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USciences COVID-19 Task Force Update (3/14/2020)

To:  All Staff, Faculty, and Students


As we enter the next phase of COVID-19 response, both at USciences and globally, we want to update the community regarding campus guidance related to self-isolation and presence on campus.  We are providing this interim guidance in advance of our regular Monday COVID-19 Task Force meeting based on additional federal guidance and the rapidly changing situation.


Travel-related campus restrictions

  • Individuals returning from or having close contact with someone returning from a country designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as having “Widespread sustained spread and restrictions on travel to the United States” (see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

    ) in the last two weeks should notify the dean or direct supervisor of this travel/contact immediately, regardless of whether any respiratory symptoms or fever are present. 

  • These individuals are prohibited from coming to campus for 14 days from date of return to the U.S. (or date of contact with such an individual), and should make arrangements to work completely remotely, even in the absence of symptoms. 

  • Note that the list of countries falling into this high-risk category is expanding rapidly, and as of late last week also includes most of Europe.


COVID-19 diagnosed individuals/contacts

  • Any individuals who a) have been tested as COVID-19 positive, b) have known contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or c) have had secondary contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 (i.e, have contact with someone who has had direct contact with a positive test patient) should notify their supervisor immediately and refrain from coming to campus for 14 days, regardless of presence of symptoms.

  • Deans or supervisors shall notify Human Resources (regarding employees) or Barb Siebert (regarding students) so we can reach out and determine any other contacts who should be notified and/or isolated.


Other respiratory illness

  • Individuals with respiratory symptoms, with or without fever should not come to campus or participate in-person in any educational activities, and should be evaluated by their primary care physician.  


All University community members should continue to practice good hygiene and social distancing, whether on- or off-campus.

Valerie P. Weil, MD

Chief Financial & Operating Officer


Barbara M. Siebert, DNP, CRNP, FNP-BC, CNE

Director, Student Health
Student Health and Counseling