Aurora University

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - 3 March 2020

3 March 2020
COVID-19 Advisory 1.0

Aurora University is closely following reports from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19) that was first detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, and which continues to expand. The virus has spread to several countries, including the United States, and the numbers of those affected is expected to grow.

While the CDC considers this a very serious public health threat, based on current information, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 to the general American public is considered low at this time. Nevertheless, Aurora University remains vigilant. If at any time, we are notified that our campus community may be at greater risk for an outbreak of the COVID-19, we will alert the campus and take all necessary measures to protect our community as directed by the public health experts.

Click here for the CDC's guide to the facts about COVID-19.

Symptoms of COVID-19

Signs and symptoms of this illness include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

At this time, persons at greatest risk for contracting the virus are those who have traveled from affected areas in the past 14 days and/or been in close contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19. These persons should contact their health care provider if they are experiencing symptoms of the illness. AU students who are experiencing these symptoms and have traveled to or from affected areas, or had close contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19, should self-isolate and call their health care provider and Health Services (630-844-5434) for further instructions. Do not attend classes or eat in the dining halls. Concerned AU staff and faculty should call their health care provider ASAP.

Remember the most important ways to prevent illness:

  • Get a flu shot;
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • Stay home when you are sick;
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash;
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces;

What to do if you have symptoms

Should you experience symptoms and suspect you may have been exposed to COVID-19, please contact your health care provider or call Health Services at 630-844-5434. For more information on COVID-19, visit the CDC website or the WHO website.

Additional resources from the CDC are available for download in English, Spanish, and Chinese here.