Dear Members of the Harvard Community,
Since our last communication about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on February 20, there are no new confirmed cases in Massachusetts and no confirmed cases in the Harvard community. However, the number of cases outside China continues to rise.
The CDC has urged communities to plan for the likely future spread of COVID-19 in the United States. Contingency planning is already underway at Harvard.
On February 24, the CDC also issued a Level 3 Travel Warning – “Avoid Nonessential Travel” – for South Korea. As a result, and in consultation with public health experts at Harvard, we are issuing updated guidance:
- University travel to South Korea and mainland China is now restricted until further notice. If you believe exceptional circumstances warrant your travel for University business, please contact the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs (email@example.com).
- If you arrived or returned to campus from South Korea since February 24 or mainland China since February 3, please
- self-isolate for 14 days before returning to classes or work;
- complete this confidential health form so that Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) can provide assistance and advice.
- Register all international travel in Harvard’s International SOS MyTrips registry and review travel advice from Harvard Global Support Services.
- Keep in mind that any travel may be disrupted in the coming months. Other countries may be added to the CDC’s Level 3 Travel Warning due to coronavirus and would face similar University restrictions.
Please take the same precautions that we use to prevent viral illnesses in general. We will continue to send periodic updates and refresh the HUHS coronavirus webpage with information as it becomes available.
Alan M. Garber AB ’77, PhD ’82, MD
Giang T. Nguyen MD, MPH, MSCE, FAAFP
Executive Director, Harvard University Health Services