Dear Students,

As you prepare to leave for spring break, practice safe habits. Information on prevention from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html.

When you return to campus, follow self-observation precautions for 14 days:

  • Self-observation means people should remain alert for subjective fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.


If you develop symptoms, begin self-monitoring, self-distancing and isolation precautions:

  • Self-monitoring means people should monitor themselves for fever by taking their temperatures twice a day and remain alert for cough or difficulty breathing. If they feel feverish or develop measured fever, cough, or difficulty breathing during the self-monitoring period, they should self-isolate, limit contact with others, and seek advice by telephone from a healthcare provider or their local health department to determine whether medical evaluation is needed. It is best not to go to the emergency department, unless you are acutely ill.
     
  • Social-distancing means remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding local public transportation (e.g., bus, subway, taxi, ride share), and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others. If social distancing is recommended, presence in congregate settings or use of local public transportation should only occur with approval of local or state health authorities.
     
  • Isolation means the separation of a person or group of people known or reasonably believed to be infected with a communicable disease and potentially infectious from those who are not infected to prevent spread of the communicable disease. Isolation for public health purposes may be voluntary or compelled by federal, state, or local public health order. See CDC guidance for self-isolation and preventing the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html


Where available, strongly consider online classroom options to avoid the increased risks of crowding. Please be aware while the campus may reduce the number of events, there is still risk in other public settings (e.g., bars, restaurants).

Current testing guidelines for COVID-19 are:

  • Individuals who have had contact with a person with COVID-19 will be notified. Testing will be done in collaboration with the Champaign-Urbana Public Health Department.
  • Hospitals and clinics can only test individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., fever, cough, shortness of breath) and only with approval of local public health officials.


If you have traveled from countries that have increased activity of COVID-19, in particular CDC Travel Alert Level 3 countries (China, South Korea, Italy and Iran), you may be advised to self-isolate and monitor symptoms.


At this time, there is no evidence of COVID-19 spread in the Champaign-Urbana area. The campus continues to assess the situation. Classes continue as scheduled and faculty are evaluating options to move classes online, if possible. Students should not attend class if they become ill. If we all work together, our campus can remain safe. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Robert C. Parker, MD, MBA, FACP
Director, McKinley Health Center
University of Illinois – Urbana

 

Date: 
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 09:45