Date: February 5, 2020

Dear students, faculty, and staff,

We are closely monitoring the coronavirus situation that originated in mainland China last month, but which has now spread to several other countries, including some cases in the U.S. We also continue to heed the advice of our local, state, and national health officials as we work to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our entire community.

While there are no confirmed cases of this novel coronavirus (2019-n-CoV) at Calvin University or in the state of Michigan, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently offered some additional guidance for recent and upcoming returning travelers from mainland China.

In short, the CDC has provided clarity on various risk levels for travelers and appropriate responses. At this time, we have not identified any members of the Calvin community who are in the high-risk category, including those that traveled in the region during interim (prior to Feb. 3). However, we understand that good information will be key in ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our community.

With this in mind, we are asking for students, faculty, and staff who have traveled from mainland China on or after Feb. 3 to complete a short form by end of day today that simply states where specifically you traveled, when you traveled, and if you are presenting any symptoms at this time. Filling out this form will only take a couple of minutes but will help us determine if there is any additional guidance specific to your situation. Please know that any information you provide in the form will remain confidential.

If you have further questions or concerns, please contact Health Services during business hours at 616-526-6187 or after hours at 616-526-6678 to reach the physician on call.

Thank you for your help,
Sarah Visser, Vice President for Student Life