Feb. 7, 2020: Message to RISD Families

For the latest updates visit COVID-19 Updates.

Dear RISD Families,

The Office of Health Services at RISD has been closely monitoring the outbreak of the respiratory illness known as 2019-nCoV (coronavirus), which was first identified in Wuhan, China.  We are following all guidelines and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), and have been actively coordinating with federal and state health officials to ensure the well-being of the RISD community.

Over the last week, students, faculty and staff have received informational emails from our office regarding CDC’s travel advisory.  We have also posted a list of FAQs on the Health and Wellness website and will update information regularly.

Students who returned to China prior to governmental restrictions on travel have registered with Health Services and have been provided with tools for closely monitoring their health.

To date, there are no suspected cases of coronavirus at RISD or Brown, and no specific risk to any member of the RISD community.  In late January, one East Coast case of coronavirus 2019-nCoV was confirmed in Massachusetts.  Although this certainly elevates the level of concern in Rhode Island, the person was quarantined, and the level of risk to our campus remains low.  While we will continue to see extensive media coverage of the Coronavirus, the CDC still considers this a low public health risk for those living in the United States.  It is important to note that the prevalence of 2019-nCoV remains much lower than other more common viral infections, such as seasonal influenza.

Please know that RISD is taking all precautions to keep our campus healthy.

Should you have any additional concerns, you may contact the Office of Health Services (401-454-6625 or health@risd.edu).


Barbara LoMonaco, Ph.D.
Interim Asst. VP for Student Affairs
Rhode Island School of Design

This information is available in Chinese (PDF), Korean (PDF), and Spanish (PDF).

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