Health Alert: Coronavirus Declared Global Health Emergency

January 31, 2020

On Thursday, January 30, the World Health Organization declared the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) a global health emergency. While there have been no suspected or confirmed cases of the virus at the University of Southern Indiana, the University Health Center is urging the entire campus community to be aware of the signs, systems, treatment and prevention of the illness.

The CDC has issued a warning advising people to avoid all non-essential travel to the Wuhan, Hubei Province of China where the newly discovered respiratory virus originated. The virus has been identified as the cause of thousands of confirmed cases of illness and multiple deaths in China, as well as several cases in other countries, including the United States.

University Health Center staff, as well as others at USI, are actively monitoring the situation. At the current time, there are no USI students or faculty studying or teaching abroad in China. USI's Center for International Programs, including Study Abroad, is in contact with international organizations, the CDC and others to deem when travel to the country will be safe again. Several international study abroad organizations have already suspended spring programs in China.

The University Health Center has also added screening questions to its intake process to help identify anyone who might have come into contact with the virus. If you feel that you or someone you know may have come into contact with the virus, seek a medical evaluation immediately and notify the University Health Center or other University officials to help stop any potential spread.

More information about coronavirus, its symptoms, common forms of transmission and preventative steps has been posted on the USI Health Center website. Additional information can also be found at the links below: 

CDC: Up-to-date information from the CDC related to coronavirus

Health Department: Information from the Indiana State Department of Health

Flu Cases on the Rise

You may have seen it in the news, or even know a friend or family member who has suffered. Flu season is here. Several local school systems have recently closed to battle flu outbreaks. We can all do our part to stay healthy and stop the spread of flu and other illness during this time of year. More information about flu prevention has been posted on the USI Health Center website.

The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot. Flu shots are still available at the University Health Center for $25. Insurance is accepted. If you are on the Office Visit Plan (OVP), the flu shot is free. If you are a USI employee on the Anthem Medical Plan, bring your insurance card and receive a flu shot at no cost to you. 

The University Health Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and no appointment is necessary to receive your vaccine. If you have questions, contact the University Health Center at 812-465-1250 or visit online at USI.edu/healthcenter. The Health Center is located in the lower level of the Health Professions Center, Room 0091.