Minimizing the spread of novel coronavirus

*This post was updated March 2*

It is important that we each do our part to minimize the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

As always, stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others, and make use of sick leave. Please ensure you discuss absences with your supervisors and follow your department’s sick leave policies.

  1. Do not go to the emergency room unless essential. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your regular doctor first.
  2. Stay home when sick.
  3. Practice excellent personal hygiene habits, including handwashing, coughing into tissue or elbow, avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.
  4. Stay away from people who are ill, especially if you are 60 and older or have underlying health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, or a weakened immune system.
  5. Stay informed. Information is changing frequently. Check and subscribe to Public Health’s website ( or blog (

Please remember that the vast majority of cases of COVID-19 are believed to be mild.

We will continue to monitor this situation and as new information becomes available, will provide additional updates.