Public Health Announcement

Update: 3/14/2020

USA Employees and Students,

Additional areas of the United States have been added to the self-quarantine areas covered under the USA COVID-19 travel requirements, including all international destinations as well as the States of New York, California, Massachusetts, and Washington. Employees and students should visit the website and ensure they comply with the requirements:

Tony Waldrop, Ph.D.


G. David Johnson, Ph.D.

Provost and Senior Vice President 

Update: 3/02/2020

We are continuing to monitor the outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in 60 locations internationally including the U.S. The CDC has now named the virus "SARS-CoV-2" and the disease it causes has been named "coronavirus disease 2019" (abbreviated "COVID-19")

CDC recommends that travelers avoid all non-essential travel to China, Italy, South Korea, and Iran. There is widespread illness from COVID-19.

Novel Coronavirus (n-CoV)

The University of South Alabama is continuing to monitor recommendations related to the 2019 novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This situation is dynamic and rapidly changing with new guidance and recommendations issued. While this is a serious public health threat, The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) characterizes the immediate health risk from the new coronavirus as low for anyone who is unlikely to be exposed to the virus.

There are currently no known exposures to the coronavirus on the USA campus. Although this is a low risk situation to our community, we are taking high precautions and will continue to update the campus as circumstances warrant.

CDC recommends that travelers avoid all non-essential travel to China. In response to an outbreak of respiratory illness, Chinese officials have closed transport within and out of Wuhan and other cities inside the Hubei Province, including buses, subways, trains, and the international airport. Additional restrictions and cancellations of events may occur

The U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory asking people not to travel to China due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

What are the symptoms of Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)? 

The symptoms of the coronavirus include:

  • Fever above 100.4, cough or shortness of breath AND
  • In the last 14 days before symptom onset, a history of travel from mainland China, particularly Hubei Province, or close contact with a person who has confirmed or suspected 2019-nCoV.  

 What to do if you have the above symptoms and exposure to 2019-nCoV?

  • Stay home from school and work
  • Cover your cough
  • Students should call Student Health at (251) 460-7151
  • If you have traveled to China within the past 14 days, notify the Student Health Center at the time of your call. It is important to call before heading into clinic so that the Student Health Center can be prepared for your visit.

 USA and the Student Health Center are in direct communication with the State and County Health Departments. We are following the guidance of the public health departments and the CDC. We will continue to follow guidance, provide updates, and change strategy and protocols when and if recommended.

We are asking that everyone practice strong prevention strategies such as washing hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, avoid touching eyes and face, avoid sharing drinks and food, and avoiding close contact with those who are sick.

With flu activity continuing to increase on the USA campus, now is the time to make sure you are protected against the flu. It is not too late to get a flu vaccine, which is the best way to prevent the flu, and we have some available at student health.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at the Student Health Center at (251) 460-7151 or if you have further questions.

Thank you,
Ryan Ferguson

Student Health Center
University of South Alabama