Screening and Testing

Excellent medical testing and care is widely available in Alma. The Wilcox Medical Center, located on campus, offers a number of medical services from a full-time registered medical assistant and a nurse practitioner. The MidMichigan Medical Center - Gratiot is a 97 licensed-bed hospital just 1 1/2 miles from campus. Many other doctors’ offices and urgent care clinics are located in and around Alma.

Before returning to campus for the fall semester, all students, faculty and staff must participate in an online prescreening survey.

The online pre-screening will identify symptomatic or high risk people for testing. If you are selected for testing, we will follow up with further instructions for testing and quarantining. 

This online screening will be sent to your Alma College email and you must complete it within 48 hours.

To learn more, click on the arrows in the table below.

Daily Symptom Screening
  • Every day, before leaving their residence, all members of the campus community - faculty, staff, and students (both residential and those living off campus) - must record their temperature and complete risk screening questions in a Daily Screening Form. The college provides a thermometer to all students. The daily screening form can be downloaded to your phone and works like an app. Instructions were emailed to all members of the campus community prior to the start of the fall semester. If you have any questions about the installation, please direct them to

  • Any person who indicates risk factors on the Daily Screening Form will contacted by the Wilcox Medical Center. If you have any questions about the form itself, you can call Wilcox at (989) 463-7181 or email Anne Lambrecht, direct of counseling, health and wellness, at

  • Anyone who is sick or has symptoms must stay at home or in their residence hall room and contact the Wilcox Medical Center at (989) 463-7181, as well as the Mid-Michigan District Health Department at (989) 875-3681. Quarantine and isolation protocol will be followed, if necessary.
COVID-19 Exposure and Testing
  • During the fall semester, additional COVID-19 testing for symptomatic individuals will be available on campus and at MidMichigan Medical Center - Gratiot. The Wilcox Medical Center can also make referrals to locate alternate COVID-19 testing sites in the area.
    COVID-19 testing is a part of the fall return to campus process for faculty, staff, contract employees, and students. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing, via a nasal swab, will be conducted by medical technicians from an independent laboratory. There is no cost to you for this testing.
    Students moving on to campus Wednesday, Aug. 19, or later will be tested as part of the move in process. Students who arrived on campus before Wednesday, Aug. 19 will be tested later in the week.
    During the fall semester, additional COVID-19 testing for symptomatic individuals will be available on campus (subject to national availability) and at MidMichigan Medical Center - Gratiot. Individuals who have symptoms or who may have been exposed to COVID-19 may also contact the local health department to locate alternate COVID-19 testing sites in the area.

  • If you have been directly exposed to an individual diagnosed with COVID-19, you must self-isolate immediately, even if you are not showing symptoms. Remain at home or in your residence hall room in self-isolation while you contact a medical provider or await test results. Employees must keep Human Resources informed while students need to keep the Wilcox Medical Center informed.

  • If students have been tested and/or advised to quarantine/isolate, they must notify the Wilcox Medical Center and the MidMichigan District Health Department Hotline at 1-888-535-6136 for further instructions or questions.
Quarantine and Isolation Protocols
  • People must notify the Wilcox Medical Center of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, close contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 or other risk factors. If the Wilcox Medical Center is closed, please call the administrator on duty at (989) 560-5972.

  • Any person who indicates risk factors on the Daily Screening Form will contacted by the Wilcox Medical Center. 

  • A person who has been in close (within six feet), prolonged (15 minutes or more) contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, but is not displaying symptoms for COVID-19, or a person has traveled internationally or taken a cruise, will be required to go into quarantine.

  • In addition, any person the Health Department or Wilcox Medical staff believes should be quarantined must go into quarantine.

  • A person who has tested positive for COVID-19, whether or not they are displaying symptoms, is required to go into isolation.

  • Isolation separates sick people from the general population and severely limits their movement. Quarantine restricts the movement of people who may become sick and monitors them closely for future developments.
Health Services
  • Students who feel physically ill — particularly with fever, cough or difficulty breathing — are encouraged to call their health care provider immediately, and tell them they think it’s possible they have COVID-19.

  • Students who need to see a health care professional can visit the Wilcox Medical Center located on campus at Alma College. Students are asked to call (989) 463-7181 before visiting. The clinic offers video visits and in-person visits by appointment.

  • After hours local care options are also available. For online bookings and information from MidMichigan Urgent Care in Alma, visit their website. The MidMichigan Health Emergency Department can be reached at (989) 466-3228.

  • Alma Family Pharmacy offers delivery services. Call (989) 968-4003 for more information.
Mental Health Services
  • Students may contact the Alma College Counseling Center for free, confidential counseling services. Telehealth counseling, crisis counseling and psychiatric services are available. New this year, the counseling staff will be offering “Let’s Talk” brief virtual consultations for students to talk about concerns and receive suggestions, solutions, referrals and gain perspective.

Alma College Counseling Center
(989) 463 -7225

  • Alma College offers all employees and their family access to an Employee Assistance Program through New Directions. New Directions can assist with personal and professional issues. Confidential short-term counseling and legal and financial referrals are available. Call (800) 624-5544 or visit this webpage for more information.
Off-Campus Employment

Students with off-campus employment will be allowed to continue working. We understand the vital role that employment can play in your college experience. We are asking that everyone student who holds an off-campus job during the standard academic semester complete the Off-Campus Employment Survey.