COVID-19 Travel Update

March 6, 2020

We have received some follow up questions since the announcement this week of suspension of all University of Southern Indiana-led and sponsored programs for both students and employees to any country the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or U.S. Department of State (DOS) deem a Level 3 risk - avoid all nonessential travel - or higher.

Employees may feel uneasy moving forward with upcoming domestic or international University business trips, even to currently unaffected locations, that were scheduled prior to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. I want to reassure you that you are not obligated to travel. In these cases, please work with Travel Procurement to determine if we can recoup some of the costs or re-appropriate flights, hotels and other bookings for a later date.

For those considering a trip over the next several months (both domestic and international), be aware of the latest travel advisories issued by the CDC. This information is changing rapidly. Of course, your safety should be the most important determinant for travel, but I also ask you to work closely with your dean or vice president to evaluate travel plans and ensure we are making wise use of University resources.

Based on CDC guidance, those who independently choose to travel to countries with a CDC Level 3 travel advisory or higher for COVID-19 must self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus. If after traveling to a CDC Level 3 country you get sick with fever, cough, or have trouble breathing, seek medical care and call ahead before you go to a doctor's office or emergency room.

Health providers continue to reinforce that adequate hand washing is the best way to help stop or slow the spread of respiratory infectious diseases, including COVID-19.