Overnight Infirmary to continue temporary suspension of operations

Monday, March 30, 2020

UHS’ overnight (24/7) Infirmary Service will continue its temporary suspension of operations until it can be properly staffed. This suspension began March 23 and is a precautionary public health intervention related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its continued effect on UHS staffing. As stated previously, the suspension is not a reflection of any change in the current status of public health policy on campus or in the community.

UHS will remain open Monday through Friday during regular business hours (8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.).  After hours and on weekends, on-call coverage and consultation will also remain available. 

UHS Services

  • If you do not feel well (have a fever, cough, trouble breathing) or otherwise have an urgent health concern, you can continue to contact UHS at 609-258-3141.  
  • UHS will also continue to offer students appropriate COVID-19 testing.
  • If you have been tested for COVID-19, please inform UHS of this at communityhealth@princeton.edu.  
  • And if you have non-COVID-19-related non-emergency questions, you may also consult with UHS by emailing AskHealth@princeton.edu during business hours and they will respond within 48 hours. 

UHS is not currently offering routine healthcare appointments for students on campus as they continue to focus their efforts on COVID-19 prevention and response.  

We recognize that the Infirmary Service is an important health resource for Princeton students.  In close collaboration with our many campus partners, UHS will do everything possible to limit the closure’s disruption to other services and campus needs, ensure care continuity for students during the closure, and to prepare for its reopening as soon as proper staffing is secured.

With the Infirmary closed, students with urgent health matters after hours or on weekends may require evaluations in an off-campus hospital setting. For example, in the event that a student requests to speak with a UHS medical or mental health professional after hours or on weekends, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers and Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students (ODUS) staff members may contact on-call clinicians to determine what is in the best course of action.  If it is determined that the student is in need of emergency medical attention, then the student will be transported to the emergency department at the Penn Medicine/Princeton Medical Center for evaluation.

UHS will continue to do all we can to make sure that you are as healthy and as safe as possible, and to preserve the health and wellbeing of our University community.