University suspends programs to countries affected by coronavirus

The university is suspending all university-led and sponsored programs to any country the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or U.S. Department of State (DOS) deems a Level three risk, according to an email from the school.

A level three risk advises people to avoid all nonessential travel to Italy, South Korea, Iran and China because of coronavirus outbreaks in those countries.

Guidance from the CDC and DOS is frequently updated as this is an evolving situation.

The statement said one student who traveled in preparation to study abroad in South Korea has returned to the U.S. The student will self-quarantine for 14 days off campus and will be monitored by the Vanderburgh County Health Department.

Health officials believe the immediate risk of the coronavirus to the American public is low at this time but recommends everyone to get the flu shot and take everyday preventative actions to stop the spread of germs, such as washing hands.

The statement also said, “USI has an active task force that monitors possible health concerns, like coronavirus, and will continue to provide education to the campus community as necessary.”