Guidance for Self-Reporting Coronavirus Exposure

Dear Members of the Rutgers Community:

As you know, Rutgers University has been carefully monitoring the reports and updated guidance coming from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and New Jersey Department of Health (DOH). As of today, New Jersey does not have any confirmed cases of coronavirus.

In the last day, the New Jersey Department of Health has issued new guidance for assessing the risk of individuals who have traveled to the United States from China between January 20 and February 2, AND meet any of the following criteria:

  • You have been in direct contact with a person with a confirmed case of the coronavirus illness
  • You worked as laboratory staff within a healthcare facility that was treating patients with confirmed coronavirus cases
  • You worked as laboratory staff in a research laboratory setting while not wearing personal protective equipment or other standard biosafety precautions in place

If you are a student and meet these criteria: please contact your student health office as soon as possible so that we can accurately assess your risk and provide you with individual guidance.

If you are a faculty member or staff and meet these criteria: please contact the Rutgers Department of Occupational Health at 848-932-8254.

International travelers arriving in the United States after 5 pm (EST) on February 2, 2020, will receive advice about quarantine at the border.

Individuals who have recently traveled to mainland China (including Wuhan City and Hubei Province) who have not had any close contact with a person with a confirmed case of the coronavirus illness are considered to be at low risk and are not required to self-isolate. We expect most international travelers to fall into this category.

Additionally, if you have recently traveled to mainland China (including Wuhan City and Hubei Province) and experience any symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), you should call your healthcare provider to seek medical attention immediately.

Even as we take precautions, it is important to remember that the likelihood that any particular individual is infected with the coronavirus is very low. There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in New Jersey at this time. We appreciate the cooperation of those who have provided information about their travel and followed the university’s guidance.

We continue to emphasize the importance of avoiding assumptions about who may or may not have come into contact with someone carrying the virus based on their identity. Rutgers’ diversity is one of its greatest strengths and we urge all members of the campus community to continue cultivating an environment free from discrimination and harassment.

Rutgers Student Health Locations

We have created a webpage (academichealth.rutgers.edu/coronavirus) where up-to-date information about the coronavirus, our preparations, and general guidance is available to address concerns expressed by our students, faculty, staff and community members. Rutgers New Jersey Poison Information and Education System is serving as the New Jersey Department of Health Coronavirus Call Center—call the hotline at 1-800-222-1222. The hotline can accommodate callers in multiple languages and is available 24 hours a day.

 

Wishing you good health,

Vicente Gracias, MD
Senior Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
Vice President for Health Affairs, Rutgers University

Brian L. Strom, MD, MPH
Chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, Rutgers University