Coronavirus (COVID-19) Medical Information (2023-24)
For more information on the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, please visit the CDC website.
General COVID-19 Information (2022-23)
The best source for up-to-date information about COVID-19 can be found on the CDC website. We recommend you bookmark this page for easy reference. Submit Wabash-specific questions via email to Nurse Amidon.
This guidance may be subject to change based upon campus conditions and/or the CDC COVID-19 Community Level Rating for Montgomery County.
Campus COVID Protocols and Recommendations
What should I do if I develop respiratory symptoms?
We are asking members of the Wabash community to do their best to limit the spread of all infectious respiratory illnesses on campus including COVID, influenza, RSV, and the common cold.
If you develop respiratory symptoms, you should limit exposing others during the duration of your illness by staying in your home or living unit as much as possible. Consider wearing a well-fitting mask (N95, KN95, Kf94) when around others, particularly those who are at increased risk of developing complications from respiratory illnesses. This includes people with asthma, diabetes, immune-compromising conditions, or other heart and lung diseases. Wash your hands frequently. Students should check in with their professors regarding whether or not to attend classes while ill.
If you have significant symptoms (trouble breathing, severe chest pain, high fever, pale skin, feeling weak or dizzy), contact the Student Health Center at 765.361.6265 or send a message through the Wabash Student Health Portal. If your symptoms become severe before being contacted by Health Center staff, you can go to the Franciscan Health – Crawfordsville emergency room at 1710 Lafayette Road (north of Crawfordsville on U.S. 231) or call 911.
If you have a health condition that predisposes you to more severe illness (asthma, diabetes, immune-compromising conditions, or other heart and lung diseases, etc.), we recommend getting tested for COVID, and perhaps influenza so you can receive antiviral medication if indicated. You can do this using home tests or by contacting the Student Health Center using the Student Health Portal to arrange a time for testing.
What should I do if I have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19?
Closely monitor your health – if you develop respiratory symptoms, follow the recommendations in the “What should I do if I develop respiratory symptoms” FAQ.
How can I get tested for COVID-19?
You can test yourself using a home test available at pharmacies or contact the Student Health Center using the Student Health Portal to arrange a time for a test. Tests may also be available in your living unit or outside the Student Health Center depending on supplies.
What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?
Follow the advice found on the “CDC Isolation and Precautions for People with COVID-19” page. Send a message to the College Nurse at email@example.com informing her of your positive status. Alternatively, you can send a message through the Student Health Portal. Faculty and staff should contact Cathy Metz and/or your supervisor to discuss work attendance.
Do I need to wear a mask on campus?
Although Wabash does not require masking on campus, we recommend wearing a well-fitting N95, KN95, or Kf94 mask around others during the symptomatic phase of respiratory illnesses (runny nose, sore throat, cough, fever).
Why does Wabash recommend getting vaccinated against COVID-19?
Wabash no longer requires proof of vaccination to attend class or work on campus. We do recommend that persons consider boosters who are at high risk for complications from COVID-19 infection. Additional information on vaccination can be found on the CDC page.
Where can I get vaccinated?
The fastest way to identify a location where you can be vaccinated is to use the CDC’s website and enter your zip code.
Who should I contact if I have more questions?
What has the College done to address indoor air quality in light of COVID-19?
Filtration has been enhanced by upgrading to filters with higher MERV ratings in buildings across campus. Ventilation has been enhanced by maximizing the amount of fresh air brought in through HVAC systems and by maintaining ventilation during off hours. Wabash has not installed ionization systems or other unproven technologies, choosing instead to focus on the proven techniques that maximize the air change rate. Air quality measurement sampling for CO2 and aerosol particle concentrations are done periodically.
I am vaccinated. May I still wear a mask?
Yes, many vaccinated persons will choose to wear masks to protect themselves or members of their families who are unable to be vaccinated, particularly when the community transmission is high. If you see someone wearing a mask indoors, consider it an invitation to put on your own – always err on the side of being a responsible citizen.