Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,
As you consider your travel plans for the upcoming spring break, we want to be sure you have the latest information on how the coronavirus (COVID-19) and related travel restrictions are impacting travel across the globe.
The World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern, and on Feb. 2, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) issued its most extreme travel advisory urging individuals to avoid traveling to all of China. Within that advisory, the DOS states that “travelers should be prepared for the possibility of travel restrictions with little or no advance notice.” In fact, multiple commercial airlines have suspended flights to and from China.
In addition, individuals who travel from China to the United States may be placed in quarantine for up to 14 days. You can find more information on this from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
We share this information not to cause unnecessary alarm, but rather so that you can make informed decisions about your travel during this developing situation.
Please remember that students who wish to stay on campus during spring break may do so; the residence halls will remain open. The Office of Student Engagement will send additional information about that and other spring break-related information in the coming days. We encourage students who have questions or concerns regarding changes to their spring break travel plans to speak with their dean.
It remains the case that there are no cases or even suspected cases of the coronavirus at the College. The Worth Health and Wellness staff continues to closely monitor the situation, working in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the CDC. We will continue to keep the campus community updated on any new, relevant developments.