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Message Sent To:All Faculty, All Staff, All Students
Message From:Message from the Wellness Center
Date Sent:Friday, January 24, 2020 03:35 PM CST

Guidance on Coronavirus

January 24, 2020

Dear Loyola community,

Today the Chicago Department of Public Health issued a statement that a Chicago resident has been diagnosed with the Novel (new) Coronavirus. Although this case has no connection to Loyola, we want to update our campus community about this emerging global health concern. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that the immediate risk to the general public remains low.

As news sources have reported, this virus was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, in December of 2019. As this situation continues to evolve and more information becomes available, we will provide relevant updates. The best sources of information on the virus are the CDC’s Novel Coronavirus in China alert and their situation summary.

Signs and symptoms of this illness include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. If you have traveled to Wuhan and feel sick, or have spent time with someone who has been diagnosed with this virus, you should seek immediate medical attention. Loyola students can call Dial-a-Nurse at 773-508-8883 with questions or visit the Wellness Center for updates. Faculty and staff can contact their healthcare providers should they have questions.

In its latest update, the CDC recommends avoiding non-essential travel to Wuhan. In the event that travel to China is necessary, the CDC Novel Coronavirus in China suggests the following:

Travelers to China should:

  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid animals (alive or dead), animal markets, and products that come from animals (such as uncooked meat).
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

If you traveled to China in the last 14 days and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should:

  • Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor's office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Not travel while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

As always, the health and well-being of our Loyola students, faculty, and staff remains a top priority. When we have other significant updates, we will share them with our community.

Joan Holden
Administrative Director, Wellness Center