many of our Blue Hens prepare to return to campus following the
Winter Session, I want to take a moment to welcome you all back and
remind everyone to prioritize personal health and safety to ensure a
successful start to a new semester ahead.
this time in particular, we hear daily reports in the media about
the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), a virus recently identified
in Wuhan, Hubel Province, China, that can cause respiratory illness.
We are watching this evolving situation closely, with particular
attention to communities served by our Office for International
Students and Scholars. In addition, Student Health Services has
protocols in place and is well equipped to handle contagious
diseases. Importantly, no cases of 2019-nCoV have been reported at
that said, it is important to remember that the physical health of
our community is equally connected to the social and mental health
of our community. For our Chinese students in particular, we extend
our compassion and concern for this situation and the impact this
may be having on their loved ones back home. UD offers a number of
resources should you need someone to talk to at this unsettling
time. I also encourage all Blue Hens to put our values of supporting
members of our community into practice – from all races,
nationalities and individual backgrounds – welcoming them with
kindness and compassion. The geographic origins of this event are
related to place and contact, not ethnicity, so please be sensitive
to this aspect as we collectively monitor the health of our
note, only those individuals who have traveled to China within 14
days pose a potential risk to those near them. Any members of our UD
community falling under this category will only be permitted to
return to the U.S. after careful screening and compliance with
travel protocols implemented by the U.S. government to ensure proper
monitoring and public health management. Information addressing
concerns pertaining to UD class attendance for the spring semester
that may be impacted by travel delays will be forthcoming from the
Provost's Office this week.
heightened attention to this coronavirus, it is important to apply
best practices for good hygiene at all times in all
circumstances to promote better health, especially if you feel sick
during flu season. Your best first line of defense involves
following these simple rules:
- 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.
of the coronavirus infection include fever, cough and difficulty
breathing. Additional information and guidance about this virus from
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) can be found here.
For information on the current situation in Delaware, please visit
state’s Division of Public Health webpage.
I want to wish you all a very healthy, safe and enriching semester
ahead. Eleni and I look forward to seeing you on campus!
to do if 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
- 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