COVID-19 Updated Travel Restrictions, Advisories and More
Information about COVID-19 guidelines and protocols at Brandeis has changed frequently as public health guidance has changed; please be aware that the information in this letter may be outdated. For the latest information, please visit the COVID-19 Response website.
March 5, 2020
Brandeis' Coronavirus/COVID-19 Task Force is committed to keeping our community informed about important developments related to coronavirus/COVID-19. Below please find information related to new travel restrictions and advisories, event information and minimizing transmission of all illnesses.
Remember we will also be updating the Health Center page with Frequently Asked Questions about the coronavirus/COVID-19 as well.
New recommendations for travelers returning from Level-3 countries:
On March 4, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated recommendations for travelers coming to the U.S. from Iran, Italy or South Korea — CDC now recommends anyone who has traveled in those countries stay home from school and work for a period of 14 days from the time you left the area and practice social distancing. This involves taking the following steps:
Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.
Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period. Discuss your work situation with your employer before returning to work.
Do not take public transportation, taxis or ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
Avoid crowded places — such as shopping centers and movie theaters — and limit your activities in public.
Keep your distance from others — about six feet or two meters.
Brandeis expects all community members to comply with the CDC's recommendations.
Students returning from China, Iran, Italy, or Korea should contact the Brandeis Health Center. During business hours call 781-736-3677 or after hours call 781-239-1948. Please identify your recent travel to the receptionist on the phone. Faculty or staff returning from any of those Level-3 countries must notify their dean or manager to inform them that they are self-isolating at home; they should also contact their primary health care providers. As previously noted, Brandeis has canceled any travel to those countries on official university business.
This does not apply to travelers who departed any of the Level-3 countries more than 14 days ago. For example, if you traveled to South Korea in January and not since then, there is no need to self-isolate.
Complying with state's request to cancel international travel for student groups
On March 4, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker requested that schools, colleges and universities cancel international travel by groups of students. Brandeis will comply with this request, and all student group trips planned between now and April 30 will be canceled. The university will review the situation toward the end of that period and will issue guidance if there is any extension of the ban on future student group travel beyond April 30.
This does not affect individual students who are currently studying abroad. For students currently participating in a study abroad program, be prepared for the possibility that a program's status could change. Brandeis will continue to monitor the situation of those overseas with our partner institutions.
Brandeis had already cancelled all travel on official university business to China, Iran, Italy and South Korea.
Guidance on travel and staying at Brandeis for spring recess
Brandeis is discouraging students from traveling internationally for Passover and Spring Recess (April 8 through 16), due to concerns over potential difficulties returning to the U.S. The university — residence halls, dining and other services — will be operational over the recess for all students who remain on campus. We will provide more information about the extent of services as we get closer to break.
Public events are continuing
With only two known coronavirus cases in Massachusetts right now, the university is not canceling any campus events at this time. But as you know, this is a fluid situation and we may be issuing different guidance in the future. The University's Coronavirus/COVID-19 Task Force is monitoring guidance from the CDC and the state and will issue new advice if it is necessary.
Please continue to watch your email as the university will be communicating frequently with any new developments related to Coronavirus/COVID-19.