If You Become Ill

Students Off-Campus

Students who are studying remotely away from the Moraga area during the 2020-2021 academic year, please contact your primary health care provider near home with your concerns.  if you need medical attention after business hours, we recommend you connect with a local urgent care clinic or emergency room care.  Call 911 for any emergency.

Students On-Campus and Students Living In the Vicinity of SMC

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Health & Wellness Center will triage all patients by phone. Please call (925) 631-4254 to speak to a nurse who will determine if a Telehealth appointment with a clinician via HIPAA-compliant Zoom for Healthcare, or an in-person clinic appointment is appropriate for you. Please note: all Health & Wellness Center appointments are made by phone with a nurse during the current COVID-19 pandemic to minimize in-person contact. This is to mitigate risk to the health of our staff, students, and the college community. 

The Health & Wellness Center does not serve walk-in patients. If you become ill, we suggest you call the Health & Wellness Center early in the day so you have the best chance of being served the same day.​ ​For non-urgent administrative questions, you may email healthcenter@stmarys-ca.edu. You can expect a response within two business days.

If you experience any COVID-19 symptoms: stay home and call the Health & Wellness Center or your primary clinician by phone right away. During the current world pandemic, it is essential that you follow their guidance. If you are advised to isolate or quarantine, or if you test positive for COVID-19, notify the Health and Wellness Center immediately. We will answer questions you may have and offer you further guidance in our effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community​.​

SMC Employees

Employees need to contact their supervisor and consider contacting their primary care physician.  SMC Employees must notify HR if receive a laboratory-positive test for COVID-19 or if they are unable to work remotely. 

When Students and Staff Should Seek Emergency Care

Know emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face 

Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19 symptoms. This list is not all possible symptoms. Call your medical provider for any symptoms that are concerning to you. 

All students, staff, and faculty who report COVID-19 symptoms, who are exposed to COVID-19, or test positive for COVID-19 must follow the testing, contact tracing, and quarantine or isolation protocols established by Saint Mary’s College of California, Contra Costa County Health Services and the California Departments of Health.

*Emergency symptom list is taken from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2020, May). Symptoms of Coronavirus. Accessed 10/27/2020.