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As more cases of COVID-19 (Wuhan novel coronavirus) are confirmed worldwide, West Virginia University has cancelled planned spring break education abroad travel. With the continuously evolving situation, and in consultation from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Department of State guidance, the decision was made to cancel travel out of an abundance of caution and emphasis on the health and safety of the University’s students and campus community.

Students, faculty and staff returning from affected areas are being advised by the local public health officials and WVU Medicine on best-practices for monitoring and prevention of COVID-19. The University is working with closely with all individuals abroad on safety and prevention measures and will continue to remain in communication as the situation continues to develop.

With upcoming personal spring break travel, the University is encouraging all students to be mindful and cautious while traveling. Taking appropriate precautions can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. It is highly recommended to reconsider any planned travel to impacted regions and consult the Department of State travel advisories and the CDC travel health notices.

For all travel, some general best practices:

·      Avoid contact with sick people or affected individuals.

·      Practice frequent handwashing, using soap and warm water.

·      Regularly clean and disinfect surfaces using standard cleaning sprays or wipes.

·      Be sure to cover your sneezes and coughs.

·      If you’re sick or present symptoms, stay home to avoid infecting others.

Students with health questions or concerns should contact WVU Medicine Student Health at 304-285-7200. WVU Faculty and staff should reach out to their primary health provider.