University Updates on Emerging Respiratory Illness 2019-nCoV

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TO:    Campus Community

FROM:    Warwick Arden, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

    Charles A. Maimone, Vice Chancellor, Finance and Administration

SUBJECT:    University Updates on Emerging Respiratory Illness 2019-nCoV

DATE:    January 28, 2020

NC State University is working with state and local health officials to closely monitor the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) first identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.  The campus community, and travelers in particular, are reminded to stay updated as events continue to unfold on the world stage.

NC State Student Health emphasizes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) message that 2019-nCoV poses little risk to persons in the U.S. and personnel at NC State.  Presently, if you have not visited the affected region or had close contact with someone who has visited the affected region, you are not at risk of exposure to this illness.  Public health officials are continuing to learn more about 2019-nCoV and we will provide updates to the university from the website as new information emerges.

NC State Staff, Faculty or Students who are ill

If you have traveled to the affected area since December 1, 2019 or have been in contact with someone who has confirmed coronavirus infection AND you have a fever or respiratory illness it is recommended you seek health care. Let your provider know that you have traveled to the affected area or have been in contact with someone who has confirmed coronavirus infection.  If you are a student and are coming to Student Health Services, please call ahead (919-515-7107).  All of this information is important on getting the right care in the right location.

University-Sanctioned Travel to 2019-nCoV Impacted Areas

As of January 27, CDC considers all of China a Restricted Travel Area.  Therefore, NC State is prohibiting University-sponsored travel by faculty, students, and staff to the entire country and may further restrict travel based on CDC recommendations. Accordingly, NC State University will not authorize, award credit or funds, nor reimburse travel expenses for any activities involving travel to or in the affected areas.

University faculty, students and staff planning to travel overseas should monitor the CDC Website to stay up-to-date about affected areas.

Link to pdf version of memo.

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