Past Updates

March 2, 2020

Florida Atlantic University continues to closely monitor the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The health and safety of students, faculty and staff is the highest priority and FAU officials are working closely with local, state and federal agencies to share the most updated information.

The situation is evolving rapidly and the best course of action is to remain informed and practice good infection control measures. Please continue to check the FAU Environmental Health and Safety website for updates.

Proactive Self-Quarantine

Based on a Florida Board of Governors' request, FAU requires all students, faculty, staff who have traveled to impacted Level 3 countries (China, Iran, Italy, South Korea) within the past two weeks, to self-quarantine at home and avoid contact with others for 14 days. The list of impacted countries is expected to grow.

Any students who have traveled to the impacted Level 3 countries can direct questions per the below information:

Spring Break

Members of the FAU community are strongly encouraged to consider deferring non-essential international travel during spring break and in the months ahead.

  • Conditions can change rapidly in other countries and could impact ability to re-enter the United States
  • COVID-19 will continue to spread and new countries are experiencing outbreaks every week
  • Other countries may decide to implement travel restrictions with very little notice
  • Airlines may cancel/limit flights
  • Additional quarantine measures by the U.S. or other countries may be applied as situations change

Travel Guidance

FAU will continue to follow travel guidelines from the  Centers for Disease Control  (CDC) and suspend University-related travel to countries issued a Level 3 warning.

Before traveling for business or pleasure, pay attention to the risk levels of any country and understand that risk assessments may change from day-to-day. The International Air Transport Association  website is a valuable resource for travelers.

Health Guidance

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), see your health care provider immediately. Call ahead to advise the doctor’s office of recent travel. If you have been diagnosed or have symptoms consistent with coronavirus, wear a facemask when you are in the same room with other people and when you visit your healthcare provider. The CDC expects that person-to-person spread of coronavirus will eventually occur more widely. 

Students with health concerns should contact FAU Student Health Services (561-297-3512). Faculty, staff, and other members of the university community should contact their healthcare provider.  Anyone with a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of coronavirus will be guided by the treating physician and the  Florida Department of Health  on steps for treatment.

If you are severely ill and cannot get to a doctor, call 911 or go to an emergency department at a local hospital. It is recommended that you call ahead to any healthcare provider to receive specific direction.

Prevention

FAU is increasing the number of hand hygiene stations around all campuses and increasing cleaning activities to help prevent the spread of germs. A few simple steps to protect yourself and those around you include: 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
  • Regularly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, particularly if you have been in contact with someone who is sick
  • Use hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol content
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces 

Although widespread use of face masks for asymptomatic people outside clinical settings is not recommended, remember that it is a social norm in many countries to wear a face mask during cold and flu season. Do not assume that a person wearing a face mask is infectious, or that they should be avoided. 

CDC signs with tips for stopping the  spread of germs  and  handwashing  can be printed and placed in high traffic areas around FAU offices.

February 26, 2020

FAU has expanded the suspension of University-related travel to include China and South Korea.

Due to the continued spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a new Level 3 Travel Warning for South Korea. The travel restrictions issued by the U.S. Department of State for China remain at Level 4: Do Not Travel to China. Other Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution warnings have been issued for Japan, Iran and Italy. There continues to be no reported cases of the coronavirus in Florida.

FAU travel restrictions will be updated based on the Level 3 warnings issued by the CDC.

Please check the EH&S website for continued updates.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), see your health care provider immediately. Call ahead to advise the doctor’s office of recent travel. If you have been diagnosed or have symptoms consistent with coronavirus, wear a facemask when you are in the same room with other people and when you visit your healthcare provider.

Students with health concerns should contact FAU Student Health Services (561-297-3512). Faculty, staff, and other members of the university community should contact their healthcare provider. Anyone with a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of coronavirus will be guided by the treating physician and the Florida Department of Health on steps for treatment.

Actions that help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses include:
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

Questions and request for assistance can be directed to FAU’s Office of Environmental Health and Safety (fnovembre@fau.edu). Please include your name and phone number in the email.

February 4, 2020

Due to the rising level of concern regarding the coronavirus, the U.S. Department of State has elevated its travel advisory to a Level 4: Do Not Travel to China. In response, FAU is suspending all University-related travel to China until further notice.

There are still no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Florida. Currently, the risk is associated with recent travel to China. Anyone who has been in China or has had close contact with someone who has been in China should be alert to symptoms – headache, cough, fever – and must seek medical attention immediately if symptoms appear. The coronavirus incubation period is 7-14 days and is dangerous and highly contagious.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

If you are concerned you may have novel coronavirus, see your health care provider immediately. Call ahead to advise the doctor’s office of recent travel. If you have been diagnosed or have symptoms consistent with coronavirus, wear a facemask when you are in the same room with other people and when you visit your healthcare provider.

Students with health concerns should contact FAU Student Health Services (561-297-3512). Faculty, staff, and other members of the university community should contact their healthcare provider. Anyone with a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of coronavirus will be guided by the treating physician and the Florida Department of Health on steps for treatment.

Actions that help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses include:
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

Questions and request for assistance can be directed to FAU’s Office of Environmental Health and Safety (fnovembre@fau.edu). Please include your name and phone number in the email.

Please check the EH&S website for continued updates.

January 28, 2020

FAU is monitoring updates related to a novel coronavirus. Several confirmed cases have been reported in the United States connected to an outbreak in Wuhan, China. No cases have been reported in Florida. Leadership within FAU’s Student Health Services, Emergency Management, International Programs, and Environmental Health and Safety offices are coordinating with local health departments and receiving guidance from state and federal health officials.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers this new virus a public health concern based on current information. However, the immediate health risk to the general U.S. public is considered low at this time. The CDC escalated its health warning to level 3, it’s top warning level. The level 3 warning recommends that people should avoid all nonessential travel to Wuhan, China.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

If you are concerned you may have novel coronavirus, see your health care provider immediately. If you have been diagnosed or have symptoms consistent with coronavirus, wear a facemask when you are in the same room with other people and when you visit your healthcare provider. If you cannot wear a facemask, the people who live with you should wear one while they are in the same room.

Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include fever, cough and difficult breathing. Person-to-person spread is occuring, although it’s unclear exactly how it is transmitted and how easily the virus spreads between people. Currently, there is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for the coronavirus. There is no vaccine to prevent this virus, and the CDC advises that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed.

Actions that help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses include:
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

TRAVEL INFORMATION

The U.S. State Department has issued a Watch Level 3 Alert for travel to China following an ongoing outbreak of the coronavirus. Travelers should stay informed on CDC updates and travel notifications.

 

 

Contacts


Questions and Requests for Assistance can be directed to FAU’s Office of Environmental Health and Safety:

Residential Students (including off-campus hotel)

Non-Residential Students (contact the Office of the Dean of Students)

Coronavirus FAQ