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    Important Ebola Update

    The New School continues to monitor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel and health advisories regarding the Ebola outbreak in parts of West Africa. The CDC now recommends that colleges and universities identify students, faculty, and staff who have travelled to Guinea, Liberia, or Sierra Leone in the last 21 days to discuss their possible risk for becoming sick and provide instructions for health monitoring.

    Student Health Services recommends that anyone returning from these countries monitor themselves for 21 days after their return by doing the following:

    • Take your temperature twice daily (morning and evening)
    • Watch for symptoms, such as severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, or unexplained bleeding or bruising.
    • If your temperature is above 100.4 °F or you have any other Ebola signs or symptoms, call Student Health Services immediately at 212.229.1671 and ask to speak to a medical provider.

    If you have returned from an affected country and currently do not have symptoms, please review the following risk levels and call Student Health Services if you think you might be at high risk, even if you have no symptoms:

    High Risk

    • Needle stick or mucous membrane exposure to blood or body fluids of a patient with Ebola Virus
    • Direct skin contact with, or exposure to blood or body fluids of, an Ebola patient without appropriate personal protective equipment
    • Processing blood or body fluids of a confirmed Ebola patient without appropriate personal protective equipment or standard biosafety precautions
    • Direct contact with a dead body without appropriate personal protective equipment in a country where an Ebola outbreak is occurring

    Low Risk

    • Household contact with an Ebola patient
    • Other close contact with Ebola patients in health care facilities or community settings.
      • Close contact is defined as
        • Being within approximately 3 feet of an Ebola patient or within the patient’s room or care area for a prolonged period of time while not wearing recommended personal protective equipment
        • Having direct brief contact with an Ebola patient while not wearing recommended personal protective equipment
      • Brief interactions, such as walking by a person or moving throughout a hospital, do not constitute close contact.

    No Known Exposure

    • Having been in a country in which an Ebola outbreak occurred within the past 21 days without any high or low risk exposures.

    All students, faculty, and staff who have been to Guinea, Liberia, or Sierra Leone should contact Student Health Services, even if they are not ill, at 212.229.1671, option 2.

    Individuals who have been to any of these countries should also continue to monitor their health closely, including regularly monitoring their temperature, for 21 days from the date they were last in an affected country. Individuals who develop a fever or other symptoms should immediately call Student Health Services.

    If you are unsure of your risk level and have any questions or concerns, please call Student Health Services at .212.229.1671 and ask to speak with one of our medical providers.

    About Student Health Services

    Our primary goal at Student Health Services is to provide high quality, inclusive medical, psychological, and collaborative support services that promote individual and communal health and well-being. We do so in a confidential setting where we continually aspire to offer culturally sensitive and accessible care. We serve as a primary source of information to the university community on health, disease, and prevention, and strive to affect the environment of the university to promote health and wellness. Fostering an environment in which high priority is given to personal health and well-being supports the overall commitment of The New School to help students reach their full potential in all aspects of their lives. 

    For answers to general questions about our services, email shs@newschool.edu.

    Location and Hours

    Student Health Services (Map)
    80 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor

    Medical and Counseling Services are available on weekdays, Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and Friday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. year round except holidays and recesses when all university facilities are closed. In addition to regular business hours, Counseling Services is open until 7:00 p.m. Monday – Wednesday, until 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, and Saturday 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

    After hours and on weekends calls will be answered by Nurse Response.

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