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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, and we are available to all students, staff and faculty of SUNY Orange free of charge.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, our website is being regularly updated with new information, services, and resources for the College community.

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


Immunization Records - Email only

The Wellness Center is currently accepting and processing immunization records via email only. Please send your records to immunizations@sunyorange.edu and a member of our staff will respond.

How to Protect Yourself and Others Against COVID-19

COVID-19 VirusIt is important we all do what we can to stay healthy and avoid contracting the Coronavirus Virus COVID-19.

These common sense 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 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.)
  2. 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.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  3. Cover coughs and sneezes with a bended elbow or tissue.
  4. Discard used tissues immediately.
  5. Avoid touching your face, especially eyes, mouth, and nose.
  6. Avoid crowded areas as much as possible.
  7. Practice social distancing:
    • Maintain a minimum of 6 feet from others.
  8. Make sure you get enough rest.
  9. Eat healthy foods.
  10. Drink plenty of liquids, preferably water.
  11. Take deep breaths, stretch, and meditate.
  12. Exercise regularly.
  13. Go outside (even if you are avoiding crowds). 
  14. Stay home if you feel sick
    • Avoid others, especially the elderly or immunocompromised.
  15. If you experience symptoms:
    • 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. 
  16. Wear a facemask if you are sick:
    • You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before entering a healthcare provider’s office. 
    • If you are not able to wear a facemask (i.e. it causes trouble breathing), do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes.
    • People providing care for you should wear a facemask.
  17. You do not need to wear a facemask if you are not sick:
    • Only wear a facemask if you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask).
    • Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
  18. 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.
  19. 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
iris.martinezdavis@sunyorange. edu