Message from the Chancellor: UIS COVID-19 Response March 6th, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty & Staff

The University of Illinois Springfield has established the UIS COVID-19 Response Team to monitor our university’s preparedness in response to the growing global concern about the novel coronavirus COVID-19. This interdisciplinary team is working in alignment with the UI System Planning and Response Team to ensure coordination with system responses as well as to ensure our university is properly prepared to meet the unique needs of our students, faculty and staff.

The Office of Web Services has created a new website, uis.edu/covid-19, to keep all UIS stakeholders informed of our preparedness efforts and to address any frequently asked questions we’re hearing from our university community. Additionally, UIS Health Services continues to lead the way in providing advice to aid in the prevention of illness and share recommendations from the CDC, IDPH and other health partners to stay healthy.

Please review the following links for additional information:

 

With Spring Break here, please remember to consider these travel and safety recommendations:

  • Consult the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) information for travelers, which 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.
  • 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 United States, 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.

 

Be assured that we are taking the necessary steps to keep our community healthy and safe. While many unknowns exist in this developing public health crisis, both UIS and UI System leaders are monitoring this situation very closely and preparing appropriately.

Chancellor Koch