Virginia Tech requires self-quarantine for those who traveled in high-risk coronavirus hot spots


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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Virginia Tech students, faculty, and staff who have traveled to a country deemed high risk by health officials for infection of the coronavirus must self-quarantine prior to returning to the university.

The Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) issued level three travel notices for China, Iran, North Korea, and Italy due to the “widespread community transmission of respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus.” The CDC issued a level two travel notice for Japan.

The university prohibits university-sponsored travel to and from these countries deemed high risk by CDC.

Anyone returning to the campus who recently traveled to a level two or three travel notice area must show that they have no symptoms associated with COVID-19 including cough, fever, and shortness of breath for at least 14 days from the date of return to the U.S., the university said.

Self-quarantine requires staying at home for at least 14 days except for visits to a medical professional for evaluation, according to the CDC.

Here are other guidelines recommended by health officials for self-quarantining:

  • Limited contact with other members of the residence, including pets;
  • Frequent hand washing;
  • Consistent cleaning of all high-touch surfaces such as tables, countertops, doorknobs keyboards, tablets, bathroom fixtures, television remotes, phones, and other areas;
  • Restricted sharing of such household items as drinking glasses, plates, utensils, bedding, towels, and clothing; and
  • Regularly washing dishes, clothing, and bedding.

Members of the university community can share their self-quarantine plans over the phone at (540) 231-4600 or complete a form online.

University officials may ask for a dated arrival receipt of travel when returning to the campus.

If anyone has questions or concerns about self-quarantining or COVID-19, contact Shiffert Health Center at (540) 231-6444.


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