Informational Update Regarding Novel Coronavirus Outbreak (Feb. 6, 2020)

Posted February 03, 2020, 6:29PM

February 6, 2020

The most current risk assessment available from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) categorizes the risk as “low,” however the outbreak remains a major public health concern. Travel restrictions regarding China remain in place, with the CDC maintaining a Warning Level 3 (Avoid Non-Essential Travel) and the US Department of State a Travel Advisory Level 4 – Do Not Travel.

Current CDC recommendations are as follows:

  • Receive the flu vaccine
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Additional information can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html (Centers for Disease Control) and https://epi.dph.ncdhhs.gov/cd/diseases/2019ncov.html (NC DHHS).

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January 31, 2020

North Carolina Central University is monitoring the progression of a new coronavirus, known as 2019 Novel Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV, that originated in China and is a potential threat globally. The university will provide updates as they become available via NCCU.edu.

CDC Guidance on Coronavirus-Affected Areas

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a LEVEL 3 Travel Warning (the highest level of warning) urging all U.S. residents to avoid nonessential travel to China. Please read the travel warning here: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/warning/novel-coronavirus-china

Information on preventative steps to avoid infection is available on the CDC website, here.

North Carolina Central University Travel Restrictions

   1.  University Sponsored Travel:

  • Effective immediately and until further notice, non-essential travel to China by students in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs—including students in the health professions—is prohibited.
  • University faculty or staff who wish to petition for approval to travel to China for humanitarian or scientific/clinical purposes related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus outbreak must seek explicit, advance approval—first from the dean of their school and subsequently from the Office of the Provost.

2.  Voluntary/Personal Travel Not Sponsored by the University:

  • Voluntary travel (defined as not University-sponsored) to the coronavirus-affected area above is strongly discouraged and should be reported to NCCU as outlined above.

3.  Implications of Travel:

  • EAP resource information is available for employees who may have family that either live in high impact areas or who may have contracted the virus. More information is available here: https://legacy.nccu.edu/administration/dhr/divisions/employeerelations/index.cfm.
  • The NCCU Office of Human Resources will provide guidance for departments on what to do and whom to contact for assistance if they identify a staff or faculty member who may have been exposed to the virus and requires a remote work location until the virus incubation period has passed. Please contact Mr. Linc Butler, Interim Chief Human Resources Officer, or Ms. Gena Carter, Interim Deputy Chief Human Resources Officer, for assistance.
  • Any employee traveling to China must submit to a screening before returning to campus.

Please visit links above for additional information about the new coronavirus outbreak, travel restrictions, health precautions, prevention techniques, personal safety tips and other facts.

As a reminder, all international travel by University employees and students should be registered with the Office of International Affairs (Lee Biology Building, Room 102 or oia@nccu.edu). The office also provides specific travel and risk-related guidance. The University monitors travel alerts and warnings from the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and communicates critical updates with individuals who are registered with the Office of International Affairs.

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