COVID-19 Update: Recommendations for illness prevention

March 10, 2020

To promote a safe and healthy environment for our community, UM-Dearborn leadership is working closely with U-M health professionals and executive officers.

University of Michigan-Dearborn leadership has been working closely with University of Michigan executive officers and health professionals to closely monitor the rapidly changing novel coronavirus developments, and we are making a number of recommendations — from future travel precautions to illness prevention — to promote a safe and healthy environment for our community.

At this time, the university is proceeding with most scheduled events, classes and operations, including athletic events. Please note that the situation can change quickly, and updates will be on the UM-Dearborn COVID-19 information page

Important COVID-19 updates:

  • At this time, there have been no cases diagnosed in Michigan. New cases continue to be identified in the United States and abroad.

  • If you are sick, stay home from class or work. We ask faculty and managers to accommodate students and employees who stay home while sick. If faculty have questions about student accommodations, please contact the Office of the Provost.

  • If you feel sick, please call your primary care doctor for next steps.

  • If you have traveled to China, South Korea, Italy or Iran, stay home and self-isolate (tips listed below) and monitor your health for 14 days from your last day in that country, per guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • Register international travel using U-M Travel Registry

Illness prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends several everyday preventive actions that individuals can take to help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Wash your hands as if you just chopped jalapeño peppers and you need to remove your contact lenses.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and immediately throw the tissue in the trash and clean hands with sanitizer.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently used objects and surfaces.

  • Stay at home when you are sick.

  • Use alternatives to shaking hands or hugging.

For more important updates read the recent communication from Chancellor Grasso.

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