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CDC travel notice: connecting with recent travelers


February 4, 2020


Dear campus community,

We continue to take proactive measures and monitor the evolving global situation with novel coronavirus, and I wish to express support to members of our community who have personal connections to the people and areas most affected. At this time, there are no known cases of coronavirus at the University of Maryland or in the State of Maryland. We are, of course, continuing to carefully follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our state and county health departments.

I remind you, as stated in previous messages, that if you have recently traveled to Hubei Province/China and are experiencing fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, report immediately to the nearest hospital emergency department.

The CDC recently issued a new travel notice, and I write to outline the steps we are taking to be proactive. The new guidance states that any travelers entering the U.S. who have been in China during the prior 14 days are required to participate in monitoring by health officials until 14 days after their departure from China.

Maryland's International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office is assisting the University Health Center (UHC) in communicating directly with community members whom we know have recently returned from China. If you have arrived in the U.S. from China in recent weeks, and have not been in touch with ISSS or UHC, we ask that you contact ISSS immediately. This office is helping to connect recent travelers from China to services, including UHC medical staff, for an evaluation and ongoing health monitoring.

UHC is also providing information to the community of travelers from China about limiting contact with others - including self-quarantine practices - in alignment with the latest information from the CDC. I again restate how important it is for all of us to stay home and seek medical care, as necessary, when we are ill.

Recall also that the Provost issued guidance to faculty on ways to accommodate students who may need to temporarily complete assignments or participate in class remotely.

Please continue visiting umd.edu/virusinfo for the most up-to-date information. There you can also access many of our prevention materials translated into languages other than English. If you have questions specific to coronavirus infection, please contact healthconcerns@umd.edu. And finally, please continue to follow public health best practices to avoid the spread of cold, flu and other viruses. We must all do everything we can to promote and protect the health and safety of our campus community.

Sincerely,

Sacared Bodison, MD
Interim Director, University Health Center

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