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COVID-19 Resources

Update from state of Ohio

 

Previous updates and messages to the University community and links to CDC tips for cold and flu prevention and Ohio Department of Health, CDC and World Health Organization information on the coronavirus can be found here.

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Feb. 28, 2020

As the national and international situation around the COVID-19 respiratory virus continues to evolve quickly, we want to keep the University community updated with accurate information about this coronavirus and efforts to limit its potential spread. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton provided an update about the state's preparedness on Feb. 27, 2020, and while there are no confirmed cases in Ohio, they emphasized everyone must remain vigilant. 

Gov. DeWine asked Ohio colleges and universities to follow U.S. State Department guidance on travel to nations for which the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended avoiding nonessential travel, which currently includes China and South Korea. The University is advising students in South Korea to return home and has suspended two study abroad programs to China scheduled for this summer. We continue to monitor the situation and work with students, faculty and staff who may be affected. The University is also working closely with students on other study abroad programs who may be affected by the situation.  

The governor also called on university leaders to continue to be proactive about campus health by urging every student, faculty member and employee who has not yet received a flu shot to do so immediately to keep people as healthy as possible. You can receive flu shots from your healthcare provider or most local pharmacies. Please be sure to check with your insurance provider on your coverage of flu shots. 

The Ohio Department of Health, in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Higher Education, has developed a dedicated website with additional information. 

In addition to the Ohio Department of Health's recommendation to get a flu shot, here are other tips to help reduce your risk of illness, including cold, flu and coronavirus:  

  • Cover coughs and sneezes. 
  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Do not share drinks, utensils, lip balm, e-cigarettes or vape pens, etc.
  • Get adequate sleep, exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, and avoid excessive alcohol consumption and tobacco or e-cigarette use.
  • Wipe down surfaces of sinks, counters and toilets in common areas with germicidal cleaning agents. 
  • Stay home when you are sick. According to the Ohio Department of Health, faculty, staff and students should stay home if they have a fever higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Seek medical advice from the UD Health Center, personal physician, or emergency room when appropriate.
  • Students can contact the University of Dayton Health Center nurse line if they have concerns (937-229-3131 then press 2) or to make an appointment (press 1). If you are experiencing symptoms and have traveled to areas impacted by the coronavirus, please first call the Health Center to receive guidance on next steps.