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Travel Warning for Spring Break 2020

Dear Campus Members,

In response to the rapidly growing number of cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) worldwide, Delaware State University’s Health Services continues to closely monitor reports from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and work with local and state health officials to keep everyone on campus safe and informed.

We ask that you exercise caution with your choices to travel abroad during Spring Break. Even if you are not traveling to China, Japan, Italy, South Korea, or any other country currently experiencing high numbers of cases, you could still be exposed. Since individuals are thought to be contagious even before they show symptoms, the virus can easily spread. This could happen at large gatherings and venues, on cruise ships, in airports, on mass transit, etc.

Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. This virus seems to be spreading from person to person.

CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel and has issued a Travel Warning Alert Level 3 to the following destinations:

  • China
  • South Korea

In addition, an Alert Level 2 has been placed on travel to the following destinations as these locales are experiencing sustained community transmission of respiratory illness caused by COVID-19. The virus can spread from person to person. Older adults and those with chronic medical conditions should consider postponing nonessential travel to:

  • Iran
  • Italy
  • Japan

Destinations with Risk of Community Spread are Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected. The extent of virus spread is not sustained or widespread enough to meet the criteria for a travel health notice at this time.

In addition to the coronavirus concerns, flu season is in full swing and we are seeing large numbers of people affected by influenza.

We recommend that everyone follow everyday preventive practices:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning product.

If you travel abroad during Spring Break, please notify Health Services at 302-857-6393 prior to your return to campus.

We will continue to monitor and plan for any new developments and will remain committed to our students’ well-being and safety.

Have a safe Spring Break,

Dr. Michelle Fisher, Director for Student Health Services/Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs
​​​​​​​Arynn Forgan, BSN, RN, Clinic Manager, Student Health Services