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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) information for upcoming travel


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In light of the continued spread of COVID-19, formerly known as Coronavirus, many of you may have understandable concerns around travel, both abroad and locally. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued updated travel notices: China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea are at Level 3 (avoid all nonessential travel); Japan is at Level 2 (sustained community transmission of COVID-19); and Hong Kong is at Level 1 (practice usual precautions). New countries can be added to this list at any time. Before traveling, check the CDC's COVID-19 Information for Travel website for the latest guidance and recommendations for each country to which you will travel. 

In addition to these travel warnings, it is important to note that CDPH has advised that travelers returning from any country with a travel alert Level 3 should stay home and monitor their health for up to 14 days. If you are traveling or returned from any travel alert Level 3 country on or after Feb. 28, please contact the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness at​ or 773-325-7129 as soon as possible. Absences for this purpose will be excused and alternate arrangements will be made for teleworking and online school assignments, if possible.

If you begin to experience symptoms including fever, cough and difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider. Students also may call DePaul’s Health Services (AMITA Sage Medical at 773-549-7757) for medical advice.  

Be aware that the university has been monitoring the situation and will continue to do so. At this time, we are aware of several presumptive positive cases in the State of Illinois. Illinois has had two previously confirmed cases of COVID-19 and both patients made a full recovery. None of the cases has had any known connection to DePaul.

Destinations of upcoming study abroad programs still scheduled for spring break and summer are being monitored daily. Additional guidelines issued by CDC on March 1 are being taken into consideration. Academic Affairs evaluates programs on an individual basis when destinations are designated with a Level 2 or 3 CDC travel warning. 

The Chicago Department of Public Health has stated that the health risk to the general public in the Chicagoland area continues to remain low for COVID-19. You can learn more on the CDPH website​.  

In general, everyone at DePaul should work to minimize the spread of any infectious disease, including COVID-19 and influenza. The CDC recommends the following:

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.

Visit the COVID-19 factsheet from CDC​ with more detailed information.

More information about the COVID-19 virus can be found on the Student Affairs website​.