2019 Novel Coronavirus

(2019-nCoV)

February, 5, 2020

The Schiffert Health Center (SHC) along with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) continues to monitor the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. Currently there are no confirmed cases at Virginia Tech or in the Commonwealth of Virginia. VDH is closely monitoring and investigating any reports of illness in the Commonwealth that may potentially be associated with the novel coronavirus. SHC is also in regular communication with county health officials. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available. Find information on what the public should do.

All individuals presenting to SHC continue to be screened for any recent international travel. Flu activity continues to be high on campus and in the Commonwealth. Find more information on preventing Flu shots are still available for students at SHC if you have not yet received one. Find more information on preventing the flu.

January, 30, 2020

On January 30, 2020 the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). While This was also the first instance of a person-to-person spread of the virus in the United States, an event that was expected by the CDC, at this time the virus is NOT currently spreading in the United States. The CDC assessment remains that the immediate risk to the American public is low, and there is no need for the general public to change their behavior in any way based on this news.

We understand that people are concerned. Our guidance at this time of year is to continue doing those things previously recommended to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, such as the flu. These include washing your hands, covering your cough, and taking care of yourself.

January 23, 2020

The CDC is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (termed “2019-nCoV”) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and which continues to expand. The CDC has confirmed the first case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the United States in the state of Washington. While there is limited person-to-person spread, it is still unclear how easily or sustainably this virus is spreading between people. While severe illness, including illness resulting in a number of deaths has been reported in China, other patients have had milder illness and been discharged. The CDC is closely monitoring the situation and is working with the World Health Organization (WHO). It is important to know that based on current information, the immediate health risk from 2019-nCoV to the general American public is deemed to be low at this time.

All individuals visiting Schiffert Health Center are screened prior to their appointment for any recent international travel. Those who have traveled from China to the United States will be asked questions about their health and travel history. We advise you to seek medical care and alert a healthcare provider if you have traveled to Wuhan City within the past 14 days and are experiencing a fever with or without respiratory symptoms.

For more information about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, click here.

As a reminder, seasonal influenza activity in the United States and in Virginia continues to be high.

The flu shot is the best way to protect yourself from getting the flu. For students, Schiffert Health Center still has flu vaccines available, and it’s not too late to get yours. Schedule an appointment for a flu shot by calling 540-231-7621.

Some healthy habits to help prevent the flu include:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Cover your mouth and nose with tissue when coughing or sneezing
  • Clean your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub

For more information about the seasonal flu and ways to stay healthy, please visit the CDC’s website.