The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. At this time, it’s unclear how easily or sustainably this virus is spreading between people. The Health Center will continue to follow the CDC guidelines and information on this virus and provide updates to the college community.
Prevention:There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Right now, 2019-nCoV has not been found to be spreading in the United States, so there are no additional precautions recommended for the general public to take. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Do not share food, eating utensils, drinks, cups and vapes/JUULs, etc.
There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for 2019-nCoV infection. For further information refer to https://www.cdc.gov/
After Hours Care
Emergency Care: For emergency care you should go to the nearest emergency room. If you are on campus, call Campus Safety (610-526-7911) for transportation to Bryn Mawr Hospital Emergency Room. Remember that in a true emergency situation, you should seek treatment at the hospital emergency room.
Illness: For non-emergent medical care, you can visit one of the urgent care centers in the area:
- Main Line Health Urgent Care Center in Wynnewood, 306 E Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA | 484-565-1293 | https://www.mainlinehealth.org/specialties/urgent-care
- Tower Health Urgent Care, 635 Conestoga Rd, Villanova, PA | 610-710-4444 | https://www.towerhealthurgentcare.org
- Chop Urgent Care | Haverford,663 W Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010 | 610-519-1275 |(up to age 21) https://www.chop.edu/locations/urgent-care-haverford
For other referral information, check the physician referral center of Main Line Health at or call 1-866-225-5654.
Counseling: If you are in the area and feel you need to see a counselor during break, you can make an appointment to be seen on a fee-for-service basis.
- Middleton Center, 625 Montgomery Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA 19010 | 610-525-0766
- Penn Council, Offices in Center City, Paoli, Wynnewood and University City | 215-382-6680
If you are on campus and you have a counseling emergency, you should contact BMC Campus Safety immediately at 610-526-7911 or proceed immediately to the nearest hospital emergency room for care.
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Montgomery County Suicide and Crisis Hotline, 1-844-455-7455; via TTY 1- 800-799-4889; Text START to 741741, Crisis Text Line
Regular Health Center Hours
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Closed Fall break, Thanksgiving break, Winter break, Spring break, Summer break.
After Hours Counseling Services
To speak with a counselor when the Health Center is closed, call 610-526-7778.