*Office of the
Vice President for Operations
and Public Safety

TO:           UVM Community

FROM:        Gary Derr, Vice President for Operations and Public Safety

DATE:         February 28, 2020

RE:              Coronavirus Update

As I am sure you are aware, the nation and the world are closely 
monitoring the developing outbreak of a new coronavirus (COVID -19). To 
date, there are 82,000 coronavirus cases confirmed in 45 countries, 
including the United States. The world-wide death toll is just over 
2,800. By comparison, and to provide a sense of scale of concern, the 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that in 
the United States alone, the 2019-2020 flu season has hospitalized 
280,000 people, and resulted in 16,000 deaths.

The UVM Emergency Operations Group has been meeting regularly to prepare 
campus to handle any immediate or long-term issues related to the 
coronavirus. We have also been working and will continue to work with 
the Vermont Department of Health to coordinate planning and response 

_*UVM Travel Restrictions:*_ 

Recently, the CDC recommended avoiding all nonessential travel (CDC 
Warning Level 3) to South Korea.  As a result, UVM faculty, staff and 
students should delay travel to South Korea until further notice for 
research or other academic or business purposes, irrespective of the 
source of financial support for the travel or for students, whether for 
credit or not-for credit. The University will restrict future travel to 
additional countries the CDC adds to the Warning Level 3 list. 
Individuals with planned travel to countries currently on the CDC Alert 
Level 2 list—Iran, Italy, and Japan—should make contingency plans in the 
event the CDC raises their status to  Warning Level 3.
*__*Study Abroad*_

We encourage students currently abroad to regularly check the CDC 
website for latest information, consult with their host 
institution/program providers, and think critically about their own 
comfort level with the emerging situation given their individual medical 
conditions and the possibility of movement/travel being restricted. The 
Office of International Education i <>s available 
to talk with students about their individual circumstances. Students 
involved in study abroad programs through other institutions need to be 
aware that they may be impacted by the host institution’s decision to 
suspend a program. This is a decision out of UVM’s control. We will work 
with those students on a case by case basis regarding the impact this 
may have on their coursework and academic progress. Spring break 
travel-study courses currently are scheduled to continue as planned. If 
threat levels change in a way that impacts any of these programs, we 
will be in touch with the appropriate college or school.

_*Helpful Resources:*_

We have created a webpage 
that contains the current status of the virus with links to the CDC with 
specific information about the virus. The site also contains additional 
resources including links to the Vermont Department of Health and the 
World Health Organization. If you are planning any travel, particularly 
international travel, we encourage you to review the CDC’s 
recommendations. These are the most credible sources of information.

University Continued Preparedness Planning

The University has an emergency response plan, and continues to monitor 
developments.  As the situation evolves, we will update you as appropriate.

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Gary L. Derr
Vice President for Operations and Public Safety

University of Vermont
347 Waterman Building
Burlington, Vermont 05405

(802) 656-8937 (Office)

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