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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Updated February 24, 2020

We continue to monitor the global COVID-19 health crisis. A few countries outside China have seen a spike in cases of COVID-19 in recent days, leading to new travel alerts and watches by CDC and the U.S. Department of State. While we continue to monitor the global situation, advice from local and state health departments and the CDC has not changed for travelers from abroad newly arriving at Princeton.

  • Anyone coming from mainland China should self-quarantine for 14 days from their last day in mainland China. Learn More »
  • Individuals who have been in contact with a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or who have traveled abroad and are experiencing fever, cough or difficulty breathing should contact University Health Services at 609-258-3141. They will provide advice on what to do next.

All others, including those who arrived from mainland China at least two weeks before the current date and are displaying no flu-like symptoms, may participate fully in all campus activities.

The University continues to monitor the COVID-19 global outbreak, along with local and state health authorities, keeping up-to-date with and implementing new guidance as appropriate. If conditions change, we will update the campus community. If we learn of any member of the campus community who is being tested for the virus, we will share appropriate information.

FAQ - General Information
FAQ - Princeton Campus Community
FAQ - Faculty and Staff
FAQ - Students
FAQ - Information For Travelers

 
TRAVEL
 
The U.S. Department of State travel advisory continues to be Level 4 - Do not 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.  This restriction is in place until March 23 and may be extended if circumstances warrant.  We strongly recommend deferring other types of travel (leisure, personal interest) for the foreseeable future.
 
The CDC has issued an Alert Level 2 travel notice for Japan and South Korea, meaning older adults and those with chronic medical conditions should consider postponing nonessential travel. Hong Kong and Italy have been designated Watch Level 1, meaning practice usual precautions, due to outbreaks of COVID-19 in these destinations. The U.S. Department of State has elevated its advisory to Level 2 (exercise increased caution) for travel to: Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong due to outbreaks of COVID-19. These are likely to change.
 
NON-DISCRIMINATION AND MUTUAL SUPPORT
 
Princeton University is committed to maintaining an educational, working, and living environment that is free of all forms of discrimination and where every member can thrive. It is essential that we all be supportive, respectful, and inclusive of the members of our community who are affected by this global issue.
 
In the wake of this outbreak, several universities have experienced the targeting and exclusion of Chinese individuals, individuals perceived to be Chinese, and individuals recently returned from China due to fear and misinformation about the virus. 
 
Acts of bias, discrimination, and harassment run counter to our University values and to Princeton’s policies, including our Respect for Others and Non-Discrimination policies, as well as our Statement on Diversity and Community.
 
If you see someone wearing a mask, do not assume that the individual wearing it has symptoms or is at risk. Wearing a mask is a widespread preventive habit in several countries, and is viewed as a gesture of consideration for others. 
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION
 
The University continues to monitor for new information, including updated guidance from state and national authorities. Updated information and answers to frequently asked questions are always available on this website.
 
Please direct any questions to response@Princeton.edu. Your e-mail will be forwarded to the appropriate office to answer.
 
 
EXTERNAL RESOURCES

COMMUNICATIONS TO FACULTY, STAFF, STUDENTS

February 17, 2020 email to students, faculty and staff
February 3, 2020 email to students, faculty and staff
January 31, 2020 email to students, faculty and staff
January 30, 2020 email to students, faculty and staff
January 24, 2020 email to students, faculty and staff

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