COVID-19 MAR 5 Update: Notes from Columbia’s Office of Preparedness

We continue to monitor information and expert recommendations regarding the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and work closely with Columbia’s Office of Preparedness.
With Spring Recess upon us, we thought it important to remind you, that anyone- whether they travel over the break or not- who feels ill or believes they may have been in contact with an infected person, please call 212-854-7426 for Columbia Health Morningside Medical Services, or call your primary care clinician.  Staff/faculty, please contact your primary care clinician.
Also, if any Union faculty/staff/students have returned from, or transited through China (including Hong Kong), Italy, Iran, Japan, and South Korea in the past 14 days, or have had direct close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19, fill out Columbia’s secure and confidential form.
On campus, we have added hand sanitizer stations and Facilities staff will continue their standard cleaning of restrooms and high traffic areas using disinfectant materials, with special attention to handles and knobs. We encourage everyone to follow the CDC recommended preventive measures, which include:

Wash your hands frequently [we will be placing CDC handwashing guides in campus restrooms] Avoid contact with sick people
Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose
Clean high-touch surfaces with disinfectant wipes
Please stay home from classes or work if you are sick

You can find the latest Columbia update at   The next meeting of the Columbia University Infectious Disease working group, of which we are a member, is scheduled for Friday, March 6. We will continue to update you regularly.
Below is information most recently issued by Columbia. It is lengthy, but contains

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