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COVID-19 Jan. 30 Update

Dear SAU Community,
Spring Arbor University is committed to supporting your health and wellness, especially during flu seasons. This year there is a particular sense of urgency to our efforts, given an emerging public health situation related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which originated in Wuhan, China in mid-December. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Warning: Avoid all nonessential travel to China. In addition, Chinese authorities are imposing quarantines and restricting travel throughout the country.   

The coronavirus, a respiratory illness, has been shown to cause fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. There are currently no known exposures to the coronavirus at SAU or in the Jackson/Spring Arbor area, and there are no known cases in Michigan. Health experts still consider the risk low to the general public but are issuing this advice: 

If you feel sick (with ANY flu-like symptoms of fever, body aches, congestion, coughing, etc.):

  • And you’ve traveled to/from Wuhan, China or other affected areas in the last 14 days:
    • Call your doctor’s office ahead of time so they can prepare for your visit and limit your exposure to others.
  • And you have been in close contact with someone under investigation for possible coronavirus:
    • Call your doctor’s office ahead of time so they can prepare for your visit and limit your exposure to others.
  • Otherwise, since the more typical Influenza is still important to contain, please be diligent by:
    • Seeking medical care at the Holton Health and Wellness Center or your own doctor.
    • Limiting contact with others.
    • Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing.
    • Washing your hands and high-touch surfaces frequently, with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Here are pertinent links to keep you apprised: 

Center for Disease and Control 

U.S. Department of State 

U.S. Embassies and Consulates in China 

The University will continue to work collaboratively and proactively with local and state resources to monitor developments. Updates may follow as needed. If you have further questions about our preparations for this public health situation, please stop by Student Development and Success on the lower level of the Kresge Student Center, call 517-750-6330, or email corey.ross@arbor.edu.

Thank you,

Mary Ann Broda, PhD, APRN, CPNP
Executive Director of Holton Health and Wellness Services

Corey Ross
Vice President for Student Development and Success