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Statement from ASU President Michael M. Crow on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 5, 2020

Dear ASU community:

As many of you prepare for spring break, I want to provide you with background and information about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 

First, the current level of health risk in the United States remains low. More cases are being identified in the United States and the situation will continue to evolve. The university, with the help of public health officials, continues to monitor events diligently. Your health, safety and success are our primary focus at the university.

We encourage everyone to visit the ASU COVID-19 webpage for accurate updates on information pertaining to public health, student services and any corresponding implications for on-campus activities, events, and classes – including any travel implications and restrictions.

ASU is following new travel and self-isolation guidelines as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and the Maricopa County Health Department. The CDC has provided the following country-specific risk assessments for COVID-19:

Level 3: China, Iran, Italy and South Korea
Level 2: Japan
Level 1: Hong Kong

A 14-day self-isolation period is required for all travelers – faculty, students, staff, affiliates and other visitors – traveling from Level 2 or 3 countries.
 Travelers from Level 2 or 3 countries should self-isolate at their home or an off-campus residence for 14 days and monitor their symptoms before returning to campus. If symptoms occur, individuals should seek medical attention. The university will assist students who may have difficulty adhering to this guideline, financially or otherwise.

ASU does not set requirements for personal travel, but we are strongly urging people not to travel to areas with active community transmission of COVID-19 and/or Level 1, 2 and 3 countries.

This will continue to be a fluid situation, one that you should monitor during spring break. Efforts are being made at the federal, state and local levels to minimize risk and further spread of the virus, and we are doing likewise at the university.  If you are a student and have any health concerns, or simply would like to talk more about any stress you have related to this situation, please contact the Dean of Students

It is a time to be informed and prepared and it is wise to be conscientious regarding your health, but there is no reason for alarm or panic. Enjoy your spring break. Follow the public health recommendations about washing your hands, staying hydrated, and getting enough rest.

We will see you back on campus soon for the final two months of the semester. In the meantime, we will continue to gather information, share what we know and be prepared to make any adjustments that our public health professionals recommend.