Counseling Health and Wellness Center


New updates on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) (updated 2/25/2020)

William Paterson University is closely monitoring the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and developing protocols recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and NJ Department of Health (NJ DOH) regarding screening and prevention.

At this time, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey (updated 2/25/2020). The risk of COVID-19 hitting our campus is low, but it is likely we will continue to see respiratory illnesses that mimic some of the symptoms. Seasonal influenza ("the flu") remains the predominant concern at this time. 

Find more information on COVID-19 here.

Please remember to stay home when you are sick and call your medical provider for guidance. Do not report to work or attend classes if you are ill. It is highly likely that you have either a cold or the flu. The number of cases of active influenza is currently high in the U.S.

Contact your healthcare provider for an appointment or, if you are a student, call Counseling, Health and Wellness for an appointment at 973-720-2360. Call ahead and tell your healthcare provider's office about your recent travel, symptoms, and concerns.

For medical emergencies, call 911.

For medical needs when Counseling, Health and Wellness is closed, contact:

  • Valley Medical Group, 759 Hamburg Turnpike, Wayne, NJ, 973-709-0099
  • Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center, 224 Hamburg Turnpike, Wayne, NJ, 973-342-6900
  • Or go to the local emergency room

For up-to-date information on COVID-19, please check the following websites:

WPU Fights The Flu!


The CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent contracting and spreading of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, and disinfect your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Don’t share food or drinks.
  • Get a flu shot. We strongly recommend everyone get a seasonal flu vaccination. While it will not prevent COVID-19, influenza is currently widespread in New Jersey. Flu vaccines are available at local pharmacies covered by most medical insurances. CHWC has flu vaccines for $15. Please call 973-7230-2360 to schedule an appointment. Read the NJ Department of Health weekly flu activity reports.

NOTICE: Directions to Submit Immunization Records

** MenB vaccine (Trumenba/Bexsero) is NOT the same as MenACWY (Menactra/Menveo) and therefore MenB DOES NOT fulfill the state vaccine requirement for dorming. MenB vaccine is highly recommended but not required for university attendance.

Psychological Emergency

There is a counselor on-call after office hours for psychological emergencies only. If you are experiencing a psychological emergency, and the office is closed, please call 973-720-2257 and ask to speak to the counselor on call. In the event of a medical emergency on campus, please call 911. You may also go to your nearest emergency room for a medical or psychological emergency.