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Video message from President Dr. Brian Caputo

College of DuPage Community:

As we move into the second week of alternative instructional delivery, please note the new developments discussed below.

Withdrawals

The last date by which students may withdraw from a course due to the coronavirus situation and still obtain a 100% refund is extended to April 10. (Be sure to select Status Reason “COVID” in MyAccess.)

Continued Online Instruction

Given the fluidity of the situation, it is unclear at this time whether in-person instruction can resume after April 19. As a contingency, faculty should prepare for online instruction for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester.

Reimbursement for Business-Related Expenses

With appropriate approval, the College will reimburse employees for business-related expenses incurred during the coronavirus crisis that are extraordinary in nature. Employees who have incurred expenses of this nature should contact their supervisors.

Counseling for Students

The College’s Counseling & Advising Services Office will help students manage their academic concerns and offer other relevant guidance. As appropriate, referrals will be made to other service providers, where more comprehensive or specific mental health counseling can be provided. Students needing assistance should contact COD’s Counseling & Advising Services Office at (630) 942-2259. Counseling is provided at no cost.

Counseling for Employees

Faculty or staff who would like counseling during the coronavirus crisis should visit inside.cod.edu for more information.

Spring Athletics

Based upon a decision by the National Junior College Athletic Association, the remainder of the spring 2020 season for our intercollegiate athletic teams has been cancelled in its entirety.

Coronavirus Advisory Task Force

The members of the Coronavirus Advisory Task Force are listed below. The task force will advise the Cabinet on issues related to the College’s response to the coronavirus threat. If you have suggestions, please contact one of the task force members.

  • Dilyss Gallyot, Interim Dean, Nursing & Health Sciences Division, Task Force Chair
  • Cheryl Baunbach-Caplan, Counselor, CODAA Representative
  • James Bente, Vice President, Planning & Institutional Effectiveness, Cabinet Liaison
  • Robert Clark, Faculty, Business & Applied Technology Division
  • Anna Gay, Program Support Specialist, Classified Staff Representative
  • Lubna Haque, Faculty, Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Division
  • Tim Henningsen, Faculty, Chair, Instructional Committee
  • Susan Landers, Manager, Learning Technology Center
  • Jennifer Kelley, Faculty (Library), Social/Behavioral Sciences & Library Division
  • Lee Kesselman, Faculty, Arts, Communication, & Hospitality Division
  • Tamara McClain, Manager, Admissions & Outreach Office
  • Stephanie Quirk, Coordinator, Student Life and Leadership Development
  • Jason Snart, Faculty, Liberal Arts Division

Contact information for the task force members is available through the faculty and staff directory at cod.edu/faculty.

While I must commend the entire College community for its efforts in moving us forward during this crisis, a special shout out to the Learning Technologies (LT) Office and the Information Technology Services Department (ITS) is clearly merited. Several College community members have commented to me about how much they have appreciated the support that the LT Office and ITS Department have provided. Well done!

Brian W. Caputo, Ph.D., C.P.A.
President
College of DuPage

College of DuPage Community:

Your adaptability and focus on continuing to deliver education to our students during the coronavirus crisis have been nothing short of remarkable.  I am confident that we will come through this with our students having been served as best as reasonably possible under the circumstances.

This afternoon’s announcement by the Illinois Governor of a stay-at-home order necessitates the following:

Effective at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, and through Tuesday, April 7, College of DuPage facilities on the main campus and at the regional centers will be formally closed.

Only those faculty and staff who are explicitly approved by both their immediate supervisor and appropriate Cabinet officer will be permitted to enter the College’s facilities.  Allowable access to College facilities after April 7 will be determined at a later date.

College faculty and staff should continue to work from home to the maximum extent possible.  Online instruction will continue through May 15.

I thank you for your professionalism and service to the institution during these challenging times.

Brian W. Caputo, Ph.D., C.P.A.

President

College of DuPage

Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and the financial burden it may place on some students, College of DuPage will temporarily adjust the payment policy as follows:

Spring 2020:

Effective for the remainder of the term, the College will cease drop for non-payment. If you are enrolled in Spring 2020 classes and you have a balance on your student account, you are still responsible for the balance; however, the College will not drop you from your classes due to your inability to pay. If you have concerns about paying your balance, please email codpaymenthelp@cod.edu and we will work with you to find alternative payment arrangements during this difficult time.

If you are enrolled in a payment plan for Spring 2020, your payment will still be attempted on the scheduled payment date(s). If you have concerns about making your scheduled payment, please contact codpaymenthelp@cod.edu at least 3 days before your payment, and we will work with you to make alternative arrangements. The College will automatically reverse any late fees that are posted to student accounts during the time in which off-campus learning is taking place. Please allow up to one week for this to be reversed.

Summer 2020:

When you register for Summer 2020 classes, you do not have to enroll in a payment plan or pay in full until May 1, 2020. If you have a balance in Spring 2020 and would like to register for the Summer term, please email codpaymenthelp@cod.edu and we will actively work with you to ensure your learning is not interrupted during this time.

Fall 2020:

When Fall registration opens for all students on April 16, you do not have to enroll in a payment plan or pay in full until May 1, 2020. Additionally, the payment plan down payment is only $10 for all students who register for Fall 2020 classes and enroll in the payment plan before May 31, 2020. If you have a balance in Spring 2020 and would like to register for the Fall term, please email codpaymenthelp@cod.edu and we will actively work with you to ensure your learning is not interrupted during this time.

Thank you,

Michelle Resnick
Manager of Accounts Receivable
College of DuPage

College of DuPage Community:

As you know, our first priority is to ensure the health and well-being of our entire College of DuPage family during the pandemic COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation, while making sure that our students are able to complete their courses and progress toward their educational goals.

Information continues to be fluid as new recommendations are announced both locally and nationally – from the DuPage County Health Department, Office of the Governor, Centers for Disease Control, and a host of other sources.  With news changing at a rapid pace, COD’s senior leadership has received various inquiries regarding the College’s strategic contingency efforts.  In response to those inquiries, we are providing the information below.  We will continue to apprise the College of DuPage community of ongoing plans as necessary.

Helping Our Students

  • In line with our mission and focus on student success, I ask each and every member of our College community to assist our students whenever possible.  Whether you point students to our COD website that has a host of sound resources or ask them to contact their professors, you are making a difference.

Essential Staff Daily Report-In

  • To fully address daily custodial needs, the Facilities Department requests that a representative from each department contact extension 4440 by 9 a.m. when departmental faculty or staff will be working on campus that day.
  • The caller should report his/her name and phone number, along with the room numbers of those spaces where personnel will be working.  The Facilities Department staff will clean those areas at the end of the workday.
  • Please note that all classrooms have been cleaned, locked, and are now unavailable for use. 

Blackboard

  • Students are encouraged to access their course materials and faculty updates via Blackboard.  Thanks to the faculty who have already posted information regarding their alternative delivery arrangements.
  • Students should consider using the free Blackboard app to view content, access their materials and other information from faculty, as well as participate in courses.
  • Students are urged to contact their professors to seek assistance, receive answers to specific questions, or obtain general information during this challenging time.

Refunds/Withdrawals

  • Students who are unable to work in an alternative format will be permitted to withdraw with a full refund through March 27, 2020.
  • Students who withdraw from a course by March 27, 2020, will not receive a “W” on their transcripts.  When a student withdraws from a course because of the coronavirus situation, the course will simply be removed from the student’s transcript.
  • To withdraw from a course because of the coronavirus situation, students should use the MyAccess system.  On the “Register & Drop Classes” screen in the system, select the course you would like to drop, and then select the “Status Reason” of “COVID-19.”
  • Students receiving financial aid should contact the COD Financial Aid Office prior to withdrawing from a course.  The Financial Aid Office will help the student understand any impact of a withdrawal upon his/her financial aid.

Enhanced Cleaning Efforts

  • Thanks to our outstanding custodial operations team for their hard work and their use of hospital-grade cleaning materials throughout the main campus and regional centers.  They are keeping our campus clean and safe.

College of DuPage Community:

I would like to thank our students, faculty, and staff for their cooperation during the unprecedented situation we are facing with the coronavirus pandemic.  Today’s announcement by the DuPage County Health Department of an impending disaster proclamation indicates that we are now experiencing a heightened level of local risk associated with the virus.  In light of this, the College is amending the institutional response plan that I announced on March 12 in Coronavirus Update #7 as indicated below.

Alternative Instruction

  • Weeks of March 16-29 and April 6-19.
    • Students should not come to the main campus or any COD regional center.
    • No in-person class meetings or in-person laboratory sessions will be held.  All instruction, including laboratory sessions, will be delivered online or through other alternative formats to the maximum extent possible. 
    • Laboratory sessions that cannot be delivered online are postponed to future dates to be determined later. 
    • Students should check with their instructors for information on how instruction will be delivered.  Students should also monitor their dupage.edu e-mailboxes and Blackboard for additional information.
  • Week of March 30-April 5. (Spring break) 
    • No instruction will be delivered. 
    • Students should not come to the main campus or any COD regional center.

Alternative Institutional Operating Procedures

  • March 16.
    • All College staff and administrators should report for work during their normal work hours to prepare for working at home and to support alternative instructional delivery. 
    • College faculty who need to prepare for alternative instructional delivery should report to the campus or contact their deans to receive information on training.
    • Employees should contact their supervisors to obtain the software and other items necessary to continue to perform their essential job functions while working from home.
    • Employees who consider themselves to be vulnerable to the coronavirus should contact their supervisors about working from home on March 16. 
  • March 17-April 19.
    • To the maximum extent possible, all College faculty, staff, and administrators will work from home. 
    • Cabinet officers will determine what limited faculty and staff members should report to work to support the delivery of alternative instruction and the basic operation of institutional facilities.
    • Student support services (for example, Counseling and Advising) will be available online.
    • Faculty will be provided with continuing support for alternative instructional delivery.

From March 16 through May 15, no College facilities will be available for student use.  The Library, computer laboratories, and other laboratories will be closed.

Athletics

Consistent with guidance received from the National Junior College Athletic Association, no COD teams will practice or compete from March 16 through April 3.

The College appreciates your continued cooperation and patience as we and other institutions of higher education address the challenges and uncertainty that have come with the coronavirus threat.  We will resume normal College operations as soon as it is reasonably safe to do so.

 A list of Frequently Asked Questions is now online. As new information becomes available, the page will be updated.

College of DuPage Community:

As we continue to receive information regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we have developed protocols for the handling of possible cases involving employees and students.

The Human Resources Department is in the process of scheduling meetings for supervisors, faculty, and staff to review the protocols.  We will announce the arrangements for those meetings as soon as possible.

We are also developing a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document about the coronavirus threat and our associated protocols.  We ask that you submit any questions that you may have to humanresources@cod.edu no later than noon on Monday, March 16 for potential inclusion in the FAQ document.  A preliminary draft of the FAQ document will be provided to you prior to the web meetings.  You will also have the opportunity to present questions during the web meetings.  Based upon all input received, we will finalize the FAQ document and publish it to the College community.

Additional questions concerning the employee protocol may be directed to the Human Resources Department at (630) 942-2460 or via email to humanresources@cod.edu.  If you have questions regarding the protocol for handling potential cases of student exposure to the coronavirus, please contact Dr. Nathania Montes, Dean of Students, at (630) 942-2492 or montes@cod.edu.

College of DuPage Community:

Ensuring the safety of our students, faculty, and staff is of paramount importance to College of DuPage. The World Health Organization's declaration of the COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus) pandemic confirms that we are facing a serious public health threat. While the College has experienced no confirmed cases of the coronavirus to date, we will be taking the preventative measures outlined below to reduce the potential for a coronavirus incident on campus. Our primary objective with these procedures is to reduce the density of people on campus.

Alternative Instruction

  • Week of March 16-22. Face-to-face class meetings will not be held. Laboratory sessions will be held as scheduled. Online and hybrid courses will be delivered only in an online format. Training in alternative delivery formats will be offered to full-time and adjunct faculty.
  • Week of March 23-29. Laboratory sessions will be held as scheduled. All other instruction will be delivered online or through alternative delivery formats that do not involve face-to-face instruction.
  • Week of March 30-April 5. Spring break. No instruction will be delivered.
  • Weeks of April 6-19. No laboratory sessions will be held. All instruction will be delivered online or through alternative delivery formats that do not involve face-to-face instruction.
  • A protocol providing specific steps on how to address a coronavirus case that may arise with a student will be released shortly.

Alternative Institutional Operating Procedures

  • Week of March 16-22. All College faculty, staff, and administrators will report for work during their normal work hours or as otherwise necessary to prepare for alternative instructional delivery. The Library, selected computer laboratories, other laboratories, and student service offices will be open for student use. Students not requiring the use of these facilities are encouraged to refrain from coming to the main campus or COD regional centers.
  • Week of March 23-29. To the maximum extent possible, all College faculty, staff, and administrators will work from home. Cabinet officers will determine what limited faculty and staff members should report to work to support the delivery of alternative instruction and the operation of the library, selected computer laboratories, other laboratories, and institutional facilities. Student support services (for example, Counseling and Advising) will be available online. Faculty will also be provided with support for alternative instructional delivery.
  • Week of March 30-April 5. Spring break. Cabinet officers will determine what limited faculty and staff should report to work to support the operation of the library, selected computer laboratories, and institutional facilities.
  • Weeks of April 6-19. To the maximum extent possible, all College faculty, staff, and administrators will work from home. Cabinet officers will determine what limited staff members should report to work to support the delivery of alternative instruction and the operation of selected computer laboratories and institutional facilities.
  • Employees should contact their supervisors to obtain the software and other items necessary to continue to perform their essential job functions to the maximum extent possible while working from home.
  • All employees will continue to receive their regular pay while working from home during the weeks of March 23-29 and the weeks of April 6-19. Employees scheduled to work spring break (March 30-April 5) and work from home will be paid regular pay. Employees who are not required to work at a College facility and cannot perform their essential job functions from home will continue to receive their regular pay as well. Regular part-time and student workers will also be paid for their normal work hours even if they are not required to work on campus and cannot perform their essential job functions from home.
  • A protocol providing specific steps on how to address a coronavirus case that may arise with an employee will be released shortly.

Events

Effective immediately, all events (internal, hosted and rental at the main campus, COD regional centers, and the MAC) for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester are cancelled. However, at this point, we expect that the COD commencement ceremony will be held as scheduled on Friday, May 15.

Travel

  • International: Effective immediately, all COD-affiliated international travel has been suspended.
  • Domestic:
    • Effective immediately, all COD-affiliated domestic travel inside and outside Illinois has been suspended.
    • Limited exceptions may be granted only for essential travel within the state with the approval of the appropriate Cabinet officer.

Faculty, staff, and administrators are encouraged to consider using video conferencing, phones, or other means of communication rather than traveling to and participating in face-to-face meetings.

Coronavirus Advisory Task Force

As previously announced, I have appointed Dilyss Gallyot, Interim Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences, to Chair the institutional Coronavirus Advisory Task Force. The task force will advise the Cabinet on all matters related to addressing the coronavirus threat. In particular, the task force will provide input to the Cabinet on the implementation of the general procedures specified in this communication.

Other task force members will include:

  • Vice President Jim Benté (Cabinet liaison and administrator representative)
  • One full-time faculty member per academic division
  • Adjunct faculty member
  • Learning Technologies representative
  • Managerial representative
  • Classified representative
  • Student representative

With support from the Coronavirus Advisory Task Force, College leadership will continue to monitor the coronavirus threat and adjust the institutional response as circumstances warrant.

The College appreciates your cooperation during this challenging period. By working together for the benefit of our students, we will help them successfully complete the spring 2020 semester and continue the progress toward their academic goals.

The DuPage County Health Department continues to monitor the COVID-19 virus in our area. We continue to be in contact with the County and will communicate information via email and the College website as it becomes available. 

In the meantime, here are some preventative measures the College is implementing:  

  • President Caputo has appointed Nursing & Health Sciences Interim Dean Dilyss Gallyot as the Chair of an institutional Coronavirus Advisory Task Force.  The task force will advise the President and the Cabinet on recommended actions to combat the coronavirus. 
  • The custodial staff has increased their efforts in disinfecting high-touch items throughout the College; desktops, doorknobs, stairway handrails, etc. are disinfected nightly.
  • Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout all campus buildings; disinfecting wipe stations are on order and will be placed near the hand sanitizer stations throughout campus. 
  • Study Abroad programs are being evaluated as more information is received from the U.S. Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control. At this time, the Study Abroad class to Japan, which was to take place during Spring Break, has been cancelled.
  • To reduce the spread of germs:
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Discourage food and beverage sharing.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Per Administrative Procedure 15-15, all communicable diseases are to be reported to the Coordinator of Risk Management at giesche@cod.edu or 630-942-2993.

For additional information, please click the links below.

Thank you for your help in keeping our learning environment healthy.

Dear Colleagues:

College of DuPage values the health and well-being of its faculty, staff and students. With continued issues and concerns associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19), we are working closely with public health officials and are carefully monitoring the potential spread of the virus. A new COD webpage went live this morning, cod.edu/coronavirus, and it provides the latest news and information to share with the campus community. Updates will be posted as information becomes available.

Safety is a top priority for the College community and senior leadership has implemented various steps to help protect
students and employees, while minimizing the risk of disruption to our institution. The following measures have been implemented:

  • Official E-Mail Communication
    • Risk Management Coordinator Phil Gieschen sent four emails (Jan. 28, Feb. 6, Feb. 26 and Mar. 2) informing the campus of preventative measures and precautions.
    • Interim Dean of Students Nathania Montes issued a student-wide communication regarding COVID-19 and safety. (Feb. 28).
  • Internal COD Monitors
    • Information on preventative measures was launched Mar. 3 and is being displayed on 42 screens across campus.
  • New COD Webpage
    • The COD COVID-19 webpage went live Mar. 4.
  • Text Message to COD Students
    • Text was sent to all current students regarding precautions Mar. 4 with a link to the new COD COVID-19 webpage.
  • New Daily Additional Cleaning/Sanitation
    • Facilities personnel are sanitizing all desktops, doorknobs, and stairwell handrails using disinfectant cleaner and microfiber cloths, similar to what is used in hospitals.
  • Sanitizer Stations
    • Hand sanitizer stations are located on each floor of every building on campus.
  • Travel Reimbursements
    • COD will reimburse employees for pre-paid expenses if travel cancellations occur due to COVID-19 concerns/restrictions.
  • Study Abroad
    • At this time, study abroad programs are expected to be conducted as planned. If future circumstances change, the cancellation of programs (with associated refunds) will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Coordination with Other Governmental Agencies
    • College administrators have been coordinating the College's preventative efforts with those of other relevant government agencies.

Please note that College officials are monitoring the coronavirus situation and will initiate additional preventative measures and countermeasures as circumstances warrant. In the unlikely event that circumstances related to the coronavirus warrant the closure of campus, instruction can be delivered online and/or be accomplished through alternative assignments.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Risk Management Coordinator Phil Gieschen at giesche@cod.edu or (630) 942-2993.

Given the global concerns about coronavirus, we want to share with you information that the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has published for colleges and universities throughout the state. The good news is that currently the health risk to the general public from coronavirus remains low, not just in Illinois, but throughout the United States.

Currently, the IDPH recommends colleges and universities hold classes and events as usual and follow their routine cleaning and disinfecting procedures; no special measures are necessary. It also says that the best way to protect against coronavirus is by taking the same everyday precautions against getting sick in general. These include:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Visit the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for more information.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Staying home when you are sick.
  • Covering your cough or sneezing with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

If you or a person you know has traveled in the previous 14 days to an area that has seen any occurrence of the coronavirus and are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care right away. Also, please notify the Dean of Students office at (630) 942-2485 or deanofstudents@cod.edu and include your name and student ID number.

Visit dph.illinois.gov to review the complete recommendations for colleges and universities.

We will continue to closely monitor recommendations regarding coronavirus and will update you should there be any significant changes or recommendations for schools. Thank you for your support in helping to keep our school and community healthy.

From: "Gieschen, Philip" <giesche@cod.edu>

Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 12:53 PM

To: ~Official Communication 

Subject: EH&S Newsletter - CORONAVIRUS

Earlier this year the Chinese government identified the presence of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus which has the ability to spread from human to human through coughing or sneezing. The Center for Disease Control and OSHA recommend that employees follow the protocol established during previous virus outbreaks. The most effective precautions are the ones easiest to follow:

  • When coughing or sneezing, do so into your elbow or tissue. You can be contagious without any noticeable symptoms.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If that is not possible use antibacterial hand gel.
  • Clean your workspace and phone regularly.
  • If you are sick, stay home.

General information about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

  • Existing OSHA standards apply to protecting workers from 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
  • The 2019-nCoV can cause pneumonia, which may be severe.
  • Signs and symptoms of infection include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. People infected with the virus may have these, as well as other (or no), signs and symptoms.
  • The CDC does not recommend the use of facemasks for the general public to prevent the spread of this virus. Many times these are worn incorrectly, giving a false sense of security.
  • Many of the cases identified in Asia were likely due to exposure at a large seafood and animal market, suggesting a possible zoonotic (i.e., animal) origin to the outbreak. Not all cases are connected to the market, though.
  • Given what occurred previously with other respiratory diseases caused by other coronaviruses, including Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), it is likely that some limited person-to-person spread will continue to occur.
  • Although the federal government has implemented screening measures at several U.S. airports, additional travelers infected with 2019-nCoV may arrive in the United States.

College of DuPage Environmental Health and Safety Department Coronavirus Information

CDC Information regarding Novel Coronavirus

CDC Frequently Asked Questions regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus

OSHAs information for workers and employers about the evolving Coronavirus

CDC Summary of the Novel coronavirus outbreak in China

Phil Gieschen
Coordinator of Risk Management

From: "Gieschen, Philip" <giesche@cod.edu>

Date: Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 8:56 AM

To: ~Official Communication 

Subject: Coronavirus Update

The attachment has updated information regarding Coronavirus. We will be updating this information as the Center for Disease Control releases new information that is applicable to the identification and prevention of the virus.

Phil Gieschen
Coordinator of Risk Management

From: "Gieschen, Philip" <giesche@cod.edu>

Date: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 8:42 AM

To: ~Official Communication 

Subject: Information sites to learn about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus 

Earlier this month the Chinese government identified the presence of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus which has the ability to spread from human to human through coughing or sneezing.  The Center for Disease Control and OSHA recommend that individuals follow the protocol established during previous virus outbreaks.  The most effective precautions are the ones easiest to follow:

  • When coughing or sneezing, do so into your elbow.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  If that is not possible use antibacterial hand gel.
  • Clean your workspace and phone regularly.
  • If you are sick, stay home.

 General information about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

  • Existing OSHA standards apply to protecting workers from 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
  • The 2019-nCoV can cause pneumonia, which may be severe.
  • Signs and symptoms of infection include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. People infected with the virus may have these, as well as other (or no), signs and symptoms.
  • Many of the cases identified in Asia were likely due to exposure at a large seafood and animal market, suggesting a possible zoonotic (i.e., animal) origin to the outbreak. Not all cases are connected to the market, though.
  • Given what occurred previously with other respiratory diseases caused by other coronaviruses, including Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), it is likely that some limited person-to-person spread will continue to occur.
  • Although the federal government has implemented screening measures at several U.S. airports, additional travelers infected with 2019-nCoV may arrive in the United States.

CDC Summary of the Novel coronavirus outbreak in China

CDC Frequently Asked Questions regarding the 2019 Novel coronavirus

OSHA’s information for workers and employers about the evolving coronavirus

We will be tracking this issue through The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and updating our community accordingly.

Phil Gieschen
Coordinator of Risk Management