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Case of COVID-19 in Humboldt County

Dear Campus Community,

Last week, health officials confirmed that a Humboldt County resident contracted the respiratory illness known as the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), which originated in Wuhan, China.

The individual is doing well and self-isolating at home and officials have been reaching out to those who may have been in contact with the person. Health officials say the risk of contracting COVID-19 remains low for the community.

We are closely monitoring the situation as it evolves, communicating regularly with state and local health officials. We are committed to supporting the health and well-being of our staff, faculty, and students and to keeping the campus informed as the need arises.

In the meantime, here are some guidelines on ways to stay healthy. For background information on COVID-19, go to the Centers for Disease Control’s website.

If you are ill and have traveled out of the country in the last two weeks or if have had close contact with a person known to be infected by COVID- 19:

  • Notify your local health care provider as soon as possible.
  • Stay home and do not come to campus for classes or for work.
  • Students with fevers, cough, or severe illness should call the Student Health & Wellbeing Services team before visiting the Student Health Center at 707-826-3146.
  • Staff and faculty should contact their healthcare providers or the emergency room to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Health Recommendations

  • Stay home if you are sick or have a fever. You should remain at home until your fever is gone (without the use of fever-reducing medications) for at least 24 hours.
  • Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face and eyes, nose, mouth.
  • Routinely clean your home particularly for high touch surfaces like doorknobs.
  • Consider limiting attendance at optional large gatherings because this is where colds, flu, and other respiratory viral infections are spread.

Travel Guidelines and Advisory

  • Please be aware that travel to the entire country of China is not authorized. Read the State Department bulletin for details on travel restrictions.
  • Minimize unnecessary traveling. Consult the CDC or State Department website for more information on travel recommendations.
  • Because the situation is fluid, any students, staff, and faculty who plan to travel out of the country during spring break (March 16-20) are urged to be aware of any travel restrictions.