Get your COVID-19 Questions Answered

Is there coronavirus in Durango?

The local health department has confirmed through testing that COVID-19 is present in La Plata County. It's vital that students remaining in Durango be vigilant in monitoring their health, follow public health orders, and maintain social distance from others.

Visit Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment for the most current information on positive cases in Colorado and pertinent public health orders.


Are summer classes canceled because of coronavirus?

No. Summer session will be held online. We will hold two five-week sessions, the first from May 4 - June 5, and the second from June 8 - July 10. Read more questions and answers below regarding summer term.


What is happening for Spring 2020 graduation?

Commencement was postponed. However, we will be holding:

  • Virtual commencement! This virtual ceremony will take place on May 29.
  • New in-person commencement date! We are in the early planning stages of setting up Commencement for the weekend of August 29-30, as long as it is safe to do so at the time. We will keep all graduating seniors in the loop with details about this special event.

How can I return things that I have borrowed?

If you're not in the Durango area, follow the directions below to mail your things back to FLC:

  • Bookstore
    • For textbook rental returns, visit www.skystorebooks.com to request a return mail label via email. Returns should be mailed via UPS Media Mail Ground by May 1 and will be tracked automatically.
  • Library
    • For library material returns, email oliver_a@fortlewis.edu to request a return mail label via email. Returns should be mailed via UPS Media Mail Ground by May 1 and will be tracked automatically.
  • Information Technology
    • If you're registered for Summer or Fall 2020, you may keep a borrowed laptop or hotspot until August 29.
    • If you're not yet registered for an upcoming semester, IT will email your fortlewis.edu email address with return instructions.
    • If equipment is not received by May 15, your student account will be charged -- $1500 for a laptop and $500 for a hotspot, which will be deactivated.
  • Academic Affairs
    • For equipment that belongs to faculty or academic departments, contact your professor, or the department chair, to request a return label via email. If equipment isn't returned, a hold will be placed on your account.
  • Outdoor Pursuits
    • All OP members with checked out equipment are required to return their equipment during these dates and times. For those with extenuating circumstances, please contact cfetters@fortlewis.edu or 970-247-7293 to discuss your return options. If you don't communicate or return equipment, a fine or hold will be placed on your account.
  • Native American Center
    • The Native American Center has extended the deadline for returns until June 15, 2020. Please email Laura Owens at ljowens@fortlewis.edu to request a return label via email or postage if availability to a printer is not an option. Separate instructions for returning calculators and iClickers will be provided as they are not eligible for Media Mail. Textbook returns should be mailed via UPS Media Mail Ground as soon as possible and will be tracked automatically. We understand that our communities have been hit hard by COVID-19 and urge everyone to take precautions and follow the guidance of their local tribal governments (if applicable) to determine the best time to return items.

Will summer session be held online?

For the well-being and safety of our FLC community, summer session 2020 will be held in online distance format. All students who are already registered for summer classes have been registered for the online version of those courses. All students who were registered for summer classes that were cancelled were notified individually by the Registrar's Office.

If you haven't looked recently, check out the summer class offerings! Many new courses have been added to provide even more options for you. Registration is open now! Contact your advising team if you need help choosing the right courses for your degree path or registering for courses.


Will field school also be online?

No. All courses that require field work and/or laboratory space will be scheduled to begin July 6 or later.


How should I prepare for online classes?

Visit the Online Instruction resource.

Students with disabilities should reach out to Disability Services at disabilityservices@fortlewis.edu or 970-247-7383 to explore accommodations. Adjustments are in order as the course delivery methods have changed. 


What technology support is available for students?

The Information Technology department can assist you with the following:  

  • Loaner laptops and Verizon Wi-Fi hotspots while supplies last
  • IT will be contacting students who have checked out equipment with instructions on how to return it when the semester is over.
  • Virtual Private Network (VPN) for off campus access to computing on campus
  • Remote access to computer labs – ability to remotely control Windows lab computers and access to the over 80 specialized academic software packages
  • Office365 Teams for collaboration: IT would like to remind all FLC users that Office 365 Teams is available to all Faculty, Students and Staff for collaboration. This includes Chat, Video Calling, Voice Calling.  All FLC accounts are in the directory which makes collaboration easy to use. The Teams application can be used from the web on Office365 via https://thefort.fortlewis.edu/. The Teams application can be installed on Windows, Mac, IOS, and Android devices. This works very well for a secure chat system and network calling to other FLC members.

Call for reservations and IT support if you are having problems accessing online coursework or resources. Contact IT at askit@fortlewis.edu or call 970-247-7444. Technical assistance can be offered through the help desk and Canvas 24-hour support. 

Some Internet Service Providers (ISP) are providing free internet access to student homes for a limited time. Contact your local ISP to see what they are offering.

For the purpose of facilitating your distance learning, you are welcome to come to campus parking lots to pick up the Wi-Fi. The EBH lot has been boosted with better coverage. Due to the stay-at-home order, and the closure of campus buildings, you are expected to work from your car, refrain from entering campus buildings, and practice proper social distancing at all times. Any other people in the vehicle with you should only be people you currently live with.


How do I access library services?

Reed Library's physical space is closed but librarians are available for virtual research support. Please use the Library's 24/7 chat function and research appointments function – simply click on the icons provided on the Reed Library homepage. Students can also email librarians directly, as listed on the Reed Library Liaison Program page. 

Electronic borrowing and lending will continue. The Library offers a wide range of Ebooks, database articles, and streaming video services. 

The AccessText consortium of publishers have made digital versions of their books available for free to anyone with an edu email address. Their digital books are available on RedShelf and VitalSource. Each person can get up to seven digital books for free until May 25. 

VitalSource instructions:

  • Go to www.vitalsource.com and create an account if you don't already have one. Make sure to use your edu email address.
  • Log in and click on "My Bookshelf" in top right corner.
  • Then click on Explore in the top left corner.
  • Search for the book you need and add it to your Bookshelf and start reading.

RedShelf instructions:  

  • Go to www.redshelf.com and create an account if you don't already have one. Make sure to use your edu email address.
  • Log in and go to https://www.about.redshelf.com/redshelfresponds 
  • Scroll down a little and click on the button, "Access Free eBooks"
  • Search for the book you need and 'view details' and then 'Add to My Shelf'

What FLC services are still available to me?

See the Campus Services tab


How is FLC helping students financially?

If you have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 situation, we’re here to help. FLC is committed to working with our students to reduce financial stress during this challenging and uncertain time. We are doing this in several ways: 

  • We are offering Skyhawk Emergency Grants if you need financial assistance. Apply at www.fortlewis.edu/emergencyfund.
  • Past due balance holds have been lifted so students can register for the Summer and Fall 2020 terms even if they owe more than $500.
  • Late fees will not be assessed if a student misses the last installment of their payment plan.

If you have questions about any of these, please contact the Skyhawk Station.


How will the CARES Act (Federal Coronavirus Relief Bill) affect me as a college student?

The CARES Act has three main ways of affecting college students: 

  1. Student loan payment suspension. Most students don't pay on their student loans until six months after they've stopped attending classes, so this likely won't affect current students or upcoming graduates. However, payments on Federal Direct Subsidized loans and Unsubsidized loans are suspended, and interest will not accrue, through September 30, 2020. Private loans are not included in this suspension.
  2. Stimulus checks. Most Americans who make less than $75,000 annually will receive a check for $1,200 to help them through the challenges associated with the pandemic. However, students who are claimed as a dependent by their parents (often students under 24) will not receive a stimulus check.
  3. Emergency relief funding. Students are eligible to apply for emergency relief funding for coronavirus-related expenses. Due to the disruption of campus operations as a result of the pandemic, you may have experienced unexpected or increased costs for housing, food, childcare, technology, healthcare, or other essential needs. To request reimbursement for coronavirus-related costs, apply online at www.fortlewis.edu/cares-application.

Get more details about the CARES Act here: https://taxfoundation.org/federal-coronavirus-relief-bill-cares-act/


What expenses are covered by the FLC relief funds for students?

Students can apply for emergency relief funds online at www.fortlewis.edu/cares-application for any expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. This could include such costs as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare.


When will I receive relief funds?

Submit your request by May 12, 2020 for initial consideration. Qualifying students will receive funds within two weeks after this date. You can still submit requests after May 12, 2020 and we will continue to review these requests while funding is available.


Can I apply for relief funds more than once?

No, only one application will be accepted from students.

Can all students apply regardless of course load and student type?

A student’s course load does not matter to be considered for funding, but students must be eligible to participate in the Title IV federal aid programs (determined through FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)) or be able to verify the following: U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen; a valid Social Security number; registration with Selective Service (for male students); a high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting; no drug convictions while receiving federal aid and not be in default on a federal loan or owe a grant overpayment.


Where can I go for help if I'm having trouble paying rent?

If you are having trouble paying rent, apply for emergency relief funds online at www.fortlewis.edu/cares-application or get local rental assistance information is Housing Solutions for the Southwest.

If you get a nonpayment of rent notice or any other kind of written notice from your landlord, you can apply to Colorado Legal Services for advice from an attorney.


What will happen to mail sent to my FLC address?

Mail is available for pick up at the Campus Post Office window 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

If you would like you mail forwarded to you at your current address, or would like to receive paychecks via the mail, change your mailing address in WebOPUS. Search for "update address" in theFort, then follow the steps in WebOpus.

Note: if your mailing address is an on-campus P.O. Box and you're not currently living on-campus, mail will be forwarded to your permanent address on file.


What do I do if I feel sick?

If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, stay home and seek medical advice right away.

  • Call the Health Center at 970-247-7365 if you have COVID-19 exposure, the above symptoms, or need medical guidance.
  • Do not drop in to a doctor’s office or emergency room; call ahead and tell them about your symptoms. 
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Do not utilize public transportation while sick.

How can I get prescription medication safely?

Rivergate Pharmacy will make free deliveries within the city of Durango. Campus residents should coordinate delivery with the RD on duty. Contact Rivergate Pharmacy at 970-375-7711 to share prescription and insurance information. Pharmacy hours are: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Where can I get tested for coronavirus?

The Student Health Center is collaborating with local lab Cedar Diagnostics to provide COVID-19 tests to our students who have symptoms or would like to be screened. The test is done at the Cedar Diagnostics location. 

Free testing is also available at Mercy Regional Medical Center. No appointment or insurance is needed.

all the Student Health Center for more information on testing. Additionally, if you have a POSITIVE test result, call the health center so we can help monitor your condition.

  • Student Health Center: 970-247-7355

Who can I contact at FLC?

  • For questions about campus functions and logistics, call or email our COVID-19 response team, which is connected to Skyhawk Station: 970-382-6919 or covid19-info@fortlewis.edu.
  • For questions about specific courses, contact your professor using their email address or your Canvas course communications Inbox.
  • For questions about living on campus, contact Student Housing at 970-247-7503 or email studenthousing@fortlewis.edu.

Can I still apply to FLC if I am unable to take standardized tests (SAT or ACT) due to coronavirus?

If you were unable to take an ACT or SAT test due to test cancellations, we are able to review your information and make an admission decision based on your high school course work, rigor, and grade trends. You must notify the Admission Office (970-247-7184 or admission@fortlewis.edu) that you were not able to take a standardized test in order for us to move forward with your file review. You will also receive consideration for merit-based scholarships based on academic performance.

Can I visit campus or learn more about FLC?

In-person campus visits are not permitted at this time, but a number of virtual visit options are available, including online info sessions. We also offer one-on-one video meetings with an admission counselor, or opportunities to connect with faculty and other departments online. Contact the Admission Office at 970-247-7184 or admission@fortlewis.edu.

What do I need to know about applying for admission for Fall 2020?

The application deadline for Fall 2020 is now August 1, 2020.

If you have been admitted but haven’t confirmed your enrollment for Fall 2020 yet, please know that your enrollment confirmation and housing fees are fully refundable.

Is summer housing still occurring?

Yes, summer leases began May 2. Residents who remained in on-campus housing for Spring 2020 and have submitted a summer housing application will be approved for housing for the summer term. All others will be approved for housing under adequate physical distancing measures.

Please note, to be eligible to stay in campus housing, it will be expected that all summer residents abide by all local and statewide health advisories and orders, stay in the Durango area, and avoid all travel to other locations to decrease the spread of the virus from one locale to another.

If your plans have changed and you are no longer interested in summer campus housing, please email us at studenthousing@fortlewis.edu stating that you want to cancel your application with us.


When can I come back to move out if I left my belongings on campus?

Checkout times have been extended to May 31 for those who have left belongings on campus. We ask you sign up at least 48 hours in advance of your desired checkout time. You can sign up for a time now, or you can do so in the next coming weeks.

All door access through Skycards will only be reactivated on the day you sign up for a checkout. Please note: If you arrive without signing up for a specific date, you will not be able to access to your room.


What assistance is available for students who are unable to return to campus to pack their belongings and move out?

For students that are unable to retrieve their belongings by May 31, the Housing Department will pack and store residents’ belongings for a fee. Students that choose this option, and are coming back to FLC Housing in the fall will be able to retrieve their belongings anytime between June 1 and Fall 2020 check-in. Students who have not applied for FLC campus housing in the fall need to schedule a time to pick up their belongings by July 1.

On-Campus Storage Pricing:

  • Student in Residence halls with no large electronics and/or extra furniture: $100-200
  • Students in Residence halls with large electronics and/or extra furniture: $150-250
  • Students in Campus Apartments no large electronics and/or extra furniture: $150-250
  • Students in Campus Apartments with large electronics and/or extra furniture: $200-300

Pricing will vary based on time, materials and space needed to pack & store belongings.

Belongings will be packed in cardboard boxes and will be placed in a dry & secure location.

Students that choose this option acknowledge that FLC Housing is not liable for any lost or damaged items. Student will need to send an email that they understand this information and release FLC from any obligation to compensate for lost or damaged items.

You may have a friend pack up your belongings and store them for you. If you are having someone other than yourself pack up your belongings, you must send an e-mail to studenthousing@fortlewis.edu giving them authorization to enter your room. We will need your name, room number, telephone number, and the name and telephone number of your designated helper. They will need to show Student Housing a copy of their picture ID to gain access to your room.

If you do not notify Student Housing about your plans before May 31, we will pack and store your belongings for one month (subject to fees mentioned above).


What are checkout procedures under COVID-19 restrictions?

Residents moving out will complete checkout using the following Express Checkout procedure:

Prepare your Space:

  • Deloft your bed and leave loft kit by bed (if possible).
  • Remove all personal belongings.
  • All department furniture is in room as set up during move in.
  • Wipe down and remove all items from desk, drawers, cabinets, window sills.
  • Remove ALL items from the walls, ceiling, doors, and windows and wipe down.
  • Close and lock all windows.
  • Remove ALL trash and recycling, and place in the red dumpsters.
  • Turn off lights and lock door.
  • Suites/ Apartments Only:
    • Keep provided microwaves/fridges plugged
    • Remove ALL items/trash from kitchen and bathroom cabinets, drawers, fridges, microwaves, and showers.
    • Thoroughly clean inside/outside of microwave, fridge, drawers, oven, cabinets, stove, counters in kitchen and bathroom.

For the health and safety of our students, cleaning supplies and vacuums will not be distributed. We ask you leave the space as clean as possible. There will be charges for excessive cleaning and/or trash left.

Finalize your Express Checkout

  1. Make sure your space is prepared for checkout.
  2. Read and fill out the Express Checkout envelope taped to the entry door of your space.
  3. Place your metal room key in the envelope provided. If you live in Bader Snyder skip this step.
  4. Seal the envelope.
  5. Place the Express Checkout Envelope in your residence hall lock box near your hall office.

Please note: Unlike our standard checkout procedure, you do not need to complete your CICO or have a staff member check you out of your space. However, you must return your room key, if applicable, or you will be charged for a lock change. Damages found in your space will be assessed and billed at a later time.


What are the details of the housing and meal plan refunds offered to students who moved out in March during the Spring 2020 term?

Fort Lewis College will credit your student account a refund for housing, meals, and parking once you have completely moved out of your FLC living space.

We will be using the beginning of Spring Break as the effective date to calculate the refund amount, regardless of when you were able to pick up your belongings and move. For housing and meals, the total credit to your student account depends on what type of accommodation you are in and what meal plan you are on, but is roughly 38% of your original charges for the semester. For parking pass holders, the amount refunded will depend on the type of pass you purchased.

Refunds are not applied automatically, you must follow the sign up procedures explained in the previous FAQ section before a refund will be applied. It may take up to two weeks to process these credits to your accounts. Please be aware that if you have an outstanding balance on your student account, the credit would be applied there first. Any remaining credit will be issued back to you. We strongly urge you to enroll in direct deposit if you have not already done so. This will facilitate the easiest and quickest way to receive your refund. 

For anyone not enrolled in direct deposit, checks can be mailed. Please double-check the mailing address we have on file is current:  Search for "update address" in theFort, then follow the steps in WebOPUS. 


What do I do if I feel sick?

If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, stay home and call your provider for medical advice right away.

  • Call the Health Center at 970-247-7365 if you have COVID-19 exposure, the above symptoms, or need medical guidance.
  • Call your Residence Director to arrange isolation protocols.
  • Do not drop in to a doctor’s office or emergency room; call ahead and tell them about your symptoms. 
  • Avoid contact with others. 
  • Do not utilize public transportation while sick. 

How can I get prescription medication safely?

Rivergate Pharmacy will make free deliveries within the city of Durango. Campus residents should coordinate delivery with the RD on duty. Contact Rivergate Pharmacy at 970-375-7711 to share prescription and insurance information. Pharmacy hours are: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Where can I get tested for coronavirus?

The Student Health Center is collaborating with local lab Cedar Diagnostics to provide COVID-19 tests to our students who have symptoms or would like to be screened. The test is done at the Cedar Diagnostics location. 

Free testing is also available at Mercy Regional Medical Center. No appointment or insurance is needed.

Call the Student Health Center for guidance and more information on testing.

  • Student Health Center: 970-247-7355

Is the College taking extra measures to clean campus?

Yes. With the possibility of the COVID-19 affecting our campus, college staff will focus their cleaning responsibilities on frequently touched surfaces such as desk tops, countertops, chairs, doorknobs, hand rails, light switches, work stations, fitness and recreational equipment and bathroom fixtures.  

Cleaning of residences will be the responsibility of the occupants of those spaces. 


What will happen to mail sent to my FLC address?

Mail is available for pick up at the Campus Post Office window 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

If you would like you mail forwarded to you at your current address, or would like to receive paychecks via the mail, change your mailing address in WebOPUS. Search for "update address" in theFort, then follow the steps in WebOpus.

Note: if your mailing address is an on-campus P.O. Box and you're not currently living on-campus, mail will be forwarded to you permanent address on file.


Do we still need a parking permit to park on campus?

No. Parking permits are not required until Fall 2020 Semester begins. All other parking regulations will be enforced to ensure traffic lanes remain open for fire department and ambulance access.

Who can I contact at FLC?

Any questions specific to housing should be sent to studenthousing@fortlewis.edu for the quickest response. You may also call 970-247-7503 and leave a message. A student housing staff member will return your call. 

For anything related to Fort Lewis College and COVID-19, please email covid19-info@fortlewis.edu or call 970-382-6919.

Visit the Faculty & Staff Resources page for information related to the College's COVID-19 response.

If you have further questions, contact your supervisor first, or call HR at 970-247-7428.

Can I still visit FLC?

Unfortunately, not at this time. The Admission Office is no longer hosting visits to campus.   

A number of virtual visit options are in the works including one-on-one video meetings with an Admission Counselor and opportunities to connect with faculty and other departments online. 


Are FLC community services still open?

The Community Concert Hall, Campbell Child & Family Center, and Student Life Center are closed for the time being. Check back for updates.


Are events being held on campus?

No. Following CDC guidance, all campus events for the spring are moved online, postponed, or canceled to limit the risk of transmission. 

This includes events hosted by Student Organizations, the Concert Hall, Campbell Center, and Student Life Center. 

Commencement was postponed, however, we will be holding:

  • Virtual commencement! This virtual ceremony will take place on May 29. More details will be shared with graduating seniors.
  • New in-person commencement date! We are in the early planning stages of setting up Commencement for the weekend of August 29-30, as long as it is safe to do so at the time. We will keep all graduating seniors in the loop with details about this special event.

Are conferences being held on campus?

Conference Services is moving forward with plans for summer conferences. We are already implementing various strategies including: upgrading our cleaning agents and increasing our cleaning schedule. Your patience and understanding are greatly appreciated as this public health situation evolves. 


Who can I contact at FLC? 

If you are an Admission guest wanting to visit campus or change your plans, contact the Admission Office at 970-247-7184 or admission@fortlewis.edu 


Who can I talk to if I have a question that isn't answered here? 

Email covid19-info@fortlewis.edu for a response to your specific question.

Are student services still available?

Student services will either be offered virtually or suspended at this time. 

Residence Halls

Residence Halls remain open for students who do not have other accommodations.  

Dining Services

Dining services are not available during the summer.

Reed Library

Reed Library's physical space is closed but librarians are available for virtual research support. Electronic borrowing and lending will continue. Please use the Library's 24/7 chat function and research appointments function – simply click on the icons provided on the Reed Library homepage. Students can also email librarians directly, as listed on the Reed Library Liaison Program page. 

The AccessText consortium of publishers have made digital versions of their books available for free to anyone with an edu email address. Their digital books are available on RedShelf and VitalSource. Each person can get up to seven digital books for free until May 25. 

VitalSource instructions:

  • Go to www.vitalsource.com and create an account if you don't already have one. Make sure to use your edu email address.
  • Log in and click on "My Bookshelf" in top right corner.
  • Then click on Explore in the top left corner.
  • Search for the book you need and add it to your Bookshelf and start reading.

RedShelf instructions:  

  • Go to www.redshelf.com and create an account if you don't already have one. Make sure to use your edu email address.
  • Log in and go to https://www.about.redshelf.com/redshelfresponds 
  • Scroll down a little and click on the button, "Access Free eBooks"
  • Search for the book you need and 'view details' and then 'Add to My Shelf'

Student Health Center

The Student Health Center is closed for in-person appointments. Students can still contact staff for assistance and appointments online.

Monday – Friday 
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

  • Call 970-247-7355 for usual inquiries and communications.
  • Call 970-247-7365 if you have COVID-19 exposure, possible symptoms, or questions.

Counseling Center

WellPAC

WellPAC is still here for peer support! Sign up for a virtual session with another student who is trained to be there for you without judgment.

Title IX

The Title IX Office and related services remain prepared to support individuals who are victims and survivors of sexual misconduct.

Skyhawk Station

SkyStore

Closed but online purchasing is available and will ship to purchaser.

IT

Student Success & Advising Office

Post Office

Mail is not being delivered to campus departments, but is available for pick up at the Campus Post Office window 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Native American Center

El Centro des Muchos Colores

Gender & Sexuality Resource Center

Disability Services

Peer Education/Tutoring

All of our campus tutoring services have moved to distance formats and are open for business. Students will be able to receive ongoing academic support through video conferencing (Zoom, Skype, Discord, etc.), by phone, and by email.

Contacts: 


What local food sources are still available?

Good Food Collective has compiled nonprofit and institutional ways to get free and reduced cost meals in our region.


What can I do if I feel anxious or upset?

The Counseling Center staff remain available as a support for you. Services are now being offered virtually. Please contact our office if you’re in need of support or would like to speak to a Counselor.

  • Contact: counselingcenter@fortlewis.edu; 970-247-7212
  • Local Crisis Hotline: 970-247-5245
  • Colorado Crisis Services: 844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255
    National Suicide Hotline: 800-273-TALK (8255) or https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/ to chat online
  • 911 for emergencies
  1. Separate what is in your control from what is not. There are things you can do, and it’s helpful to focus on those.  Wash your hands. Remind others to wash theirs. Take your vitamins.
  2. Limit your consumption of information. Take a break from social media and news.
  3. As much as possible, preserve daily routines, maintain a healthy diet, exercise, and get enough sleep.
  4. Do what helps you feel a sense of safety. This will be different for everyone, and it’s important not to compare yourself to others.
  5. Maintain social connections while physically distancing. Remember, we're all in this together! Do not isolate. Connect with others while maintaining physical distance.
  6. Get outside in nature. Being outdoors allows us to soak in Vitamin D, provides a sense of perspective, allows for connection to something greater than, and contributes to overall mental and physical well-being.
  7. Challenge yourself to stay in the present. Perhaps your worry is compounding—you are not only thinking about what is currently happening, but also projecting into the future. When you find yourself worrying about something that hasn’t happened, gently bring yourself back to the present moment. Notice the sights, sounds, tastes and other sensory experiences in your immediate moment and name them. Engaging in mindfulness activities is one way to help stay grounded when things feel beyond your control.
  8. Get the facts. It is helpful to adopt a more clinical and curious approach as you follow news reports about the virus. To that end, you will want to find a credible source you can trust. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a webpage dedicated to information on the coronavirus outbreak. You may also find useful information from local or state public health agencies or even your family physician.
  9. Reach out if you need more support. Talk to trusted friends about what you are feeling. If you are feeling particularly anxious or if you are struggling with your mental health, it’s OK to reach out to a mental health professional for support. You don’t have to be alone with your worry and it can be comforting to share what you are experiencing with those trained to help. See numbers above.