Community Email, January 31, 2020

Dear faculty, staff and students,

Grand Valley State University is closely monitoring the outbreak of the coronavirus (2019- nCoV), a respiratory illness that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued an updated travel guidance for China on January 27, recommending travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China.

While there are some confirmed cases in the U.S., no cases have been confirmed in Michigan. University officials remain in close contact with local and state public health officials.

The CDC said the immediate health risk to the American public is considered low at this time, and has the following recommendations to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Get a flu vaccine.

Common human coronaviruses usually cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, like the common cold. These illnesses typically last for a short amount of time. Symptoms may include:

  • cough
  • runny nose
  • headache
  • sore throat
  • fever, chills
  • body aches
  • a general feeling of being unwell.

We will continue to monitor the outbreak in partnership with local and state public health experts. For more information about the coronavirus, visit

To contact the Campus Health Center, visit To contact the GVSU Family Health Center, visit


Loren Rullman, Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Jean Nagelkerk, Vice Provost for Health

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