Message to the SPH Community – March 9, 2020
Urgent Message about COVID-19
With the continued spread of COVID-19 in the Chicago area, we are issuing this guidance for UIC students, staff, and faculty at SPH. We are getting prepared for the possibility that we may need to reorganize our activities – teaching, research, practice--to limit the spread of COVID-19.
All students, staff, and faculty:
To help us provide the best guidance for individuals and for the SPH community, please complete this survey to tell us what your travel plans are for Spring Break through the end of the semester—click on the link, below. We want to hear from every member of the SPH community, whether or not you plan to travel. In this way, we can provide advice and also prepare for instructional and business needs.
Guidance at this time
It is best to follow the guidance of CDC (CDC Travel Recommendations) and do not plan non-essential travel that traverses Level 3 countries.
If you have a fever >100.4F (38C) or higher, a cough, or trouble breathing, seek medical care. If you are short of breath, you should go to the hospital. But if you are sick, and not short winded, you should call your healthcare provider first. Students can contact Student Health at University Village (312) 996-2901 and employees can contact University Health Service at (312) 996-7420 during business hours or the University of Illinois Hospital at (866) 600-2273 after hours. Tell them about recent travel and your symptoms. Avoid contact with others if you have these symptoms. This means that you should stay home, don’t go to public places and don’t come to UIC.
Academic information for students
In addition to protecting everyone’s health, our goal is to make sure that students’ academic work is fairly recognized and that any disruption does not represent a disadvantage to their academic progress. If you become ill and have to miss class, all instructors will work to develop accommodations to allow you to keep up remotely.
This situation continues to be fluid and it is necessary to watch your email carefully for updates and further guidance.