Novel Coronavirus Update (SPRING BREAK NOTICE)

Dear UB Community:

This is an update to the message sent on February 3 regarding the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak. At this time, there are NO suspected cases on our campus or in the Bridgeport area.

Spring Break is upon us and for some that means travel. We are aware of reports that the coronavirus has spread to other countries and continue to monitor the situation.  We ask that anyone traveling outside of the U.S. for Spring Break, please report it here.

If you choose to travel, the CDC recommends the following:

  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
  • It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom, before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.

At this time, the CDC has only recommended screening for individuals returning from China and South Korea. However, as the situation evolves, the University of Bridgeport may need to screen individuals returning from other countries in accordance with updated CDC Travel Guidelines.

We encourage students who are concerned that they may have had close contact with an ill person who is experiencing flu-like symptoms to visit UB Student Health Services from 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. When Health Services is closed, students should contact AMR through Campus Security at 203-576-4913. Faculty and staff should consult with their primary care physician for advice and guidance.

To learn more about the coronavirus, please visit the CDC and World Health Organization (WHO).  We will continue to communicate with the entire campus community if and when CDC guidelines change.

We wish you a happy and healthy Spring Break.

Craig S. Lennon
Dean of Students

Jacklyn Obeng
Director of Student Health Services

April Vournelis
Executive Director of Security

Janice N. Faye
Clinical Services and Operations Administrator