2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
CDC traveler guidance for travelers returning from Level 2 and Level 3 countries. These travelers are being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. Please DO NOT go directly to the emergency room or doctor’s office but call first to report your symptoms and any recent travel. For self-quarantine guidance refer to the CDC website for specific details.
Coronavirus has now been declared a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organization (WHO). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide information as it becomes available.
For confirmed 2019-nCoV infections, reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms. The three main symptoms can include:
- Shortness of breath
CDC states at this time, symptoms of 2019-nCoV may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 after exposure. This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS viruses.
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is critical! Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- 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.
- Review proper cough etiquette
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
The latest situation summary updates are available on the CDC’s web page.
We are keeping a close eye on the recent outbreak of coronavirus and related cases of pneumonia and are working with officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. At this time, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health advised that the current risk of coronavirus to Massachusetts residents is low.
For the most update information from the CDC:
- CDC Website
- Cases in the US
- What you need to know about handwashing
- Tips on how to wash hands
- Coronavirus Fact Sheet
- Update March 18, 2020
- Update from Dean of Students March 15, 2020
- GCC Extends Spring Break through March 27; Reduced Access to Campus through May 15
- Update March 12, 2020
- Email to Students on 3/12/2020 from President Salomon-Fernández
- Email to Students on 3/10/2020 from Dean of Students and Director of Public Safety/Health Officer
- Email to Campus Community on 3/10/2020 from President Salomon-Fernández
- Email to Students on 3/5/2020 from Dean of Students and Director of Public Safety/Health Officer