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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 June 25, 2020


Students who have left campus, please call your primary care provider for medical care. All students remaining in residence seeking medical care must call the Health Services office first. Contact Hampshire Health Services during normal business hours Monday–Friday 413.559.5458—this number may also be used for counseling and mental health services. After-hours medical advice is available 24/7 through UMass Triage 413.577.5229 or 413.577.5000.

Students, please contact Hampshire Health Services if you’ve been tested for Covid-19, to help us assess any impact on fellow community members.

>>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.–12pm and 1–5 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 413.577.5000.

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 medical triage and telehealth visits by appointment for both on and off campus students. Respiratory assessment and COVID testing, if indicated, will be done safely on campus 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 living locally. For students who have moved out of the Pioneer Valley, 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, tiredness, dry cough, shortness of breath, weakness, nausea, diarrhea, loss of ability to smell and taste.

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.

 Do not walk into any health office without calling first or go into any public spaces in order to limit risk of exposure to others.

 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.
  • Social distancing: This means staying at least six feet away from other people who are not in your household and staying home. Viruses that spread via respiratory droplets will not travel six feet.
  • Don’t spend time in any public spaces. Stay at home except for absolute necessary trips to get food or medicine.
  • Careful disinfecting and cleaning of high-touch items such as your cell phone, doorknobs, phones, keyboards, faucets, countertops, etc. with disinfectant wipes.
  • Drink plenty of water or other clear liquids such as soups with broth.
  • Eat balanced, colorful meals with protein, fruit, and vegetables.
  • 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. Constant updates of bad news and closings can keep anxiety high. Try to turn off your phone and spend time in nature, listening to music, or relaxing. Outside exercise such as walking with a 6 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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