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Providence University Health and Safety Update: COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

Office of International and Cross-Strait Affairs / Feb 25, 2020

Providence University(PU) is currently monitoring developments regarding the status of the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) and its possible risk to PU students. COVID-19 is a new virus that belongs to a family of viruses that include the common cold. While instances of COVID-19 have been reported in over 20 countries, there are a few locations that have been disproportionately impacted by the virus. 

 

Our current guidelines for all regions are below:

 

ITALY 

In a response to a rise in cases in the region, currently isolated to small communities, government authorities in the Italian region of Lombardy have taken the decision to temporarily close university campuses for one week as a precautionary measure. In addition, on February 24, the Taiwan Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) issued a health alert of level 1 warning subject to 14-day self-health management after arrive at Taiwan.

 

SOUTH KOREA

Following recommendations from the South Korean Ministries of Education and Foreign Affairs, universities across South Korea have decided to delay the start of classes for two weeks as a preventative measure. Students currently on PU study abroad exchange programs in South Korea are being supported by the host institutions and PU staff. We are monitoring the situation, including the recent travel notice level to Level 3: Warning, and advises the public to avoid all non-essential travel to South Korea announced by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Feb. 24. We will continue to communicate updates or changes regarding our programs in South Korea. In addition, the CECC announced that starting from February 25, foreign nationals entering Taiwan from South Korea must undergo a 14-day period of home quarantine; that starting from February 25 until the end of February 26, Taiwanese nationals entering Taiwan from South Korea must conduct a 14-day period of self-health management; and that starting from February 27, Taiwanese nationals entering Taiwan from South Korea must undergo a 14-day period of home quarantine.

 

JAPAN

Students currently on PU study abroad exchange programs in Japan are being supported by the host institutions and PU staff. We are monitoring the situation, including the level 2 travel warning subject to 14-day self-health management which announced by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Feb. 24. We will continue to communicate updates or changes regarding our programs in Japan.

 

CHINA

PU suspended its program in China for spring 2020. Students were directed to cancel the programs or have delayed their program to a later semester.

 

WORLDWIDE

The nature of COVID-19 does merit additional precautions for travelers globally. Many countries have implemented health screening procedures, and some have advised travelers to request a clean bill of health from a medical professional and take this document when travelling internationally. 

 

Students may experience closings of public offices and administration, cancellations of large gatherings, and precautionary measures during travel. We encourage all students traveling to follow the health and safety guidelines of the WHO.

 

The WHO currently offers the following advice:

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
  • When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands
  •  Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider
  • When visiting live markets in areas currently experiencing cases of novel coronavirus, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals
  • The consumption of raw or undercooked animal products should be avoided. Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices

PU is committed to making student safety our top priority and we urge students to follow all PU Emergency and Safety Protocols in addition to the advice of the World Health Organization (WHO) and local medical authorities.

 

For updates and additional information, please monitor the WHO and Taiwan CDC webpages on COVID-19.

 

We will continue to keep you informed of developments as needed and recommend following our website.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Coordinators of regions in Office of International Affairs:  

-Outgoing Exchange Program: Mr. Steve Su(stevesu@gm.pu.edu.tw) #11564

-Incoming Exchange Program& ISEP Program: Ms. Alanda Chang (ynchang@gm.pu.edu.tw) #11562

-Asian Region: Mr. Mark Lan(yslan@gm.pu.edu.tw) #11561

-European Region: Ms. June Yang(juneyang@gm.pu.edu.tw) #11563

PU OIA Contact Tel: +886-4-26328001#11561-11564

Websites for reference:

*   Providence University: https://www.pu.edu.tw/

*   Taiwan Centers for Disease Control(CDC): https://www.cdc.gov.tw/

*    WHO: https://www.who.int/home