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Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for the campus community

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Boise State University is closely following the outbreak of a novel strain of coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Idaho.

The health and safety of Boise State’s students, faculty and staff are a top concern for all university leadership. Our emergency management team is monitoring up-to-date information and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the U.S. Department of State, the Governor’s Office, Idaho’s Department of Health and Welfare and the Central District Health agency, which is the primary public health agency for the Treasure Valley.

The university’s emergency management team and campus leaders are implementing plans to keep the campus safe and healthy, including travel restrictions, enhanced cleaning protocols and sanitation efforts — as well as procedures to minimize disruptions of university operations should circumstances change in Idaho.

Please monitor the university’s coronavirus website for regularly updated information about the outbreak and the university’s response.

Travel restrictions and protocols for campus community members

On February 3, based on guidance from the U.S. Department of State, Boise State suspended travel to and from China. This travel restriction has now been expanded to include all countries with “level 3” travel advisories, which, as of March 5, includes China, Iran, South Korea, and Italy. For Boise State community members returning from one of these locations, we are adopting the CDC recommendation to impose a 14-day self-isolation period.

Those with scheduled and confirmed university-sponsored travel to other locations should work with their manager or trip sponsor to discuss whether travel should be canceled, delayed or continue as planned. Additional guidance regarding future travel is forthcoming.

Spring Break considerations

Students and faculty who have plans to travel for Spring Break should be cautious. The outbreak may lead some countries to impose disruptive and expensive travel restrictions with little warning. The outbreak may result in layovers in affected countries and could result in border closures, delaying your return to work or school. Difficult decisions may have to be made in order to protect your health as well as ensure your safe and enjoyable travel.

What to prepare for next

Because COVID-19 is a new strain of the coronavirus, it is difficult to project the trajectory and scope of the outbreak. Like those at other institutions, Boise State leaders are preparing for multiple possibilities in the event the outbreak escalates locally and federal and state health authorities call for further action, including restricting group events, further suspending travel, moving more classes to an online format, and expanding telecommuting.

General precautions

The best way to mitigate the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19 or other respiratory illnesses is to follow CDC recommended precautions: