If You Feel Sick

Due to extremely heavy volumes and staffing shortages at local urgent care facilities and Wilcox Medical Center, it may take an extended period of time for students, staff and faculty experiencing symptoms of illness to receive a call back and be scheduled for a COVID-19 test, or be seen by a doctor. We expect the heavy volumes and staffing shortages to be resolved in coming weeks.

What You Should Do If You Feel Sick or Have COVID-19 Symptoms

If you are experiencing critical or life-threatening symptoms, you should call 911 or go to your local hospital emergency department.

If symptoms are less severe, please call Wilcox Medical Center at (989) 463-7181. If there is no answer, please leave a message. You can also make an appointment online with MidMichigan Urgent Care – Alma at this link.

Students, staff and faculty should also be completing their Daily Health Screening on the Plaid Protects app and mark their symptoms there. Indicating symptoms on the app will prompt a nurse to call you.

If you are experiencing symptoms and are waiting to be seen by a medical professional, or waiting on test results, you should:

  • Wear a mask at all times
  • Maintain appropriate social distancing
  • Stay in your apartment or residence hall room — do not go to work, meetings, classes or athletic events
  • Have food delivered or get your meals to-go, if possible

Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate for at least 10 days. Isolation can end and students can return to classes when they are without symptoms for 24 hours and cleared by the nurse on-call.

Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who feel ill and are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test should not go to class and must contact the Wilcox Medical Center. Students should also contact their professors and discuss potential options in addressing their absence. For additional assistance in addressing academic plans and questions, students may also consult with the Director of Student Success, Dr. Phil Andre (989-463-7430, andre@alma.edu).

Local Community Testing Options

Rite Aid
1341 Wright Ave.
Alma, MI 48801
Phone: (989) 463-6111
Hours: Saturday-Monday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

MidMichigan Urgent Care – Alma
321 E. Warwick Drive
Alma, MI 48801
Phone: (989) 466-3332
Hours: Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

724 E. Superior St.
Alma, MI 48801
Phone: N/A, walk-up only
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

2805 West Cheesman Road
Alma, MI 48801
Phone: (989) 576-6100
Hours: Sunday-Monday 6 a.m. to midnight