January 31, 2020
To the University community,
As you likely know, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is monitoring the outbreak of pneumonia caused by a new coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China. The CDC is providing regular updates. Updates also are available through the World Health Organization. We have been working directly with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health as we monitor this global situation.
This week, the CDC and the U.S. Department of State each issued their highest alert levels, urging travelers to avoid all nonessential travel to China. As a result, the University has suspended travel to China for forthcoming study abroad and international education programs. A group of students scheduled to visit the country this semester has been notified.
It is important to note that there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Philadelphia at present. If you traveled to China, especially Wuhan City, on or after Dec. 1, 2019 and are experiencing a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should seek medical care and avoid contact with others. Before visiting a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead to alert them about your recent travel and the symptoms you are experiencing.
We are in the midst of cold and flu season and, while no confirmed cases of the coronavirus have been identified in Philadelphia, it is always helpful to share the following best practices for avoiding the spread of infectious disease: Please remember to wash your hands regularly, using either soap and water or an antibacterial hand sanitizer when water is unavailable. Always cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve or a tissue while coughing and sneezing.
On behalf of the University, I am grateful for your cooperation and understanding. We will issue additional updates, as needed.
Dawn Soufleris, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management