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Update: Friday, January 31, 2020

The World Health Organization has declared novel coronavirus a “Public Health Emergency” and the U.S. Department of State has upgraded the China Travel Advisory to Level 4: Do Not Travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to categorize the virus as “low risk to Americans.”

We continue to work closely with the Ohio Department of Health to monitor the situation. Currently, there are zero cases of novel coronavirus on the JCU campus. Please refer to the John Carroll University health advisory from January 30 for more information.

 

Update: Thursday, January 30, 2020

Dear Members of the John Carroll University Community,

With your health and safety our top priority, John Carroll University is issuing this Health Advisory for the novel coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China. 

Currently, there are zero cases of novel coronavirus on the JCU campus.  The University is working closely with the Ohio Department of Health to monitor the situation and follow recommended protocols.  At this time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to categorize the virus as “low risk to Americans.”  Unless you have recently traveled to China or have been around someone who has been to China and is exhibiting symptoms of the novel coronavirus, your risk of getting sick is low.

If you have traveled to China in the last 14 days and are experiencing symptoms of the novel coronavirus, call your health practitioner or the JCU Student Health and Wellness Center at 216-397-4349 before seeking care. 

As always, it is important to remember that the best way to prevent any respiratory illness is to practice routine good hygiene habits:

  • Wash your hands and avoid touching your mouth and eyes.

  • Stay home at the first sign of symptoms. If you are sick, don’t go to school or work. Don’t cough or sneeze near others.

  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid others who are sick.

  • Clean and disinfect common touch surfaces frequently.

  • Take care of yourself. Be sure to get enough sleep, eat healthy and drink plenty of water.

For more information about the novel coronavirus and the latest CDC updates and recommended protocols, please visit the CDC site.

The Department of State has issued travel advisories regarding travel to China.

To ensure the health and well-being of all students and community members, we will continue to provide regular updates and new guidance as needed. Please visit our website for more information.

Sincerely,

Mark D. McCarthy, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs

For information on Coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, China, go to the CDC website

Currently, there are zero cases of Coronavirus on the JCU campus. The University is working closely with the Ohio Department of Health to monitor the situation and follow recommended protocols.

Yes. Members of our community have visited China and at this time are symptom-free. We are closely following Ohio Department of Health and CDC protocols regarding appropriate monitoring and precautions.

No. Currently, there are zero cases of novel coronavirus on the JCU Campus. At this time, the CDC continues to categorize the virus as “low risk to Americans” who are more likely to get the flu or other viruses than novel coronavirus.

According to the CDC, steps you can take to prevent the spread of flu and the common cold will also help prevent novel coronavirus, including: 

  • Practicing good hygiene. Wash your hands and avoid touching your mouth and eyes.
  • Staying home at the first sign of symptoms. If you are sick, don’t go to school or work. Don’t cough or sneeze near others.
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoiding others who are sick.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting common touch surfaces frequently.
  • Taking care of yourself. Be sure to get enough sleep, eat healthy and drink plenty of water.

Unless you have traveled to China or have been exposed to someone who visited China and is feeling sick with symptoms of the novel coronavirus, you most likely have a cold, the flu or another virus. As always, call your health practitioner for guidance.