We are making frequent updates about our campus response to Coronavirus and COVID-19. Read the latest on our Coronavirus/COVID-19 page.
News continues to emerge about the coronavirus outbreak that began in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Carleton is not aware of any recent travel to Wuhan by members of the campus community, and none of the reported U.S. cases are known to have any connection to Carleton.
While the coronavirus threat to our community is low, the college is monitoring the situation and taking the following actions:
- closely following reports from the Minnesota Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization,
- screening ill students for risk of coronavirus, and
- educating concerned students about symptoms and risk factors, and how to stay healthy.
The CDC recommends avoiding all nonessential travel to China. The coronavirus cases reported thus far in the U.S. and other countries were all connected to individuals who had recently traveled from Wuhan or had contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus. Minnesota does not have any confirmed cases.
As a member of the Carleton community, please maintain best practices to keep yourself healthy and care for yourself if you do fall ill. Wash your hands frequently, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and clean surfaces you touch frequently. It is flu and respiratory illness season in Minnesota, and the CDC recommends getting vaccinated, taking everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed.
If you are experiencing fever, cough and shortness of breath and you suspect you may have been in contact with someone who was recently in China or with a confirmed case of coronavirus, please self-isolate and contact SHAC.
Additional information about coronavirus risk will be posted here as it becomes relevant.
This is an update to an earlier post made on Jan. 28, 2020.