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Updates to Campus Community on Novel Coronavirus in China

State Department Escalates Travel Advisory Due To Novel Coronavirus – Jan. 31, 2020

Dear students, faculty, and staff,

The U.S. State Department issued a “do not travel” to China advisory Thursday, Jan. 30, related to the novel coronavirus.

The advisory states that travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice and that commercial carriers have reduced or suspended routes to and from mainland China.

No cases have been reported at the University of Mississippi or elsewhere in Mississippi at this time.

As mentioned in a message to the UM community earlier this week, all university-related travel to mainland China is under a UM travel restriction until further notice. Our academic programs in China have been suspended or canceled by the partners in China. Students may not proceed with UM-related travel to China, and should check in with the UM coordinator of their program. Click here to read the full message sent Wednesday.

The safety and well-being of the university community is always our top priority, and we will continue to monitor the situation. If you believe that you have been exposed to the coronavirus, notify your physician, Student Health or Employee Health immediately.

U.S. State Department:

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/china-travel-advisory.html

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/warning/novel-coronavirus-china

Noel E. Wilkin, Ph.D.

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs   

 


Travel Restriction due to Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) – Jan. 29, 2020

Dear students, faculty, and staff,

Due to the Centers for Disease Control and State Department recommendations and program cancelations, all university-related travel to China is under a UM travel restriction until further notice.

The CDC recently classified China as a level 3 warning destination, recommending that all individuals avoid nonessential travel to the country. The U.S. Department of State has also issued a Level 3 Alert: Reconsider Travel to China.

Our academic programs in China have been suspended or canceled by the partners in China. Students may not proceed with UM-related travel to China, and should check in with the UM coordinator of their program.

Faculty/staff are highly discouraged from engaging in non-essential travel to China. Faculty/staff who must travel to China for essential reasons must notify the Office of the Provost and submit a safety plan with their travel authorization forms for university approval. This plan must include assurances that they are aware of the health risks, they have specific strategies to stay safe, and they are prepared to shelter in place should China impose additional travel restrictions.

Students, faculty or staff who travel to any region under an alert or warning should check-in with the Office of Global Engagement to receive advice and additional information.

The safety and well-being of the university community is always our top priority, and we will continue to monitor the situation. If you believe that you have been exposed to the coronavirus, notify your physician, Student Health or Employee Health immediately.

CDC:
https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/warning/novel-coronavirus-china

U.S. State Department:
https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/China.html

Noel E. Wilkin, Ph.D.
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs


 

Coronavirus Information – Jan. 27, 2020

Because of recent events, UM is sharing information regarding the coronavirus and ways for our community to stay informed

What is happening?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak caused by a new coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in hundreds of confirmed cases in China. The majority of the illnesses are in Wuhan, but cases have been reported in South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Macau, Hong Kong, and the US.

The CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China.

What is the coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses with some causing illness in people and others that circulate among animals. They typically affect the respiratory tract, but can also affect the gut. They are associated with the common cold, pneumonia, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

Should I be concerned?

Any discovery of a new type of viral infection among people is important to note. The CDC is collecting information so it can offer appropriate recommendations. The CDC is also working closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) in monitoring the situation.

What are the symptoms?

According to the CDC’s Criteria to Guide Evaluation of Patients Under Investigation, this is what healthcare professionals are looking for:

History of travel from China in the last 14 days before symptom onset. -or- Close contact in the last 14 days before symptom onset with a person who is being examined for the coronavirus while that person was ill.

AND

Fever and symptoms of lower respiratory illness (e.g., cough, difficulty breathing)

How can I protect myself?

Take the same measures you would use to protect yourself from any virus:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your mouth when you cough with a tissue or your sleeve (or wear a mask).
  • Stay away from people who are sick.
  • Refrain from touching your nose, eyes, or mouth after coming in contact with surfaces or people until you have sanitized.

What should I do if I meet the travel criteria and symptoms?

Call your doctor and explain about your recent travel and symptoms then seek care. Remember to take the protective measures listed above to prevent potential further spreading.

What is the risk in the United States?

Currently, the CDC says the risk to people in the US is considered low.

Student and Employee Health and UM Emergency Management are currently monitoring the situation and will work closely with the MS Department of Health if any new protective measures must be taken. There is no need for panic, but we should always be prepared.

Please follow this link for the most up to date information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html