The University of California is closely monitoring developments around the coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, China, in late December 2019. Consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), UC Health physicians are vigilant and on alert to potential infectious disease presentations consistent with our protocols for patient care.
Following the World Health Organization’s (WHO) declaration of a global health emergency on January 30, 2020, combined with CDC and State Department guidance, UC’s Office of the President issued a directive to the UC community (including students, faculty and staff) to temporarily avoid all non-essential travel to China while federal travel health warnings are in effect. Each UC campus and medical center was advised to take immediate steps to develop a review and approval process to determine if travel to China is absolutely essential or if it can be postponed.
We are committed to the well-being of the university community and the public at large, ensuring well-being and safety with established protocols to identify and quickly respond to potentially dangerous illnesses.
UC Health’s five medical centers and campus health facilities have extensively trained emergency preparedness specialists who continuously, carefully screen patients for multiple infectious diseases based on symptoms, travel history and up-to-date recommendations from local, state and federal public health officials.
If you’d like additional information, please see the links below:
Current situation summary: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Updates on health protocols: https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00426.asp
Travel advisories: https://www.cdc.gov/travel/notices
Coronavirus background: https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus