Dear USF Community,
The University of San Francisco’s Advisory Committee on Communicable Disease has been closely monitoring the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. USF Health Promotion Services is in close contact with Dignity Health Medical Foundation and the Communicable Disease Prevention Unit in the San Francisco Department of Public Health. While the current risk to the campus community is low, it is important to have up-to-date information and to be aware of resources available.
Health officials worldwide are monitoring an outbreak of pneumonia caused by a coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China. The virus causes mild flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) for most people, yet can be fatal for people with underlying health conditions. There are currently over 800 confirmed cases, mainly in Wuhan.
As of today, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in San Francisco or the Bay Area. There are currently two cases confirmed in the United States. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides detailed information about the risk associated with this virus.
A resource page with updates on the coronavirus situation and healthcare resources for students, faculty, and staff has been established on MyUSF.
All members of the USF community are urged to follow these steps to prevent the spread of illness:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Keep your distance. Respect the personal space of others and keep an arm’s length distance, especially if you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Stay home when you are sick.
Students, if you experience flu-like symptoms, seek medical care. Clinics available to USF students are listed on MyUSF. Faculty and staff, if you experience flu-like symptoms, please contact your medical provider.
Finally, please be mindful of our USF community members who may have family and friends in affected areas. This may be a particularly challenging time for them, especially during the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday. Staff in USF’s Office of International Student and Scholar Services are available to assist those needing support.
If students have questions, please reach out to Kamal Harb, senior director of health promotion services. Faculty and staff with questions can email the USF benefits team or call ext. 2442.
USF Health Promotion Services