February 26, 2020 - Update on Coronavirus

Health officials have been closely monitoring the outbreak of illnesses caused by the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

To date, there are no reported cases of the virus at Kennesaw State or in the state of Georgia. The Georgia Department of Public Health and the University System of Georgia have systems in place to monitor and address possible infectious diseases. In addition, KSU has comprehensive plans to address emergencies, including infectious diseases.  Out of an abundance of caution, KSU also has a working task force in place to monitor and plan appropriately.

As the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is of paramount importance, and this is a rapidly developing situation, we encourage everyone to monitor the website for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html) for the latest updates. It is important to note that the CDC has issued a travel warning, recommending that individuals avoid all non-essential travel to China, South Korea, and Italy.

Symptoms of this virus can be similar to the seasonal flu, which remains the higher risk for our population.

Additional Information

How is the virus transmitted?

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html

What are the symptoms?

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html

What are the options to prevention the virus? 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html 

What are the current travel advisories for countries outside the U.S.?

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

Additional Resources 

USG System Office Guidance

https://www.usg.edu/coronavirus

World Health Organization (WHO)

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 

Georgia Department of Public Health (GPH)

https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus

https://dph.georgia.gov/document/document/information-schools-and-universities/download

 

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