April 21st Update from Health & Counseling Services

April 21, 2020

Hello Anna Maria Students, 
Welcome to the home stretch of this unique and challenging semester! We see the resilience you have demonstrated under these challenging circumstances. Health and Counseling Services continues to reach out to check in with you and to share some resources you may find useful.

 

Many of you are naturally experiencing more stress right now. Our human emotions can range from anxiety, depression, loneliness, and feeling overwhelmed, just to name a few. If your experiences and emotions are interfering with your ability to take care of yourself, connect with friends and loved ones and attend to school work in a way that you feel positive about, reach out to us. We are here to assist you in navigating your way to the end of this semester in the safest and most successful way for you.

 

And, feel free to just let us know how you are doing! You do not have to be struggling in a major way to reach out to us.

 

With this note, we are sharing resources provided by Love is Louder, a project of the Jed Foundation. The Love is Louder project offers tips, tools and resources for taking care of our physical and mental health, and in supporting one another in times of uncertainty. 

LoveIsLouder

To learn more about the Love is Louder Project, check them out here

 

Here are just a few examples of what they offer.  

 

Click on any of the hashtag(s) below to be learn more about them.
#staycalm                         
#stayactive                                             
#stayconnected              

 

You can also check out our Simple Actions To Manage Stress and Online Classes:

SimpleActions

To read more on how you can practice these simple actions visit our AMC COVID-19 page here

 

This information is found in Health and Prevention

 

As you make your way to the end of the semester, I also want to let you know that I am available for support and assistance during the summer months as we continue to navigate this situation together.

 

Sherri Grande DiReda, LICSW
Director of Health and Counseling Services

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Coronavirus - March 13th Update

March 13, 2020 - Update on COVID-19

Anna Maria College continues to take protective measure to ensure the safety and well-being of its students, faculty and staff in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

 

Today, Anna Maria College is announcing that all spring athletics are cancelled. The Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) also today cancelled the spring regular season conference schedule and championships. Athletic Director Joseph Brady’s message is included below.

 

Anna Maria College is also cancelling all campus events involving more than 50 people through March 31, 2020. Today Governor Baker announced a statewide ban on all gatherings of more than 250 people.

 

Anna Maria College takes these steps out of an abundance of caution. There are currently no recorded COVID-19 virus cases on our campus. We ask that you please continue checking the COVID-19 information on www.annamaria.edu for further guidance and stay alert to ongoing updates from the College.

 

Announcement from Director of Athletics Joseph Brady
In response to the evolving situation related to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19, Director of Athletics Joseph Brady ’96 has announced the difficult and challenging decision to suspend the remainder of the spring sport seasons including club and non-traditional fall sports, effective Monday, March 16.

 

The health, safety, and well-being of our community is the top priority and the decision was made in order to help mitigate the spread and minimize the exposure and risk of the Coronavirus. There are no suspected or confirmed cases on the Anna Maria College campus.

 

The Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Presidents Council unanimously voted today to cancel the spring regular season conference schedule and championships. The NCAA announced yesterday that all winter and spring national championships have been cancelled.

 

“The entire athletics community is disappointed and extremely saddened about this unprecedented situation. We feel this is the best decision for the safety and well-being of our students, coaches and community,” said Brady. “I cannot begin to express how I feel for all of our student-athletes and coaches and even more for our senior athletes who have worked so hard for Anna Maria College. I thank them for everything they have done and their commitment to AMCAT athletics.”

 

Click here to read the release from the GNAC.

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Coronavirus - March 10th Update

March 10, 2020 - Update on COVID-19

 

The administration of Anna Maria College continues to monitor the spread of the COVID-19 virus and the latest updates from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Department of Public Health (DPH) in order to determine the best course of action for the College.  At this time, the decision has been made to continue with all operations and events as scheduled.  We are aware that this is a fluid situation and will notify the community immediately if there are any changes.

 

The Center for Disease Control has been posting daily updates here. Information from the CDC on how you can protect your health is posted here. Be sure to practice good hygiene and wash your hands regularly.

 

If you have been close to someone with the virus or have been to a high risk area you are at higher risk. A real-time interactive map of high risk areas can be found here.  It is vital that we each do our part to stop the spread of this illness in our community. Please be aware of the following protocols that students are required to follow:

 

*If you have a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, do not return to campus until you are fever free, without using medication, for 24 hours

 

*Students who develop a fever while on campus are required to return home. Students are unable to return to campus until they are fever free, without medication, for 24 hours.

 

*Students who live outside of New England or the Tri-State may be provided an isolation space on campus pending availability.

 

Until further notice, the Student Health Service is requiring students to call ahead to schedule an appointment or to speak directly to the College Nurse.  Amy Bouvier, RN will instruct the student to make an appointment with Health Services or to take other actions. The phone number to call is 508-849-3315. 

 

Amy Bouvier, RN
508-849-3315
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After hours, or if you are experiencing shortness of breath, chest pain or another emergency, call

911.

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