Illness Prevention & Response

The Kettering community is encouraged to familiarize themselves with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommendations for preventative actions to reduce the risk of developing COVID-19 and influenza. These are linked directly on this page in the column to the right.  In addition to these, the  CDC recommendations as well as additional information on the current influenza season may be found on the CDC website at:  cdc.gov/flu/season/faq-flu-season-2019-2020.htm

All Kettering students, faculty and staff are asked to take responsibility for their own health and the health of others by adopting habits to prevent and slow the spread of respiratory illness. Self-monitoring for symptoms of flu, social distancing, diligence in prevention, and if directed by a healthcare professional, self-quarantine are all essential to disrupt the transmission of communicable respiratory illnesses, including influenza and COVID-19. Information and support on these are available at the University Wellness Center located on campus.

If you are ill and believe you may have the flu or COVID-19, call ahead before visiting your health care provider or the Wellness Center. Do not go to campus, work, or public areas or use public transportation. Students should call their primary health care provider or the Wellness Center on campus at (810) 762-9650; faculty and staff should call their primary health-care provider.

When you call, tell your provider that you have or suspect you may have COVID-19. This will help them direct you appropriately as well as to take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed. 

It is important to note that we are also in the middle of a very active influenza (flu) season. The symptoms can be very similar to the coronavirus and include mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommends the following preventative actions to reduce the risk of developing influenza and COVID-19:

  • If you feel sick, do not attend classes or work.
  • Contact your medical provider if you have a fever, respiratory distress, and/or flu-like symptoms.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • 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.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow, shirt sleeve, or a tissue (not your hands). Throw used tissues into the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid sharing food, cups, utensils or other items.
  • Treat all bodily fluids as potentially infectious.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet, get adequate sleep, and get a flu shot.

The University Wellness Center (located next to BJ’s) is open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be contacted by calling (810) 762-9650. If you have serious or ongoing symptoms, you are encouraged to go to your family doctor or urgent care.

Wellness Center

Last updated: March 24, 2020

The University Wellness Center is now open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a nurse onsite during those hours. It can be reached by calling (810) 762-9650. If you have serious or ongoing symptoms, you are encouraged to call your primary caregiver/doctor or urgent care. For mental health and anxiety support, students can call the Student Assistance Program 24/7 at (855) 774-4700.

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