Updates from Aquinas College about COVID-19 are at aquinas.edu/coronavirus.  Updates on our academic plans are at aquinas.edu/saintstogether.

Health, Wellness and Prevention

For information about the 2020-2021 academic year, please visit Saints Together.



What do I do if I feel sick?

CDC provides guidelines on what to do if you are sick. If you are feeling sick, stay home and call your health care provider immediately for medical advice.

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop symptoms of a respiratory illness including fever (100.4 degrees or higher), cold-like symptoms, cough, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, call your health care provider immediately for medical advice. Be sure to get care if you feel worse or it is an emergency. Notify the Campus Safety Office by phone or email at extension 3333 (on-campus landlines) or (616) 632-2462 or cso@aquinas.edu.

MDHHS has expanded testing criteria for COVID-19 to include individuals with mild symptoms. If you have symptoms, please use the state's COVID-19 test site finder to locate a testing site. For convenience, a few locations near Aquinas College are listed below.

  • Schedule a free screening through Spectrum Health's COVID-19 hotline at (833) 559-0659 or visit their site to use the virtual screener. If you are referred to a test by the healthcare professional, you will go to a drive-thru site and get tested. Those who do not have a physican's order for testing at the drive-thru location will not be tested.
  • Call the Mercy Health testing hotline at (616) 685-COVD (2683) or visit their site to take a virtual screening, visit a designated screening location or call your primary care provider to determine next steps. If you are cleared for testing, a triage nurse will provide instructions on how to access the COVID-19 drive-through testing.
  • Call the Cherry Health COVID-19 Hotline at (616) 965-8347 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to be screened for COVID-19 testing.
  • Visit the Metro Health: University of Michigan Health website and use take the free online screening.

I feel anxious and stressed about this public health situation and the uncertainty surrounding it. What do I do?

We recognize that the uncertainty and the quickly changing nature of this situation may cause a great deal of stress and anxiety. We encourage you to practice self-care as well as care for your loved ones and your neighbors. Aquinas College also provides spiritual, health and mental wellbeing resources.

  • If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please contact Counseling, Health and Wellness at (616) 632-2905 or CHWS@aquinas.edu or the Campus Safety Office at (616) 632-2462 or cso@aquinas.edu.
  • In case of a mental health emergency, contact the Campus Safety Office at extension 3333 from any on-campus landline phone or at (616) 632-2462.
  • Employee Assistance Center (EAC) is available for employees and their immediate family members. Call 1-800-227-0905. 
  • Please follow CDC recommendations for managing anxiety and stress.

What is coronavirus? What is COVID-19?

According to CDC, a novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild ilness like the common cold. CDC provides information about cases in the U.S., how COVID-19 spreads and FAQs on its website.

WHO also provides information about the coronavirus and FAQs on its website.

How does it spread?

According to CDC, the virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks
  • Droplets landing in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly being inhaled into the lungs
  • Being spread by people who are not showing symptoms

The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading very easily and sustainably between people. In general, the more closely a person interacts with others and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread.

Please see CDC for more information about how COVID-19 spreads

What are the symptoms?

Please refer to CDC’s COVID-19 symptoms page for the most updated information. According to CDC, there may be a wide range of symptoms -- from mild to severe. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19: 

  • Fever or chills
  • Uncontrolled cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list is not all possible symptoms. Please continue to check CDC guidance for updates, use the CDC Coronavirus Self-Checker or to find out when to seek emergency medical attention.

What is the risk? How worried should I be?

CDC states that some people, including older adults and people with medical conditions, are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and provides recommendations for those people to reduce their risk of getting sick with the disease.

Please refer to the CDC website for information about risk assessment and to see CDC’s Geographic Risk Assessment for COVID-19 Transmission.

Within our Aquinas community, students, faculty and staff have a range of health needs and concerns. We urge all community members to be diligent in following the advice provided by their primary care provider and CDC. 

What about prevention and treatment?

Aquinas College provides information on campus health and safety practices and protocols as part of its Saints Together plan for fall 2020. These protocols include the following:

CDC also provides guidance for how to protect yourself and others and what to do if you are sick.

What can I do to prevent the spread of germs?

Aquinas College provides information on campus health and safety practices and protocols as part of its Saints Together plan for fall 2020. These protocols include the following:

CDC also provides guidance for how to protect yourself and others and what to do if you are sick.