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Napa Valley College Student Health Services is committed to supporting your physical, mental, and social health during the COVID-19 crisis.  

We have shifted clinical appointments to telephone or Zoom for the duration of Napa County’s Shelter-at-Home Order. 


JUNE 4, 2020

The brutal death of George Floyd has set off a shockwave of grief and anger not just across our nation, but around the world. This incident shines a glaring spotlight on our long history of racial injustice. African Americans, other communities of color, and other marginalized groups find old wounds scraped raw, and feel despair that the human right to simply feel safe and accepted by society at large may be an impossible dream. Many of you may be experiencing these turbulent emotions.

In this time of great suffering, recognize your strength and your power. Times of crisis are also times of opportunity to lend your efforts toward creating a future more fair, more compassionate, more just. Believe in your strength.  

When part of our community suffers, we must also suffer. Our response must be, “We are here for you.  How can we best support you?  How can we help?”

Just as the Student Health Center is here for you when you sprain an ankle, need birth control, or suffer from anxiety or depression,  we are also here for you when a collective trauma, whether a coronavirus or the “virus” of discrimination or dehumanization affects any of you. We pledge to join with our colleagues in other departments at NVC and in the community  to listen to your needs, and to answer them to the very best of our ability. 

Call Student Health Services 256-7780 for appointments with therapist Magdalena Orr or nurse practitioner Nancy Tamarisk. We can "see" you in person, or via phone or Zoom. 

At Napa Valley College, we are blessed to serve a wide diversity of students. This diversity is our strength and a joy of working here. Our commitment is to all of you. 

Keep safe, keep strong: PERSIST! 


APRIL 30, 2020

I hope this finds you well and safely sheltered at home. For over a month we have experienced incredible disruption in our daily routine, and the problems of the world feel overwhelming. The uncertainty of the situation puts us on a high alert, and our brains and hearts are on distress overload. The collective stress response to a pandemic can manifest in a variety of ways – as the old saying goes, as we stress we digress. We fall back to our negative habits like obsessing over negative thoughts, stress eating, escapism through drugs and alcohol, etc. It is important to be aware that during times of stress our frustration and sense of powerlessness negative habits can escalate and evolve into more serious problems. The individual’s reactions to crises are complex, but we also share commonalities. Heightened anxiety, deep sadness, and sense of loss is a normal response to uncertainty of the present circumstances. This is how our brain is trying to integrate the stressful experience. Here are some ideas are ideas to help alleviate our distress: 

  • Don't forget to breathe – focused breathing techniques reverse the stress response by de-activating brain regions involved in anxiety and stress. 

  • Pay attention how your nervous system is responding – how are you experiencing the stress in your body? Take care of your body. Eat healthy nurturing food, make sure to sleep at consistent times and exercise. The body mind connection is powerful and one influences the other.

  • Accept - choose - take action. Accept what you can control and what you cannot control. Choose to be present with yourself and your loved ones, choose what is the most important thing right now. Re Examine your values. Take action: set new goals and set up a daily routine. This means learning new ways to behave in a way that moves you forward closer to your life aspirations. 



Challenges due to epidemics create a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety, whether or not a person or their loved ones contracts the disease themselves. In the upcoming days and weeks, you may begin to have some of these common reactions: disbelief and shock, fear and anxiety about the future, disorientation, anger, sadness, apathy, and emotional numbing. 

Visit our website for helpful links to many resources for stress management, including streaming relaxation tapes, and topics in Wellness Central. 

If you feel overwhelmed, please don't try to cope alone. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness. Mental health services are continuing as usual on our campus for an appointment with therapist Magdalena Orr, call us at (707) 256-7780. 


If you are asked to quarantine at home, this document provides helpful information.

Click here for Napa County Health and Human Services Coronavirus (COVID-19) information. 

Click here for California Department of Public Health information.

The County of Napa has set up a call center to answer questions about COVID-19. Call: (707) 253-4540. 

If you feel sick:

  • The main symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, shortness of breath and sore throat.

  • If you would not normally visit your doctor for these symptoms, don’t go to the doctor.

  • Call your doctor and ask for advice if you have concerns about your illness.

  • Do not go to the emergency department or your doctor’s office. You may infect other people.

  • Testing is limited at this time in Napa County. Public Health and other healthcare systems are working to establish a centralized specimen collection site, which will be up and running this week. Individual healthcare providers will need to order tests for their patients, and if the patient meets criteria for testing, Public Health will contact them for an appointment at the drive through clinic.

  • If you are experiencing minor symptoms, call your medical professional. Please do not show up in person.

 When you should go to the ER:

  • If you have profound difficulty breathing, unremitting fever, lethargy or weakness.

  • If you feel very ill and you have diabetes, chronic lung disease or other serious conditions.

  • If you feel very ill and have traveled to an area with Corona virus or have known contact with someone who has the virus.

  • Do not walk through the waiting room. Call ahead if possible. Ask for a face mask and identify yourself to staff.

  • If you are experiencing a medical emergency, and cannot safely transport yourself to the emergency room, call 9-1-1 and inform the dispatchers which symptoms you have that are consistent with COVID-19.

Don't Have Health Insurance?

Open enrollment for Covered California has been extended until April 30, 2020 and eligibility for subsidized health insurance has been expanded. Check outHelp with Health Insurance.pdf for more information.


Stop the Spread of Germs
Do Your Part: Stop the Spread of Germs

Home Quarantine Guidelines.pdf
Managing Cold-Flu-Coronavirus.pdf

Handwashing and Hand Sanitizer Use.pdf

No Contact Greeting.pdf
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