Mar. 3 Novel Coronavirus

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Arizona State University Update on Coronavirus Preparedness

March 3, 2020

New Travel and Self-Isolation Guidelines

ASU continues to track COVID-19 in partnership with local, state and federal health agencies. The Centers for Disease Control has provided the following destination-specific risk assessments for COVID-19:

Level 3: China, Iran, Italy and South Korea
Level 2: Japan
Level 1: Hong Kong

Per CDC guidelines, a 14-day self-isolation period is required for ALL travelers – faculty, students, staff, affiliates and visitors – traveling from Level 2 or 3 countries. Travelers from Level 2 or 3 countries should self-isolate at their home or an off-campus residence for 14 days and monitor their symptoms before returning to campus. If symptoms occur, individuals should seek medical attention.

These guidelines apply to anyone traveling on university business or personal travel. If you are traveling from a Level 2 or 3 country, please contact ASU Health Services at 480-965-3349 and ASU health officials will give additional instructions. ASU will also contact anyone that the university has record of recently traveling from these countries. The university will assist students who may have difficulty adhering to this guideline, financially or otherwise.

ASU advises all individuals follow the CDC recommendations and avoid all non-essential travel to China, Iran, South Korea and Italy. The CDC recommends that older adults or those who have chronic medical conditions consider postponing travel to Japan and recommends that travelers practice usual precautions if traveling to Hong Kong.

Visit this link for the official CDC page for information about COVID-19 for travelers.

Spring Break

Spring break and personal travel: ASU does not set requirements for personal travel, but we are strongly urging people to not travel to areas with active community transmission and/or Level 1, 2 or 3 countries. All travelers are encouraged to check the CDC’s COVID-19 travel page, State Department travel advisories, and the International Air Transport Association’s list of travel and entry restrictions for the latest information before departing.

Note that if you leave the country, your trip may affect your ability to return to the United States and campus.

Stay informed

This continues to be a rapidly evolving situation and it is difficult to anticipate what the future may hold. We encourage you to monitor developments through the State Department and CDC websites. Students who are traveling should, in addition to taking recommended measures to prevent getting sick, take basic precautions to prepare for potential travel disruptions.

Please continue to maintain daily personal hygiene similar to seasonal flu to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. These actions include:

  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid shaking hands
  • Disinfect frequently touched objects using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with those who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

ASU will continue to work with federal, state and local officials to monitor potential risks. If conditions change, we will update our campus community.

Please continue to check this website for the most updated information.

You can find updated information about COVID-19 disease activity and recommendations at these sites:

CDC: 2019 Novel Coronavirus
Arizona Department of Public Health
Maricopa County Department of Public Health

Posted: March 4, 2020 at 12:36 a.m.

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