In order to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19, the PLU Health Center will be functioning under the following schedule and with altered services, from August 17, 2020 through late May 2021. These services may be altered due to changes in the level of county and campus COVID-19 transmission and infection.
- Open for phone visits and limited in-person visits Monday through Friday, from 8 AM to 5 PM, closed for lunch from 12-1
We will be providing a mixture of phone visits and certain on-site face-to-face and nurse-only visits. We are expecting to provide virtual visits with Zoom for Health starting in early September. At the moment, all appointments will be scheduled by phone (253-535-7337). You may no longer walk into the clinic to schedule an appointment. If you are concerned about any illness symptoms, please call to speak with a provider. This allows us to triage our patients and keep the clinic safe for staff, and patients scheduled for non-illness appointments.
All patients are required to wear a mask upon arriving in the Health Center (unless you have a specific health problem that makes wearing a mask difficult). The seating in our waiting room is limited to 3 patients. Only scheduled patients will be allowed to remain in the waiting room. This further reduces the risk of asymptomatic transmission of COVID-19.
In early September, we will have the capacity to do on-site, rapid COVID-19 testing for students who are experiencing symptoms consistent with the virus. We may on occasion need to send a confirmatory test to our lab affiliate, Quest Labs; these tests can be offset by the Cares Act if insurance information can be provided to Quest, or the Wellness Access Plan if insurance information is unavailable. The rapid tests will also be available to individuals identified by the Health Dept as close contacts of a positive case. Asymptomatic surveillance testing will be offered through the fall, a service of Pierce County Emergency Management.
- Routine care, such as sports physicals, travel consults, routine bloodwork, and pap smears, is being postponed until further notice.
- We will continue STD testing, contraception consults and sexual healthcare for men and women, and injury care.
- Refills will be done electronically, or in the clinic if you receive them from us. Please allow 72 hours for refills to be completed.
Outside of normal clinic hours, we strongly encourage you to use Lute TeleHealth for urgent concerns. Additionally, the MultiCare nurse consulting line is available by calling 253-792-6410. Additional medical resources are available elsewhere on our website and on the PLU Coronavirus webpage.