01/31/20: Important Health Advisory Update #3: The Novel Coronavirus

To: Stevens Community
From: Marybeth Murphy, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Warren Petty, Vice President for Human Resources
Date: January 31, 2020
Re: Important Health Advisory Update #3: The Novel Coronavirus

As you may know, late yesterday, the U.S. State Department issued a “Do Not Travel” to China advisory to contain the spread of the Novel Coronavirus and raised their alert level to 4, the highest level.

Based on this guidance, Stevens is prohibiting faculty, staff and students from traveling to China on behalf of the University until further notice.

We also strongly urge faculty, staff, and students to avoid personal travel to China at this time. Faculty, staff, and students who undertake personal travel to China must inform the University in advance and will be prohibited from returning to campus for 14 days from the date of departure from China and must provide a note from your health provider clearing you to return. Please review yesterday’s email for guidelines on how to notify the University if you must travel.

https://www.stevens.edu/directory/student-health-center/health-advisory-update

At this time, there have been no cases of novel coronavirus reported to Stevens’ Student Health Services and clinical staff members and the Stevens Emergency Management Team are prepared if someone presents to Student Health Services with symptoms and a clinical history that may indicate the novel coronavirus. As we informed you yesterday, Governor Murphy announced that there were no cases of novel coronavirus reported in New Jersey at this time. Follow this link for more information on New Jersey’s response.

Visitors to Campus from China

As you know, Stevens hosts many admissions and outreach events on campus throughout the year. At this time, as a result of the level 4 U.S. State Department alert, visitors and guests to campus who are traveling from China must follow the same precautions as Stevens faculty, staff, and students and will be prohibited from visiting campus until 14 days from the date of departure from China.

Faculty and staff with questions, should contact Warren Petty, Vice President for Human Resources. Undergraduate students should contact Ken Nilsen, Dean of Students (Undergraduate) and graduate students should contact Nathalie Waite Director of Graduate Student Affairs with any questions. International students may contact Jean Lee, Director of the Office of International Students and Scholar Services. We also suggest you follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for the most current information.

We urge all members of our community to stay home if you are sick, consider getting a flu shot and wash your hands often. If you develop respiratory symptoms or fever within 14 days of travel, students should call Student Health Services at 201-216-8106 before appearing so as not to infect others and employees should contact their primary care physician or urgent care facility. If these options are not possible, please visit the closest hospital emergency room.

Please be aware that many people experience flu, colds and other types of infections at this time of year. At times, health care providers provide masks to patients to avoid the spread of infection. These precautions do not indicate novel coronavirus infection.

We know that many members of the Stevens community have family, friends and colleagues in China. They are in our thoughts during this difficult time.

We will continue to provide updates as we learn more. Thank you for your attention to this important advisory.


01/30/20: Important Health Advisory Update: The Novel Coronavirus

To: Stevens Community
From: Marybeth Murphy, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Warren Petty, Vice President for Human Resources
Date: January 30, 2020
Re: Important Health Advisory Update: The Novel Coronavirus

As you know, Stevens is currently monitoring the Novel Coronavirus emerging from Wuhan City, China. Stevens administration and Student Health Services staff are in regular contact with local, state and national agencies to closely monitor the status of the virus.

There have been no cases of novel coronavirus reported to Stevens’ Student Health Services and clinical staff members are prepared if someone presents to Student Health Services with symptoms and a clinical history that may indicate the novel coronavirus. In addition, Governor Murphy announced yesterday that there were no cases of novel coronavirus reported in New Jersey at this time. Follow this link for more information on New Jersey’s response.

Since our email on Monday, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the U.S. State Department have provided updated information regarding travel to China and raised their alert levels to 3. Both advisories recommend that non-essential travel be avoided.

We strongly urge members of the Stevens community to avoid travel to China at this time.

Information for Students
In accordance with the CDC and State Department advisories, we recommend that students avoid travel to China. However, we understand that in some cases, students may feel that travel is essential. International students who must schedule personal travel to China at this time, should inform the Office of International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) in advance. All other students, who believe that they must travel to China at this time, should inform the appropriate Student Affairs Office in advance. Undergraduate students should inform Ken Nilsen, Dean of Students and graduate students should inform Nathalie Waite-Brown, Director of Graduate Student Affairs. You will be asked to provide your travel dates and plans and to contact the University before returning from China to campus. You may not return to campus until 14 days from the date that you departed China. The CDC has provided a website about what to expect upon your return.

Information for Faculty and Staff
Stevens faculty and staff should not travel to China on Stevens business unless that travel is deemed essential by the University and approved in advance. If you believe that you must travel to China, please consult with your supervisor and obtain approval from the Vice President of your division and Warren Petty, Vice President for Human Resources, before traveling or making travel plans to China.

We know that many members of the Stevens community have family, friends and colleagues in China. To comply with the CDC and State Department directives, we ask that you avoid any personal travel to China at this time. Faculty and staff who believe they must make a personal trip to China and that travel is essential, should discuss travel to China with their healthcare provider and notify Warren Petty. You may not return to campus until 14 days from the date that you departed China.

Faculty and staff who are currently in China and will be returning to the United States will undergo screening by the CDC at the airport. Before you return to campus, please contact your supervisor and Warren Petty. You may not return to campus until 14 days from the date that you departed China. Human Resources and your supervisor will develop a work-from-home plan with you. The CDC has provided a website about what to expect upon your return.

Staying Healthy
We urge all members of the Stevens community to take appropriate precautions to stay healthy and if you are sick, please stay home. The precautionary guidance for the Novel Coronavirus is similar to guidance for preventing flu and other illnesses:

General Precautions

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. Dispose of used tissues immediately into a trash can.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Wash your hands frequently, and certainly after sneezing or before/after touching your face or a sick person.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid contact with others who are sick and do not travel while sick.
  • Do not share drinking glasses, eating utensils, water bottles, cigarettes/vapes/JUULs, lipstick/makeup, etc. with anyone.

For anyone who recently returned from China (particularly the Wuhan area):

  • If you feel well, please follow the precautionary guidelines listed above while you go about your daily activities.
  • If you develop respiratory symptoms or fever within 14 days of travel, students should call Student Health Services at 201-216- 8106 before appearing so as not to infect others. Employees should contact their primary care physician or urgent care facility. If these options are not possible, please visit the closest hospital emergency room.
  • If you have had close contact with a person who is under investigation for the Novel Coronavirus, follow the Prevention Steps for Close Contacts on the CDC’s website.

For additional information about the Novel Coronavirus, please visit the Center for Disease Control website.

Thank you for your attention to this important advisory.


01/27/20: Health Advisory: The Novel Coronavirus

To: Stevens Community
From: Marybeth Murphy, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Warren Petty, Vice President for Human Resources
Date: January 27, 2020
Re: Health Advisory: The Novel Coronavirus

Stevens is currently monitoring the Novel Coronavirus emerging from Wuhan City, China, and will continue to do so in an effort to keep our community safe and informed. The Stevens administration and Student Health Services staff are in regular contact with local, state and national agencies to closely monitor the progress of the virus.

While there have been no cases reported to Stevens’ Student Health Services, we are working diligently to ensure that our clinical staff are prepared if someone presents to Student Health Services with symptoms and a clinical history that may indicate the novel coronavirus.

We urge all members of the Stevens community to take precautions to stay healthy. The precautionary guidance for the Novel Coronavirus is similar to guidance for preventing flu and other illnesses:

General Precautions

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. Dispose of used tissues immediately into a trash can.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Wash your hands frequently, and certainly after sneezing or before/after touching your face or a sick person.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid contact with others who are sick and do not travel while sick.
  • Do not share drinking glasses, eating utensils, water bottles, cigarettes/vapes/JUULs, lipstick/makeup, etc. with anyone.

For anyone who recently returned from China (particularly the Wuhan area):

  • If you feel well, please follow the precautionary guidelines listed above while you go about your daily activities.
  • If you develop respiratory symptoms or fever within 14 days of travel, students should call Student Health Services before appearing so as not to infect others. Employees should contact their primary care physician or urgent care facility. If these options are not possible, please visit the closest hospital emergency room.
  • If you have had close contact with a person who is under investigation for the Novel Coronavirus, follow the Prevention Steps for Close Contacts on the CDC’s website.

For additional information about the Novel Coronavirus, please visit the Center for Disease Control website.