University of Delaware Campus & Public Safety - Coronavirus Update

2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) – Information for the UD Community


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in more than a thousand confirmed cases in China, including cases outside Wuhan City. Additional cases have been identified in a growing number of other international locations, including the United States.

Refer to this GIS Map from Johns Hopkins CSSE which tracks the 2019-nCoV in real time. Cases and locations can be viewed here; data available for download.

Officials at the University of Delaware are following the situation closely and communicating proactively with individuals who may have traveled to or near the affected locations. No cases of coronavirus have been reported in Delaware as of January 28, 2020. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists the risk to the general American public as being low at this time, but it is also an evolving situation. Out of an abundance of caution, the University is sharing this preliminary information to raise awareness and inform the University community.

There are currently no UD-led study abroad trips in China. While the majority of UD’s student body is not currently on campus in Newark, many students choose to spend Winter Session abroad or return to their homes for the extended interim before the spring semester begins. All members of the UD community who are currently abroad are encouraged to be particularly vigilant about hygiene when traveling. Due to the nature of this outbreak, precautions are being taken at international airports. Passengers may be screened for elevated temperatures upon arrival at U.S. airports.

Symptoms of this coronavirus infection include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Runny Nose
  • Headache
  • Sore Throat

What to do it you feel sick:

  • Students in Newark are encouraged to call Student Health Services (SHS) at (302) 831-2226 to make an appointment. SHS must follow certain protocols for suspected cases of coronavirus, so please do not arrive unannounced at Laurel Hall.
  • Students not currently in Newark experiencing symptoms should contact their healthcare providers.
  • Faculty and staff experiencing symptoms should also contact their healthcare providers.
  • For those who are traveling, information about GeoBlue, the University’s international medical insurance provider – available to all members of the UD community – and other details about UD-supported travel assistance can be found at this link.

As during any flu season, if you feel sick, follow the usual best practices:

  • Avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and then throw the tissue away and wash your hands, or cough/sneeze into your elbow.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Clean hard surfaces in shared spaces with disinfectant.
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