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Welcome to the OCC Student Health Center

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Resources

Stay Informed

  • Check your health insurance and insurance card for a Nurse Advice Line to speak with a nurse for medical advice. OCC International Students with Aetna Insurance can call the 24-hour Health Line at 1-800-556-1555. 

  • St. Joseph/Hoag Nurse Advice Line: 1-800-809-3555


If You Feel Sick

If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the COVID-19 virus, follow the steps below to keep yourself and others healthy:

  1. Stay home except to get medical care. If you must go out, avoid using public transportation, ridesharing, or taxis.
  2. Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home. Stay in a specific room away from others and use a separate bathroom.
  3. Wear a facemask if you need to be around others.
  4. Get rest and stay hydrated.
  5. Monitor your symptoms carefully. If your symptoms get worse, call your healthcare provider immediately.
  6. Call ahead before visiting your doctor. If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider ahead of time and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19.
  7. For medical emergencies, call 911 and notify the dispatch personnel that you have or may have COVID-19.
  8. Clean your hands often with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  9. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash.
  10. Avoid sharing personal household items such as dishes, towels, and bedding.
  11. Clean all 'high-touch' surfaces such as countertops, tabletops, and doorknobs every day using household cleaning sprays or wipes according to the label instructions.

Checking and Reporting Your Health

If you have been exposed to a person with COVID-19, it may take up to 14 days to know if you will get sick. It is important that you follow specific isolation instructions from your healthcare provider or health department quarantine guidelines. Check your health two times each day for 14 days after an exposure to someone who is ill. Follow the steps below to check and record your health status:

  1. Do health checks every morning and every night:
    • Take your temperature and/or that of impacted family members.
    • In addition to fever, be alert for any other symptoms of COVID-19, including cough or difficulty breathing.
    • Write your temperature and any symptoms in the log included in the CDC booklet.
    • Write family members' temperatures and symptoms in their own booklets.
  2. If your health department asks you to report your temperature and any symptoms, follow their instructions.
  3. If you have fever (fever is 100.4°F/38°C or higher), cough, or trouble breathing:
    • Do not go out in public.
    • Call your local Health Department, Orange County Health Care agency at 800-564-8448. Remind them that you are self-monitoring.
    • If you can't reach your health department, seek medical advice – call ahead before you go to a doctor's office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel, your symptoms, and guidance received from the health department.
    • Avoid contact with others.
    • Do not travel while sick.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading the virus to others.
    • Wash your hands with soap and water immediately after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%-95% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Emergency Clinics

Memorial Care Medical Group

9122 Adams Ave, Huntington Beach 

(714) 368-0900
Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

*accepts Aetna for OCC International Students


Costa Mesa Medical Clinic
745 W. 19th Street, Suite F, Costa Mesa
(949) 574-0210
Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. *low cost

MedPost Urgent Care
3195 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa
(714) 263-0227
Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Weekends 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Marque Urgent Care

2075 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Beach

(949) 760-9222

Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Weekends 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

*accepts Aetna for OCC International Students


Hoag Urgent Care
2560 Bryan Avenue, Suite A, Tustin
(714) 477-8430
Monday through Sunday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

*accepts Aetna for OCC International Students



Hoag Hospital Newport Beach

1 Hoag Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92663

(949) 764-4624


Fountain Valley Regional Hospital

17100 Euclid Street, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

(714) 966-7200

Orange Coast Medical Centet

18111 Brookhurst Street., Fountain Valley, CA 92708

(714) 378-7000

Viral Respiratory Illness Prevention

Prevention is the best strategy to reduce your risk of viral infection.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after coughing or sneezing. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are unavailable.
  • Stay home if you are sick! Call ahead to speak with your doctor's office, medical clinic or emergency room to tell them about your symptoms and  recent travel history.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick - keep at least a 6-foot distance.

  • No handshaking! Use an elbow or fist bump, foot tap, etc. to greet one another.
  • Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Disinfect commonly touched surfaces such as counters, tables, keyboards, and doorknobs.
  • Avoid sharing drinks, eating utensils, sports equipment, towels and bedding.
  • Keep healthy by eating a balanced diet, drinking water, getting enough sleep, and managing stress.
  • Obtain a preventative vaccine such as the flu shot if available.


Handwashing is one of the most effective ways to protect yourself and others from getting sick. Frequently wash your hands to prevent spreading germs such as viruses and bacteria:

  • Before eating food
  • Before and after
    • preparing food
    • treating a cut or wound
    • caring for someone who is ill
  • After sneezing, coughing, or blowing your nose
    • using the toilet, helping someone else toilet, changing diapers
    • handling animal food or waste
    • touching garbage

Handwashing steps:

  • Wet hands with clean, running water, turn off the water and apply soap.

  • Lather the palms, backs of your hands, between fingers and under your nails for at least 20 seconds.
  • Rinse well under clean running water and dry your hands.

For more information: Call 1-800-CDC-INFO or view Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to strengthen student learning, retention and success by supporting the physical, emotional and social wellbeing of students through accessible, high quality health services and programs. 

Vision Statement

Recognizing that wellness is essential to academic success, Student Health Services strives to provide optimum, short-term episodic and emergency medical and mental health services to the college community in a confidential, inclusive environment and with sensitivity to cultural differences and individual needs. Efforts will include health education, community collaboration and strengthening community partnerships.

Accessing Student Health Services

The Orange Coast College Student Health Center offers nursing, medical, and mental health services to students who are enrolled in the current academic semester or session. Students who withdraw from all of their classes in any given semester are no longer eligible for Health Center services in that semester. The student health fee covers most health services including assessments by our medical and mental health providers.

Students are seen on an appointment basis and emergencies are triaged as necessary. Students with

medical concerns can book an appointment with a Registered Nurse who will complete an assessment and determine a plan of care. Those seeking mental health services can book an appointment with a mental health provider. Appointments for both medical and mental health services are made by calling (714) 432-5808. The Student Health Center is closed on weekends, college holidays, and during semester breaks.

Student Health Fees

All students are required to pay the state-mandated health fee, except students who are members of a religious group relying solely on prayer for healing (requires pastoral documentation), students enrolled in courses of less than 2 weeks duration, and students enrolled in apprenticeships only. The health fee is $21 per semester and $17 per summer session. The January intersession is included in the Spring semester for purposes of health fee payment. Consultations with the Health Center Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physicians, and Mental Health Therapists are at no cost to students. Medications,  laboratory services, and physical exams are available at discounted rates for OCC students. 

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Mental Health Services

To reach the Mental Health Services team, please leave a voicemail or text message at (714) 432-6858.


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