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Health Information and Updates

Wellness Team looks at health holistically

A new Wellness Team comprised of faculty and staff has teamed up to provide a holistic approach to keeping our community healthy and safe.

The Wellness Team will spearhead campus events that address the physical safety, well-being and mental health of our campus community, including faculty, staff and students. The College continues prioritizing the well-being of ourselves and each other.

The Wellness Team has created and will maintain a comprehensive calendar of campus events that will align with the Six Dimensions of Wellness Model developed by Dr. Bill Hettler, co-founder of the National Wellness Insititute. The six dimensions are

  • Occupational
  • Physical
  • Social
  • Intellectual
  • Spiritual
  • Emotional

Initial events will be planned to fall on Wellness Wednesdays, which will be promoted in internal newsletters to faculty, staff and students as well as on social media and printed materials such as posters and fliers posted around campus.

Self-Report for Support! 

Pellissippi State continues to prioritize the health and safety of our college community – not just from coronavirus but from other illnesses such as flu, monkeypox and whatever else comes our way! 

Regardless of which germ is circulating, the College encourages faculty, staff and students to stay home when you’re sick or a member of your household is sick and wash your hands regularly. 

Faculty, staff and students also can Self-Report for Support. Pellissippi State is no longer contact tracing, but our staff will contact those who fill out a self-report form to see how we can help you when you are sick.  

Students who have to miss class due to any illness also are encouraged to reach out to your instructors directly. 

COVID guidance for fall 2022

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its COVID-19 guidance on Aug. 11, 2022:

  • Exposure: Those who are exposed to COVID-19 no longer need to quarantine, regardless of vaccination status, but should continue to wear a high-quality mask for 10 days and test for COVID-19 on day 5.
  • Positive diagnosis: Stay home for at least five days and isolate yourself from others in your home. You may end isolation after day 5 if you have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication and your symptoms are improving. You should, however, continue to wear a high-quality mask through day 10 and avoid those who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19 until at least day 11.

For more resources on COVID-19 in Tennessee, including testing sites and how to get a copy of your vaccination record, visit the Tennessee Department of Health website, call the COVID-19 Case and Community Support Hotline at 615.770.6940 or email Covid19.Info@TN.gov between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Eastern. 

Monkeypox guidance for fall 2022 

Monkeypox is a rare, but potentially serious viral illness. Although infection may begin with fever, headache, muscle aches, and exhaustion before the development of rash, many of the cases associated with the 2022 outbreak have reported very mild or no symptoms other than rash.  

Those who suspect they may have contracted monkeypox should contact their health department for testing:  

  • Knox County – 865.215.5300  
  • East Region (surrounding counties) – 865.546.9221  

Those under investigation for monkeypox infection should isolate until test results are available. Public health officials will conduct case investigations and contact tracing of those with laboratory-confirmed monkeypox infection.  

For more information, visit https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/reportable-diseases/monkeypox.html.