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COVID-19 Resources

Update - Important travel announcements and campus information

 

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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March 9, 2020

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is evolving daily around the world and in the U.S., and the University is working to make decisions rapidly to protect individuals and to reduce risk to the public health. We are committed to protecting the health and safety of our faculty, staff and students. 

We are sharing key decisions and other important information in this update and have established a new webpage dedicated to COVID-19 for messages to the community and links to resources. Find it at go.udayton.edu/coronavirus. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced the global spread of the virus makes it almost certain the U.S. will experience a significant outbreak, although the scope is as yet undetermined. Earlier today, it was announced there are three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and Gov. Mike DeWine declared a state of emergency.

A University working group with representatives from key units across campus is meeting several times a week to coordinate UD's short-term response and refine long-term and business continuity plans. We will update UD’s COVID-19 website as conditions change and also notify campus of significant developments.

We are monitoring the situation closely and will provide updates accordingly. Our highly residential campus environment and our responsibility to the larger issue of public health require us to be proactive, rather than reactive, in making decisions that affect the well-being of our community.

Below are updates on various topics related to COVID-19:

International and domestic travel guidance

For students

  • All University-sponsored international and domestic spring break programs are cancelled. 
  • All summer education abroad programs are cancelled. 
  • All non-essential University-sponsored student travel within the U.S. is cancelled until further notice.
  • We will make decisions about athletic team travel on a case-by-case basis.
  • As the global situation is very dynamic, we strongly recommend students reconsider ANY PERSONAL travel plans to other countries and U.S. territories over spring break.
  • The situation in the United States is changing every day, with an increase in areas reporting confirmed cases. If students are traveling within the U.S., they should check CDC guidance and current conditions where they are traveling.
  • It is important to check CDC guidance and local authorities’ information often.  Because the COVID-19 situation is evolving rapidly, affected areas could issue new travel restrictions or guidance at any time and without prior notice, which could affect or interrupt your travel, or require self-quarantine when you return home.
  • Visit the CDC website for COVID-19 travel information and traveler FAQs.

For faculty and staff

  • All University-sponsored travel outside the continental United States for faculty and staff is suspended. This includes travel to other countries and U.S. territories. 
  • The University is also suspending all non-essential business travel within the U.S. for faculty and staff, which includes spring break programming. 
  • As the global situation is very dynamic, we strongly recommend all faculty and staff reconsider ANY PERSONAL travel plans to other countries and U.S. territories over spring break, Easter break and the coming weeks. 
  • If faculty and staff are planning any kind of travel, they should check travel advisories regularly from the CDC, U.S. Department of State and local health authorities prior to and during any planned travel. 
  • It is important to check sources such as the CDC, U.S. Department of State and local health authorities often. Because the COVID-19 situation is evolving rapidly, affected areas could issue new travel restrictions or guidance at any time and without prior notice, which could affect or interrupt your travel, or require self-quarantine when you return home. 
  • Many faculty and staff planning summer University travel must make decisions soon about upcoming trips. There is no way to predict conditions at travel time either internationally or domestically, or to estimate when the travel suspension may be lifted. University travelers should consult with Options Travel, UD's official travel manager, regarding current refund policies, and should book refundable or flexible tickets.
  • If you have booked international travel through Concur or through Options travel agents, you should contact Options travel agents at support@optionstravel.com or call 847-803-3000. If you booked your international travel through Altour, contact Altour agents directly at 937-222-1220. 
  • All UDRI employees who have booked travel and have questions or change requests should contact JoAnne Davis at Joanne.Davis@udri.udayton.edu or 937-229-3967.
  • Visit the CDC website for COVID-19 travel information and traveler FAQs.

Returning travelers 

  • In accordance with CDC guidance for travelers returning from China, Italy, South Korea, Iran or returning from any other country subsequently designated by CDC as Level 3 while are traveling, please be aware that you will be required to self-quarantine — at your permanent address or otherwise away from UD's campus — for at least 14 days before returning to campus. The University cannot reimburse you for flight change costs and additional expenses.
  • Students who are currently on an education abroad program may stay in place, unless in-country circumstances change (e.g., CDC or host country advisories) or unless they wish to return. 
  • The situation in the United States is dynamic, with a daily increase in areas reporting confirmed cases. If you are returning from an area that has experienced an outbreak of COVID-19, or if you’ve been in contact with someone who has tested positive, in accordance with CDC guidelines you may need to self-quarantine at home (or otherwise away from UD’s campus) for 14 days from the time you were possibly exposed.
  • If you are experiencing symptoms or if you have traveled to areas impacted by the coronavirus, please call ahead to the UD Health Center or your health care provider to obtain guidance on next steps. 

What UD is doing

  • To our knowledge, there have been no COVID-19 cases connected to UD; however, the University is remaining vigilant. 
  • We are in contact with the Ohio Department of Higher Education, the Ohio Department of Health, and Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County, and we continue to monitor for new information from the CDC for the most current updates and guidance. 
  • Currently, crews on campus have increased cleaning and disinfecting of touchpoints and surfaces in common areas of academic and residential buildings. They are providing additional cleaning of high-traffic places. Touch surfaces are being cleaned with hospital-grade disinfectant.
  • Cleaning crews have been doing extra cleaning and disinfecting for several weeks in high-use buildings such as the RecPlex, Bombeck Center and the Health Center.
  • Deep cleaning of residential and academic buildings will be conducted during spring break. 
  • Facilities Management is monitoring and continuing to keep hand sanitizer units filled throughout campus. 
  • We are working closely with the NCAA, which has established a COVID-19 advisory panel of leading medical, public health and epidemiology experts as well as NCAA member schools, to guide its response to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease for all NCAA events. Click here for full release. 

Prevention tips 

  • Go here for tips to help reduce your risk of illness, including cold, flu and coronavirus, and information on contacting the University of Dayton Health Center prior to a visit. 
  • Other CDC tips for cold and flu prevention can be found here, and CDC information on the COVID-19 is here.  

Stay informed and take care of yourself

  • If you are feeling anxious or worried because of the news about COVID-19, we encourage students to contact the Counseling Center. Employees may contact Lifeworks Employee Assistance Program.
  • The University will remain vigilant during spring break, and as the situation evolves, we will post any updates at go.udayton.edu/coronavirus. We will send campus wide communications when major changes in the situation occur. We encourage people to check the UD COVID-19 website regularly.