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Sickness sweeps Stonehill

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By Aimee Chiavaroli

Over the last 24 hours, Stonehill’s campus has been hit with a wave of illness, prompting many students to go to Health Services, and others to go to the hospital.

Parked outside Health Services earlier this afternoon were an ambulance and a medical service car, both of which were on hand to transport students to the hospital if needed. Anyone who went into the office for any reason was required to wear a mask to enter.

Stonehill College Announcement from Director of Health Services Maria Sullivan sent an announcement about the virus to the community via email Nov. 12 at approximately 3 p.m.

“This gastrointestinal illnesses is most likely a virus, which has a 24 to 48 hour life cycle. So far, no common theme or cause for the virus has been identified.”

Health Services did not immediately respond to The Summit’s request for comment on the virus.

There are unconfirmed reports that some cases of sickness may be linked to food poisoning.

“My doctor [at Health Services] mentioned it seemed to be a trend of people eating meat at The Hill last night, but it wasn’t definite,” Ryan DiFalco ’16 said.

DiFalco said that when she went to Health Services, she was told it was a “large possibility” she got food poisoning.

The Health Services employees gave DiFalco a ginger ale and Zofran to prevent nausea and vomiting. They advised her to stay hydrated and take Tylenol when her stomach felt better.

DiFalco has since gone to the hospital, as have many other students.

“One of my friends went to the hospital last night and said it was food poisoning. Another one of my friends was throwing up all morning and was sent to the hospital this afternoon,” DiFalco said.

Director of Communications and Media Relations Martin McGovern said the Easton Health Department and the State have been contacted.

“If you are experiencing abdominal pain, vomiting, weakness or dizziness, please contact Health Services at 508-565-1307. If your condition is severe, you may need a higher level of care,” Sullivan said in her announcement sent to the community.

Sullivan suggested students consider leaving campus and going home if they live nearby. “Wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face or mouth,” she added.

You can contact Health Services by phone, 508-565-1307, or visit their office Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

You can also contact Compass Medical Urgent Care Center in South Easton by phone, 508-565-7000. The Urgent Care Center is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and is closed on Sunday.

In case of emergency, contact Stonehill Campus Police at 508-565-5555.

More information to come as this story develops.

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