USI suspends travel programs to multiple countries amid coronavirus risks


EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – USI officials have suspended travel abroad programs to any country the CDC has deemed a level three or higher risk for coronavirus.

The suspension includes travel to China, Italy, and South Korea.

According to a letter from university president Dr. Rochon, one University of Southern Indiana student, who traveled in preparation to study abroad in South Korea, has returned to the United States following the suspension of that program by the sponsoring organization, ISEP.  Although not required by health officials, the student will self-quarantine for 14 days off campus and will be monitored by the Vanderburgh County Health Department.

While health officials believe the immediate risk of coronavirus to the American public is low at this time, everyone can do their part to respond to this emerging public health threat:

  • It is currently flu and respiratory disease season and the CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine, taking everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs and taking flu antivirals, if prescribed.
  • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%-95% alcohol immediately after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.

Further information is available on the University Health CenterU.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.

USI has an active task force that monitors possible health concerns, like coronavirus, and will continue to provide education to the campus community as necessary. Guidance from the CDC and DOS is being updated frequently, as this is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.

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(This story was originally published on March 2, 2020)

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