Emory University guidance regarding campus visitors and COVID-19

March 7, 2020

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Emory University continues to follow CDC and state public health guidance regarding COVID-19. At present, there is no reported widespread transmission of the disease in Georgia and no public health guidance recommending suspension of conferences. 

However, older adults and persons with underlying health conditions are considered to be at increased risk for severe illness and complications from COVID-19. People in high-risk groups should consult with their healthcare provider about attending large events.

For guests, the latest advisories direct travelers to stay home for 14 days from the time they left countries that have a Level 3 travel health notice. Currently this includes China, Iran, Italy and South Korea. This means all returning travelers must wait 14 days before attending conferences and meetings on Emory’s campuses. 

While these restrictions may be disruptive for some, Emory must prioritize the health and safety of our campus community and visitors.

We encourage everyone to take the following precautions as recommended by the CDC to protect yourself and those around you:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Stay home when you are sick and seek medical attention if symptoms worsen.
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces.
  • Get a flu shot if you have not already. 

The situation is rapidly evolving. We will keep you updated about any changes. Additional information about Emory’s response to the outbreak can be found here