International Program / Travel Suspension
March 2, 2020
The University of Southern Indiana is suspending, until further notice, all University-led and sponsored programs to any country the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or U.S. Department of State (DOS) deem a Level 3 risk - avoid all nonessential travel - or higher.
As you are likely aware, there is an ongoing outbreak of a respiratory illness, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), first identified in Wuhan, China. Guidance from the CDC and DOS is being updated frequently, as this is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.
At this time, one University of Southern Indiana student, who traveled in preparation to study abroad in South Korea, has returned to the United States following the suspension of that program by the sponsoring organization, ISEP. Although not required by health officials, the student will self-quarantine for 14 days off campus and will be monitored by the Vanderburgh County Health Department.
While health officials believe the immediate risk of this new coronavirus to the American public is low at this time, everyone can do their part to respond to this emerging public health threat:
- It is currently flu and respiratory disease season and the CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine, taking everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs and taking flu antivirals, if prescribed.
- Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%-95% alcohol immediately after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
USI has an active task force that monitors possible health concerns, like coronavirus, and will continue to provide education to the campus community as necessary.