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2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Update March 6, 2020

Update March 5, 2020

The U.S. Department of Education Office of Federal Student Aid has released a memo with information on how to respond to academic interruptions while complying with federal financial-aid law.

Update March 2, 2020

As of today, according to Central District Health, there are no identified cases in Idaho or the Treasure Valley.

Boise State University continues to monitor the rapidly changing and unpredictable trajectory of the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We are coordinating closely with our campus Infectious Disease Advisory Group, Central District Health Department, and we are monitoring both the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) current guidance.

Based on the current travel guidance, we have discontinued academic programs in China, Korea and Italy at this time and are assisting Boise State students in Korea and Italy return to the US.  We will also assist them in completing the semester with either alternate/online learning as they return.

Any Boise State students who have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak and need assistance are encourage to contact the Dean of Students at (208) 426-1527 or you can call our Emergency Operations Center at (208) 426-4991.

Update February 27, 2020

Idaho remains at zero cases of COVID-19 and Central District Health has assessed our risk remains low at this time. Public Health officials and community partners continue to monitor and prepare accordingly.  The Western Idaho Healthcare Coalition conducted a roundtable discussion last week to discuss preparation, emergency response, and resource sharing.

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention current travel advisories:

  • Avoid Non-Essential Travel: China, South Korea
  • Practice Enhanced Precautions: Japan, Iran, Italy, Hong Kong

If you have any questions on international travel, contact

  • Students: Corrine Henke, Global Center for Education, 208-426-4045, chenke@boisestate.edu
  • Employees: Kip McBean, Risk Management at 208-426-3636, kipmcbean@boisestate.edu

Update February 14, 2020

The following updates have been provided by Central District Health (CDH) in their weekly Situation Report:

What’s happening in Idaho with travelers returning from China?

CDH and state public health are being notified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of U.S. citizens returning to our state/area by way of China. These individuals are being assessed at one of 11 airports in the U.S. for any potential symptoms before they are able to return to their U.S. destination.  CDH’s epidemiology team is then following up with them per the CDC guidance.

Who is being tested for COVID-19 in Idaho?

In order for a person to be tested for COVID-19, they must meet specific criteria established by the CDC.  While the turnaround for testing has been quite fast, states (including Idaho) will soon be able to test specimens at their state laboratories instead of sending them to the CDC.  This will shorten the turnaround of results and reduce the burden on the CDC.

How can YOU protect yourself from viruses?

The CDC has created a helpful flyer on what the public should do to protect yourself.  Many of these actions include practicing every day preventive protocols. you would take to prevent any respiratory virus.

  • Cover any coughs or sneezed with your elbow; do not use your hands!
  • Clean surfaces frequently, such as countertops, light switches, doorknobs, cell phones and other frequently touched areas.
  • Contain – if you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better.

CDC Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/stop-the-spread-of-germs.pdf

Consider sharing this flyer with your students and employees and/or posting in your building spaces.

Update February 12, 2020

  • Health service agencies are now referring to the new Coronavirus as COVID-19.  The name COVID-19 was announced on 11 February by the World Health Organization (WHO). According to The WHO Director General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, “We had to find a name that did not refer to a geographical location, an animal, an individual or group of people, and which is also pronounceable and related to the disease. Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatising.”  We will used COVID-19 in all of our communications moving forward.
  • Central District Health (CDH) released an update on February 11 announcing: “While Idaho remains at zero cases of 2019-novel Coronavirus and the risk remains quite low in our state, public health officials and community partners are monitoring this outbreak closely, and are coordinating and communicating accordingly.”
    • CDH’s jurisdiction includes Ada, Boise, Elmore, and Valley counties.
    • CDH is working closely with their community partners, ranging from county emergency managers, area hospitals, law enforcement, first responders, and local/public health officials to prepare and plan for potential outbreaks.
    • CDH’s internal response team is in daily contact and meeting weekly to further discuss any new developments and coordinate actions.  Additionally, team members from CDH’s epidemiology, preparedness and communications teams are meeting with their counterparts in Idaho’s other public health districts and state public health, on a weekly basis.
    • CDH has not yet activated their Emergency Call Center, but plans to do so if  call volume increases over the next few weeks.  This information would be communicated through their COVID-19 website, social media (@CDHidaho) and news releases.

    Update February 5, 2020

    IDAHO MONITORING AND TRACKING OF CORONAVIRUS (Source: Central District Health: Central District Health Coronavirus website)

    Idaho does not have any cases of coronavirus related to this outbreak, however, state and local public health officials are closely monitoring national and worldwide developments and information as more is learned about this virus.

    The general risk in Idaho is fairly low at this point, but public health officials want people to be aware so they can take appropriate precautions. We’re asking people to follow steps they may already be taking for flu – stay home if you’re sick, avoid sick people, and cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue (not your hands). Wash your hands frequently, especially after you have been in the public and touched door handles, stair railings, money, grocery carts, elevator buttons, and other items that lots of other people may also have touched.

    Update February 3, 2020

    BOISE STATE SUSPENDS TRAVEL TO AND FROM CHINA IN RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

    Boise State University officials have asked campus to suspend all travel to and from China for faculty, researchers, students and others. The decision follows the U.S. State Department’s determination to issue a “Level 4” travel advisory cautioning against all travel to and from the entire country of China as the coronavirus continues to spread.

    The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors are the top priorities for Boise State.

    There are no reported cases of coronavirus on campus or anywhere in Idaho.

    University guidance will change based on information from the Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization and the State Department.

    The Department of Public Safety has created this informational website on the outbreak with current updates and tips for staying safe and healthy.

    As always, medical professionals and mental health counselors are available at University Health Services for health concerns or other assistance students, faculty and staff may need.

    Questions or concerns?

    • Students with any questions can contact Corinne Henke in the Center for Global Education at (208) 426-4045.
    • Faculty or staff with foreign travel concerns can contact Kip McBean in Risk Management at (208) 426-3636. Anyone seeking a waiver to the policy should contact the President’s Office.

    Update: January 31, 2020

    The U.S. Department of State upgraded ALL of China to a Level 4 – Do Not Travel advisory.

    “Do not travel to China due to the novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China. On January 30, the World Health Organization determined the rapidly spreading outbreak constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. Commercial carriers have reduced or suspended routes to and from China.”