The Orange Coast College Student Health Center is now offering in-person appointments to enrolled students on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m until 5 p.m. Appointments are limited and must be made over the phone. Telehealth services are still available during the week with an appointment, especially to students who are ill and cannot be seen in person.
The health center staff includes two registered nurses, a medical assistant and a doctor who will be following the CDC COVID-19 guidelines. All students are required to wear a mask and will have to do an in-depth screening at the door upon their arrival.
Since the start of the pandemic, the OCC Student Health Center has been working vigorously towards the goal of reopening.
“This is one of the first programs to reopen during this time and it is a constantly moving situation with Covid,” said Kelly Daly, director of the Student Health Center.
For the past six months, she and her team have been preparing for the proper precautions and acquiring the necessary safety gear and equipment.
“We had to make sure we had enough protective gear equipment for the nurses and doctor, which includes items like thermometers, masks, gloves, gowns, red bags, and all the things that come with a clinic,” Daly said.
She developed a protocol that is made to keep students safe that has been approved by the campus and district.
The OCC Student Health Center offers medical care, mental health care, as well as information and resources regarding COVID-19. As OCC moves towards a smoke-free campus this semester, the health center will also be offering a new service called, Tobacco Cessation, for those who are seeking to quit smoking or vaping. The best way to find out more details about their services is to visit their website.
Although they do not offer COVID-19 testing, students have the advantage of the services provided because they are included in the semester health fee. The OCC Student Health Center will also be offering services to residents who will be moving into The Harbour student housing that will be opening soon.
To make an in-person appointment, call (714) 432-6832. For any general health center questions, call (714) 432-5808.