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The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff are our top priorities!
If you test positive or are exposed to a positive (being within 6 ft. for more than 15 minutes), please notify the University by contacting the Emergency Operations Center and completing the form on the Texas A&M University System COVID-19 Reporting Portal.
Last updated 02/26/2021 at 8:13 a.m.
A&M-Commerce is committed to transparently reporting confirmed positive COVID-19 cases as well as quarantine numbers, both on campus and related to campus. The current COVID-19 statistics are listed below. These statistics will be updated daily, with weekend numbers reported on Monday.
- 39 (+0) students and 11 (-2) employees have tested positive for COVID-19* and are isolating.**
- 2 (+0) students and 0 (+0) employees have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and are quarantined.
Note: Numbers in parentheses (+0) denote change over the previous update.
A dedicated care team performs wellness checks on all A&M-Commerce students who have been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19. These students may continue their classes online.
* Contact tracing has been implemented for all cases, and all affected parties have been contacted.
**The CDC defines isolation as keeping someone away from others, even within their own home, who has tested positive for COVID-19, with or without symptoms.
***The CDC defines quarantine as keeping someone who was in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 away from others.
Learn more at cdc.gov/coronavirus.
IMPORTANT COVID-19 TESTING INFORMATION
If you are currently having symptoms of COVID-19 or have had a direct exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, per CDC and Texas A&M University-Commerce guidelines, you qualify to receive a COVID-19 test. Before receiving a test, you must have completed booking your appointment and completed a testing consent form. Student Health Services has to have both of these on record before you can be tested.
STEP 1: Complete the consent form for testing here. If you do not have your consent form completed by your appointment time, you will have to reschedule the appointment.
STEP 2: To book your testing appointment at Student Health Services, go to this link and follow the instructions. When booking your appointment, faculty/staff members should use their UIN and students should use their CWID.
COVID-19 tests will be performed on campus at Student Health Services, located at Henderson Hall, 1504 Lee St. Commerce, TX 75428. There will be a walk-up and drive-thru option for testing outside of Student Health Services. When you arrive for your appointment, please make sure to wear a face mask and have your appointment reference number and photo ID readily available. Please note that the COVID-19 test is an oral swab so do not eat, drink, or smoke 20 minutes before your appointment time.
If you have any questions regarding how to book your appointment, please contact Student Health Services at 903.886.5853 or 903.886.5847.
Tabs :: Coronavirus
A&M-Commerce Spring Return Plan 2021
Posted below is the official Texas A&M University-Commerce Spring Return Plan for the semester beginning January 4, 2021. Click the text below to download and view.
If you have any questions or issues with the return plan or our COVID-19 policies, please send an email to [email protected]Back to menu
Under the federal CARES Act, students with financial hardship related to the COVID-19 pandemic may qualify for emergency funds to help cover the cost of college attendance, including housing, food, health care, child care and more.
Recipient’s Funding Certification and Agreement
A&M-Commerce Emergency Funding Allocation Plan
A&M-Commerce Quarterly Budget & Expenditure Reporting
Below are some frequently asked questions regarding CARES Act funds.
CARES Act FAQs
When can I apply for financial assistance through the CARES Act?
How are the amounts of CARES Act financial assistance payments determined?
Two factors that go into calculation of CARES Act awards are Pell grant eligibility and the number of credit hours in which a student is enrolled in a given term. You do not need to be Pell eligible to qualify for a CARES ACT award but Pell grant eligibility is a weighted factor in the award calculation.
Can my CARES Act payment be applied to outstanding University charges?
How will I receive my CARES Act payment?
The University will process your award as a student refund. All refunds are sent to BankMobile Disbursements for distribution. Students who have a refund delivery method established at BankMobile will receive their CARES Act payment by the method they selected.
Students who do not have a refund delivery method established at BankMobile can select a refund method by going to MyLeo and using the Refund Selection app. Three delivery methods are available through BankMobile. Students can choose direct deposit to an existing bank account, refund check by mail or students can open a bank account at BankMobile and use that account for direct deposit. The choice of refund delivery method is strictly up to the student.
Students who do not choose a delivery method at BankMobile will receive their refund as a check in the mail by default.
The University strongly urges students to use direct deposit for refunds. It is the safest and quickest way to get your refund.
Who is eligible for assistance through the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund?
Students must be able to qualify for Federal (Title IV) financial aid. Eligibility can be evidenced by a 2019-2020 Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA). However – you can still qualify for assistance even if you have not filed a FASFA but are eligible to do so. The criteria to participate in Federal financial aid programs under Section 484 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA) as amended – include but are not limited to the following: U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen; a valid Social Security number; registration with Selective Service (if the student is male); and a high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting.
International students, undocumented students, non-matriculated students or students enrolled in distance-only degree programs are not eligible for CARES Act financial assistance.
COVID-19 Vaccination FAQs
COVID-19 Vaccination FAQs
What COVID-19 vaccines have been approved and how do they work?
Currently, FDA has approved Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna under emergency use authorization. The data shows both vaccines are safe and effective to use. Both of the vaccines use messenger RNA which teaches our cells to create a protein that then triggers an immune response that produces antibodies. Antibodies are what protect us from getting infected if the virus enters our bodies.
What is the efficacy rate of COVID-19 vaccines?
The Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine has an efficacy rate of 95% beginning seven days after the second dose.
- The vaccine is for people 16 years and older.
- It requires 2 injections 21 days apart
The Moderna vaccine shows an efficacy of 94.1% after the second dose.
- The vaccine is for people 18 years and older.
- It requires 2 injections 28 days apart.
Do I have lifelong immunity after the COVID-19 vaccine?
Can I stop taking safety precautions after getting a COVID-19 vaccine?
No. Experts want to learn more about the protection that a COVID-19 vaccine provides and how long immunity lasts before changing safety recommendations. Factors such as how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in the communities will affect these recommendations. We also don’t yet know whether getting a COVID-19 vaccine will prevent you from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19 to other people, even if you don’t get sick yourself.
Continue to follow these precautions even after immunization:
- Avoid close contact (at least 2 arm lengths)
- Wear a cloth face covering in public places
- Practice good hand hygiene
- Stay home if you are sick
What are the Phases to the distribution of the Covid-19 Vaccine?
Are COVID-19 vaccines safe?
Both of the COVID-19 vaccines being used have gone through rigorous studies to ensure they are as safe as possible. Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna have conducted clinical trials with tens of thousands of participants and have met the rigorous safety and efficacy criteria set forth by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Can the COVID-19 vaccine give me COVID-19?
No. OVID-19 vaccines do NOT use the live virus and cannot give you COVID-19. It will not influence PCR or Antigen testing.
Keep in mind, it will take a few weeks for your body to build immunity after getting the second dose. As a result, it is possible that you could become infected with the virus just before or after getting vaccinated.
What are the possible side effects of a COVID-19 vaccine?
A COVID-19 vaccine can cause mild side effects after the first or second dose, including:
- Pain, redness or swelling at the injection site
- Muscle pain
- Joint pain
You will be monitored for 15 minutes after getting a vaccine. Most side effects happen within the first 3 days. If you have symptoms longer than 3 days, self-isolate and get tested.
Can COVID-19 vaccines be interchangeable?
Can I transmit COVID-19 after having the vaccine?
Perhaps. Most vaccines prevent the disease as opposed to preventing infection. Therefore, it is possible that some people can spread the virus without exhibiting any symptoms. Until there is more research available, it is important to continue the above safety precautions.
Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine even if I’ve already had COVID-19?
Yes. If you’ve had COVID-19, you might want to delay vaccination until 90 days after your diagnosis. Reinfection with the virus that causes COVID-19 is uncommon in the 90 days after you are first infected.
Vaccination should also be delayed for 90 days following administration of monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma.
Can I get a COVID-19 vaccine if I have a history of allergic reactions?
If you have a history of severe allergic reactions not related to vaccines or injectable medications, you may still get a COVID-19 vaccine. You should be monitored for 30 minutes after getting the vaccine. If you’ve had an immediate allergic reaction to other vaccines or injectable medications, ask your provider. Severe allergic reactions requiring epinephrine or hospitalizations have occurred, however, they are rare. You should not get the vaccine if you have had a previous severe allergic reaction to polyethylene glycol(PEG) which is an ingredient in the vaccine. You should not get the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine if you experienced a severe allergic reaction with the first dose.
What are the ingredients in COVID-19 vaccines?
Return to campus FAQs
Return to campus FAQs
Will the university provide masks? *Updated
The university will provide all faculty, staff, and students with one initial cloth face covering. CDC and Texas DSHS recommend that an individual maintain at least three face coverings in order to have a clean one at all times. Residents will receive their mask when they move into the dorms. All other students can receive their mask by visiting the information desk at the Rayburn Student Center. Employee masks have been distributed to their respective departments on campus.
Will there be an option that allows students to take their face-to-face classes online?
Are facial coverings required on campus? *Updated
Will there be hand sanitizer stations throughout the campus?
Will the dining room be open for the fall semester?
Campus dining will operate under a reduced occupancy based on the guidelines and industry regulations, as those may be updated from time to time. All dining staff will receive COVID-19 training and will be required to implement similar methods of COVID-19 training and awareness as the university requires.
Are there any recommendations for larger meetings, should we still opt for virtual, etc.?
Will offices be cleaned/disinfected?
What attempts will be made to keep common surfaces clean like doors and restrooms?
Will we be required to take daily temperatures?
All individuals should self-assess before coming to campus each day. A few select areas that require additional screening have been identified to perform temperature monitoring on individuals entering their area of operations.
- Student Health Services
- University Police Department
- Children’s Learning Center
- Counseling Center
- Student Disability Resources and Services
- The Welcome Center
Will the academic calendar be adjusted?
Is training available for students who are not employees?
If I test positive, will I be required to test negative before returning to work/school? *New
Who should I notify if I test positive or am exposed to a positive? *Updated
Will there be collegiate sports?
Face masks on campus
Use of cloth face masks on campus
Where can I find more information on cloth face masks?
Can I wear a cloth face mask in a laboratory?
You should maintain appropriate social distance in your work area, so the cloth face mask should be considered more for your travel to and from the laboratory and not to be worn in it. If a cloth face mask is worn in the lab space, it should be handled the same as your lab coat and therefore not worn outside of the lab again or in other public spaces. It may remain in the lab for your personal use only and washed as your lab coat would be.
A cloth face mask does not replace any other recommended or required personal protective equipment (PPE) for your duties or workspace, such as goggles, face shields or respirators, and it should not interfere with the fit or function of other PPE.
How do I safely remove a used cloth face mask?
How often should I clean or wash my cloth face mask?
Your face mask should be washed routinely depending on the frequency of use. Regular machine washing and drying is sufficient. You may need to remove and discard any elastic or rubber bands prior to washing and drying and then replace them when the fabric portion is clean, if applicable.
President Rudin's Letter :: Coronavirus
Texas A&M University-Commerce President Dr. Mark Rudin has issued multiple statements to the Lion community regarding the university’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dear students, faculty and staff To protect the health and safety of our campus community during the COVID-19 pandemic, the A&M-Commerce administration has revised the spring 2021 academic calendar. The modifications were made with input from SGA, Staff Council, and Faculty Senate and with authorization from The Texas A&M University System and Chancellor John Sharp. […]
Dear Lion Family, Many have asked about our mitigation strategy related to COVID-19. Daily and weekly meetings are held with the Emergency Operations Center and the Executive Team, the COVID-19 Task Force, local and state Emergency Management agencies, and health care providers to discuss the current status of our response plan and efforts. We are […]
Dear Lion Family, Since we first announced our intent to bring students back to campus for the Fall 2020 semester, our faculty and staff have been very busy, as we must plan with the continued presence of COVID-19 in mind. Please know that we are continually monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and will evolve and […]
Dear Lion Family, Texas A&M University-Commerce students with financial hardship related to the COVID-19 pandemic may qualify for emergency funds from the federal CARES Act. The CARES Act funds may be used to assist you with college attendance costs, including housing, food, health care, child care, living expenses, and more. To find out if you […]
Dear Lion Family, Chancellor John Sharp has directed all Texas A&M University System schools to begin planning for the safe resumption of campus operations at the start of the fall 2020 semester. Following the chancellor’s directive, A&M-Commerce has assembled a committee comprised of faculty, staff and administrators to develop plans to be open and operational. […]
Lions, I’m writing today to ask for your help. This semester has brought challenges for all of us here at A&M-Commerce as we continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. I can think of no better example than the way each of you has stepped up to ensure the rapid transition to online classes, and […]
Dear Lion Community, Due to ongoing health concerns surrounding COVID-19, all May mini and summer courses at A&M-Commerce will be offered online. No classes will be conducted in a face-to-face format. All indications from the federal government, the state of Texas, The Texas A&M University System, and local authorities regarding COVID-19 lead us to believe […]
Dear Lion Family, We understand that the switch to online classes this semester has been a challenge for many students, especially for those who had not previously experienced online instruction. Combined with difficulties surrounding the pandemic, this transition may have had a negative impact on students’ grades and GPAs. As we consider these circumstances, and […]
Dear Lion Community, Recently, our campus community learned that a Texas A&M University-Commerce student who lives off-campus has a confirmed case of COVID-19. Students are the life of our community and we are heartbroken that this has touched one of ours. The student is self-isolating and will follow all guidelines and recommendations from medical professionals. […]
Texas A&M University-Commerce has been hard at work ensuring that students, faculty and staff are safe, healthy and continuing to receive quality education and services. Read more about our efforts in the stories below!
The School of Social Work at Texas A&M University-Commerce is excited to announce a new, collaborative partnership between its Robot Living Lab and Invento Research, Inc., a Delaware-based corporation. Established in January 2020, the mission of the Robot Living Lab at A&M-Commerce is to gain understanding of human-robot interaction and to engage in research related […]
The Department of Nursing at Texas A&M University-Commerce has been selected for a Nursing Innovation Grant Program award under the 2020-2022 RFA, “Supporting Clinical Learning Experiences to Mitigate Impediments due to COVID-19.” The award program was established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to provide grant funding to nursing programs that address the shortage […]
The Department of Nursing at Texas A&M-Commerce is featured in a recent article from the Herald-Banner newspaper in Greenville, Texas, for its efforts to train nursing students amid the challenges of the COVID-19 era. “Since March, so many things have changed, everything from pedagogy to budget,” said A&M-Commerce Department of Nursing Head Denise Neill in […]
Students, faculty and staff at all 11 Texas A&M System universities across the state will soon have quick and easy access to free testing for COVID-19. “Ensuring the health and safety of our students is our top priority,” said John Sharp, chancellor of the Texas A&M University System. “Facilitating increased accessibility and availability of COVID-19 […]
The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents recently created a $100 million scholarship fund which will provide scholarships to first-generation, low-income and under-represented populations who may not otherwise be able to attend college. A&M-Commerce is slated to receive a portion of these funds, starting this fall. The goal of the scholarship fund is to […]
Distinguished Texas A&M University-Commerce alumnus Chief W. Nim Kidd is a leader in Texas’ response to COVID-19. As chief of the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), Kidd serves as one of Governor Greg Abbott’s closest advisors in the fight against the pandemic. Kidd graduated cum laude from A&M-Commerce with a Bachelor of Applied Arts […]
With much of the workforce in doubt or on hold amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the College of Business at Texas A&M University-Commerce is offering graduate certificates and programs designed to enhance workforce marketability. Dean Mario Hayek emphasizes that now is the time to gain valuable skill sets that apply across all industries. “This is the […]
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on our community, the new College of Innovation and Design at Texas A&M University-Commerce will provide an institutional, non-need-based scholarship for displaced workers who enter the competency-based Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences–Organizational Leadership program beginning in summer 2020. This non-competitive scholarship is intended to assist […]
Jamie Allen, a Texas A&M University-Commerce alumna from Rowlett, Texas was recently featured on nbcdfw.com when a parent caught a heartwarming photo of her interacting with a student through the glass of their front door. Allen graduated from A&M-Commerce in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies and teaching certification. That same year, she […]
A&M-Commerce received more than $3.5 million from the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund to help students who are experiencing financial hardship related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The federal relief fund became available to A&M-Commerce students in early May, and more than a third of the university’s students have already completed applications for assistance. […]
A&M System Update: 11-17-2020
Texas A&M System Leaders Ask Students to Take a COVID Test before Thanksgiving Dinner
The top official at the Texas A&M University System has a plan to minimize the spread of COVID-19 as students head home for the holidays.
Chancellor John Sharp is asking the presidents of the System’s 11 universities to encourage students to voluntarily get tested for COVID-19 before they leave campus for home. Chancellor Sharp said he wants to make sure the families and communities of the System’s more than 150,000 students feel safe and can avoid any unnecessary exposure to the coronavirus that has seen a spike in cases across the country.
“The greatest gift a student can give his or her family – including parents and grandparents – during this holiday season is the gift of a negative COVID test,” Chancellor Sharp said. “Let’s do all we can to stop this pandemic and get back to life as we knew it. Thanks to everyone who chooses to take a test before heading home.”
For students’ convenience, The Texas A&M System and the Texas Division of Emergency Management will increase the number of testing sites on System campuses in the days before Thanksgiving. Texas A&M University and Prairie View A&M University already have kiosks available to students, faculty and staff for free COVID-19 tests. And now, Chancellor Sharp has asked the Texas Division of Emergency Management, which is part of the Texas A&M System, to help the System get testing vans and tents to all of the campuses before the holiday.
“As a parent and grandparent, I can imagine the peace of mind that a negative COVID-19 test can bring to the Thanksgiving table,” Chancellor Sharp said.
SYstem guidance for Spring 2021
message of thanks from A&M-Kingsville
Dear Dr. Rudin:
We at Texas A&m University-Kingsville truly thank you and Texas A&M University-Commerce for your donation of COVID-19 supplies that included safety glasses, hand sanitizer, disinfectant, and latex gloves. You will be pleased to know that we immediately distributed these items to our Javelina Enrollment Services Center, Library, Business Office, and Information Technology Services Office. These supplies have already been put to good use.
Just like us, we realize that your campus has face many challenges over the past few weeks and will continue to do so in the coming weeks and months. We wish you and the Texas A&M University-Commerce community a safe and healthy environment and please know that you can call on us if we may be of service to you or your university.
Mark A. Hussey
PresidentBack to menu
Chancellor Sharp's Memo :: Coronavirus
Update from Governor Greg Abbott, April 17, 2020
Update April 2, 2020
Texas A&M University-Commerce is set to donate 100 COVID-19 testing kits to several local healthcare providers.
According to A&M-Commerce President Mark Rudin, “In this time of crisis, we are all doing what we can to help each other in our community. Hopefully, this donation will combat the shortage of supplies in East Texas so more people can be tested for COVID-19.”
The viral testing kits will be rushed to A&M-Commerce by the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory in College Station. The kits were assembled from lab supplies usually reserved for pigs, cows and chickens at A&M’s four diagnostic labs across the state.
Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp said the veterinary experts who track animal disease outbreaks were ready to assist with the current human pandemic.
“No one has ever done this before, but tough times call for creative measures,” said Sharp.
Dr. Bruce Akey, director of the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, said he sent out a plea for supplies to his labs in Amarillo, Center and Gonzales, Texas, and they began overnighting the supplies late last week.
“We assembled the supplies into testing kits here in our College Station lab,” Akey said. “We know that the 2,000 we came up with may not seem like much when there are 20-plus million Texans at risk who may need testing, but if you need to be tested and you can’t right now because they don’t have this kit, then it’s a pretty big deal to you and your family. So we are doing what we can right now.”
The kits consist of a swab, a vial with transport media to preserve the sample in the vial, and a bag. The components of the kits are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for use in sampling humans for the COVID-19 virus.
Before the pandemic exhausted the supply, the kits usually cost between $4-$5 if they were ordered in bulk. Now, these simple supplies are back-ordered for months, crippling efforts to test humans for COVID-19. “We hope to get these testing kits in the hospitals or clinics where they are most needed as soon as possible,” Akey said. “We are pulling out all the stops.”
Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp released a memo this month regarding up-to-date information on the Coronavirus.
The memo urged system institutions to provide up-to-date information regarding the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)
“Like all of you, I am monitoring the Coronavirus (COCID-19) outbreak in China and its spread across the globe,” Sharp said in the memo. “Up to now, there have been relatively few cases in the United States. At this time Texas is considered at low risk. We all hope it stays that way.”
He continued: “Nevertheless, our students and their parents, our faculty and our staff are understandably concerned…Everyone associated with the Texas A&M System needs to have easy access to the latest and most accurate information about the COVID-19.”
Sharp asked each system university to post links to the Texas Department of State Health Services webpage regarding the Coronavirus. The latest information on the outbreak can be found at the Texas Department of State Health Services.
The full memo from Chancellor Sharp can be viewed below.
Chancellor’s video on Coronavirus
Dr. Ben Neuman on CoronavirusBack to menu
Guidance on travel
Last updated 06/07/2020
The guidance below is an update to Texas travel guidelines, but does not replace national guidelines issued.
Governor Abbott has released previous travel restrictions for persons entering the State of Texas. At this time, there are no additional requirements for mandatory self-quarantine for persons entering Texas.
The Chancellor for The Texas A&M University System has extended the travel guidelines beyond May 31 as originally outlined in his memo dated 03.10.2020, until further notice. System Risk Management will consider all International travel extreme risk and not approved. The current mandate is in effect until further notice. The only exception to this would be any mission-critical COVID-19 related assistance or health-critical exceptions, and these exceptions must be approved in advance by Executive Leadership.
For current information and policies from the airlines, car rental companies and hotel chains, visit: https://ctp-travel.com/coronavirus/
Last updated 05/04/2020
The guidance below is an update to Texas travel guidelines, but does not replace national guidelines previously issued and still standing.
Every person who enters the State of Texas as the final destination through an airport, from a point of origin or point of last departure in the following —State of California; State of Connecticut; State of New York; State of New Jersey; State of Washington; City of Atlanta, Georgia; City of Chicago, Illinois; City of Detroit, Michigan; or City of Miami, Florida—shall be subject to mandatory self-quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into Texas or the duration of the person’s presence in Texas, whichever is shorter. The governor may by proclamation add to or subtract from the list of states and cities covered by this executive order. This order to self-quarantine shall not apply to people traveling in connection with military service, emergency response, health response, or critical-infrastructure functions, as may be determined by the Texas Division of Emergency Management. Each person covered under this order to self-quarantine shall be responsible for all associated costs, including transportation, lodging, food, and medical care.
Last updated on 03/30/2020
Persons Traveling to Texas from Certain Destinations Should Self Isolate for 14-Days Before Returning to Campus
The guidance below is in addition to the guidance previously provided and is not a replacement for those original instructions.
Every person who enters the State of Texas as the final destination through an airport, from a point of origin or point of last departure in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, California, Louisiana, Washington, Atlanta, GA, Chicago, IL, Detroit, MI, or Miami, FL, shall be subject to mandatory self-isolation for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into Texas. All road travelers arriving in Texas from any location in Louisiana must also self-isolate for a period of 14 days. This order to self-quarantine shall not apply to people traveling in connection with military service, emergency response, health response, or critical-infrastructure functions, as may be determined by the Texas Division of Emergency Management. (Governor’s Executive Orders GA-12 and GA-11).
Previously Issued Guidance:
As you may be aware, the new United States government travel restrictions are routing travelers from Europe and other Level 3 countries through a specific set of 13 arrival airports in the United States.
As a result of the increased health screening upon arrival at these airports, and as these airports are experiencing long delays and large volumes of traffic clearing customs and health screening, any international traveler arriving at these airports (listed below) – be it coming from a Level 3 or other country – from Saturday March 14 onward will have an increased chance of exposure than other travelers.
Therefore, any faculty, staff and students returning from international travel on or after March 14 and arriving in-country to clear customs at the Boston (BOS), Miami (MIA), New York City (JFK), Chicago (ORD), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), Los Angeles (LAX), Atlanta (ATL), Honolulu (HNL), Newark (EWR), Dallas (DFW), Detroit (DTW) or Washington, D.C. (IAD) international airports should consider themselves as having returned from a Level 3 COVID-19 location and self-isolate for 14 days after their arrival before returning to campus.
Residential students who meet the above criteria, who are already on campus will need to return home. For those students who are returning home, they need to notify [email protected]. If there is an inability to return home, student residents should contact [email protected].
Domestic travelers through all airports and international travelers from non-level 3 countries arriving at airports other than those listed are required only to self-monitor at this time.
Additional guidance and restrictions regarding travel while the outbreak of COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus, continues is below:
- All domestic and all international travel is to be cancelled.
- Requests for mission critical domestic travel must be approved by VP level.
- All students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to refrain from all personal international travel until further notice.
- All business related conferences should be postponed until further notice.
- Everyone is asked to consider if personal travel plans can be postponed.
- All students, faculty, and staff currently traveling in all Level 1 or higher risk countries are encouraged to return as soon as can be practically arranged.
- Students, faculty, and staff are directed to report all business and personal international travel to the university by email at [email protected].
- Students are required to self-isolate at an off-campus or family residence whenever practical. Students should contact the university if these options are impractical at [email protected].
Coronavirus: What countries are at-risk with COVID-19?
The CDC has established geographic risk-stratification criteria for the purpose of issuing travel health notices for countries with COVID-19 transmission and guiding public health management decisions for people with potential travel-related exposures to COVID-19. A number of factors inform the geographic risk stratification, including size, geographic distribution and epidemiology of the outbreak. View a risk assessment map.
Coronavirus: What should I do if I return to campus from travel?
Students, faculty and staff who travel internationally — whether for personal or university business — are required to notify the university regarding that travel immediately by contacting [email protected]
INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL TO AIRPORTS SPECIFIED: Any faculty, staff and students returning from international travel on or after March 14 and arriving in-country to clear customs at the Boston (BOS), Miami (MIA), New York City (JFK), Chicago (ORD), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), Los Angeles (LAX), Atlanta (ATL), Honolulu (HNL), Newark (EWR), Dallas (DFW), Detroit (DTW) or Washington, D.C. (IAD) international airports should consider themselves as having returned from a Level 3 COVID-19 location and self-isolate for 14 days after their arrival before returning to campus.
ALL OTHER TRAVEL: Domestic travelers through all airports and international travelers from non-level 3 countries arriving at airports other than those listed are required only to self-monitor at this time, for development of COVID-19 symptoms.
According the CDC website, self-monitoring includes taking temperatures twice a day and remain alert for cough or difficulty breathing. If you feel feverish or develop measured fever, cough, or difficulty breathing during the self-monitoring period, you should self-isolate, limit contact with others, and seek advice by telephone from a healthcare provider. Employees must notify their supervisor immediately.
What does it mean to self-isolate?
If you are not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 and are asked to self-isolate after returning from a country listed on the CDC’s COVID-19 travel advisories page as Level 3, you should stay off-campus and remain home.
Do not go to campus including work, residence halls and apartments, classes, athletic events or other social gatherings until 14 days after leaving the Level 3 country in question. Likewise, avoid public places and gatherings in the community.
Please contact your Community Director if you live on campus and will not be returning due to the requirement of self-isolation.
Please follow these guidelines for self-isolation:
- Report any symptoms of COVID-19 immediately to your medical provider – preferably by calling to get advice and instructions.
- Stay in your room or apartment. Do not go to work, classes, athletic events, or other social or religious gatherings until 14 days after your return to the United States from the country in question.
- Limit contact as much as possible. This also means limiting close contact with others including persons living in your residence.
- Wash your hands with soap and water, or use alcohol-based hand rubs after coughing or sneezing or throwing a used tissue in the garbage.
- Avoid sharing household items. Do not share drinking glasses, towels, eating utensils, bedding, or any other items until you are no longer asked to self-isolate.
- Keep your surroundings clean. While the virus is not spread very well from contact with soiled household surfaces, try to clean surfaces that you share with others, such as doorknobs, telephones, and bathroom surfaces (or any other object that you sneeze or cough on), with a standard household disinfectant wipe. Wash your hands after cleaning the area.
- Monitor yourself for symptoms at least daily including measuring your temperature. Any symptoms of COVID-19 should be reported to your physician. To download the CDC Check and Report Every Day (CARE) Booklet which helps you understand how to self-monitor your health and how to check your symptoms daily visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/COVID-19_CAREKit_ENG.pdf
- Cover coughs and sneezes with your upper sleeve or a tissue. Never cough in the direction of someone else.
What does it mean to self-monitor?
According to the CDC, self-monitoring means people should monitor themselves for fever by taking their temperatures twice a day and remain alert for a cough or difficulty breathing. If you feel feverish or develop measured fever, cough, or difficulty breathing during the self-monitoring period, you should self-isolate, limit contact with others, and seek advice by telephone from a healthcare provider.
Where should I avoid travel?
The CDC provides travel notices and makes recommendations on postponing or canceling travel. These are called travel notices and are based on an assessment of the potential health risks involved with traveling to a certain area. A list of destinations with travel notices is available on the CDC website travel page.
- Warning Level 3: CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential travel to destinations with level 3 travel notices because of the risk of getting COVID-19.
- Alert Level 2: Because COVID-19 can be more serious in older adults and those with chronic medical conditions, people in these groups should talk to a healthcare provider and consider postponing travel to destinations with level 2 travel notices.
- Watch Level 1: CDC does not recommend canceling
or postponing travel to destinations with level 1 travel notices because the
risk of COVID-19 is thought to be low. If you travel, take the following
- Avoid contact with sick people.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
- It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
What if I return from travel and I am feeling ill?
If you were in a location with a COVID-19 outbreak and have felt sick with fever, a cough or difficulty breathing, within 14 days after you left, you should do the following:
- Seek medical advice – Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
- Avoid contact with others.
- Do not travel on public transportation while sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading the virus to others.
- Wash your hands with soap and water immediately after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
- If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60 percent to 95 percent alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Employees must notify their supervisor immediately.