Update: April 8, 2020
University Travel and Events Canceled Until June 1, 2020
All Utah State University nonessential travel, events, and events on campus are canceled until June 1, 2020. These actions are in line with USU's infectious disease plan and the timeline provided in Utah Governor Herbert's Utah Leads Together plan. The governor’s plan estimates the “urgent phase” to last until between May 11 to June 8 with the next phase including limited gatherings and a lessening of travel restrictions. USU is canceling events and travel until June 1 in order to reflect the direction from public health officials. In the coming weeks, university officials will continue to evaluate the COVID-19 situation and consult with public health officials to determine when and how travel and events will gradually be reinstated. The university is currently operating at a Level 2 in its infectious disease plan on most campuses. Some statewide campuses and centers have moved to Level 1 to comply with local orders.
Update: April 3, 2020
USU’s Lyric Repertory Company Postpones 2020 Summer Season
Utah State University’s Lyric Repertory Company will postpone its 2020 summer season. This decision was made in light of the timeline provided in Utah Governor Herbert’s economic response plan, Utah Leads Together and his directive to Stay Safe, Stay Home.
Brighton Beach Memoirs, All Shook Up, Hudson: A Historical Musical, The Thanksgiving Play (staged reading) and Murder on the Nile will all be performed during summer 2021, and all actors, designers and technicians hired for this year have been offered a job next year. The Lyric Repertory Theatre plans to offer its scheduled spotlight concert this year, an event that is a fundraiser for the Lyric and a memorial to the Lyric’s founder Vosco Call, as a virtual event via social media. The box office will contact those who have already purchased tickets and they will receive a full refund.
Update: April 3, 2020
Email to USU Students
Provost Frank Galey and Vice President for Student Affairs James Morales sent an email to students today outlining extensions to deadlines for changing letter grades to pass/fail or for withdrawing from a course. The email also provided information about upcoming summer and fall semester registration and how to find support resources for academics and mental health.
To view the email in its entirety, visit https://www.usu.edu/covid-19/communications/students.
Update: April 2, 2020
In-Person Summer Citizen Program Activities Canceled
USU has made the decision to cancel the in-person classes, socials, open houses, and tours previously planned for the 2020 Summer Citizens Program. As an alternative, USU is currently exploring options for moving some of the 2020 Program classes and events into a remote learning forum. More updates on these efforts will be provided in coming weeks. This decision was driven by the desire to ensure the health and safety of the campus and Cache Valley community and its visitors and was based upon the current projections, plans, and restrictions from both the state of Utah and the federal government. Learn more about the Summer Citizen Program at https://summercitizens.usu.edu/covid-19.cfm.
Update April 1, 2020
Late last night, March 31, USU received a report from a student who tested positive for COVID-19. This student has been at their permanent home in another state and is recovering and isolating there.
Update: March 31, 2020
First Known Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in USU Community
USU will continue to provide information about the university’s response to COVID-19, as well as resources for our campus communities, at www.usu.edu/covid-19.
Utah State University has confirmed that two separate individuals in the Logan campus community have tested positive for COVID-19. One is an employee who has not been on campus for more than 14 days. The other is a student who lives off campus. Both are recovering and isolating at home. In order to protect their privacy, no other information about these individuals will be provided. Note, USU relies on those who test positive to inform the university as this is protected health information.
“I know this information may cause our students and employees concern, and I want to reassure you that we are working hard to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” said USU President Noelle Cockett. “We’ll get through this by treating each other with compassion and doing our part to prevent the spread.”
When an individual tests positive for COVID-19, the local health department works with the individual to identify those who may be at risk of infection. Learn more about how Bear River Health Department handles cases at https://brhd.org/coronavirus/.
Though these are the first confirmed cases involving members of the USU campus community, the university has already been planning and preparing to address additional cases across the state in the coming days and weeks. In addition, with limited access to testing, there will be more cases in our community that are not confirmed. The prevention actions everyone should take remain the same: work remotely whenever possible, stay at home when sick, practice good hygiene, and practice social distancing.
More information about confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state is available from the Utah Department of Health.
If You Become Ill
The symptoms of COVID-19 include a fever, cough, or shortness of breath. According to Utah health officials, anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, and who do not have some other clinical diagnosis (such as influenza) can be tested for the disease. However, not everyone needs to be tested, and most people who become sick with COVID-19 will recover on their own at home without medical attention. If you are sick, you must isolate at home to avoid spreading the illness to others. If you have life-threatening symptoms, seek emergency care immediately.
Visit www.usu.edu/covid-19 to learn more about how USU is addressing COVID-19.
Update: March 30, 2020
USU Salt Lake Center in Taylorsville Goes Remote
In light of the public health order in Salt Lake County, the Salt Lake Center in Taylorsville will move to Level 1 under the USU Infectious Disease Plan on March 31 at 5 p.m. This means that all functions will be performed remotely and off site except functions designated as on-site essential. The campus building will be closed beginning March 31 at 5 p.m. and will remain closed through April 13, 2020. Students and employees at the center were emailed about how this will affect them, and told to collect what they need to learn and work from home by 5 p.m. tomorrow.
Update: March 28, 2020
COVID-19 Update from President Cockett
Yesterday, March 27, Governor Gary Herbert released a "Stay Safe, Stay Home" directive for the state of Utah further emphasizing the urgency of social distancing and staying home. The health and safety of all our campus community members - students, faculty and staff - depend upon us making the right decisions and following the guidance of our public health experts.
I want to provide details for how our campus will continue to operate in response to these actions. As of today, USU is still operating in Level 2 of our Infectious Disease Response Plan. But we are preparing for the potential of county health officials taking actions in the future that would move us to Level 1 status, defined as "all functions performed remotely and off site except functions designated as on-site essential".
If a USU campus or center moves to Level 1:
- USU administrators will identify which employees will provide essential on-site functions (such as security, animal care, on-campus housing, etc.). Those employees designated as essential for on-site work will be contacted by their supervisors. Public health guidelines for social distancing and increased sanitation will continue to be implemented to protect all essential on-site employees.
- All other employees who are able to work remotely will do so (using email, phone, or other online platforms).
- All employees (wage-hourly and benefitted) who cannot perform their work remotely or do not have an assignment that is designated as on-site essential will be paid through "COVID-19 administrative leave." Supervisors will provide more details on this in the near future.
For students who live in on-campus housing:
- Residence halls will remain open to students living on campus, and essential services will continue even under Level 1 status.
- Public health guidelines for social distancing and improved sanitation will continue to be implemented to protect students and staff.
For updated information about how USU is addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, continue to visit https://www.usu.edu/covid-19/.
I greatly appreciate our staff and faculty members' incredible efforts in these unprecedented times. I am continually impressed and amazed by how our campus members have pulled together to get things done and take care of each other. Times like these show that we are truly a statewide family of Aggies.
Noelle E. Cockett
Utah State University
Update: March 25, 2020
Idaho Issues Stay at Home Order
Governor Brad Little has issued a “Stay at Home” order for the state of Idaho for the next 21 days. Only essential services are allowed to stay open, and all Idahoans were told to self-isolate inside their homes, regardless if they are ill. Exceptions were made for seeking essential services such as food, prescription medications and fuel.
Utah State University has some employees who have an Idaho home address, and the university is working to identify those affected by the order to identify options for working remotely. More information can be found at https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/.
Update: March 24, 2020
Student Information Updates
Pass/Fail Deadline Extended:
USU has extended the deadline to April 15, 2020, for students to designate Pass/Fail (P/F) for Spring 2020 Semester courses. Deadlines for students and other updates on this topic are available online at https://www.usu.edu/registrar/covid/.
Building Hours and Changes:
Visit https://dps.usu.edu/emergency/covid-19/facilities to learn about building hour changes and restrictions to some areas of campus, including computer labs, dining services and libraries. Most buildings on the Logan campus will now close at 7 p.m.
Summer and Fall Registration:
- USU will be moving forward with summer 2020 registration beginning Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Courses offered during the summer semester will be those that can be delivered remotely as it is assumed the university will not be back to regular operation by May 4.
- Registration for fall 2020 semester begins Monday, April 6, 2020. At this time, the university is planning on a full fall schedule of courses as anticipated prior to the COVID-19 protocols. However, due to the fluidity of the COVID-19 situation, fall semester plans may change over time. Visit www.usu.edu/covid-19 for up-to-date information.
Navajo Nation Shelter in Place Order:
The Navajo Nation issued a “shelter in place” order Friday, March 20, stemming from a public health emergency declaration for the entirety of the Navajo Nation. You can read more about it on their Facebook page. USU students who were on the Navajo Nation at the time of the order will not be allowed to travel back to USU’s campuses. USU is working with affected students to identify options to help them finish classes and continue their educational track.
Update: March 23, 2020
USU Reschedules In-Person Commencement Events for August 2020
Utah State University President Noelle Cockett announced Monday, March 23, USU will conduct an in-person commencement ceremony in Logan on Aug. 28-29, 2020. Statewide campuses will plan graduation events for the first two weeks of September, with specific dates to be determined. All events are contingent on public health circumstances surrounding the global pandemic.
The university canceled its April 30 and May 1 commencement and convocation events in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. All other institutions in the Utah System of Higher Education also canceled or postponed commencement events this spring.
In August, graduates will have the opportunity to participate in traditional commencement celebrations, in addition to events unique to this year. The university has planned a full commencement in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, and colleges will schedule their own ceremonies for the afternoon of Aug. 29.
More details will be released at a later date on USU’s commencement home page, USU social media accounts, and Utah State Today. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding commencement.
Update: March 19, 2020, 5 p.m.
Dear Faculty and Staff Members,
As Utah State University continues to monitor and actively respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency, I want to provide you with answers to questions that are being asked.
Stay Home When Sick
Public health officials want everyone who is ill to stay home. Those who live on campus should contact their resident assistant (RAs) if they are ill and/or think they were exposed to COVID-19.
If you are told to self-isolate, or told by the local health department to quarantine, report this to Risk Management by completing the self-isolation questionnaire. Because a positive result in a COVID-19 test is protected health information, we will only know of confirmed cases in our community if employees or students tell us.
Those who are ill should stay home and recover. If you have had direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you must stay home and self-isolate. Employees who are ill are not expected to work remotely. For more information on employee leave, see the employee FAQs.
Supervisors have received an email with direction to facilitate remote work for those can work from home. For those who can accomplish their work remotely, they should be encouraged to do so. For staff who cannot accomplish their work remotely, supervisors have been given direction to create opportunities for social distancing and work with employees to come up with creative solutions.
The university is working to make sure individuals can continue to work and receive pay while navigating through this crisis.
The Merrill-Cazier Library on the Logan campus remains open to USU students and employees but is closed to the general public. New procedures have been implemented in the Library over the last few days to promote social distancing. Learn about these changes on the Merrill-Cazier Library’s website.
See the latest updates at www.usu.edu/covid-19.
Thank you for your cooperation as we get through the COVID-19 crisis. We appreciate all you are doing to protect our Aggie family.
Noelle E. Cockett
Update: March 18, 2020, 4:10 p.m.
At the time of this update, there are two confirmed cases in Cache County. These confirmed cases reaffirm our need to practice social distancing.
Remote Delivery of Classes
Remote delivery of Spring 2020 Semester classes is now in effect. Students should have already been contacted by their instructors with information about their classes. If you have not been contacted, or you cannot find information about your class in Canvas, contact email@example.com.
USU’s Testing Centers at all campuses (Logan, Statewide and Eastern) will close effective today, Wednesday, March 18. This closure will remain in effect as long as all USU classes are delivered remotely. Access to other university facilities has been restricted as a precautionary measure in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Although USU campuses have not closed outdoor public fields, you must practice social distancing and limit the number of people within any group so that these areas can remain open.
Refunds of Tuition and Fees
USU realizes remote delivery of coursework is a different learning experience than was anticipated when the semester began. Please be patient and open to this new approach. USU will not be refunding tuition or course fees as courses, grades, and credit are still offered. Likewise, student fees will not be refunded. The COVID-19 crisis has created a variety of unexpected challenges for everyone and has placed USU in a position where it must respond in atypical ways.
Remaining on Campus
If it is possible, you should return home to a permanent residence. For non-resident students who are establishing Utah residency, leaving the state of Utah will not affect residency status.
For those who check out of USU Housing, USU is providing prorated refunds for their housing and dining contracts, as well as for parking permits (USU Parking at 435-797-3414).
For those students who must remain in USU on-campus housing, it is extremely important that individuals with potential COVID-19 symptoms report to their Resident Life assistant (RA) by email or phone. We will arrange for evaluation, and if necessary, self-isolation of the sick student, including the delivery of meals, for the required 14 days.
Dining Services will offer take-out meals only. For those living on-campus, food services will be available through the end of the semester.
Using Computer Labs
If you have your own computer or laptop, and sufficient internet, please work in your own home instead of coming onto the USU campus. If you do not have sufficient internet, but do have your own device, please use the USU Bluezone to do your schoolwork. If you do not have a device, USU computer labs will remain open for essential needs. Lab facilitators will be enforcing social distancing and strict sanitation protocols.
USU student employees who have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, or who have recently traveled to a CDC level 3 area should not report to work and should self-isolate for 14 days or until symptom free (whichever is longer). The university will pay USU student employees who are ill or must self-isolate for up to 14 days. Check with your supervisor if you need to access this COVID-19 related sick pay.
Students whose work has changed or disappeared may still find other work on campus, if desired. Students should work with their supervisor to see if there is other work available in their area or go to www.jobs.usu.edu and log in to search for “temporary work” on campus. For additional questions contact Human Resources at 435-797-0122 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
University Events Including Commencement
USU has extended the closure of USU events until May 1 in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Cancellations include its 133rd commencement ceremony in Logan and all graduation events at statewide campuses. The university intends to honor its graduates at a later date and will release more details soon. Please email email@example.com with any questions regarding commencement.
Please practice social distancing. This means putting distance (6 feet) between you and others, particularly people who are sick. Avoid meeting in groups, especially groups over 10, and stay at home as much as possible.
If You Feel Sick
The symptoms of COVID-19 include a fever (100.4 F or higher), a cough, or shortness of breath. Testing for COVID-19 is not yet widely available, and USU is not authorized to perform the test. COVID-19 symptoms are similar to many other respiratory illnesses. State health officials ask that only those with severe symptoms who need medical care seek a COVID-19 test. If you are ill at all, please stay home and self-isolate. Learn more at www.usu.edu/covid-19.
Update: March 18, 2020, 3:30 p.m.
USU Cancels Commencement Ceremonies amid Coronavirus Pandemic
Utah State University is canceling its scheduled 133rd commencement ceremony in Logan, and all graduation events at its statewide campuses, this spring in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The university intends to honor its graduates at a later date and will release more details soon.
“Our top priority is the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and their families,” said President Noelle Cockett. “We are disappointed we won’t be celebrating our students’ accomplishments at this time, but we are committed to doing everything possible to protect our community. I look forward to celebrating with my fellow Aggies at a later date. In the meantime, I ask all of us to support each other in the coming days and weeks.”
USU is joining all other institutions in the Utah System of Higher Education in collectively canceling or postponing commencement events this spring. Over the last several days, USU has moved all classes to remote delivery, canceled or postponed public events, and made additional steps to mitigate the spread of the virus.The main commencement event had been scheduled for April 30 on the Logan campus, when undergraduates and graduate students assemble in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Colleges were scheduled to hold convocations and hooding ceremonies on April 30 and May 1; those have also been canceled. Other graduation events at statewide campuses, which were scheduled to start April 16, have also been canceled.
For the most updated information about how USU is responding to the ongoing COVID-19 threat, visit http://usu.edu/covid-19
Update: March 16, 2020
Email to Students on March 16, 2020
Dear USU Students:
As a follow up to President Noelle Cockett’s message on the evening of Saturday, March 14, we want to provide you with updates.
If possible, we encourage you to leave your on-campus housing and return to your permanent home. Prorated refunds are available on housing and meal plans. USU will continue to provide services to those who are not able to leave.
On-Campus Recreational Facilities
Due to the potential risk of spreading the coronavirus, the Aggie Recreation Center (ARC), the USU Fieldhouse, and recreational facilities in HPER will be closed to the public beginning Tuesday, March 17.
You will receive information from your instructor(s) on how to proceed remotely in your course(s) by Monday, March 16 at 5:00 pm. Your instructors have been directed to communicate with you in one of two ways:
If your instructor is already communicating with you via another mechanism, you may continue to receive information using that method.
If you do not receive communication from your instructor by Monday, March 16 at 5:00 pm, please reach out to them. If you still haven’t heard from your instructor by Tuesday, March 17 at 12:00 pm (noon) contact the Provost’s Office: firstname.lastname@example.org
Frank Galey, Executive Vice President and Provost
James Morales, Vice President for Student Affairs
Email to Students on March 12, 2020
As you know, USU is canceling all classes on Friday, March 13, through Tuesday, March 17. Beginning Wednesday, March 18, USU will begin making courses available online. In light of this, please do not make any immediate decisions about your housing situation or leaving campus permanently.
Some online courses will be available Wednesday, March 18, while other courses may take longer to be available online for students. Additionally, a limited number of courses may still require in-person participation (i.e. labs, studios), with additional safety procedures to help protect students.
In the coming days you will receive information via email about the availability of your courses online as well as additional course participation requirements. Although classes are temporarily closed, and many courses will be taught online beginning next week, the university will remain open. Residence halls, dining services, the library, computer labs, Counseling and Psychological Services, and other student services will continue to be available to students. Students are not being asked to leave campus but to continue using best practices for prevention consistent with the university’s recommendations.
Please be diligent in monitoring your email from the university, including communication from your instructors and updates on the COVID-19 website.
Francis Galey, Provost
James Morales, Vice President for Student Affairs
Update: March 14, 2020
As you know, we are in unprecedented times that require unprecedented actions. Our priority at this time is to keep Utah State University students, staff, and faculty, as well as all of our families and communities, safe and healthy. We have had to make many decisions in a very short time period. Decisions have been altered or adapted as the situation has evolved and more changes are likely. Please frequently check for updates at www.usu.edu/COVID-19.
I regret that these rapid changes have caused anxiety. I greatly appreciate all of you for being flexible and understanding. Here are some important updates:
All University campuses and centers are currently open.
The status of specific offices and centers may change over time, and if there are reduced hours or closures (such as the Swaner EcoCenter in Summit County), we will provide that information at www.usu.edu/COVID-19.
Several options have been developed for employees who need to remain home.
Employee FAQs were sent out to all department heads and directors at noon today. These FAQs will be updated often.
Students will be able to complete Spring 2020 Semester coursework remotely.
The ability to complete courses remotely will include a variety of options, such as Canvas and other remote learning options, alternative assignments, or competency-based evaluation. Faculty will communicate directly with students on the delivery of their courses. Students should log in to Canvas to update their communication settings (email and text). Technical and clinical programs, practicums, and internships will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
A decision about USU’s commencement ceremonies will be made by April 1.
If any of USU’s commencement ceremonies are cancelled, we will make alternate plans in order to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates.USU will prorate refunds for USU housing and meal plans.
Students living in on-campus housing may stay. Those who wish to move out of on-campus housing will receive a prorated refund based on the date they move out. Find more information, including USU Housing contacts in the student FAQs.
USU has cancelled nonessential university-related travel.
All essential travel must be approved by vice presidents or deans in consultation with Risk Management. If you have traveled out of state in the last 14 days, for either professional or personal reasons, or if you plan to travel out of state, please complete the travel registration survey.If you have been asked to self-isolate, please register.
Those in self-isolation need to complete the self-isolation questionnaire.
USU faculty and staff are working around the clock to address issues as they come up, and we appreciate your patience. I am absolutely confident that our Aggie family will navigate through this unprecedented time.
Update: March 12, 2020
Utah State University Begins Transition to Online Course Delivery
Utah State University will move academic courses online on Wednesday, March 18. Classes on Friday, March 13 through Tuesday, March 17, will be canceled to allow faculty members time to move their classes into the online learning environment. This transition to online course delivery is part of USU’s efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to the campus community. The university will communicate directly with students as early as possible about when their classes will go online.
“Our primary goal is to protect the health and safety of students and employees while maintaining the highest level of academic instruction possible,” said USU President Noelle Cockett. “USU has a long history of online learning, and this will benefit students and faculty as we transition to providing digital education to our students.”
The Office of the Provost and Academic Instructional Services are working with faculty to help them move their classes online. USU Online’s robust infrastructure will help ease this transition.
“Our core mission is teaching and learning, and we are doing everything possible to protect our students’ education as we address this public health threat,” said President Cockett.
Staff will continue business as usual as much as possible, with an emphasis on social distancing and avoiding meetings over 20 people. Staff who are at greater risk for complications from COVID-19 may work with their supervisors to make accommodations. All employees who are ill should stay at home, rest, recover, and prevent the spread of germs.
On Wednesday, March 11, USU canceled all events and travel through April 8 as a preventative measure in order to protect the health and safety of campus while continuing to meet its core educational mission. These actions, combined with moving classes online, will support the efforts of public health officials to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19, slowing the spread of the disease and ensuring health care providers in the state have the capacity to address an outbreak.
The university is also making plans for students who live on campus. There are 4,132 individuals who live in USU housing, and the university said the wellbeing of residents is top of mind. Housing will remain open, and essential services will remain available through the end of the semester. Events in Residence Life have been canceled.
The university will continue to sort through many questions from campus community members, and officials said they will have more answers in the coming days to address this unprecedented public health situation. The public can continue to receive updates at http://usu.edu/covid-19, where all university communication regarding virus prevention and mitigation is posted. Questions about travel cancellations can be sent to email@example.com.
The university wants to remind the community that state officials have set up the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707. Individuals should call this line if they have symptoms and are worried they have this virus. If an individual is very ill with symptoms of COVID-19, they should call ahead before visiting their health care provider or the emergency room.
Update: March 11, 2020
Important Announcement from USU President Noelle E. Cockett
Utah State University President Noelle E. Cockett has announced university’s actions to prevent COVID-19 from appearing and spreading in campus communities throughout the state.
USU’s primary objective is to protect the health and safety of its campus communities throughout the state. With this in mind, the USU COVID-19 Task Force is focused on protecting the university’s core mission of education and research by preventing the spread of COVID-19.
To view the announcement in its entirety, visit: https://dps.usu.edu/emergency/covid-19/letter-allcampus.
Update: March 5, 2020
The Utah Department of Health has activated a hotline for anyone who has questions about COVID-19: 1-800-456-7707.
USU is continuing to take actions to prevent the appearance of COVID-19 in our campus community, and we will provide more information as it is available.
Health officials are reminding everyone to be careful about where they get information about COVID-19. Rumors on social media are causing confusion and spreading misinformation. Please do not share items on social media without confirming them through reputable health organizations and mainstream media outlets, in particular, the Utah Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Know the facts to stop the spread of rumors (source: CDC):
- Diseases can make anyone sick regardless of their race or ethnicity. People of Asian descent, including Chinese Americans, are not more likely to get COVID-19 than any other American. Help stop fear by letting people know that being of Asian descent does not increase the chance of getting or spreading COVID-19.
- The risk of getting COVID-19 in the United States is currently low. Some people who live in or have recently traveled to places where many people have gotten sick with COVID-19 may be monitored by health officials to protect their health and the health of other people in the community.
- Someone who has completed quarantine or has been released from isolation does not pose a risk of infection to other people.
- You can help stop COVID-19 by knowing the signs and symptoms: Fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Seek medical advice if you develop symptoms AND have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently been in an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.
- There are simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Learn more about how USU is preventing the appearance of COVID-19 in the USU community at usu.edu/COVID-19.
Update March 2, 2020
Yesterday evening, March 1, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidance on student foreign travel for institutions of higher education. This statement recommends that universities “consider postponing or canceling upcoming foreign exchange programs” and “consider asking current program participants to return to their home country.” The statement specifically referenced problems students may face, including “unpredictable circumstances, travel restrictions, and challenges in returning home or accessing health care while abroad.” This CDC guidance extends to countries without current travel advisories or guidance.
The health and safety of our students and employees abroad is of the upmost concern for Utah State University. In light of the CDC’s guidance, USU has asked those in semester-long study abroad programs and those employees conducting university-related international travel to consider returning home.
Learn more about university-related international travel and what USU is doing about COVID-19.
Update Feb. 27, 2020
Utah State University officials continue to work with local health departments to monitor federal and state guidelines concerning the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Information about this disease, including confirmed cases in the United States and how the disease is spread, can be found from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. USU officials recommend that community members get information about COVID-19 from reliable sources only.
USU is committed to protecting the health and safety of the USU community. An interdisciplinary team of campus officials is monitoring and will continue to monitor COVID-19 and evaluate its potential impact on the campus community, including community members traveling internationally. As part of this effort, USU is monitoring CDC travel guidance, the U.S. State Department’s travel advisories and International SOS risk assessments to advise USU travelers on school-sponsored trips or planning future trips.
For the most updated information about how USU is addressing issues related to the COVID-19, visit https://dps.usu.edu/emergency/COVID-19.
Original Story: Jan. 28, 2020
This message is a follow up to the email to students and employees sent Friday, Jan. 24 about the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The message below was emailed to all students and employees on Tuesday, Jan. 28. 2020.
Utah State University wants to reassure the campus community that the coronavirus is NOT spreading in the United States, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers the immediate health risk from 2019-nCoV to the American public to be low. Utah State University is working with the Bear River Health Department to monitor this and other illnesses.
The CDC is closely tracking the virus and providing updated information to the public. Here is what you need to know:
- No cases have been confirmed in Utah: There are five confirmed cases of coronavirus in the U.S., including one confirmed, non-severe case in a student at Arizona State University. By comparison, influenza activity is widespread and high in Utah at this time with 407 hospitalizations reported so far this season.
- Individuals without symptoms are not thought to be contagious: 2019-nCoV is thought to spread by direct person-to-person contact when people who are ill cough or sneeze. This is how influenza and other respiratory diseases spread.
- Symptoms may be mild to severe: The CDC believes symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
- Shortness of breath
The CDC recommends everyday preventative actions to prevent the spread of all respiratory diseases, including 2019-nCoV and influenza.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If a tissue is unavailable, use the inside of your elbow, never your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
If you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, and have travelled to impacted areas within the last two weeks, please seek care at a local emergency department (Logan Regional Hospital or Cache Valley Hospital). Call the hospital ahead of time to let them know you are coming.
- Cache Valley Hospital: 435-713-9700
- Logan Regional Hospital: 435-716-1000
At this time, the U.S. Department of State has issued a level 4 travel alert (do not travel) to the Hubei province and a level 3 travel alert (reconsider travel) to China. The CDC has issued a level 3 alert: avoid nonessential travel to China.
Learn more from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.