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The health of the Sun Devil community is a top priority at ASU.

The ASU Health Services website is Arizona State University’s official source of information about the Novel Coronavirus, the current exposures at ASU and important tips and precautions you can take to stay healthy. This website is updated regularly with information about the Novel Coronavirus affecting the ASU community. The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention has the most up-to-date information about the status of the Novel Coronavirus in the US.

For information about teaching and learning remotely, please visit the Provost Office webpage.

 

Latest Coronavirus updates

New CDC guidance regarding cloth face coverings

April 7, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States.  They now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms.  This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms.  In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. Arizona is currently designated as having widespread community spread of COVID-19.

Following is a link to the CDC guidance on how to use cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19. 

Posted: April 7, 2020, at 2:30 p.m.

 

 

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Coronavirus symptoms may include fever, muscle or body aches, sore throat and cough, fatigue and headaches. Those experiencing these symptoms should seek medical attention. Health and counseling services are available in English, Spanish, Mandarin and other languages as needed.

As is typical during the cold and flu season, we are seeing a spike in respiratory illness like the flu virus. Flu and other respiratory illnesses are spread when someone with the illness coughs or sneezes and another person inhales respiratory droplets or touches a surface that has been contaminated by them (such as a desk, doorknob or keyboard) and then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth. Here are some precautions we encourage you to take so you can stay healthy:

  • Try to get sufficient sleep, exercise regularly, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious foods.
  • Keep your hands clean and wash them frequently with soap and water. Carry alcohol-based hand sanitizer and use it when you cannot wash your hands.
  • Get a flu shot – it’s not too late! Flu shots are available by appointment or by walking in to ASU Health Services on any campus or from most pharmacies.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve. When you use a tissue, throw it in the trash immediately. Do not use a handkerchief.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Do not share cups, straws, or anything else you put in your mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

What can travelers do to protect themselves and others?

CDC recommends avoiding nonessential travel. If you must travel:

  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
    • It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
    • Supplies of hand sanitizer, tissues, and other hygiene products may be limited, so consider bringing them with you.
  • Avoid traveling if you are sick.

What you can do

Contact ASU Health Services

Students, faculty and staff who are returning from recent travel to Level 3 countries and areas are required to self-isolate for 14 days. If you are a student, please contact ASU Health Services at 480-965-3349 and a provider will provide additional guidance.

Self-isolate

We ask any student who meets the CDC criteria to self-isolate and avoid contact with others, except to get medical care. Do not go to school, work or public areas or use public transportation.

Contact ASU Counseling Services

If you are experiencing increased anxiety or stress related to concerns for family or friends, please contact ASU Counseling Services at 480-965-6146 to speak with a counselor. We’re here to help.

 

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) announcements archive

Given the global nature of Arizona State University, we want to share important tips on how to stay healthy, remind you of the health and wellness resources that are available to you and inform you of the national and international protocols that are being followed by the university to help minimize the spread of illness.

April 2, 2020 | President Crow message to 2020 ASU graduates

April 2, 2020 | President Crow message to 2020 ASU graduates

President Crow message to 2020 ASU graduates

To Spring 2020 ASU graduates,

Due to the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus and the public health recommendations that come with it, we have reached the only responsible decision and course of action available: Arizona State University’s 2020 spring commencement will move to a virtual, online ceremony. The format may be different, but our enthusiasm for celebration has never been more inspired.

As we all have experienced over the last several weeks, technology-enabled engagement presents an extraordinary opportunity to come together. And as our undergraduate and graduate students know from what they have accomplished, adaptation and perseverance are part of what the university experience is all about.

Obviously, this means a departure from our traditions. But reimagining ASU’s commencement ceremonies does not mean canceling them. Sun Devil Nation is going to celebrate. We will continue in the spirit that drove us earlier in the semester when classes were moved to an online format. We will continue to advance. 

As we push forward to make this happen, I am mindful of the disappointment that you and your family will likely share in not being able to gather in-person at ASU. As a first-generation college graduate, who came from a family where college attainment was a life-changing achievement, I can appreciate the anticipation of reaching this defining milestone. For those who wish to do so, the opportunity to participate in person will be available for Spring 2020 graduates in both December 2020 and again in May 2021. I understand the desire to share this special occasion with classmates, family and friends

So, let’s do that. Now, and later if you choose to do so.

We will celebrate and we will honor what you have accomplished online this May. We will do so in a way that keeps you and your loved ones safe. We will overcome whatever obstacles might be presented. We will focus on what we can do.

I encourage you tap into the same resourcefulness that has guided your journey to earn a degree at ASU. You have demonstrated an ability to adapt and to persevere. That is what makes a Sun Devil.

Many of you have already RSVP’d for graduation ceremonies, and I encourage all of you to do so. You have earned this day of celebration — make it yours.

More details will be coming soon as we make plans for ASU’s 2020 spring commencement. Please look here for additional information: https://graduation.asu.edu/

In closing, let me offer my congratulations. You made it. Graduation is on the horizon, and we will come together to honor what you have accomplished.

Michael M. Crow
ASU President

Posted: April 2, 2020, at 9:08 a.m.

April 2, 2020 | Message to ASU employees in Washington, D.C.

April 2, 2020 | Message to ASU employees in Washington, D.C.

Message to ASU employees in Washington, D.C.

As part of ASU’s response to the spread of COVID-19 and Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser’s recent executive order directing all city residents to stay at home or their place of residence to prevent the further spread of the virus, all ASU offices in Washington, D.C., have been closed until further notice. 

If employees have essential personal items at an ASU office that they need to collect or if they need any equipment (computer, Wi-Fi access, printer, etc.) in order to continue their duties, please contact Roxanne Ladd at roxanne.ladd@asu.edu or 202-446-0381. Please note that all employees will remain in pay status and are expected to work remotely.

ASU is deeply connected and committed to Washington, D.C., and its people. We know these are unprecedented times and we appreciate the work you do on behalf of ASU. Please stay safe and continue to check ASU’s COVID-19 website for continuous updates on the university’s operations. 

Following are additional key links for your reference:

ASU COVID-19 FAQs
Telecommuting guidelines and considerations
Employee Assistance Office

Sincerely,

Mark Searle
Executive Vice President and University Provost

Morgan Olsen
​​​​​​Executive Vice President, Treasurer and CFO

Posted: April 2, 2020, at 1:45 p.m.

April 1, 2020 | Summer sessions A and C to be remote

April 1, 2020 | Summer sessions A and C to be remote

Summer sessions A and C to be remote

ASU's summer sessions A and C begin on May 18. The university wants to ensure everyone has the opportunity to continue their studies, make up for a course you may have dropped, or get ahead so you might graduate sooner. We also want to ensure you can do this in a safe environment. Therefore, we will be operating these sessions through remote learning techniques including online and Zoom delivery. Students are urged to register for courses so the university can be sure to accommodate all of their learning needs.

If you have any questions, please contact your academic adviser. If you do not see a course you need, please contact Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Frederick Corey (Frederick.Corey@asu.edu ), and if you are a graduate student, please contact your college’s graduate office for more information. 

A further announcement will be forthcoming when the university is able to more accurately assess whether summer B session will be able to operate in a face-to-face manner when it starts on July 1.  

Please continue to observe the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and take care of yourselves.  

Mark Searle
Executive vice president and university provost 

Posted: April 1, 2020, at 3:27 p.m.

March 31, 2020 | Arizona governor issues COVID-19 order

March 31, 2020 | Arizona governor issues COVID-19 order

Arizona governor issues COVID-19 order

On Monday, March 30, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order asking Arizonans to stay home unless participating in essential activities. We do not anticipate significant changes for ASU as a result of the governor’s order.

The “Stay Home, Stay Safe, Stay Connected” order follows new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is recommended by public health officials who are tracking COVID-19 data specific to Arizona.

The governor’s order, which will go into effect at 5 p.m. today, March 31, is an important next step in trying to slow the spread of the virus in the state. The guidance promotes increased physical distancing while encouraging social connectedness among citizens; it does not prohibit people from going to work, to volunteer or to participate in essential functions, which includes universities.

The university has already implemented increased physical distancing practices by moving all classes online through the end of the spring semester; there are more than 14,000 classes being offered through a remote learning format. Close to 95 percent of ASU employees are already working from home. The remainder of our employees continue to work on campus because they perform critical roles necessary to keep the university operational and secure.

March 24, 2020 | NYC travelers | 14-day isolation

March 24, 2020 | NYC travelers | 14-day isolation

NYC travelers | 14-day isolation

Dear ASU students and employees,

Because New York City is experiencing a high volume of COVID-19 cases, today, the White House coronavirus task force recommended that anyone who recently has left the New York City metropolitan area self-isolate for 14 days to help slow the virus spread.

This 14-day self-isolation requirement applies to all ASU students and employees who recently traveled to or from the New York City area. If you are an employee and you recently visited the New York City area, please communicate your circumstances to your supervisor and make plans to self-isolate. If you are a student, please contact ASU Health Services at 480-965-3349, and a provider will give additional guidance.

Sincerely,

Mark Searle
Executive Vice President and University Provost

 

Morgan Olsen
Executive Vice President,Treasurer and CFO

Posted: March 24, 2020, at 8:40 p.m.

 

March 21, 2020 | All ASU offices in California closed until further notice

March 21, 2020 | All ASU offices in California closed until further notice

All ASU offices in California closed until further notice

As part of ASU’s response to the spread of COVID-19 and California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recent executive order directing all residents of that state to stay at home or their place of residence to prevent the further spread of the virus, all ASU offices in California will be closed until further notice. 

ASU moved to a remote work environment on Monday, March 16. It is our hope that by now that employees have had a chance to collect personal belongings or any equipment needed to continue performing their job. If anyone has essential personal items at an ASU office or needs any equipment (computer, Wi-Fi access, printer, etc.) in order to continue duties, please contact Erin Yunt at 480-965-5253 or eyunt@asu.edu

ASU is deeply connected and committed to California and its people. We know these are unprecedented times and we appreciate the work employees do on behalf of ASU. Please stay safe and continue to check ASU’s COVID-19 website for continuous updates on the university’s operations. 

Following are additional key links for reference:

ASU COVID-19 FAQs
Telecommuting guidelines and considerations
Employee Assistance Office

Posted: March 21, 2020, at 12:00 p.m.

March 16, 2020 | Online classes extended; teleworking established

March 16, 2020 | Online classes extended; teleworking established

Online classes extended through end of spring semester; teleworking established as priority

With new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Arizona Department of Health Services, ASU has made the decision to extend online classes through the end of the spring semester.

We are already in this mode and off to a great start with more than 14,000 classes being offered online. Details on continued online instruction for students will be communicated by faculty directly to students.

University housing will remain open for those who must stay and essential services will continue to be provided to students who remain with us on campus.

Although this shift in learning has been extended, the university continues to remain open. This includes computer labs, libraries, food service, health clinics, counseling services, research labs and all other aspects of the university.

The university has already canceled all public events on campus that are not directly related to the teaching and research mission of the university.

Teleworking established as first choice for as many as possible

The pace of COVID–19 transmission across the country demands that we move faster to assure social distancing in alignment with public health direction for reducing the rate of virus spread.

While the university remains open, we are moving to an even more aggressive remote work protocol:

  • Telework is now the first choice and priority for as many employees as possible. In other words, employees should be on site only when performing tasks that are (1) critical to the functioning of the university as authorized by your appropriate vice president/dean and (2) unable to be accomplished remotely.
  • Each vice president/dean should immediately reassess the designation of employees as required to be on site.

We understand that there is work that absolutely must be done on site. Given this unprecedented situation we are asking all of our vice presidents/deans to identify those employees who need to be here. We will follow social distancing procedures and do our best to minimize exposure.  

>>LEARN MORE: ASU telecommuting resource guide

Any employees whose regular work can only be done on site, as determined by their vice president/dean, but is not critical in the present situation, would continue in pay status until otherwise informed. This is done with the understanding that we may need to bring them back in or ask them to take on new or different duties as our response to the COVID–19 pandemic evolves.

For those employees who remain working on site, the following guidelines apply and will be determined in partnership with the vice president/dean.

Establish flexible work schedules for staff where possible to reduce the number of people working near one another at the same time.

  • Implement reasonable social distancing practices to reduce the close contact in the workplace.
  • Transition all meetings to phone or virtual formats. 
  • These protocols will stay in place until further notice. 

Posted: March 16, 2020, at 3:27 p.m.

March 13, 2020 | Updated travel guidelines and event information

March 13, 2020 | Updated travel guidelines and event information

Updated travel guidelines and event information

Dear ASU community:

We are writing today with several updates on university activities as it relates to COVID-19.
 

New travel guidelines


Traveling from Level 3 or high-risk areas

For all students and employees who have traveled since March 1:

  • Employees and students who are coming back from Level 3 countries and areas* are required to self-isolate for 14 days. If you are an employee, you must communicate your circumstances to your immediate supervisor. If you are a student, please contact ASU Health Services at 480-965-3349 and a provider will provide additional guidance.
  • Employees and students who are coming back from high-risk areas are required to self-monitor. If you become symptomatic, you are required to self-isolate and should contact your health care provider. High-risk areas are defined as the following:
    • Travel by cruise ships;
    • Any air travel regardless if domestic or international;
    • Travel by any means to Washington state, New York City, California, Florida or London.

*Level 3 countries and areas include: China, South Korea, Iran, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City.

 

ASU now prohibiting university- and grant-funded domestic travel

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not generally issue advisories or restrictions for travel within the U.S., cases of COVID-19 have been reported in many states and some areas are experiencing community spread of the disease. The CDC has noted that crowded travel settings, like airports, may increase your risk of exposure to COVID-19, if there are other travelers with COVID-19. With this in mind, the university is now prohibiting all university- and grant-funded travel within the U.S. and internationally.  

 

Cancellation of events on campus

For the next 30 days, all events on any ASU campus or in any ASU building that are not directly related to the educational or research mission of the university are canceled in order to limit the community spread of COVID-19. Before attending a previously scheduled event on an ASU campus or in an ASU building, please check with the event organizer or look for an update online.


Employment practices during COVID-19

We recognize that conditions in the broader community – school closures, child care disruptions, ill family members – are likely to impact regular work schedules for some individuals. Employees should work directly with their supervisors on flexible work plans to ensure operations continue.

 

Sincerely,

Mark Searle                            Morgan Olsen

Provost                                   Executive vice president, treasurer & CFO

Posted: March 13, 2020, at 5:15 p.m.

 

March 11, 2020 | ASU transitions in-person classes to online instruction

March 11, 2020 | ASU transitions in-person classes to online instruction

ASU Transitions In-Person Classes to Online Instruction

Dear ASU community:

As you know from previous communications, university leadership has been closely following events and public health recommendations surrounding the outbreak and spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The university has been busy planning and preparing for the possibility of transitioning to an online teaching and learning environment to help manage the potential spread of COVID-19.  

Although there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at ASU at this time, we know that many members of the ASU community have been traveling this week during spring break to parts of the country and world where there may be community spread of COVID-19. As a precaution, we have made the decision to transition in-person classes to online instruction wherever possible.

Effective Monday, March 16, the following changes will occur:

  • All in-person classes wherever possible will transition to online instruction. Classes will continue in this mode for two weeks, at which time the university will assess where things stand with COVID-19. Additional information will follow shortly with specific instruction for faculty and students on how to transition to online instruction.

  • The university remains open. University housing, computer labs, food service, health clinics, counseling services, research labs and all other aspects of the university remain open.

  • All public events will continue unless otherwise announced.

We are taking these steps out of an abundance of caution. Public health officials have not yet made this a requirement for public institutions. Nevertheless, given all that we know and what we can anticipate based on information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we believe this is the most prudent course of action at the current time.

ASU’s COVID-19 webpage will continue to be our primary source of information and updates related to university operations. We will communicate changes across as many channels as possible, and we have teams of individuals across the university ready to assist faculty and students with the transition to online instruction.  

The spread of COVID-19 may necessitate changes in the way we interact, but it does not change what we do. ASU will continue to operate and will continue to deliver the highest-quality education possible to the students we serve, and ASU employees will continue to perform their duties.

This is a new challenge not only for our community at ASU, but for the broader community in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, and the country. We will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation with local, state and federal public health officials.

In the meantime, please carry on with your work and your studies. Do so with care for yourself and for those around you and continue to adhere to the preventative measures as recommended by public health officials, but do not retreat from your commitment to your education and to the important work you do every day. And again, additional information will follow shortly with specific instruction for faculty and students about this transition. 

Sincerely,

Michael M. Crow
President
Arizona State University
president.asu.edu

Posted: March 11, 2020 at 4:48 p.m.

March 6, 2020 | Updated travel restrictions and guidelines

March 6, 2020 | Updated travel restrictions and guidelines

Update: New ASU travel restrictions and guideline

March 6, 2020

Consistent with U.S. State Department Travel Advisories, ASU or grant-funded international travel to CDC level 2 and 3 countries and Hong Kong is prohibited until further notice. All other international travel will require an explanation as to the essential nature of the travel and must be approved by the dean and provost or executive vice president/chief financial officer.

Domestically, we encourage you to avoid nonessential travel and seek alternative mechanisms to participate in conferences and professional meetings as much as possible, e.g. Zoom. Domestic travel using ASU or grant funds, including previously-approved travel, should be essential and must be approved by your dean or appropriate Vice President.

For previously-booked travel that is deemed nonessential, travelers should work with the ASU Travel Office and Anthony Travel to minimize cancellation fees. Cancellation fees that cannot be avoided will be reimbursed.

Posted: March 6, 2020 at 5:58 p.m.

March 3, 2020 | New travel and self-isolation guidelines; spring break travel

March 3, 2020 | New travel and self-isolation guidelines; spring break travel

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.

Feb. 28, 2020 | ASU update on coronavirus preparedness

Feb. 28, 2020 | ASU update on coronavirus preparedness

Arizona State University Update on Coronavirus Preparedness

February 28, 2020
Editor’s note: The study abroad information under “Global Update” has been updated to include spring 2020 programs in Italy.

Arizona State University continues to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in coordination with federal, state, and local health and emergency preparedness organizations. This is a rapidly evolving situation and as new information becomes available, the university will continue to provide updates for the ASU community, distributed on this website and ASU’s official social media channels.

As media have reported extensively, cases of the coronavirus are now on every continent in the world, except Antarctica, and it continues to spread.

In the United States, there are very few confirmed cases and the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicates that currently, public risk remains low. As a result, all ASU operations including classes, events and activities will continue as normal.

U.S. Officials Advise on Planning and Preparedness

Cases of COVID-19 in international travelers have been detected in the U.S. Person-to-person spread of COVID-19 also has been seen among close contacts of travelers who have returned from Wuhan, but at this time, the virus is NOT currently spreading rapidly in the United States.

While there is no imminent threat, the CDC has indicated that the appropriate and prudent action at this time is to prepare for the potential spread. ASU is well positioned for this. For the past 15 years, the university has had in place an emergency preparedness function and a critical incident management committee tasked with reviewing all facets of ASU operations during natural or man-made disasters, campus violence, security issues and pandemics.

With the identification of the first Arizona case of COVID-19 on January 26, 2020, the university implemented its preparedness plans to respond to the situation in coordination with ASU Health Services, local and county health and the CDC. The ASU community member is now fully recovered and reintegrated into a regular routine.

To supplement ASU’s preparedness, the CDC has additional resources for guidance, planning and preparedness which can be found here. In addition, Arizona Public Health Director, Dr. Cara Christ, has provided an update on the state’s planned response to COVID-19.

The university has plans in place to minimize operational disruption and ensure delivery of classes, including a transition to remote teaching through technology as needed, continuation of essential services for students and accommodations for the telecommuting of faculty and staff.

To help individuals and families prepare should a COVID-19 pandemic manifest in the U.S., the Department of Health and Human Services has issued guidelines on how best to prepare your household at ready.gov/pandemic.

The CDC recommends continuing to follow daily personal hygiene best practices, including thorough hand washing and cleaning as during flu season. If you are sick, avoid contact with others.

We will continue to monitor COVID-19 updates closely and will respond accordingly. Please continue to visit this site for updates.  Social media updates will be provided through the following officially-approved university communications channels:

Twitter - @ASU
Facebook - facebook.com/arizonastateuniversity
Instagram - @arizonastateuniversity
LinkedIn - linkedin.com/school/arizona-state-university

*We ask our community to be aware of the likelihood of social media misinformation, and only rely on ASU information from these official communication channels for updates.

Global Update

ASU has been closely monitoring the current outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) overseas and is following U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations. Per CDC travel advisories and guidance, ASU has cancelled all study abroad programs in mainland China through summer 2020. We have also cancelled all spring 2020 study abroad programs in Italy and South Korea. ASU continues to closely monitor this health issue through government, open access and security intelligence sources and will respond accordingly.

Students in Italy and South Korea have been instructed to depart the country at the earliest opportunity. Many have already left, or have booked travel to depart in the coming days. Any students enrolled in study abroad programs in Italy or South Korea that need support with return travel arrangements should contact their International Coordinator for assistance.

For all impacted students, the Study Abroad Office is working with our partner institutions and organizations, as well as the student’s academic department at ASU, to identify appropriate academic solutions. We are also working closely with Financial Aid and Scholarship Services to provide support and guidance, as needed. For those students who indicate a need for housing upon their return, we are working with ASU University Housing to identify suitable options.

For more information, please visit https://mystudyabroad.asu.edu/content/study-abroad-coronavirus-faq.

Posted: Feb. 28, 2020 at 3:48 p.m.

Feb. 21, 2020 | Official statement from Maricopa County

Feb. 21, 2020 | Official statement from Maricopa County

Official statement from Maricopa County Department of Public Health

Maricopa County Department of Public Health in coordination with Arizona Department of Health Services and CDC has released the Maricopa County COVID-19 case from isolation. The individual, a male with ties to Arizona State University, has received multiple negative tests from CDC and meets the criteria to be released from isolation. We would like to thank this individual for his patience and commitment to public health during his prolonged isolation with very mild illness. There is no risk of COVID-19 to the community from this individual and we encourage his friends, family and the community to support him as he transitions back to his everyday activities.

Maricopa County Department of Health/Arizona State University FAQs update

  1. Has the person who was infected with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) been cleared? Are they back on campus?

    The case involving an Arizona State University community member who was originally confirmed to have COVID-19 on Jan. 26, 2020, has now been cleared by state and county health officials and is free to reintegrate back into the community, and the ASU campus community.

  2. Who cleared this individual, and when?

    The Maricopa County Department of Public Health, in coordination with the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cleared this person for reintegration back into the community.

    This individual has tested negative for novel coronavirus and is no longer infectious according to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This individual has been determined to be completely safe to reintegrate back into the community. In addition, all close contacts of the individual have passed the 14-day monitoring period and have not developed novel coronavirus.

  3. Who is the person infected? Why won’t MCDPH or ASU release the name of the individual?

    In accordance with Arizona Revised Statutes and federal HIPAA laws, patient names (first and last name or last name and initial) are identifiers that are classified as protected health information (PHI) under the HIPAA Privacy Rule https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-individuals/faq/index.html and confidentiality rules for public health. Therefore, in compliance with HIPAA and Arizona Revised Statutes, neither the Maricopa County Department of Public Health nor Arizona State University will release the name of the individual.

  4. Does the university have a response to the social media posts circulating online about who was infected with COVID-19?

    We ask that members of the community to be supportive and respectful of this individual’s privacy as they return to the community, particularly while engaging in social media.  While we realize there has been misinformation and social media speculation concerning the individual’s identity or whereabouts, we ask that the community respect their privacy.

  5. Does the university have comment on the xenophobic/racist remarks circulating online about this individual?

    ASU values and take pride in our commitment to inclusivity and respect for every individual of our community. ASU is committed to sustaining a safe, healthful and resilient community.  Each member of our community has equal value. During times like these, we expect our community to be supportive, empathic and respectful.

Posted: Feb. 21, 2020 at 4:15 p.m.

Feb. 13, 2020 | ASU President Crow on community values and resilience

Feb. 13, 2020 | ASU President Crow on community values and resilience

A message from President Michael M. Crow to the ASU community

The ASU community values and takes pride in our commitment to inclusivity. That commitment is reflected in those who enroll at ASU and in the success they enjoy as a result of the experience. A safe, healthful environment creates the necessary conditions through which individuals excel, and it's vital that these conditions be maintained.

Read the full message

Posted: Feb. 13, 2020 at 7 p.m.

Feb. 6, 2020 | Student groups support campus Asian community

Feb. 6, 2020 | Student groups support campus Asian community

Student groups support campus Asian community

Arizona State University’s Undergraduate Student Government passed a resolution on Feb. 4 supporting the university’s Asian community and taking a stand for inclusion and diversity amid reports that some students have suffered discrimination and mistreatment because of the coronavirus association with China. On Jan. 31, the ASU Asian/Asian Pacific American Students’ Coalition released a statement denouncing racist rhetoric and paranoia associated with the coronavirus.

Posted: Feb. 6, 2020 at 10:27 a.m.

Jan. 31, 2020 | Risk still considered low as HHS issues emergency declaration

Jan. 31, 2020 | Risk still considered low as HHS issues emergency declaration

As part of the Administration’s work to protect Americans and respond to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus outbreak, today Alex Azar, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS,) signed a public health emergency declaration.

According to Secretary Azar, “At this time, the risk to Americans remains low, and we are working to keep it that way. We will continue our work to monitor, respond to, and mitigate the spread of the coronavirus and ensure that Americans have the most accurate and up-to-date health and travel information.

The Centers for Disease Control reinforced the HHS declaration, stating today: “This is a very serious public health threat. The fact that this virus has caused severe illness and sustained person-to-person spread in China is concerning, but it’s unclear how the situation in the United States will unfold at this time.

“For the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low. The risk to individuals is dependent on exposure. The goal of the ongoing U.S. public health response is to prevent sustained spread of COVID-19 in this country.”

More cases are likely to be identified in the coming days, including more cases in the United States. It’s also likely that person-to-person spread will continue to occur, including in the United States.”

At ASU, we continue to monitor the Coronavirus situation closely in partnership with the Maricopa County Health Department and the Arizona State Department of Public Health. We continue to follow the health protocols prescribed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and reinforced by state and county health officials. Because the immediate risk to the general public from coronavirus at this time is believed to be low, classes are in session and the university is open for business. We will continue to assess and evaluate risk and take preventive actions as recommended by federal, state and county health authorities. 

Anyone with concerns about their health or symptoms they are experiencing can call ASU Health Services at 480-965-3349. ASU Health Services remains open on the weekends. For general concerns or inquiries, please call 844-864-8327. 

To reach ASU Health Services on the Tempe campus:
Phone: 480-965-3349

For Downtown Phoenix, Polytechnic and West Campus:
https://eoss.asu.edu/health/contact

For emergencies
Call 911

After hours medical advice
Call 480-965-3349

Per the CDC, state and local health officials, current preventative measures remain in place. Public health officials re recommending everyone get a flu shot and follow basic prevention guidelines:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • 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 immediately throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Posted: 7 p.m., Jan. 31, 2020

Jan. 30, 2020 | Classes on regular schedule; WHO declares emergency of international concern

Jan. 30, 2020 | Classes on regular schedule; WHO declares emergency of international concern

January 30, 2020

The World Health Organization today declared the new coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Today also marked the first instance of a person-to-person spread of the new coronavirus in the United States, which CDC experts have expected.

However, Dr. Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also indicated today that based on what they know, the CDC assessment remains that the immediate risk to the American public is low.

The CDC also indicated there is no need for the general public to change their behavior in any way based on today’s news.

Conditions on the Arizona State University campus remain unchanged by the shift in the WHO designation. Classes and activities remain on regular schedule and previously announced preventative recommendations are the same, beginning with good hygiene.

Quick links:

Posted: 6:45 p.m., Jan. 30, 2020.

Jan. 28, 2020 | ASU restricting institution-related travel to China

Jan. 28, 2020 | ASU restricting institution-related travel to China

January 28, 2020

Travel Advisory

Following the recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advising travelers to avoid all nonessential travel to China, Arizona State University has issued a travel restriction to China for all university faculty, staff and students, effective immediately. No institution-related travel, such as study abroad or other academic program visits, to China will be authorized or approved by the university. This travel restriction is similar to restrictions many businesses and organizations across the U.S. have implemented.

Posted: Jan. 28, 2020 at 12:50 p.m.

Jan. 27, 2020 | University remains open as ASU works with authorities to monitor situation

Jan. 27, 2020 | University remains open as ASU works with authorities to monitor situation

January 27, 2020

Dear ASU Students, Faculty, Staff and Families:

I am writing to follow up on the message from yesterday regarding the confirmation of one case of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the ASU community.

We are working closely with the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) and the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) to monitor the situation. As stated yesterday, this individual does not live in university housing, is not severely ill and is currently in isolation to keep the illness from spreading.

Dr. Cara Christ, ADHS director, also indicated yesterday that the immediate risk of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus to the general public is believed to be low at this time. This echoes information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has stated that “based on current information, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 to the general American public is considered low at this time.”

MCDPH and ADHS are currently investigating to identify any close contacts that may have been exposed while the person was infectious. Any individuals who have been identified as having been exposed will be contacted directly. These individuals will be monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms in collaboration with public health and the university.

We have received many inquiries about university operations in light of this case. The university remains open and classes are not cancelled.

We are following the health protocols prescribed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and reinforced by state and county health officials.

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms are thought to appear within two to 14 days after exposure and consist of fever, cough, runny nose and difficulty breathing. Those considered at risk for contracting the virus are individuals with travel to Wuhan, China, or individuals in close contact with a person infected with the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. Currently, no commercial testing is available and there is no vaccine. Public health is working with those exposed to get testing by the CDC.

Public health officials are advising residents that flu and other respiratory diseases are circulating in the community, and are recommending everyone get a flu shot and follow basic prevention guidelines.

The best ways to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses are to:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • 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 immediately throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Public health officials also recommend that if individuals have recently traveled to Wuhan, China, and have developed fever with cough or shortness of breath within 14 days of travel, or have had contact with someone who is suspected to have 2019 Novel Coronavirus, to stay home and call ASU Health Services right away at 480-965-3349.

We will continue to update the ASU community as developments occur. Additional information can be found at the below links:

Maricopa County: https://www.maricopa.gov/5460/Novel-Coronavirus

World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/

Sincerely,

Mark Searle
Executive Vice President and University Provost 

Posted: 4:35 p.m., Jan. 27, 2020

Jan. 26, 2020 | Maricopa County confirms case of novel coronavirus in ASU community

Jan. 26, 2020 | Maricopa County confirms case of novel coronavirus in ASU community

January 26, 2020

Dear ASU Students, Faculty, Staff and Families: 

Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) has identified and confirmed one case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the ASU community. This individual resides in Tempe. This individual does not live in university housing, is not severely ill and is currently in isolation to keep the illness from spreading. 

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China that is known to cause mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Public health officials are advising residents that flu and other respiratory diseases are circulating in the community, and are recommending everyone get a flu shot and follow basic prevention guidelines.

The best ways to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses are to:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • 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 immediately throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

ASU is working closely with MCDPH to investigate any contacts that this individual may have exposed while infectious. Those who have been exposed will be notified directly by either ASU or Public Health and given specific instructions on monitoring for symptoms. If you have not been notified, you have not been identified to be at risk of developing symptoms. Currently, no commercial testing is available and there is no vaccine. MCDPH is working with those exposed to get testing by CDC.  

We will continue to communicate with the ASU community as we learn more about COVID-19 and our current exposures. If you have recently traveled to Wuhan, China and have developed fever with cough or shortness of breath within 14 days of your travel, or have had contact with someone who is suspected to have 2019 Novel Coronavirus, stay home and contact ASU Health Services at 480-965-3349.

More information and regular updates can be found here or at the Maricopa County site

Anyone with concerns about their health or symptoms they are experiencing can call ASU Health Services at 480-965-3349. For general concerns or inquiries, please call 844-864-8327. 

Sincerely,

Mark Searle
Executive Vice President and University Provost 

Morgan Olsen
Executive Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer

Posted: 6:30 p.m., Jan. 26, 2020.