UHC Monitoring CDC Regarding Coronavirus

Updated Monday, February 3, 2020

A Message from UHC's Executive Director

Dear students, faculty, staff, and the greater UO community:

The health of the University of Oregon community is a top priority for the University Health Center (UHC). We want to assure you that we are carefully and continually monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for updated information about the viral infection of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). UHC has procedures in place to screen for potential cases and to act quickly in the event of a suspected or confirmed case. 

As you may be aware, coronavirus (2019-nCoV) began in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, in December 2019. There have been confirmed cases in multiple countries, and several states within the US. The number of cases and suspected cases is changing daily. 

Symptoms of this coronavirus can include fever (greater than 100.4), cough, and shortness of breath. It is generally believed that symptoms begin up to 14 days after exposure.

It is important to know when and where to access care:

  • If you have traveled from China in the past 14 days before symptom onset and you have developed a fever AND a cough or shortness of breath, you will need to seek medical attention.
  • If you have come in close contact with an individual who is ill with coronavirus in the past 14 days before symptom onset and you have developed a fever OR a cough or shortness of breath, you will need to seek medical attention.
  • FIRST call your health care provider and tell them that you are concerned about coronavirus infection. This will help them take steps to keep other people from getting infected and give you the best advice.
    • UO students should contact the University Health Center at 541-346-2770.
    • All other UO community members should contact PeaceHealth University District Emergency Department at 541-686-6931.
  • You only need to seek care if you are experiencing symptoms. Please continue to carefully monitor your health and take immediate action if you develop symptoms.

If you have symptoms, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or cough or sneeze into your sleeve. Dispose of used tissues in a lined trash can, and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Stay home if you are sick.

You can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available and if your hands are not visibly dirty. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

If you have a mask and are advised to wear it by the health center when you call, please do so.

There are many illnesses that share similar symptoms, and a heath care professional can assist in determining what is making you ill.

Debra Beck, RN, MBA
Executive Director

Source: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/hcp/clinical-criteria.html