CAMPUS NOTICE

 

OFFICE OF THE CEO, UC SAN DIEGO HEALTH

OFFICE OF STUDENT HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

January 23, 2020


ALL ACADEMICS, STAFF AND STUDENTS AT UC SAN DIEGO - Including Health

SUBJECT:    Coronavirus: IMPORTANT Information for the UC San Diego Community

We are committed to keeping our campus community healthy, especially
during this time of the year with increased flu activity and reports of
an outbreak of coronavirus in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. We ask
you to join us in our efforts by protecting yourself against the flu,
knowing what to do if you have flu symptoms and educating you about
coronavirus.

What is the Coronavirus?

The 2019 coronavirus was first identified in Wuhan City a few weeks ago
and has been linked to a large seafood and animal market. The first
confirmed case in the United States was reported on January 21, 2020 in
the state of Washington. The virus occurred in a patient with
respiratory symptoms who had recently returned home from Wuhan City.

There are currently no known exposures to the coronavirus in San Diego
or on the UC San Diego campus. To reduce further spread of the infection
beyond Wuhan City, all public transportation within Wuhan City and
outbound air and rail travel was suspended as of January 22, 2020.
Recently, travel in other cities near Wuhan has been restricted. This
is an evolving situation, and UC San Diego Healthís Infection Prevention
leadership is in contact with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and
county public authorities and continues to provide ongoing clinical
guidance.

To learn more about the coronavirus, the CDC website is a reliable
source of updated information.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

If you have a fever and symptoms of pneumonia, such as cough or
shortness of breath:

∑ Stay home from school and work.

∑ Cover your cough.

∑ Call your healthcare provider to make an appointment. Students
should call Student Health Services.

∑ If you have traveled to Wuhan, China, within the past 14 days,
notify your health care provider at the time of your call. It is
important to call before heading into a clinic so that your provider can
be prepared for your visit.

∑ UC San Diego Health and Student Health Services have developed
triage screening (by phone and at front desks) and implemented
additional protocols to help identify possible cases of coronavirus to
provide optimal care for those with symptoms and to protect other
patients and staff.

Flu Protection

With flu activity continuing to increase in San Diego, now is the time
to make sure that you are protected against the flu. Itís not too late
to get a flu shot, which is the best way to prevent the flu and its
potentially serious complications. There is no vaccination for the
coronavirus.

We ask you to join us in keeping your vaccinations up to date, washing
your hands often, staying hydrated, and helping us prevent the spread of
infections. We will provide updates as needed; if you have questions or
concerns, please reach out to your primary care provider or Student
Health Services.



In good health,

Patty Maysent
Chief Executive Officer
UC Health System

Alysson M. Satterlund
VC Student Affairs
UC San Diego

Stacie San Miguel, M.D.
Director of Medical Services
Student Health Services
UC San Diego Health