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Today’s COVID-19 update :

We remain at 0 cases of COVID-19 in Ohio, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. There are no cases under investigation here as of this writing, and 6 individuals have tested negative for the virus in Ohio to date, including two Miami University students.

The risk on campus, in Ohio, and in the United States remains low.  Passengers on all arriving flights from China are carefully screened at one of 11 ports of entry into the US, medium and high risk passengers are placed in mandatory quarantine at US military bases, and all other passengers are released to their local health authorities for additional monitoring.   These extraordinary measures appear to be effective so far in containing the spread of virus within the US.

Please note that there has been a change in advice for travelers to Hong Kong and Macau, now at level 2 travel advisory to exercise increased caution.  If you are planning international travel, check the State Department website frequently.  There is a search box for all destinations: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/

And just in case you missed it in your email, here is an important letter from Provost Kristi Nelson:

Dear Faculty and Staff,

I am writing to ask for your thoughtful consideration towards the numerous members of our community from China. Many are concerned about the health and safety of family and friends in their home country who are directly impacted by the Coronavirus and associated health emergency. Additionally, reports within higher education are being shared detailing instances of students who have faced questions about their health or whether they might have been exposed to the virus. We want to ensure members of our community do not have similar experiences and feel supported at UC.

Please note that students are entitled to keep their medical information private. We should not assume that a student is sick if she or he is wearing a mask.

I want to assure you that University Health Services continues to work closely with the Ohio Department of Health and Cincinnati Health Department to properly monitor anyone who has recently traveled to China. No cases of actual or suspected Coronavirus have been identified within the UC community. I cannot express how impressed I have been with the prompt, compassionate, and conscientious way Health Services, Housing and other service units have worked with state and local authorities to handle these situations.

For updates regarding the university’s on-ongoing efforts, as well as travel restrictions, please visit the University Health Services website

Thank you for your help in supporting our students.

Kristi Nelson

Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost  


Thanks to Provost Nelson for her commitment to all members of the University Community. 

This website will continue to be updated as the situation evolves.

Kim L. Miller MD

February 19, 2020

 





Update on the novel Coronavirus: A new name and new requirements

As of today, Thursday, February 13, 2020, there are 15 confirmed cases of illness caused by the novel coronavirus first identified in 2019.  The World Health Organization (WHO) has adopted a new name for the disease caused by this virus, “COVID-19”.   More on this to come as the CDC, ODH and other public health organizations adopt the new name and clarify its use.

There are no deaths in the US due to COVID-19 and no confirmed cases in Ohio.  The risk remains low in the US, in Ohio, and on campus at the University of Cincinnati.

While the spread of the virus within the United States is still considered to be low risk, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of State (DOS) have recently issued new travel guidance regarding China.

Therefore, out of an abundance of caution and care for our community, the University of Cincinnati is expanding reporting requirements to proactively protect the health and well-being of our community. These reporting requirements include campus visitors traveling from China.

New Reporting Requirements

Any and all information gathered through this reporting process will remain as private as possible, as directed by the health department.  See The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for specific regulations around privacy and confidentiality. The reporting requirement will allow University Health Services to provide education, guidance and care monitoring.

We now require that students, faculty and staff and all visitors traveling from China report to UHSTravel@ucmail.uc.edu under the following circumstances:

  • If you have returned from or traveled from China on or after February 3, 2020, please report immediately upon receiving this email. You must report even if you only had a layover in China.(If you have returned from or traveled from China in the past 14 days AND you have a fever as well as respiratory symptoms including cough and shortness of breath, please immediately report your symptoms to UHSTravel@ucmail.uc.edu and go directly to the nearest emergency room. UHS will check in with you after the emergency room visit to provide additional guidance and support.)
  • If you have had contact with anyone who has been confirmed by laboratory testing to have 2019n-CoV or anyone who is currently being tested, you are required to report to UHS via the UHSTravel@ucmail.uc.edu email account.
  • If you are being actively monitored or observed by any local, county, state or federal public health agency due to risk of Coronavirus, please report immediately upon receiving this email.

 

All reports should include name and a cell phone contact number.

Questions about the reporting process can be directed to UHSTravel@ucmail.uc.edu.

Information about the 2019n-CoV can be found at The Ohio Department of Health.

To reiterate, no other changes are needed for day-to-day behaviors on our campuses at this time. Remember that the risk remains low, and that these steps are being mandated out of an abundance of caution.

The same precautions that will protect you from the common cold and the flu will protect you from COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
  • Cover coughs/sneezes with your arm or a tissue.
  • Avoid exposure to others who are sick.
  • Stay home you are ill (except to visit a health care professional) and avoid close contact with others.
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

 

The CDC does not routinely recommend the use of face masks by the public to prevent respiratory illness and is not recommending their use at this time for the prevention of COVID-19.

We continue to closely monitor the guidelines from local, state and federal agencies. University Health Services works closely with and maintains coordination with local and state departments of health. UHS is able to screen for symptoms and follow all public health protocols should anyone with potential Coronavirus need care.

As always, the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, patients and visitors is our top priority. We will continue to keep our community informed — and we encourage everyone to practice routine hygiene etiquette as this is the best way to prevent the spread of infection.

For more updates or information as they arrive, please visit University Health Services web page.

Kim L. Miller MD

February 13, 2020

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Tuesday February 11, 2020

What College Campuses Need To Know

Here's what college campuses need to know about the novel Coronavirus, 2019-nCoV:

https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/novel-coronavirus/resources/novel-coronavirus-covid-2019-fact-sheet-campuses

 

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February 3, 2020

To: Faculty, Students and Staff

From: Kristi A. Nelson, PhD, Executive Vice President and Provost

Andrew Filak, MD, Senior Vice President, Health Affairs, and Dean, College of Medicine

Debra Merchant, JD, Vice President, Student Affairs

Raj Mehta, PhD, Vice Provost, UC International

Kim Miller, MD, Executive Director, University Health Services

Re: Travel restrictions due to Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in China

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

We write to provide an update related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, including new university travel restrictions and reporting recommendations.

While the spread of the virus within the United States is still considered to be low risk, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of State (DOS) have recently issued new travel guidance regarding China. The CDC currently recommends avoiding non-essential travel to China (Level 3), and the DOS recommends avoiding all travel to China (Level 4).

While there are no confirmed cases of 2019-nCov in the campus community, out of an abundance of caution and care for our community, the University of Cincinnati is enacting restrictions on university-sponsored or university-funded travel, as this aligns with current CDC and DOS guidance. The university is also enacting reporting recommendations to proactively protect the health and well-being of our community.

Details are as follows:

Temporary travel restrictions
In accordance with guidance from the CDC and DOS, UC will temporarily restrict university-sponsored or university-funded travel to China by all faculty, staff and students — effective immediately and in place through at least Friday, March 27, which aligns with current travel bans recently put in place by some airlines.

We will continue to monitor guidance from the CDC and DOS, and will share plans prior to March 27 to either end the restriction on that date or, if needed, extend it. Also, please continue to check the University Health Services web site for updates.

For personal travel, we strongly advise all students, faculty and staff to follow travel alerts from the CDC and DOS. Again, currently, the CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China. The DOS recommends reconsidering travel to China altogether.

Reporting recommendations
For any members of our campus community returning from either university or personal travel to China or for any campus visitors traveling from China, reporting is recommended so that we can offer proper resources, guidance and support to immediately assist any member of our community or visitor who may become ill. This is recommended out of care and concern, public health needs as well as the uncertain nature of potential future events. Geographical areas, regions or cities affected by this reporting recommendation may be modified depending on the future course of the outbreak.

Any and all information gathered through this process will remain confidential. The reporting recommendation will allow University Health Services to provide education, guidance and care monitoring.

We recommend that students, faculty and staff travelers or any visitors traveling from China report to UHSTravel@ucmail.uc.edu under the following circumstances:

· If you have returned from or traveled from China within the past 14 days, please consider reporting within 24 hours of receiving this email. (If you have returned from China in the past 14 days AND you have a fever above 100.4 orally as well as respiratory symptoms including cough and shortness of breath, please immediately report your symptoms to UHSTravel@ucmail.uc.edu and go directly to the nearest emergency room. UHS will check in with you after the emergency room visit to provide additional guidance and support.)

· If you or your department know of any upcoming visitors from China, whether on university business or on personal business, we recommend any visitor report via University Health Services within 24 hours of arrival to campus.

· If any member of the campus community has personal travel to China planned between now and March 27, please consider reporting within 24 hours of your return.

· If you are being actively monitored or observed by any local, county, state or federal public health agency due to risk of Coronavirus, please report within 24 hours of being notified.

All reports should include name and a cell phone contact number.

Questions about the reporting process can be directed to UHSTravel@ucmail.uc.edu

To reiterate, no changes are needed for day-to-day behaviors on our campuses at this time.

At this time, state and federal health officials are not restricting activities for travelers returning from China without symptoms — nor are they recommending testing for those without symptoms.

We continue to closely monitor the guidelines and recommendations from local, state and federal agencies. University Health Services works closely with and maintains coordination with city, county and state departments of health. UHS is able to screen for symptoms and follow all public health protocols should anyone with potential Coronavirus need care.

Students in need of immediate medical care for any reason should contact University Health Services at 513-556-2564.Any faculty and staff who believe they may have or been exposed to Coronavirus should also contact University Health Services.

As always, the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, patients and visitors is our top priority. We will continue to keep our community informed — and we encourage everyone to practice routine hygiene etiquette as this is the best way to prevent the spread of infection.

For more information, visit the University Health Services web page or see this recent campus news release.

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Health Advisory: UHS Health Alert:

Want the latest information on the novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV?

Check https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html for the most up to date information.

And remember, while the risk of 2019-nCoV is low on our campus, the risk for influenza and other common viral illnesses remains high, so cover coughs and sneezes, wash your hands and get your flu shot if you haven’t had one this year!

Kim L. Miller MD
Executive Director, University Health Services
February 3, 2020

What's New at University Health Services

We will be out and about with our interactive basket ball game. If you see us, stop by and try to win a prize! Are you compliant with the University immunization requirement? All those compliant by February 20th, 2020 are eligible for our next drawing.

Spring Semester Prizes: 1st place winner - Airpods, 2nd place winner - UC Sweatshirt blanket, 3rd place winner- UC bookstore gift card.

Tobacco Free UC - Effective May 1, 2017

Health Services wants all UC students be successful. If you are considering Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) the UHS Pharmacy will have products available at a reasonable cost to help.

COVID-19

Lindner Athletic Center (Main Campus)

Phone: 513-556-2564

Medical Records Fax: 513-556-1337

Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday:
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Wednesdays:
9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.



Holmes  (Medical Campus)

Phone: 513-584-4457
Medical Records Fax: 513-584-2222

Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday:
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesdays:
10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

(Closed daily 12:15 p.m - 12:45 p.m.)