an app (click here for some journaling apps). 
• Try Meditation
Insight Timer App
Headspace - While usually a paid app, they now offer a small collection for free called "Weathering the Storm"
Calm - Usually a paid app, now has collection of meditation (including for kids) for this crisis called "Take a deep breath"
Oak- Meditation & Breathing

 

How can I protect myself and prevent the spread of COVID-19?

You can protect yourself and help prevent the spread of respiratory illness, including COVID-19, by following basic prevention guidelines:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
• Refrain from attending large gatherings where you can not physically distance 6 feet.
• When going to a public setting (e.g. grocery store, doctor’s office) or where it is difficult to maintain social distancing, you should wear a homemade cloth face covering. This is to protect people around you if you are infected, but do not have symptoms. CDC instructions to make a homemade mask.
Adhere to social distancing of 6 feet.

You can do your part to prevent transmission by following the30 DAYS TO SLOW THE SPREADguidelines.

 

What can I do to address the rumors and misinformation about COVID-19?

The DCB community can help minimize the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the social and economic impacts when we areconfronted with rumors and misinformation.We want our campus community to be educated on facts.

It is understandable to feel uncertain or anxious during a public health crisis. It is important to remember to not make assumptions about others’ perceived symptoms, travel history or identity.

At this time, nobody is considered a contact until a person is notified by the NDDoH, furthermore, they do not need to self-isolate.

If we have a positive case of COVID-19 at DCB, the NDDoH will notify the appropriate DCB personnel so that proper actions can be taken.

We encourage you to follow reputable sources for information. For guidance, go to theCenter for Disease Control, North Dakota Department of Health, or First District Health Unit COVID-19 webpage. The World Health Organizationis also a useful source of information. For questions or concerns contact the NDDoH Coronavirus hotline 1-866-207-2880.

 

Where can I get support if I am in an abusive relationship?

Self-isolation during a pandemic can be dangerous for those in abusive relationships. Remember that you are not alone and supports remain available to you. VisitDCB’s title IX pagefor resources on campus and within the community.

 

What should I do if I lose my job?

Along with millions of Americans, many of our DCB students and their families have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is essential to act quickly and apply for unemployment benefits to protect your financial future.

Go toNorth Dakota Job Serviceand fill out an unemployment claim.

Due to challenges surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic,Dakota College has funds available.

 

What precautions should I take if I'm traveling?

If you plan to travel domestically or out of the country, you may experience delays or restrictions, including returning to the U.S. or North Dakota. Please refer to theNorth Dakota Department of Health Travel Quarantine Orders and check for CDC travel advisoriesprior to traveling.

Persons that are athigh riskfor serious illness from COVID-19 should contact their medical provider regarding travel to COVID-19 affected regions.

Adhere tobasic prevention guidelines.

Avoid unnecessary domestic and international travel.