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Coronavirus: Email to Students, Faculty and Staff 1-31-20

This email includes very important, time-sensitive information for members of the University community who are currently in mainland China, have returned from mainland China in the past 14 days, or have plans to travel to China.  

The U.S. Department of State has elevated its travel advisory to Level 4 - Do not Travel to China and U.S. government officials are now asking all individuals traveling back from mainland China to self-isolate for 14 days. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has placed a temporary ban on entry into the United States for foreign nationals (other than immediate family of U.S. citizens and permanent residents), who have been to mainland China in the last 14 days.

All students, faculty, and staff who are currently in China or have returned from mainland China since January 16 are expected to complete this Registration Form http://bit.ly/31fJcdF so that the University can provide you with assistance.  We will monitor your responses and answer your questions as quickly as possible. The information you provide on the Registration Form will be secure and kept confidential.

FUTURE TRAVEL TO CHINA: Until further notice, no students, faculty, or staff will be approved to travel to mainland China on University business or as part of a University-sponsored program. We strongly recommend deferring other types of travel (leisure, personal interest) for the foreseeable future.

CURRENTLY OR RECENTLY IN CHINA: Students, faculty and staff who have traveled to mainland China within the last 14 days must self-isolate until 14 days have passed since they were last in China.

For those required to self-isolate:

  • Undergraduate and graduate students who have completed the form will be contacted to provide advice about self-isolation. 
  • Staff (including postdocs) should notify their supervisor that they are self-isolating and follow advice about working from home or other options.
  • Faculty should let their department manager know.  If you are teaching an undergraduate course in the spring semester, you should also be in touch with Claire Fowler in the Office of the Dean of the College.

At this time, details about exactly how these government policies will be implemented by the government are limited.  Thank you for your patience as we respond in real time to this situation. We will share more information on the University’s Novel Coronavirus website as soon as it becomes available, including the links to frequently asked questions.

If you urgently need to speak to someone about travel or other issues related to novel coronavirus, please call Public Safety at 609-258-1000 and they will have someone call you back.  We are monitoring questions posed in the form and will answer them as quickly as possible.

Sincerely,

Aly Kassam-Remtulla, Vice Provost for International Affairs and Operations

Irini Daskalak, MD, Infectious Disease Physician, University Health Services

Robin Izzo, Executive Director, Environmental Health and Safety

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