Dear UNCG Community,
UNC Greensboro is monitoring the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation closely as information and recommendations continue to change quickly. As always, the safety and health of our students, faculty, and staff are of utmost priority. Please visit the UNCG COVID-19 website for the latest information.
We are writing today with important updates. Spring Break is a common time for travel, and the recommendations regarding protocol for those returning from travel have changed during this week. (Faculty and staff, you will soon receive an update on guidelines regarding the impact of COVID-19 on upcoming University-sponsored travel plans).
Current Guidelines for Returning Travelers
UNCG continues to track COVID-19 in partnership with local, state, and federal health agencies. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control has provided the following country-specific risk assessments for COVID-19:
Level 3: China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea
Level 2: Japan
Based on CDC guidelines, the University is instructing ALL travelers – faculty, students, staff, affiliates, and visitors – traveling from Level 2 or 3 countries to remain off campus until 14 days after they return.
- If you are returning from a Level 3 country, per CDC guidelines, you should self-quarantine in your home for 14 days and monitor yourself for symptoms.
- If you are returning from a Level 2 country, per CDC guidelines, you should limit contact with others for 14 days and monitor yourself for symptoms.
If these conditions apply to you:
- Call UNCG Student Health Services at 336.334.3148 or your doctor’s office to get instructions on how to self-quarantine.
- Contact your local public health department (in the county where you will be residing during the 14-day period) to let them know you have recently returned from an impacted country. They may choose to help you monitor yourself for symptoms.
- Students who need assistance with making arrangements during this two-week period should contact the Dean of Students Office at 336-334-5514. If you are a faculty or staff member, alert your supervisor or department head/chair.
- If you develop symptoms, seek medical attention. Call before you visit any health clinic to let them know you have recently traveled. They may have specific protocol they want you to follow to avoid exposing others.
It is critical that all returning students, faculty, and staff are clear and accurate about any travel that has occurred over Spring Break so we can effectively support your individual needs. Please note that this is essential to protecting community health. Any student who does not accurately represent their travel or who violates the protocols above will be subject to discipline through the Student Code of Conduct.
This continues to be a rapidly evolving situation. We encourage you to monitor developments through the State Department and CDC websites. Anyone who is traveling should, in addition to taking recommended measures to prevent getting sick, take basic precautions to prepare for potential travel disruptions.
The seasonal flu continues to be common in our area. The same actions that help prevent the spread of the flu also help prevent the spread of Coronavirus. These actions include:
- Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid shaking hands.
- Disinfect frequently touched objects using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with those who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
UNCG will continue to monitor updates from the CDC, local, and state health departments and the University System for guidance and recommendations for our campus and our community. We will continue sending updates as needed and as information evolves. These will be made available by email, social media, and on our COVID-19 website. These communications are important – please be sure to read any updates that we post.