As you likely know, the U.S. government implemented on Sunday night more stringent travel restrictions for individuals entering the United States from China.

Even with such measures, U.S. officials state that this novel coronavirus represents a low risk to the public in the U.S.

I am writing to share with you what the university is doing to monitor matters associated with the coronavirus, as well as support wellness among community members, and provide valuable information.

As a campus community, our greatest contribution at this time is to remain factually informed about the virus, mindful of the low level of risk in the U.S. associated with this virus, and encourage friends, family, co-workers and students to engage in personal good health practices.

OSU has formed a steering committee that is responsible for monitoring relevant coronavirus developments locally, within the U.S. and globally. The steering committee is made up of representatives from our Corvallis and OSU-Cascades campuses, will be in close coordination with Benton County Health Department, and will involve others working in student health services, student affairs, international affairs, INTO OSU and other departments. This group will be assisted by three OSU committees related to health care, communications, and federal policy and developments. These three committees will meet daily – or as required – to recommend any OSU procedures, services and communications related to the virus.

Our immediate next steps are to understand more about federal requirements from county health officials and the Oregon Health Authority.

Until then, we ask that you share this overview of what OSU is doing with others and encourage others to do the following:

  • Understand that federal health officials continue to believe that coronavirus represents a low risk to the public in the U.S.;
  • Encourage personal wellness habits shared in this Student Health link;
  • Encourage those concerned about their own wellness or symptoms of sickness to contact their personal health care provider or the Student Health Center on the Corvallis campus;
  • Understand that OSU is monitoring this matter closely, and will communicate to the university community as immediately as possible next steps, valuable wellness information, and other services available.
February 4, 2020