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Date Sent:Thursday, January 30, 2020 06:25 PM CST

Wellness Center Update on Coronavirus

Loyola Community:

We are following up on our January 24 note about the Coronavirus. Through Loyola’s Wellness Center, we continue to closely monitor the situation and remain in contact with public health officials so that we can best advise our community.

To date, more than 8,200 cases of the virus have been reported globally, with over 100 deaths. Today, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported the second confirmed case of the virus in Illinois. This individual is the spouse of the first confirmed travel-related case in Illinois. We want to assure you that this case continues to have no connection to Loyola. Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the IDPH reiterate that the immediate risk to the general public remains low.

News outlets are widely reporting that the virus has spread throughout China and other countries. In keeping with the latest non-essential travel advisories from the CDC and the U.S. Department of State, and in an overabundance of caution, Loyola has implemented a moratorium on University-sponsored travel to China at this time.

The handful of Loyola students studying in China were not located in the Hubei Province, where the virus has had its main impact. As a proactive measure to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students, study abroad programs in China are suspended for this semester.

Loyola’s Office of International Programs, in coordination with the relevant academic deans, is working closely with students and their families who are impacted by this decision to help them make other arrangements as they continue their studies.

We urge you to continue to practice safe hygiene to ensure you and our community stay healthy. Signs and symptoms of this illness include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. If you have traveled to China 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.

If you experience any symptoms during this cold and flu season, or if you have 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.

Other relevant updates will be provided to you as this dynamic situation continues to unfold and other information becomes available.

In the interim, we ask that you stay informed about this global situation by visiting the CDC’s Novel Coronavirus in China alert and their situation summary.

Joan Holden
Administrative Director, Wellness Center