Aurora University

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - 6 March 2020

6 March 2020
COVID-19 Advisory 2.0

Aurora University leaders continue to monitor information relating to the presence of the COVID-19 virus in the United States. We are dedicated to providing members of the entire AU community with the assurance and information necessary to maintenance of a safe and healthy learning environment. In addition to publishing information via email, the university will continue to rely upon its websites as primary vehicles for communication (aurora.edu, gwc.aurora.edu, aurora.edu/woodstock, online.aurora.edu).

Recent Travel to Affected Areas

The most current CDC guidance regarding travel precautions (including Level 3 Travel Health Notices) and post-travel instructions is available at these links:

If you recently traveled to a country with a CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice (including China, Iran, Italy and South Korea as of March 6, 2020), the CDC mandates that you stay home for 14 days from the time you left the affected area and follow CDC post-travel guidance. Regardless of whether you have symptoms or not during this time period, you will not be able to return to campus until after the 14-day period has lapsed and you remain symptom free.

Should you fall within this guideline, please notify Amir St. Clair at astclair@aurora.edu or (630) 844-3869. If your home is in Illinois, Wisconsin or a neighboring state, you may be asked to return to that residence for the isolation period. The university then will take appropriate steps to notifiy your faculty and other appropriate parties regarding your absence. The university will maintain regular communication with you during the isolation period in order to respond to any questions or concerns you may have during this 14 day term.

Prevention

News regarding COVID-19 likely will continue to receive widespread coverage. Please remember that the single best prevention practice to protect yourself and our community is to wash your hands with soap and water for a full 20 seconds, and/or use antibacterial hand rub if soap and water is not available. In addition, consistent attention to the following health behaviors listed below will help stop the spread of germs:

  • Stay home if you are sick (except to get medical care)
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue then throw the tissue away and wash your hands
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Avoid close contact with other who are sick

If you suspect you have or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, seek medical counsel immediately by calling your health care provider.

University Events and Programs

At Aurora University, we will adhere strictly to the guidance provided by local public health officials and the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC). University events and activities will be suspended only if such recommendations are issued by these authorities.