Feb. 3, 2020: COVID-19 Update

For the latest updates visit COVID-19 Updates.

To all members of the RISD community:

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.

The CDC has issued an enhanced travel advisory for China at this time.  All students, faculty, and staff should avoid non-essential travel to China.

To date, there are no suspected cases of coronavirus at RISD or Brown, and no specific risk to any member of the RISD community. This weekend, the first East Coast case of coronavirus 2019-nCoV was confirmed in Massachusetts.  Although this certainly elevates the level of concern in Rhode Island, the person is currently quarantined, and the level of risk to our campus remains low. We are providing support to a small number of RISD students who have recently traveled from China or plan to do so soon.
Please know that RISD is taking all precautions to keep our campus healthy.

For more information about this respiratory illness, its symptoms, and where to access new information about the virus and our campus protocols, please refer to the Coronavirus 2019-nCoV FAQ sheet.

For any health concerns, students should contact the Office of Health Services (401-454-6625 or health@risd.edu), and faculty and staff should contact their health care providers.

Warm regards,
Kristin Gianelis, NP
Director, RISD Health Services

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