Massmail confirms no coronavirus in CU

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

A Massmail sent out Wednesday answered some questions people on campus and in the Champaign-Urbana community may have about the rapid spread of coronavirus.

As of Wednesday morning, there is still one confirmed case of coronavirus in Illinois, but there no confirmed cases in C-U.

Additionally, the University has suspended programs in China for the 2020 spring semester due to federal advisories. On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a Warning Level 3 to avoid nonessential travel for China.

The University encourages any staff or faculty planning to travel to China to familiarize themselves with the federal advisories. They should also contact their department if they are involved in academic programs in China.

McKinley Health Center has been screening everyone who came in with symptoms since Jan. 22. Some who did travel to Wuhan, China, where the virus originated, have elected to self-quarantine, monitor themselves or wear surgical masks, according to the Massmail.

“This is clearly a rapidly changing situation, and we will continue to carefully monitor developments that might impact the health and safety of any members of our community,” Andreas Cangellaris, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost wrote toward the end of the Massmail.

The University is still working closely Champaign-Urbana Public Health District to take necessary precautions and keep the community informed.

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