COVID-19: UD announces new travel guidelines, cancelations

Coronavirus

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The University of Dayton is implementing new travel guidelines after Governor DeWine announced that three Cuyahoga County residents tested positive for coronavirus and declared a state of emergency.

A group of representatives from key areas across campus is meeting multiple times per week to coordinate the university’s short-term response and work on long-term and business continuity plans.

A webpage dedicated to sharing important information about the virus has been launched and can be found by clicking here.

UD announced the following updates on Monday:

International and domestic travel guidance

For students:

  • All University-sponsored international and domestic spring break programs are cancelled. 
  • All summer education abroad programs are cancelled  
  • All non-essential University-sponsored student travel within the U.S. is cancelled until further notice
  • We will make decisions about athletic team travel on a case-by-case basis
  • As the global situation is very dynamic, we strongly recommend students reconsider ANY PERSONAL travel plans to other countries and U.S. territories over spring break
  • The situation in the United States is changing every day, with an increase in areas reporting confirmed cases. If students are traveling within the U.S., they should check CDC guidance and current conditions where they are traveling
  • It is important to check CDC guidance and local authorities’ information often.  Because the COVID-19 situation is evolving rapidly, affected areas could issue new travel restrictions or guidance at any time and without prior notice, which could affect or interrupt your travel, or require self-quarantine when you return home
  • Visit the CDC website for COVID-19 travel information and traveler FAQs

For faculty and staff

  • All University-sponsored travel outside the continental United States for faculty and staff is suspended. This includes travel to other countries and U.S. territories
  • The University is also suspending all non-essential business travel within the U.S. for faculty and staff, which includes spring break programming
  • As the global situation is very dynamic, we strongly recommend all faculty and staff reconsider ANY PERSONAL travel plans to other countries and U.S. territories over spring break, Easter break and the coming weeks

Returning travelers 

  • In accordance with CDC guidance for travelers returning from China, Italy, South Korea, Iran or returning from any other country subsequently designated by CDC as Level 3 while are traveling, please be aware that you will be required to self-quarantine — at your permanent address or otherwise away from UD’s campus — for at least 14 days before returning to campus. The University cannot reimburse you for flight change costs and additional expenses
  • Students who are currently on an education abroad program may stay in place, unless in-country circumstances change (e.g., CDC or host country advisories) or unless they wish to return
  • If you are experiencing symptoms or if you have traveled to areas impacted by the coronavirus, please call ahead to the UD Health Center or your health care provider to obtain guidance on next steps

School officials say they are constantly monitoring new developments and information from the CDC for the most current updates and guidance. Crews have increased cleaning and disinfecting common areas of both academic and residential buildings.

They also say they are working with the NCAA to guide its response of the outbreak in connection with NCAA events. The NCAA has a COVID-19 advisory panel in place consisting of leading medical, public health, and epidemiology experts as well as NCAA member schools in order to keep up with the frequently-changing situation.

FULL COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE HERE

Wright State University is also restricting travel to countries affected by the coronavirus. Officials at WDU said there are no current university-sponsored trips or research activities in the affected areas but the school is complying with CDC recommendations and will not allow any travel to China, South Korea, Itan or Italy.

The restrictions apply to all staff and students on individual trips and study abroad programs. WSU said it is also considering canceling other international programs. That decision will be made by March 20.

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