Health Alert: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The University of Minnesota is closely monitoring an emerging public health concern involving the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The illness was first detected in Wuhan, China, and is now making global news headlines.
This virus can cause cold- and/or flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough, and trouble breathing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most individuals who have tested positive have a connection to Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The CDC believes person-to-person transmission is occurring.
While a majority of cases are located in China, the CDC notes there are a growing number of confirmed or potential cases of the virus in other countries, including the U.S.
Three Things to Know
- There are no confirmed cases of the virus at any of the University of Minnesota’s five campuses.
- The University is working closely with its partners, including the Minnesota Department of Health, to continuously monitor and adapt to the situation as more is learned about this virus.
- If you have recently traveled to China or have been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus, health officials encourage you to seek further guidance from your preferred health professional.
- Read the Jan. 31, 2020 message from the University
- Read the Jan. 30, 2020 message from the University.
- Review the GPS Alliance travel announcement.
- Read the Jan. 24, 2020 message from the University.
- Find additional details in the University’s FAQ.
- Visit the Admissions FAQs for application information
Learn more about coronavirus, including recommendations to avoid travel to China from the World Health Organization, CDC and the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease and Policy (CIDRAP).