Student Health Services Updates

Health Alerts

Posted: April 7, 2020

CDC on Homemade Cloth Face Coverings

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure. Read More


●Patients with coronavirus (COVID-19) have experienced mild to severe respiratory illness.
●Symptoms (which may appear up to 14 days after exposure) can include fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath.
●If you have traveled to an area with widespread COVID-19 infection and develop symptoms, call Student Health Services or your doctor.

It is VERY IMPORTANT to call before going to their office.

 

Campus News & Updates

Coronavirus Update University Messages - Posted: March 5, 2020

Dear UNCG Community,

UNC Greensboro is monitoring the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation closely as information and recommendations continue to change quickly. As always, the safety and health of our students, faculty, and staff are of utmost priority. Please visit the UNCG COVID-19 website for the latest information.

We are writing today with important updates. Spring Break is a common time for travel, and the recommendations regarding protocol for those returning from travel have changed during this week. (Faculty and staff, you will soon receive an update on guidelines regarding the impact of COVID-19 on upcoming University-sponsored travel plans).

Current Guidelines for Returning Travelers

UNCG continues to track COVID-19 in partnership with local, state, and federal health agencies. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control has provided the following country-specific risk assessments for COVID-19:

Level 3: China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea

Level 2: Japan

Based on CDC guidelines, the University is instructing ALL travelers – faculty, students, staff, affiliates, and visitors – traveling from Level 2 or 3 countries to remain off campus until 14 days after they return.

  • If you are returning from a Level 3 country, per CDC guidelines, you should self-quarantine in your home for 14 days and monitor yourself for symptoms.
  • If you are returning from a Level 2 country, per CDC guidelines, you should limit contact with others for 14 days and monitor yourself for symptoms.

If these conditions apply to you:

  • Call UNCG Student Health Services at 336.334.3148 or your doctor’s office to get instructions on how to self-quarantine.
  • Contact your local public health department (in the county where you will be residing during the 14-day period) to let them know you have recently returned from an impacted country. They may choose to help you monitor yourself for symptoms.
  • Students who need assistance with making arrangements during this two-week period should contact the Dean of Students Office at 336-334-5514. If you are a faculty or staff member, alert your supervisor or department head/chair.
  • If you develop symptoms, seek medical attention. Call before you visit any health clinic to let them know you have recently traveled. They may have specific protocol they want you to follow to avoid exposing others.

It is critical that all returning students, faculty, and staff are clear and accurate about any travel that has occurred over Spring Break so we can effectively support your individual needs. Please note that this is essential to protecting community health. Any student who does not accurately represent their travel or who violates the protocols above will be subject to discipline through the Student Code of Conduct.

Stay informed

This continues to be a rapidly evolving situation. We encourage you to monitor developments through the State Department and CDC websites. Anyone who is traveling should, in addition to taking recommended measures to prevent getting sick, take basic precautions to prepare for potential travel disruptions.

The seasonal flu continues to be common in our area. The same actions that help prevent the spread of the flu also help prevent the spread of Coronavirus. These actions include:

  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid shaking hands.
  • Disinfect frequently touched objects using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with those who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

UNCG will continue to monitor updates from the CDC, local, and state health departments and the University System for guidance and recommendations for our campus and our community. We will continue sending updates as needed and as information evolves. These will be made available by email, social media, and on our COVID-19 website. These communications are important – please be sure to read any updates that we post.

Coronavirus Campus Update - Posted: February 27, 2020

UNCG students, faculty, and staff,

With Spring Break approaching, UNCG continues to work closely with the Guilford County Health Department and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to monitor the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus, support the health and safety of the university and broader community, and ensure we are prepared should the virus be identified in our community. UNCG is also actively monitoring and following all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and federal guidelines related to this virus.

At this time, the exposure risk at UNCG remains low, and there have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state of North Carolina. Please remember that at this time, you are at much greater risk of getting ill from the influenza virus (the flu) than from the novel coronavirus, and we remain in the peak of the flu season. To decrease your risk of getting sick, please:

  • 1.Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • 2.Cover your cough with a tissue or sneeze/cough into your elbow.
  • 3.Avoid close contact with sick individuals.

If you are sick, please stay at home to decrease the risk of spreading your illness to others.

It is important to stay informed and pay attention to credible, official sources of information. Please be aware that recommendations regarding travel to countries where the virus is present continue to change quickly. We strongly encourage anyone with travel plans to consult the CDC and State Department websites to ensure you are aware of the most up-to-date recommendations. In addition, regular campus updates about coronavirus are being posted on the Student Health Services website. The site includes a coronavirus FAQ from the CDC, information about symptoms and preventative actions, and other helpful information. We will continue to keep you updated as the situation evolves.

Given the speed with which information is changing, please contact the following offices if you have questions.

  • For questions about study abroad, call the International Programs Center at 336.334.5404 or email studyabroad@uncg.edu.
  • For questions about other University-related travel abroad (faculty and staff work-related trips), email Nell Pynes at pjpynes@uncg.edu.
  • For questions about health issues, contact Student Health Services at 336.334.3148 or your primary care provider.

It is understandable to feel uncertain or anxious when information is changing rapidly. When we feel uncertain and anxious, we are more vulnerable to allowing assumptions, stereotypes, and soundbites to influence our decision-making. Please remember to be thoughtful about the information sources you rely on and your assumptions about, and reactions to, others. Showing compassion, empathy, and respect for each other are critical to our community. Wherever Spring Break takes you, stay safe.

Should I wear a mask to protect myself from COVID-19- Posted February 18, 2020

University of North Carolina Greensboro is continuing to monitor the coronavirus outbreak that originated in Wuhan, China.
Below are links to a few brief videos that address some of the common questions:

Am I at risk for COVID-19 from a package or products shipped from China- February 18, 2020

University of North Carolina Greensboro is continuing to monitor the coronavirus outbreak that originated in Wuhan, China.
Below are links to a few brief videos that address some of the common questions:

Coronavirus Update- Posted January 29, 2020

Important Health Message from UNC Greensboro

As you are likely aware, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported 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 continues to expand. The majority of confirmed cases are in China, however, there are confirmed cases in other countries, including the United States. There are no confirmed cases in North Carolina at this time.

We are actively monitoring information being provided by local, state, and federal health authorities.

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that include the common cold. Our understanding of this new strain of the virus will continue to improve over the coming weeks, but here are several important things to keep in mind. Currently:

  • • News coverage of the situation is very heavy, and continues to change. We suggest monitoring the CDC Novel Coronavirus Website for the most accurate information, but also be sure to pay attention to messages and updates from UNCG specific to our community.
  • • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) views the risk to the general US population as low.
  • • Concern is centered around individuals who have recently traveled to China.
  • • As such, the CDC and the State Department have recommended that all non-essential travel to China be avoided. For updated travel notices related to the outbreak, visit the CDC's Travelers Health site.
  • • Many study abroad programs in China have been suspended.

This virus, like the flu, causes respiratory symptoms (e.g., congestion, coughing, fever).
We are currently in cold and flu season. The standard recommendations to stay healthy during cold and flu season apply to this virus as well:

  • • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • • Frequently clean hands by using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and water.
  • • Cover your cough/sneeze (with flexed elbow or tissue), and wash your hands immediately after.
  • • Immunize yourself against the flu if you have not already.

As always, and especially during flu season, if you begin to feel sick—particularly with fever, cough, or shortness of breath within 14 days of returning from China or other countries— contact Student Health Services at 336-334-3148 or your primary care provider.

UNCG campus updates will be available on the Student Health Services website Health Alert.

Mumps Update- Posted January 28, 2020

An additional case of mumps has been confirmed within the UNC Greensboro community. Student Health Services remains in collaboration/communication with the Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services to increase awareness about the mumps.

Any individual who was determined to be a close contact through their investigation has already been contacted and no mass immunization clinics are planned.

Symptoms of mumps include:
• low grade fever
• headache
• muscle aches
• tiredness
• loss of appetite
• swollen/tender salivary glands along the jaw or behind the ears.

The incubation period for this confirmed case is from 1/13/2020 to 2/6/2020. Students who develop mumps symptoms during this time, please contact Student Health Services (336-334-5340), their local healthcare provider, or Guilford County Department of Public Health (336-641-6500 or 336-641-5598).

Mumps Update- Posted January 14, 2020

At the conclusion of the Fall semester, there were no additional known students with symptoms of or confirmed mumps.
As students return to classes, to prevent spread of ALL infections:
• Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.
• Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing
o Use your upper sleeve, not your hand.
• Avoid sharing food, drinks, utensils, cigarettes or vaping devices.
• Disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, counters, tables.

Mumps Update -Posted December 5, 2020

Last week, we had another student present to Student Health Services with symptoms that were concerning for mumps. That individual was isolated for the recommended timeframe and testing was performed that was negative. There are currently no students in isolation.

Our number of confirmed cases of mumps remains at 1.

The Guilford County Department of Public Health has determined that we are out of the incubation period of our confirmed case but will continue to monitor students for possible new cases.

Students exhibiting signs or symptoms consistent with mumps should schedule an appointment with Student Health Services by calling 336-334-5340.

As we move into the final weeks of the semester, to prevent spread of ALL infections:
• Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.
• Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing
o Use your upper sleeve, not your hand.
• Avoid sharing food, drinks, utensils, cigarettes or vaping devices.
• Disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, counters, tables.
For more information about mumps: CDC Website


MUMPS NOTICE
Posted: November 12, 2019


At this time, our confirmed number of mumps cases remains at 1. We have had 2 additional cases that were suspicious for mumps that were placed in isolation for the timeframe recommended by Guilford County Department of Public Health. Their initial testing has been negative. There are currently no students in isolation.

It is possible that we may see additional cases due to the longer incubation period of the virus.

Students exhibiting signs or symptoms consistent with mumps should either schedule an appointment with Student Health Services or, by calling 336-334-5340 (limited online appointments are available) or visit your primary care physician.

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For additional information about mumps: CDC Website
SYMPTOMS INCLUDE
  • ✱Low grade fever
  • ✱headache
  • ✱muscle aches
  • ✱tiredness
  • ✱loss of appetite
  • ✱swollen/tender salivary glands along the jaw or behind the ears
PREVENT MUMPS
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To prevent further spread of infections:
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.


Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing; use your upper sleeve, not your hand.


Avoid sharing food, drinks and items such as utensils, cigarettes or vaping devices.


Avoid participating in activities that may result in saliva exposure.