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Health Advisory Alert: Novel Coronavirus

Last Updated: February, 14, 2020 at 3:23 p.m.

The health and safety of our community is very important to us. SCU is committed to keeping our campus healthy and informed of significant new developments. We are working with the local Santa Clara County Public Health Department (SCCPHD) and will share any new information as it arises.


Students, faculty, and staff who are ill—no matter the cause—are encouraged to stay home and to communicate with their supervisor. As we are still in the midst of flu season, students concerned about their health can visit or call the Cowell Health Center.

As of February 14, no new confirmed cases have been reported in Santa Clara County. Currently, all classes, campus events, and activities are proceeding without interruption. 

On January 31, the SCCPHD received confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that an adult male resident of Santa Clara County has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. This was the first case of novel coronavirus for the county. 

On February 2, the SCCPHD received confirmation from the CDC that an adult female visiting the county has tested positive for novel coronavirus. This case is not connected to the first case. Santa Clara County is composed of over 1,304 square miles and over 18 cities and towns. The risk to the general public remains low. More details at County of Santa Clara Public Health Department Reports Second Case of Novel Coronavirus

Campus Messages 

February 7: Coronavirus Update: No New Confirmed Cases in Santa Clara County

January 31: Coronavirus Update: Confirmed Bay Area Case

January 29: Health Advisory Update: Novel Coronavirus

January 25: Health Advisory Alert: Novel Coronavirus



Guidance for Travelers

The State Department has issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory for China. Per CDC requirements, if you have returned from travel to mainland China, we ask that you self-isolate for 14 days. Work and study from home and continue monitoring for symptoms until the end of the 14 days. Find more details on the CDC website and the SCCPHD FAQ. For university-sponsored travel, see SCU’s International Travel Policy.

Students, faculty, and staff affected by the new restrictions should contact their professors, department chair, or immediate supervisor to make arrangements. Faculty and staff should also contact Human Resources to coordinate remote work, leave, and workplace coverage arrangements.  


Instructional Support

The Instructional Continuity website provides resources to support instruction and academic progress in the event of campus closures and other emergencies. The tools provided will be helpful in the event that faculty members are unable to attend class in person, or have students who are affected by illness or self-quarantine procedures. Individuals who need assistance in this area can contact Brian Larkin, Instructional Technology Manager, at  


Cowell Center 

Students who are concerned that they may have had close contact with an ill student or who are experiencing flu-like symptoms should visit the Cowell Center open from 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday-Friday. When the Cowell Center is closed, students should contact the EMT’s through Campus Safety at 408-554-4441. Faculty and staff should consult with their primary care physician for advice and guidance.


About the Novel Coronavirus

Visit the CDC and Santa Clara County Public Health Department websites for the latest and most reliable information:


Avoid Contracting and Spreading Viral Illnesses 

In the peak of the flu season, we remind everyone that there are simple precautions you can take to minimize the risk of contracting and spreading any respiratory viral illnesses. Those include:

  • Washing 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.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Staying away from classes, group meetings, work, and common areas if you are sick.
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throwing the tissue in the trash.
  • Covering your cough with your elbow or sleeve.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.