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Wellness Center

Welcome to the Wellness Center!

We are here to promote health education and wellness for our entire campus community. Our nursing and mental health services are available to all students, staff, and faculty free of charge.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19 our office is currently closed but we are working remotely Monday through Friday.

Please call (845) 341-4870 and leave a voicemail, or email us at wellnesscenter@sunyorange.edu. A member of our staff will return your query within 24-72 business hours. Follow these links to submit immunization records, the meningitis response form, and requests for medical records. Our website is regularly updated with new information, services, and resources for the College community so please visit again.

Stay Healthy! Avoid the Flu

Essential workers may be at a higher risk of being exposed to #flu and #COVID19. Protect yourself and your community from the flu by getting a #fluvaccine. The more people vaccinated; the more people protected. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3aicrRn  

The cold and flu season will soon be upon us. In addition, the coronavirus COVID-19 has not gone away. All members of the campus community are encouraged to protect themselves and others from illness. This will help prevent widespread disease and maintain our community’s resources to manage the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here are some tips:

Get a flu shot!

  • The Orange County Department of Health, as per the New York State Department of Health guidelines, recommends that everyone six months of age and older without contraindications receive the seasonal flu vaccine as soon as possible.
  • It is best to get the vaccine during the months of September and October, before the start of influenza activity.
  • Flu vaccine is strongly encouraged for young children, pregnant women, those with chronic health conditions, and those 65 years of age and older who may be at increased risk for flu complications.
  • All health professions students, and students and employees who are also health care workers, are strongly encouraged to get the flu vaccine. In some programs this is mandatory. Check with your instructor.
  • Vaccines are available through your healthcare provider and many local pharmacies Find vaccines here.
  • Note: The Wellness Center is unable to offer a flu clinic this year.
  • Most insurance plans cover the cost of the vaccine.

If you are uninsured:

  • The Orange County Department of Health will offer a flu clinic (date TBA) for those who are uninsured. Call 845-291-2330 for more details. Also, some pharmacies offer vouchers for free vaccines so you might want to call around to see where this is possible.

Monitor your health status with the Campus Clear app and follow the prompts.

Stay home from school or work if:

  • You feel sick
  • You have a temperature of 100 or greater
  • You have a fever, sore throat, cough, runny and/or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue

If you are sick:

  • Avoid contact with others as much as possible. Wear a face mask when contact is unavoidable.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, eat nutritious foods as tolerated, and rest as much as possible.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surface
  • Seek medical attention for:
  • Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, rapid breathing
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Confusion or loss of consciousness
  • Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea

Return to school or work when you are fever-free for 24 hours (without fever-reducing medications).

Practice prevention:

Continue to practice COVID-19 prevention methods, i.e. frequent hand washing, social distancing, and wearing a face mask when encountering others. This can also prevent flu and other seasonal infections.

For further advice consult with your healthcare provider or contact the Wellness Center at (845) 341-4870 or wellnesscenter@sunyorange.edu Monday thru Friday 8:30am-4:30pm.

Please share this information with family and friends.

Attention Health Professions Students: Upload documention of your 2020-2021 flu vaccine via our online portal by October 1.

COVID-19 update: Mental Health Services

Counseling services continue to be available to support SUNY Orange students in a remote capacity. Students who are struggling with adjusting to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 outbreak should contact the Wellness Center to set up a virtual appointment. Appointments are being offered for students via HIPPA compliant Zoom sessions or by phone. Please contact Wellness Center’s Mental Health Counselor, Maureen Flaherty, LMHC at maureenflaherty@sunyorange.edu to schedule an appointment.

Our hours of operation are from 8:30 - 4:30 pm, Monday through Thursday. Email messages left after hours will be returned the next business day.

Students who are in crisis and need immediate assistance outside of our hours of operation should contact the following resources:

Many of the services the Wellness Center offers are still available remotely. Please use the menu below to find out more:

Immunization Records 

The Wellness Center is accepting and processing immunization records via an online system. Students are required to present proof of immunity to Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) AND complete the Meningitis Response Form:

Submit Immunizations

Submit Meningitis Response Form

Due to the enormous volume of documents we receive, you will NOT be notified when your Immunization Records or Meningitis Response Form have been processed.

Once your immunization records and/or lab reports have been reviewed and deemed compliant with New York State requirements, the IMM and MEN holds on your SUNY Orange student account will be removed to allow you to proceed with the registration process.

Please refer to your student account to confirm receipt of records and compliance.  

If your records do NOT meet the New York State requirements, you will be contacted via email. 

If you still have an IMM or MEN hold on your account more than 5 business days after submitting your records, please email our office at wellnesscenter@sunyorange.edu.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

How to Protect Yourself and Others Against COVID-19

COVID-19 Virus

It is important we all do what we can to stay healthy and avoid contracting the Coronavirus Virus COVID-19. These commonsense steps can significantly increase your chances of staying healthy:

  1. Understand how COVID-19 spreads:
  • Currently no vaccine exists to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and there is no cure.
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed in the first place.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • The virus spreads through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the eyes, mouths or noses of people who are nearby, or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  • The droplets can also live on surfaces for days and be transmitted when someone touches them and then touches their face (nose, mouth, eyes.)
  • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
  1. Your best defense: Wash your hands!
  • Wash frequently and thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Wash for at least 20 seconds (sing the Happy Birthday song twice to keep time.) 
  • Be sure to scrub between your fingers and under your nails. 
  • Wash before and after handling food, after sneezing or coughing, or after using the bathroom.
  • Wash immediately after returning home from an outside location.
  • Wash immediately after contact with others or objects from outside, i.e. groceries, take-out, mail, etc. 
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  1. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  2. Cover coughs and sneezes with a bended elbow or tissue.
  3. Discard used tissues immediately.
  4. Avoid touching your face, especially eyes, mouth, and nose.
  5. Avoid crowded areas as much as possible.
  6. Practice social distancing: Maintain a minimum of 6 feet from others.
  7. Make sure you get enough rest.
  8. Eat healthy foods.
  9. Drink plenty of liquids, preferably water.
  10. Take deep breaths, stretch, and meditate.
  11. Exercise regularly.
  12. Go outside (even if you are avoiding crowds). 
  13. If you feel sick, STAY HOME. 
  • Avoid others, especially the elderly or immunocompromised.
  1. If you experience symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, body aches, headaches, exhaustion, sudden loss of taste or smell:
  • Do not go to the emergency room, hospital, urgent care, or doctor’s office. 
  • Call your doctor for instructions on how to seek proper medical treatment. 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  1. Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
  • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
  1. Face Coverings in the Workplace
  • Executive Order 202.16 directs employers to provide essential workers with masks free of charge to wear when interacting with the public.
  1. Businesses Can Deny Entry
  • Executive Order 202.34 authorizes businesses to deny entry to individuals who do not wear masks or face-coverings. 
  1. Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily:
  • This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them.
  • Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  1. Get information related to COVID-19 from reliable sources:


Managing Stress During the COVID-19 Outbreak

View our "Managing Stress During the COVID-19 Outbreak" (PDF) presentation, provided by Maureen Flaherty, M.A., LMHC 

The outbreak of COVID-19 may be stressful for many people. Fear and anxiety about the unknown is natural, but it is important to take care of your physical and mental health during this time. 

Stress during an infectious disease outbreak may include:

Changes in sleep or eating patterns.

Fear about health and financial matters.

Difficulty sleeping.

Issues adjusting to online learning or separation from classmates, friends, routine activities.

An increase in symptoms for those with pre-existing mental health or physical health issues.

Tips to Ease Anxiety

Get enough rest.

Keep exercising.

Eat well.

Limit exposure to media coverage and social media related to COVID-19.

Recognize what you have control over and what you do not.

Keep a normal schedule when taking classes online or working from home.

Practice mindfulness.

Keep the situation in perspective and stay connected to family and friends.

Get Accurate Information

Be sure to get information related to COVID-19 from reliable sources. There is plenty of misinformation and conflicting news circulating which can increase feelings of anxiety and depression. The following websites are reliable sources for current information: 

Personal Counseling is Available to Students During this Outbreak

Personal counseling for stress related to COVID-19 or any other personal issues is available to our students via telecounseling or by phone.

Interested students may email SUNY Orange’s Mental Health Counselor Maureen Flaherty to schedule an appointment at maureen.flaherty@sunyorange.edu.

There is no charge for this service. 

Questions and concerns regarding COVID-19 that are not mental health related should be emailed to our nursing staff at wellnesscenter@sunyorange.edu. One of our nurses will respond.

Food Banks

food banks graphicFood bank locations or food resources can be found by visiting www.auntbertha.com or by the Why Hunger hotline at 1(800) 5-HUNGRY.

Orange County has several food banks to assist those finding it difficult to obtain enough to eat. To find a food bank near you, visit regionalfoodbank.net and enter your zip code. Or visit this list of food banks and shelters in Orange County. 

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"It's on US," Orange County's Sexual Assault Prevention Campaign

Orange County is proud to be the first county in the United States to join the White House's 2014 It's On Us campaign, designed to raise awareness about sexual assault. It's On Us is a cultural movement aimed at fundamentally shifting the way we think and talk about sexual assault, especially on college campuses. It is a rallying cry, inviting everyone to step up and realize that the solution begins with us. The campaign seeks to reframe the conversation surrounding sexual assault in a way that empowers, educates, and engages everyone to do something, big or small, to prevent it. For more information visit the It's On US website.

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SUNY Orange Is a Tobacco Free Campus

The College's smoking policy bans the use of tobacco products on the College’s campuses, except in:

  • any College-owned and numbered parking lot (Middletown)
  • the plaza/patio area between the Tower and Maple buildings (Newburgh)
  • the First Street entrance to the campus promenade (Newburgh)

Want to quit? Stop by the Wellness Center for a free Quit Kit, visit the New York State Smoker's Quitline, or call 1-866-NY-QUITS

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Notice of Non-Discrimination

Orange County Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identification,, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, veteran status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction or any other category protected by law. The College adheres to all federal and state civil rights laws prohibiting discrimination in public institutions of higher education.

Inquiries regarding this non-discrimination policy may be directed to:

Iris Martinez-Davis
Civil Rights Compliance Officer
115 South Street, Middletown NY 10940
(845) 341-4662