January 28, 2020

Dear CSUCI Students, Faculty and Staff:

As you may know, information has been reported about a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, which has resulted in hundreds of confirmed cases in China. Five confirmed cases have been reported in the United States including in Orange County, Los Angeles County, Washington state, Arizona and Illinois.

However, no confirmed cases in Ventura or Santa Barbara counties have been reported and we encourage you to actively engage in healthy habits to help prevent contracting and spreading illnesses.

CSUCI’s primary commitment is to the safety, health and well-being of our campus community, and is actively monitoring the outbreak, as well as following the guidance of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

What is the coronavirus?
Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes diseases ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory disease. The CDC reports that patients with novel coronavirus have mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Severe illness is more common in people with underlying health conditions or weakened immune systems and older adults, the CDC reports.

What should I do?
With increased seasonal flu activity in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, and the outbreak of the new coronavirus that began in China, CSUCI encourages you to take measures to protect against influenza-like illness and respiratory infections.

Students on campus are able to seek medical attention from Student Health Services. If you are not feeling well and have traveled to high-risk areas during the month of January, please call Student Health Services at 805-437-8828 for instructions and before visiting their office.

Faculty and staff who have traveled to high-risk areas or are feeling ill should contact their medical care provider for medical assistance.

If you have symptoms of influenza-like illness or other respiratory infections, please stay at home and do not come to the campus for school or work. Additional information about the seasonal flu is available at the Student Health Services or CDC websites.

We wish you good health as we begin the spring semester!

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