Bowdoin College Health Services will maintain availability remotely for students not residing on campus. If you are off campus and have a question, you are welcome to reach out. We welcome a collaborative approach to care for our remote students with their home providers. Please contact us by email at email@example.com or by phone: (207) 725-3770.
The Anthem BCBS Bowdoin Student Health Insurance Plan provides coverage to students and access to providers throughout the United States and even has a global provider network in some countries outside of the United States. Keep in mind, students insured through Anthem have coverage whether they are on campus in Maine, at home or located elsewhere for the academic year. For students who may be insured through two separate health insurance plans, the student health insurance plan and a parents/guardian’s plan, the student health insurance plan should be considered the student’s primary coverage and should pay any claims incurred first, with resulting balances reverting to the other plan.
Please continue to reach out to Cathy Hayes, Student Health Insurance Coordinator, with insurance-related questions (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please note that the school health insurance plan will have all COVID-19 related services covered by the plan.
Staying Safe and Healthy as an Off-Campus Student
While students on campus or in-residence are being tested on a regular basis, we recognize that those of you off-campus might be navigating what it means to live autonomously “in community” and set your own household expectations and safety protocols. Additionally, you may be in communities with limited access to COVID-19 testing. We have curated the following online articles and resources as a starting point, and we encourage you to use them to craft something that will work for you and your specific household. Rather than evaluating risk on a binary scale where you are either all-in or not at all, consider a spectrum approach where you can choose from a variety of options and tradeoffs that can all play a role in keeping you safe and healthy.
*A note about testing: we are using on-campus testing as a precautionary measure this semester (i.e., we are using it for pre-symptomatic screening). This is likely not a logistically feasible approach if you are living off campus.
Based on this reality, we recommend that you create a COVID-19 risk management protocol for your household that does not rely exclusively on testing. Testing on its own is not a panacea, and you may not be able to get tested in a regular, consistent manner given local availability of tests. Instead, we recommend using testing in targeted ways, such as:
- if you or anyone you know is symptomatic;
- if you have a known/presumed exposure to COVID-19;
- if you are preparing to travel or returning from travel;
- or, if your bubble is breached.
As an off-campus student, you still have access to Bowdon’s symptom tracking app, Campus Clear, and can (should!) use it individually and collectively in your households if you are living with other Bowdoin students.
For those of you in the Brunswick area or broader Maine, Walgreens is a good option for testing given proximity and ease of access, although the sign-up process suggests tests are prioritized for individuals with symptoms or exposure to COVID-19, and demand can be high. The Portland Jetport also offers both PCR and a Rapid Test options to “anyone who feels they need a test,” regardless of symptoms or exposure. Lastly, MaineHealth is running a Swab and Send program that allows you to request a test without symptoms and free of charge (if you are asked for a provider’s order, you can request one from Dr. Maher).
Other useful links:
- Forming a COVID-19 bubble and negotiating household rules
*A few general tips on bubbles:
- Keep your bubble small. Start with members of your immediate household and add sparingly from there.
- Members of the bubble should avoid crowds, even if masked, and keep a distance of 6-feet from others.
- Everyone must be willing to quarantine or isolate if a member of the bubble is exposed to someone with COVID-19 or develops symptoms themselves. If you are required to quarantine or isolate, it is imperative that you remain in your personal space and not interact with others to limit any spread.
- Members of the bubble should hold each other accountable. It’s ok to address issues that you feel may be putting your bubble at risk, and there are a variety of resources for navigating conversation and conflict in a healthy way (including staff at Bowdoin!).
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Navigating personal and social activities
Who doesn't love an infographic? This one does a good job at capturing your risk across the spectrum and how you can mitigate at each level.
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As always, please feel free to reach out to email@example.com if you have questions or are looking for help navigating your health and wellbeing.