|To the University of Miami Community,|
Following careful review of guidance from the U.S. Department of State, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO) related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the University of Miami is implementing new travel guidance for Italy and South Korea, and is maintaining travel restrictions for China.
At this time, there are no confirmed cases of the virus among members of the University of Miami community or in the state of Florida, and we do not believe that there is any immediate health risk to our campuses.
Out of an abundance of caution, the University is implementing the following travel guidelines:
Travel to Italy or South Korea:
The CDC has issued a level 2 travel alert for Italy, citing coronavirus and recommending travelers “practice enhanced precautions,” and a level 3 travel alert for South Korea, recommending that travelers “avoid all nonessential travel” to the country.
Consistent with these advisories, only essential University-affiliated travel to these countries will be permitted, and travel should be delayed if possible.
The University also strongly recommends that all students, staff, and faculty members avoid all nonessential personal travel to Italy or South Korea.
Any member of the University community who travels to Italy or South Korea, whether for University-affiliated or personal travel, is required to self-identify immediately upon return and may be required to self-quarantine for 14 days. Students returning from these countries must contact Student Health Service at firstname.lastname@example.org; staff, faculty members, or visiting scholars returning from these regions must contact UHealth Infection Control at 786-427-5018.
Travel to China:
Consistent with a State Department advisory, the University has suspended all University-affiliated travel to China, effective Jan. 31.
All University-affiliated study abroad programs to China for the 2020 spring and summer semesters have been postponed and the Miami Herbert Business School’s March 2020 program in China has been canceled.
Consistent with both State Department and CDC guidance, the University also recommends that all students, staff, and faculty members avoid all nonessential personal travel to China.
Any member of the University community returning from China, whether for University-affiliated or personal travel, is required to self-identify immediately upon return. Students returning from China must contact Student Health Service at email@example.com; staff, faculty members, or visiting scholars returning from China must contact UHealth Infection Control at 786-427-5018.
Beginning Feb. 2, any U.S. citizen returning to the United States who has been in Hubei Province in the previous 14 days will be subject to up to 14 days of mandatory quarantine.
Any U.S. citizen returning to the United States who has been in other parts of mainland China within the previous 14 days will undergo health screening at select ports of entry and up to 14 days of monitored self-quarantine.
As a reminder, all students, staff, and faculty members traveling abroad as part of academic programs or University business must receive approval in advance and must register their travel information with International SOS.
Public health advisories and health precautions can change with little notice. Anyone planning international travel should check the status of COVID-19 alerts and precautions at all destinations, including layovers, and continue to do so until their return to the U.S.
Students who have questions about their return from countries affected by COVID-19 should contact Student Health Service at firstname.lastname@example.org. University employees who have questions should contact UHealth Infection Control at 786-427-5018.
The University continues to work closely with Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida to monitor the coronavirus situation and is following guidelines from the State Department, CDC, and WHO. As the situation evolves, additional travel restrictions may be implemented. Please continue to monitor updates from the University and public health agencies.
Official communications from the University regarding the COVID-19 outbreak can be found at news.miami.edu/coronavirus.
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