Coronavirus: What You Need to Know

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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus - known as COVID-19 - first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Additional cases have been identified in a growing number of other international locations, including the United States. There have been no confirmed cases in Delaware.

It is important to remember that the physical health of our community is equally connected to the social and mental health of our community. For our Chinese students in particular, we extend our compassion and concern for this situation and the impact this may be having on their loved ones back home. UD offers a number of resources should you need someone to talk to at this unsettling time. 

Updates from the University
of Delaware
 

- Feb 15, 2020: Second student cleared, no suspected cases at UD UDaily

- Feb 13, 2020: One UD student cleared  UDaily

- Feb 11, 2020: Two students screened for possible cases of coronavirus, risk remains low UDaily

- Feb 6, 2020: Message to UD on-campus residents  Letter

- Feb 5, 2020: Message to international undergrad students Letter

- Feb 5, 2020: President Assanis' message to the UD community Letter

- January 2020: Message to students study abroad in spring Letter

- Jan. 27, 2020: UD monitors coronavirus situation  UDaily 

The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a respiratory illness that first emerged in Wuhan, China, in 2019. Although the virus has spread rapidly through China since its emergence, the general U.S. public is still considered at low risk for contracting 2019-nCoV, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is important to note that no cases have been reported in the state of Delaware at this time.

This is a new virus and information is still being learned about its impact, thus WHO is being cautious. Also, there are concerns if the virus spreads to countries with limited health care resources, which are already compromised due to scarcity of food or clean water, the impact could be significant. 

 

No cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Delaware. The two UD students are being screened by health officials for possible cases. UD is following all guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH). Updated information will be made available on this website.

The University encourages students, faculty and staff to protect themselves from illness such as the cold, flu and also coronavirus by following the recommended actions:

  • Get your flu vaccine - it is not too late to benefit from ensuring that you have received your annual flu vaccine. 

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before eating or touching your face.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue and if you use your hands please wash your hands immediately.

  • Clean frequently touched surfaces such as cellphones, door handles and countertops.

  • If you are sick or feel ill, stay home and call your medical practitioner.

  • The University’s Emergency Management Office is continuously monitoring the situation in conjunction with local, state and national public health officials. 

 

Residence Life and Housing and Custodial Services staff members are taking proactive measures to reduce exposure within each residence hall. These efforts include:

  • Increasing frequency of surface cleaning, especially handrails, elevators, restrooms and doors. 

  • Posting information and raising awareness to include disseminating information on the University website.

  • Ensuring that in-hall staff know where to direct students with concerns about coronavirus. 

The CDC does not recommend that anyone without symptoms wear a mask or isolate themselves.

In accordance with CDC guidelines, students returning from China will not be subject to quarantine unless they meet very specific criteria. CDC guidelines also do not recommend those returning from China be required to wear a mask. Anyone who is returning from the areas of concern in China has already undergone extensive screening by the CDC upon arrival at U.S.points of entry.

To date, there are no confirmed cases in the State of Delaware. University officials have been closely monitoring the evolving coronavirus situation with the goal of protecting the health and wellbeing of the campus community. We have been in communication with various experts including the Delaware Division of Public Health.  At this point, we have no reason to believe there is any risk to members of the University community. Based upon information from the CDC and the Division of Public Health, there is no basis for altering your normal practices regarding housing, campus events, and other circumstances under which large groups of people will be gathering. 

 

The University encourages individuals to protect themselves from illness such as the cold, flu and also coronavirus by following the recommended actions:

  • Students with specific questions or who are experiencing symptoms should call Student Health Services (SHS) at (302) 831-2226. 

  • Get your flu vaccine - it is not too late to benefit from ensuring that you have received your annual flu vaccine. Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before eating or touching your face.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue and if you use your hands please wash your hands immediately.

  • Clean frequently touched surfaces such as cellphones, door handles and countertops.

  • If you are sick or feel ill stay home and call SHS. 

No. All classes are being held as scheduled. The campus is operating on a normal schedule and no events or activities will be cancelled. We recommend that you continue to stay informed by reviewing this dedicated to coronavirus information and updates. 

 

  • Students in Newark are encouraged to call SHS at (302) 831-2226 to make an appointment. SHS must follow certain protocols for suspected cases of coronavirus, so please do not come to  Laurel Hall. Nurses are available 24 hours a day to answer your medical questions.

  • Students not currently in Newark experiencing symptoms should contact their healthcare providers.

  • Faculty and staff experiencing symptoms should contact their healthcare providers.

  • For those who are traveling, information about GeoBlue, the University’s international medical insurance provider – available to all members of the UD community – and other details about UD-supported travel assistance can be found at this link

Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. Commercial carriers have reduced or suspended routes to and from China. Faculty, staff, and students should closely follow the advice of the State Department regarding any planned travel. The State Department has issued Level 4: Do Not Travel for China.

 

Based upon guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. State Department, the University is taking several proactive steps to ensure the safety and health of our campus community, including:

  • Strongly suggesting that all Uuniversity-sponsored travel to mainland China follow the guidelines published by the U.S. Department of State. (The State Department has issued Level 4: Do Not Travel for China )

  • If you are returning from mainland China with fever or respiratory symptoms, stay home, limit contact with others, and call to consult with University Student Health Services (students) or your primary health care provider (faculty and staff).

  • The CDC is not advising quarantine for travelers who do not have symptoms simply based on their travel history or home address. If that advice changes, the University is prepared to respond with additional guidance.

The University values the many people of different nationalities and cultures who are cherished members of our community and, in keeping with the recommendations of the CDC and State Department, is taking these steps out of an abundance of caution.

 

The CDC has confirmed the risk to U.S. citizens is very low. In fact, the risk from the seasonal influenza is much greater and it is still not too late to get your flu shot. The University continues to closely monitor the situation in collaboration with the Delaware Division of Public Health. If there was a confirmed case of coronavirus on campus, the University is prepared to respond in a holistic manner. The campus community would be notified and the established plans and protocols would be utilized.

Students can contact the Center for Counseling & Student Development at (302) 831-2141 or (302) 831-1001 for after-hours emergencies, or contact Student Health Service at (302) 831-2226 or University Police at (302) 831-UDPD. Faculty and Staff may contact the Employee Assistance Program within Human Resources at (302) 831-2171. 

 

For student health-related questions, call 302-831-2226

studenthealth@udel.edu

 

For housing questions, 302-831-HOME (4663) for Residence. Life and Housing

reslife-housing@udel.edu

 

For other questions, please call 302-831-7055 or email deanofstudents@udel.edu

 

UD Resources 

For those who have studied abroad >

For international students >

Campus & Public Safety updates >

Other resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention >

Delaware Division for Public Health >

Know the symptoms

For confirmed 2019-nCoV infections, reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying. Symptoms can include:

- Fever

- Cough

- Shortness of breath


If you feel sick

- Students in Newark are encouraged to call Student Health Services (SHS) at (302) 831-2226 to make an appointment. SHS must follow certain protocols for suspected cases of coronavirus, so please do not arrive unannounced at Laurel Hall.

- Students not currently in Newark experiencing symptoms should contact their healthcare providers.

- Faculty and staff experiencing symptoms should also contact their healthcare providers.

- For those who are traveling, information about GeoBlue, the University’s international medical insurance provider – available to all members of the UD community – and other details about UD-supported travel assistance can be found at this link.