Coronavirus Updates

As the health and well-being of our campus community is a paramount priority, this page is designed to keep members of the University of Chicago community informed about the public health situation related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The U.S. has relatively few COVID-19 infections, and no one in our Hyde Park campus community has tested positive for COVID-19. While public health officials believe the immediate risk to the general public in the U.S. is low, we want to make sure the University community is informed and follows appropriate preventative measures. In light of current travel advisories from the U.S. State Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the University has temporarily closed its Center in Beijing and Yuen Campus in Hong Kong, and strongly discourages travel to Hong Kong and mainland China during this period.

Public Health Information on Novel Coronavirus

Latest UChicago Update

Feb. 21: All-campus email from Provost Ka Yee C. Lee  || View Feb. 21 email 

How to Protect Yourself

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.

  • CDC recommends everyday preventative actions such as:
    • 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.
    • 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, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

 

Outbound Travel Guidelines

  • The University continues to strongly discourage travel to mainland China and Hong Kong, following guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. State Department, which has maintained its highest level of alert for China – Level 4: Do Not Travel.
  • The University strongly advises that anyone planning international travel check carefully on the status of COVID-19 alerts and precautions at all destinations, including layovers. We also ask that all travelers consult the UChicago Travel Toolkit and consider registering in advance with UChicago Traveler. Travelers are encouraged to sign up for International SOS alerts in case the situation changes in countries you may be visiting.

Return Travel Guidelines

  • Due to continued increases of COVID-19 cases in China, the University is following these recommendations from CDPH:
    • Any students, academic appointees, postdoctoral researchers, staff or visitors returning from mainland China on February 3 and onward are instructed not to attend school or work for 14 days after the return date. The University will excuse absences for this purpose. Anyone in this situation should immediately notify coronavirusinfo@uchicago.edu and your local department.
    • Those who returned from mainland China before February 3 and do not have respiratory symptoms can remain in school and work, according to CDPH. Individuals who returned between January 21 and February 2 and have developed respiratory symptoms including fever, cough, and difficulty breathing should stay home except to get medical care, and contact coronavirusinfo@uchicago.edu. University representatives will immediately notify CDPH and help provide individualized guidance.
    • In addition, the University asks that anyone who has returned from China since January 21 notify the University through the coronavirusinfo@uchicago.edu email so we can provide guidance.

Support

  • Students: We encourage any student who is not feeling well or who has questions or concerns to contact the Student Health Service at 773-702-4156. Students who need immediate counseling care should call 773-702-9800.
  • Faculty and Staff: The Staff and Faculty Assistance Program (SFAP) is a confidential program that provides support, counseling, and other resources for challenges that may arise.

UChicago Updates

Feb. 21: All-campus email from Provost Ka Yee C. Lee || View Feb. 21 email 

Feb. 6: All-campus email from Provost Ka Yee C. Lee and Executive Vice President of the University for Biology and Medicine, Kenneth S. Polonsky, MD || View Feb. 6 email 

Feb. 4: View Feb. 4 website update

Jan. 28: All-campus email from Provost Daniel Diermeier and Executive Vice President of the University for Biology and Medicine, Kenneth S. Polonsky, MD ||  View Jan. 28 email 

Jan. 28: View Jan. 28 website update

Jan. 24: All-campus email from Provost Daniel Diermeier and Executive Vice President of the University for Biology and Medicine, Kenneth S. Polonsky, MD ||  View Jan. 24 email 

Jan. 23: View Jan. 23 website update

 

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