Monitoring the Coronavirus – January 28, 2020

As you may know, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Fortunately, the CDC considers this a low health risk to the American public at this time, and there are no reported cases of the virus in Florida as of Monday, January 27, 2020.

Nonetheless, we want you to know that Valencia College is closely monitoring this situation.

We advise that you take everyday precautions recommended by the CDC, such as frequently washing your hands, to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including the coronavirus. We also recommend that you see a healthcare professional if you are experiencing a fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing and if you think you may have been exposed to the coronavirus.

The Student Affairs team deployed an Atlas announcement for students on Monday, January 27, 2020, letting them know that we are currently monitoring the situation, and provided the suggested precautions listed above.

Additionally, on Monday, the Global and Continuing Education team emailed international students from China who are currently taking classes at Valencia College, giving them information on the situation in China and on any travel advisories issued by the U.S. State Department or the Centers for Disease Control. For international students concerned about the situation, please encourage them to reach out to their international advisors.

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