Updated as of Sunday, February 2, 2020
While the spread of the 2019 coronavirus within the United States is still considered to be low risk, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of State have recently issued new travel guidance regarding China. In response, Cleveland State University is putting in place processes to ensure all members of the campus community are aware of these guidelines and what may be required.
For those who recently traveled to or may have future travel plans to China, reporting will be required so that we can offer proper resources and immediately assist any member of our community who may have been exposed to the virus or who may become ill. Geographical areas, regions or cities affected by the reporting requirement may be modified depending on the future course of the outbreak.
All information gathered through this process is considered a health record and will remain confidential.
Students, faculty and staff are required to report immediately to CSU’s Health & Wellness Services at email@example.com under the following circumstances:
• If you have returned from China within the past 14 days, whether on university business or otherwise.
• If you are currently in China, whether on university business or otherwise.
• If you have personal travel to China planned between now and March 6.
• If you are being actively monitored or observed by any local, county, state or federal public health agency due to risk of coronavirus.
• All reports should include a CSU name, ID number and a cell phone contact number. Questions about the reporting process can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To reiterate, no changes are needed for day-to-day behaviors on our campus at this time. There are currently no confirmed cases within the state of Ohio.
As always, the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors is our top priority. We will continue to keep our community informed — and we encourage everyone to practice routine hygiene etiquette as this is the best way to prevent the spread of infection.
Please continue to monitor this website for continued updates.
On Monday, January 27, 2020, Miami University of Ohio announced two possible cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in two students who had recently returned from China. The students have been isolated and tested and are awaiting results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There are no confirmed cases in Ohio at this time.
There are currently no suspected cases at Cleveland State. The threat to the general public, including students at CSU, is still considered low.
The Ohio Department of Health (ODH), in coordination with the CDC, is closely monitoring 2019-nCoV, first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.
The first case in the United States was announced January 21, 2020, in Washington state, and cases have been confirmed in multiple states since then. There are ongoing investigations by the CDC and ODH to learn more. ODH is providing guidance to local health districts, healthcare providers and state partners.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people, and others that circulate among animals, including camels, cats and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can evolve and infect people and then spread between people, such as has been seen with Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) in 2014 and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003, and now with 2019-nCoV.
The United States started screening travelers arriving from Wuhan on January 17, 2020. Currently, CDC staff are conducting screening of travelers from China at 20 U.S. airports with quarantine stations.
If you are a student, faculty, or staff member planning to travel overseas (to China but also to other places), please follow the CDC Traveler’s Health guidance here.
If you have recently been to Wuhan, or other areas affected by the outbreak, or have come into contact with an infected individual, please contact the Student Health & Wellness Center at 216.687.3649 or your healthcare provider if you experience these symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
Call the center before visiting to tell them about your recent travel and symptoms.
If you are sick, always avoid contact with others to stop the spread of the virus and do not travel.
The best preventive steps for any communicable disease include simple but important measures to practice as part of your daily routine, especially during flu season:
- Wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy water. If unavailable, use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home while you are sick (except to visit a healthcare professional), and avoid close contact with others.
- Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
- Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.
Health officials and administrators throughout Cleveland State will continue to work closely with partners at both the Ohio Department of Health and our local health department to prepare for, screen, and prevent the spread of illness and keep our community safe. If the situation warrants, we will follow up with additional communication.
As we learn more, please remember to always treat other students and community members with respect and compassion if they are suffering illness, whatever the cause.
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