Additional Information about Defending Against COVID-19

Sent Tuesday, March 10, 2020

To the Campus Community:

Yesterday afternoon, all Rutgers students received an email regarding precautions to take when traveling during spring break. I include the text of that email below my signature.

While developments surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak continue to change on a rapid basis, it remains true that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses such as covering coughs and sneezes, washing your hands often, staying home from work or school if you are feeling unwell, frequently disinfecting touched surfaces, and getting your flu shot. More details about prevention and care are available here.

Symptoms of the virus appear to be consistent with those of a respiratory illness: fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms following possible exposure to the flu virus or COVID-19, seek medical care as soon as possible. Remember to call ahead and tell the health care provider’s office about your recent travel, symptoms, and concerns. Please also limit contact with others and do not travel.

If you have traveled to an area where outbreaks of the virus have occurred, Rutgers’ advice is parallel to that of the CDC: Anyone returning from an area where the virus is prevalent, should take appropriate measures, including self-isolation and self-monitoring at home.

I strongly urge you to frequently visit the Rutgers Universitywide COVID-19 Information website for a comprehensive listing of resources and news. The site is dynamic and updated consistently.

Rutgers University–Camden is a community that is powered by our empathy and compassion. Faculty are asked to be flexible in working with our students regarding health concerns, transportation difficulties, and other matters related to this outbreak. Students seeking guidance and support related to their academic coursework should contact the Dean of Students office at 856-225-6050 or visit the office on the third floor of the Campus Center.

Concern for our individual health and the health of our loved ones can lead to anxiety and stress. Students with concerns about their health, or who are experiencing stress, may wish to avail themselves of the counseling and medical services offered by the Student Wellness Center by calling 856-225-6005 or visiting the office on the second floor of the Campus Center.

Here at Rutgers University–Camden – as well as across all of Rutgers – preparations are being made based on a myriad of possible scenarios. This situation remains fluid, and additional details will be communicated as they become available.

Sincerely,
Phoebe A. Haddon, J.D., LL.M.
Chancellor

 

Subject: A Message from the COVID-19 Task Force Regarding Spring Break

Dear Students,

With Spring Break approaching, many Rutgers students have expressed concerns regarding how the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) could affect plans for domestic and international travel.

We understand and share those concerns. We urge students who have personal or professional plans to travel either internationally or to affected areas in the U.S. to reconsider their travel.

The University is following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding travel.

Our new website contains useful information on the COVID-19 outbreak and the many ways it may affect academics, personal health, and travel. The new website is intended to provide you with up-to-date information, direction and guidance. Many of your questions can be answered in the FAQ section and on other pages of the website.

There are a few important items that you should keep in mind regarding travel during spring break.

  • All Rutgers-led international spring break programs have been suspended.
  • Individuals who travel to countries or regions identified as Level 3 Travel Warning (Avoid Non-essential Travel) by the CDC will be required to self-isolate for a 14-day period before returning to campus.
  • Please be aware that the incidence of COVID-19 is growing rapidly in the United States and many areas around the globe. If you travel to a country or region that is upgraded to Level 3 during your travel, you will be required to self-isolate before returning to campus.
  • If you plan to travel abroad we urge you to review the entry and exit requirements for the U.S. and your intended destination before your trip. In doing so, please consider the possibility of travel delays, future quarantines, or prolonged self-isolation when returning from travel. Note that travel restrictions can change rapidly, and airlines may change or cancel flights in response.
  • While there is still much that is unknown about this virus, the personal hygiene and prevention steps on our website are useful guides to help minimize your risk. Please follow them.

We understand that this rapidly evolving situation is concerning to you and your family. If you need support, the Care and Prevention page of our new website also provides links for help, support and assistance.

Sincerely,
COVID-19 TASK FORCE

 

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