March 3, 2020
Dear Knox Community,
We understand that many of you may have concerns about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and its potential impact on the Knox College community. We want to assure you that the College is keeping current with information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and the Illinois Department of Public Health. This includes closely monitoring the situation in each country where coronavirus disease has been reported and where there are currently Knox College students studying abroad or planned Knox-sponsored travel.
It is important to first note that there have been no reports of any members of the campus or local community contracting coronavirus. If the situation changes, we will provide the necessary information to students, faculty, staff, and families.
We continue to review all planned Knox-sponsored spring break travel. At this time, we anticipate these programs will take place as scheduled, with the exception of the Seattle Tech Excursion, which has been cancelled. Conditions may change, however, and we will update the campus community as needed.
We realize that you may have your own plans for travel during spring break. We strongly advise against international travel to a country with a Level 3 Warning. Any students, faculty or staff traveling to a country considered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to be a Level 3 risk for coronavirus are required to self-quarantine for two weeks and not return to campus unless they are asymptomatic for that period. Additionally, please be aware that many countries could implement new entry and exit control measures or quarantines with very little notice. If you do travel, please use caution in choosing your destination and monitor travel advisories from the U.S. Department of Health and CDC.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided the following travel health notices:
Warning Level 3
The CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to:
Alert Level 2
These destinations are experiencing sustained community transmission of respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), which can spread from person to person. Individuals should consider postponing nonessential travel:
Watch Level 1
The CDC does not recommend canceling or postponing travel to the following destinations. Travelers should practice usual precautions.
Because the situation with respect to the coronavirus is so fluid, we encourage you to regularly review the CDC Travel Notices for the latest information about CDC travel health notices.
We are currently in the midst of cold and flu season, so it is important to take reasonable precautions to minimize the spread of all respiratory viruses, including:
The College will continue to communicate with our students, faculty, staff, and families on this evolving issue.
Michael Schneider, Provost and Dean of the College
Anne Ehrlich, Vice President for Student Development