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Health Services, Center for International Engagement, and the Crisis Management Team continue to monitor and adjust to any updates related to the coronavirus. The well-being of our students and campus community is a priority
Please review the Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Has Trinity been in communication with the students studying abroad in China?
A. Yes. The Center for International Engagement coordinated the return of all students studying abroad in China.
Q. When will students come back to Trinity?
A. As of Feb. 4, 2020, all students who were studying abroad in China have returned to campus. A smooth and safe transition was coordinated by Health Services, Residential Life, Academic Affairs, and the Center for International Engagement.
Q. Where are the students living who are now back on campus?
A. Residential Life worked to identify residence hall rooms that were available to re-entering students. All students now have moved back into residence halls.
Q. Will students coming back to campus be able to sign up for classes?
A. Yes. Academic Affairs and the Center for International Engagement have worked with faculty to secure classes for returning students.
Q. Did Health Services provide screening or testing to students who are back from China?
A. As an additional precaution, when students arrived back on campus, Residential Life provided students with instructions outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for travelers returning from China. These instructions detailed the process Trinity has in place should a student who recently returned show symptoms for the novel coronavirus. There is no recommendation to perform any testing on asymptomatic individuals returning from Mainland China.
Q. Is there anyone in the Trinity community that is suspected to have coronavirus?
A. No, the University is not aware of any suspected cases in the Trinity community. And, at the time of their return, none of the students reported having been in close contact with anyone who has the coronavirus, or traveled in Wuhan. Airports across the U.S. are screening for any symptoms. Anything done at Trinity would be additional and upon the student contacting Health Services if they become symptomatic.
Q. How many students were abroad in China?
A. There were less than 10 students abroad in China. All of whom were contacted by the Center for International Engagement and have secured travel back to the U.S.
Q. If I am paired with a student returning from China, should I visit Health Services?
A. You should visit Health Services if you become symptomatic. Health Services also has resources that you can pick up regardless of whether you feel symptomatic.
Q. If I feel that I have symptoms developing and it is after Health Services business hours, where do I go?
A. If Health Services is closed, we recommend you go to the ER. If possible, we recommend that you call ahead of time so that the ER can best prepare for your arrival.
Q. Who has Trinity been in contact with from the city?
A. Health Services and the Crisis Management Team have been in continued communication with the City of San Antonio Metropolitan Health District and the CDC.
Q. What is the contact information for Health Services?
A. You can find contact information, resources, and hours of operation on the Health Services webpage.
Q. Are the students returning from China being quarantined?
A. The Trinity Students who returned from mainland China (not Wuhan) were not subject to quarantine. This is in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and San Antonio Metropolitan Health guidelines. Those returning to the country on or after Feb. 3, 2020 are undergoing evaluations at ports of entry and some will be recommended they stay at home for a period of self quarantine for 14 days depending on risk factors.
Q. Will the students returning from China be required to wear masks?
A. No. In keeping with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, those who are returning from areas outside of Wuhan, China, are not considered to be carriers of the disease. Therefore, they were NOT asked to wear a mask.
Q. What are the symptoms of novel coronavirus?
A. Symptoms of novel coronavirus are similar to the symptoms of influenza. These include: fever, chills, body aches, shortness of breath, and cough.
Q. Do I need to be tested for novel coronavirus if I have flu-like symptoms?
A. No. At this time the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines state that if you did not travel to Wuhan, China or have exposure to either an infected person or a person who is undergoing testing for the virus, you do not need to be tested for novel coronavirus. You would, however, need to be evaluated to determine the source of your symptoms. Health Services is available to perform such evaluations.
Q. Can Trinity Health Services test for coronavirus?
A. No. Testing can only be performed within a higher-level treatment center such as an emergency room. Trinity Health Services can perform assessments for those meeting the above testing criteria, and can aid with coordination of care and testing with the San Antonio Metropolitan Health Department.
Q. Have there been any cases of novel coronavirus in the U.S. in persons who have not traveled to Wuhan, China?
A. Yes. More detailed information can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. There are expected to be more cases of person-to-person spread of this viral infection. We are continually monitoring the spread of this disease through communication with our local healthealth department. We will notify if any positive cases are identified on campus. At this time, there are no positive cases, nor are there persons suspected of having coronavirus (no one is undergoing testing).
Q. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus to be a "public health emergency of international concern." Does this mean the threat to the U.S. population is high?
A. No. The threat to the U.S. population continues to be LOW RISK according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This declaration does indicate that there is a risk of transmission of this virus outside of China. For this reason, all measures need to be taken internationally to limit its spread. According to the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee, this allows for implementation of “non-binding but practically and politically significant measures that can address travel, trade, quarantine, screening, and treatment. WHO can also set global standards of practice."
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