Currently, no known threats to Mansfield University
MANSFIELD, Pa. – Mansfield University officials are closely monitoring the spread of the coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, China, to ensure the safety of students and employees on campus.
With five reported cases in the U.S. as of Tuesday morning, Jan. 28, there is currently NO known threat to Mansfield University or anywhere in the region.
Campus Safety and the university administration have followed the situation closely since the earliest reports of the virus in China in order to ensure the safety of university students and employees. University officials are closely monitoring reports from the PA Health Alert Network (PA HAN), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and credible media outlets as the situation continues.
The Mansfield University community includes Chinese students, faculty, and visiting scholars who are understandably concerned about family and friends in China, and the university shares in their concern. The university also has faculty with close connections to China who travel there frequently. No one in the campus community has traveled to Wuhan recently or been in China since the outbreak occurred.
The university has about 50 Chinese alumni, the majority of whom work and reside in China. Mansfield University has been in contact with many of its Chinese alumni as well as our former visiting scholars. All are doing well and report that they are taking the necessary precautions.
Due to the developing situation, the Mansfield University community should monitor the virus via updates provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov.
In addition, the Mansfield area is in the height of the annual flu season. Some basic steps to prevent the spread of flu include:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home when you are sick to reduce the spread of illness
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze – use a tissue or your sleeve
- Wash your hands with soap and water – hand sanitizers are a substitute
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth to reduce the spread of germs
- Practice good health habits: rest, drink fluids, and eat well
- For more information – https://www.health.pa.gov/flu
The Mansfield University Health Clinic is located on the ground floor of Spruce Hall and can be contacted directly at 570-662-4350 for appointments.