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Updates from Health Services

Information about COVID-19 is changing rapidly, so please look at the CDC website for up-to-date news and more information about COVID-19related travel advisories, and frequently asked questions.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health also has an updated resource page here.

Updated August 10, 2020


Health and Counseling will open for medical and counseling appointments on Monday, August 24. Contact Hampshire Health Services Monday–Friday at 413.559.5458.

After-hours medical advice is available 24/7 through UMass Triage Nurse at 413.577.5229 or call the COVID-19 UMass Hotline at 413.577.5128.

All clinical care at Health and Counseling will be by appointment for fall 2020. Appointments will be both telehealth and in-person as needed. Medical care will include the usual student care and COVID-19 testing for symptomatic students or students identified as close contacts of someone positive for COVID-19. Hampshire Health Services will have both COVID-19 rapid antigen testing and PCR testing with less than 24 hour results available on campus in addition to the biweekly asymptomatic testing required of all students.

>>Download Student Table for more information.


Please contact your primary care provider(s) for medical and mental health care.

When you are not able to work for COVID-19-related circumstances affecting you or a family member, please contact Hampshire Human Resources (email and your supervisor. Our employee assistance program, e4Health, has many benefits and supports for all employees and their immediate family members—800.828.6025.

>>Download Employee Table for more information.

Health and Counseling Services hours:

Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–noon and 1–4:30 p.m.

After-hours mental health or medical support:

Available by calling 413.559.5458 and choosing option #1 for mental health and #2 for medical advice for both on- and off-campus students. UMass University Health Services provides back up triage medical coverage when HCHCS is closed. Call 413.577.5229 for 24/7 nursing advice or 413.577.5128 for the COVID-19 hotline.

Before coming to the Health Services building for appointments or to pick up a prescription, please call HCHS at 413.559.5458.

Hampshire College nurse practitioners will be on-site at Hampshire College for the semester and available for in-person or telehealth visits by appointment for both on- and off- campus students. Respiratory assessment and COVID-19 symptomatic testing will be done safely on campus in a respiratory exam room with HEPA filter and exhaust fan or in an outside triage tent. Please call 413.559.5458 to schedule an appointment or to speak with a nurse practitioner about your symptoms and concerns.

Mental Health providers are available for telehealth by appointment for students who are on campus or living locally. For remote students living outside the area, we will support you in finding mental health care in your home community and help you with resources for self care. Please check here for more details about mental health care and resources.

Common Symptoms of COVID-19 are: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body ache, headache, new loss of taste or smell, congestion, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

Symptoms may be mild, may develop over a few days, or come on suddenly and feel very much like having the flu or a common cold.

If you have concerns about illness or symptoms, please call to discuss with medical triage, either at Hampshire 413 559-5458 or with your medical provider at home. You will be directed to the appropriate health facility for your medical needs.

If you have concerns about illness or symptoms, please call to discuss with medical triage, either at Hampshire 413.559.5458, with UMass 24/7 triage 413.577.5229, or the COVID-19 hotline at 413.577.5128

If you have severe symptoms, particularly severe difficulty breathing, call 911 for emergency response and an ambulance.

Prevention of COVID-19 includes:

  • Careful and frequent hand washing or cleaning with hand sanitizer especially after touching any commonly touched or shared items.
  • Limiting close contacts and physical distancing: This means staying at least six feet away from other people who are not in your household. Viruses that spread via respiratory droplets will not travel six feet.
  • Wearing a face covering or mask that covers your nose and mouth at all times outside your private room or office.
  • Careful disinfecting and cleaning of high-touch items such as your cell phone, doorknobs, phones, keyboards, faucets, countertops, etc. with disinfectant wipes.
  • Get enough sleep and try to de-stress. We are in a high anxiety time. Prioritizing sleep can help keep your immune system strong and ready to respond to illness. Outside exercise such as walking with a six-foot distance from others is recommended.
  • Don’t smoke or vape. COVID-19 in its most severe form impacts the lungs and breathing. Smoking and vaping make your lungs less healthy. Vaping has also been associated with other severe respiratory illness.
  • Continue to seek out and connect with people who care about you, even if you can’t be with them in person. Social support is really important to good health.

>>Watch an illustrated Covid-19 prevention video here.

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