U of M suspends study abroad in China over coronavirus concerns

Recommendation comes from the CDC, U.S. State Department

WCCO Radio Newsroom
January 31, 2020 - 1:08 pm
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University of Minnesota officials on Friday announced the suspension of all student travel and education abroad programs in China for Spring 2020. The announcement comes as fears grow over the coronavirus outbreak.

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It the decision, U of M officials say there are no coronavirus cases reported on any of the campuses.

In a Safe Campus update on the school's website concercing the illness, the University writes: 

"Following our own public health protocols, and in accordance with CDC and MDH recommendations, all patients seeking treatment for fever and respiratory illnesses at Boynton Health will be asked about their overseas travel. Additionally, if there is the possibility that a patient has contracted the virus, they will be isolated while at the clinic. MDH will work with the CDC for additional testing and diagnosis and will advise on next steps. Should a laboratory-confirmed case be identified, MDH will contact anyone who may have come into close contact with the confirmed case of coronavirus. All close contacts will be provided with detailed health information and will be monitored for symptoms of the virus. The University will remain in close contact with MDH as they continue to monitor the situation. Should guidelines change, we will communicate with the campus community."

Students with plans to study or travel in China will be rerouted to other international destinations.

Related: Coronavirus prompts US to advise no travel to China

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