Coronavirus Warning 1/28/2020
Dear Washington College Community,
In response to the outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (2019-nCoV) first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, Washington College Health Services continues to closely monitor reports from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and are actively working with local health officials to keep everyone on campus safe and informed. To date in the U.S., 110 people are under investigation in 26 states, but there have been no reported cases in Maryland.
Current symptoms reported for patients with 2019-nCoV have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. This virus seems to be spreading from person to person, and health experts believe people may be able to spread the virus before their symptoms emerge.
The CDC has issued at a Level 3 Travel Health Notice recommending people avoid all nonessential travel to China.
Students who have traveled abroad in the past 30 days and become ill should contact Health Services at 410-778-7261 to discuss screening, monitoring, and health precautions.
Faculty and or Staff who have traveled abroad in the past 30 days and become ill should notify their primary care provider and cite a history of foreign travel.
All individuals who call Health Services to make any type of appointment will be screened for history of foreign travel. Additional screening questions will also occur when you check-in to the clinic or when you’re seen by our practitioners. We employ the same screening protocols recommended by the CDC that are currently in place at the local Emergency Department and other outpatient clinics.
No matter who you are, the CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs. This includes staying away from sick people, washing your hands frequently, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces—especially if someone is ill—to decrease your chances of getting or spreading this or any virus.
This is a rapidly evolving situation and we will update information as we get it. The CDC posts information as it becomes available. The link is: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html