UIS Community Update March 2nd, 2020

Dear UIS Community,

Currently, we are NOT aware of any COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases on our UIS Campus. However, many may be experiencing added stress and concern for friends and family who may be living in areas of heightened risk.

As spring break and summer vacation approaches, many members of our campus community may be planning to leave campus, and some may travel internationally. As we continue to follow CDC and IDPH for updates regularly, we would like to offer travel and safety recommendations to our campus community.

If you do plan to travel, we strongly encourage you to follow these guidelines:

  • Consult the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) information for travelers who currently recommends avoiding all nonessential travel to China and South Korea. The CDC has recommended enhanced precautions for travel to Italy, Iran, and Japan.
  • Closely monitor Travel.state.gov to review current travel restrictions from the U.S. Department of State during this public health emergency. Anyone returning to the U.S. from mainland China is required to self-isolate for 14 days; this includes people with or without symptoms. These recommendations may be extended to travel from other countries with ongoing transmission of COVID-19.
  • Regularly check with your commercial airline carrier for changes to outbound and inbound flights.
  • Consult with your health care provider or Health Services before and upon return from travel outside of the U.S., particularly if you plan to visit an area with confirmed COVID-19 cases. Please know that traveling into areas with confirmed COVID-19 cases could pose a risk of potentially being quarantined for a minimum of 14 days.

Check out the following links for additional updated information:

We encourage everyone to practice necessary precautions to aid in the prevention of illness, including colds and flu:

  • Get a flu shot — it’s not too late.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are unavailable, hand sanitizers with an alcohol concentration of at least 60 percent can be used.
  • CDC Handwashing/Hand Sanitizer Facts
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes by using a tissue or elbow.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.

UIS is an inclusive university; we benefit from the richness of the diversity of ideas and perspectives that our international reach brings. We call upon the entire UIS community to offer compassion, kindness, and understanding to everyone in our University family as many may be experiencing stress at this time. Racial harassment and actions that may make any student feel unwelcome in the wake of the COVID-19 have no place at UIS. Diversity and inclusion are core to our campus values, and it is essential that our values show through as much in times of stress as they do in times of calm.

For additional support and resources, students can contact the Counseling Center.

Please be reassured that we are taking the necessary steps to keep our community healthy and safe.

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact UIS Health Services:

Business Services Building, Room 20
One University Plaza
Springfield, IL 62703
Phone: 217-206-6676
FAX: 217-206-7779
General questions E-mail: uishealthservice@uis.edu
Questions for the nurse E-mail: healthservnurses@uis.edu
Website: https://www.uis.edu/healthservices/

 

Thank you in advance.
Lorie

 

Lorie M. Mick, BSN, RN
UIS Health Services Program Director
lmick3@uis.edu
Direct: 217-206-8676
Direct Fax: 217-206-7242
Main Office: 217-206-6676
Office Fax: 217-206-7779