Friday, January 24, 2020

The below message was sent to all faculty, staff, and students.

Dear members of the university community,

The University of Iowa is closely monitoring reports from national and regional health agencies and the Centers for Disease Control regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus outbreak. This respiratory illness was first identified in Wuhan, China. There are currently two confirmed cases in the United States, both of which involved individuals who recently traveled to the affected region. The university is taking safety precautions to detect and treat any potential case of the virus following the latest guidelines from the CDC.

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.

While there have been no confirmed cases in our state at this time, we encourage anyone who has traveled to Wuhan, China, within the last 14 days to be mindful of the symptoms and to seek treatment if you feel you may have contracted the illness. Call ahead to your healthcare provider if possible. If you are a student with a history of travel to Wuhan within the last 14 days, and have a fever with symptoms such as a cough or difficulty breathing or if you feel you may be at risk for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, please call the Student Health Nurseline at 319-335-9704.

Thank you,

Montserrat Fuentes, Executive Vice President and Provost
Laura McLeran, Interim Vice President for Student Life