Monday, January 27, 2020

The below message was sent to students from Hubei Province. 

Given ongoing concerns about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus outbreak, we wanted to take a moment to reach out to you and other students from Hubei Province to ensure you have access to the most updated information and support on campus.

The University of Iowa is monitoring reports and recommendations regarding this coronavirus from national and regional health agencies on a daily basis, and is taking safety precautions to detect and treat any potential case of the virus by following the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and the Iowa Department of Public Health.

If you have traveled, or been in contact with anyone who has traveled to Wuhan, China, within the last 14 days and feel sick with a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, please call the Student Health Nurseline (319-335-9704). All medical costs will be covered, and your privacy will be maintained. A nurse from Student Health will call you within the next 24 hours to follow up and answer any additional questions or concerns you may have at this time. Be sure to answer your phone, or follow the instructions to return a call if Student Health texts you.   

While there have been no confirmed cases in our state at this time, and the overall risk to Iowans is currently low, the Iowa Department of Public Health has assessed handful of suspected cases and determined that none of them met the criteria set by the CDC to be considered a public health concern. We will continue to follow the most up-to-date protocols set by the CDC and requiring people without symptoms to get tested or to isolate themselves is not being advised at this time.

Up-to-date information about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus can be found on the CDC’s website for the illness, and the Iowa Department of Public Health webpage. The university will also post updates to the campus news website.

Russell Ganim, Associate Provost and Dean   

Paul Natvig, M.D., Interim Director, Student Health Services