Student Health Services Updates on Coronavirus 2019 (2019-nCoV)

We continue to monitor the Coronavirus outbreak and, as anticipated, things are rapidly changing. Please continue to check back here for updates and reminders on how to prevent the spread and to where to go if you are experiencing symptoms.

Update: February 25, 2020

Campus status remains unchanged and NC State continues to have no identified cases of novel coronavirus. In addition, there are no confirmed cases in North Carolina.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports new outbreaks in Iran, Italy, South Korea and Kuwait. These outbreaks are associated with both travel to China and local transmission. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has elevated the travel advisories for Iran, Italy and South Korea. Both Iran and Italy are at Level 2 – Alert, Practice Enhanced Precautions. South Korea is at Level 3 – Warning, Avoid Nonessential Travel—Widespread Community Transmission

Study Abroad Programs and the Office of International Services is communicating regularly with programs, scholars, faculty and staff who may be impacted by travel advisories and restrictions. 

Update: February 13, 2020

Campus status remains unchanged and NC State continues to have no identified cases of novel coronavirus.

NC State administration shared a letter with the campus community on Tuesday, Feb. 11 about novel coronavirus. Please continue to check this page to stay informed about the virus and to learn more about NC State’s monitoring and prevention efforts.

Update: February 7, 2020

NC State continues to have no identified cases on campus even as the outbreak continues to grow both in China and in other countries.

On February 2, travel restrictions were imposed and US citizens who have traveled to Hubei Province, China will be placed in mandatory quarantine for 14 days. US citizens who have traveled from other areas in China will be placed in self-quarantine and health monitoring for 14 days. Foreign nationals (other than immediate family of U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and flight crew) who have traveled in China within 14 days of their arrival, will be denied entry into the United States.

A video message update to the NC State community has been posted to NC State News.

Conditions on NC State’s campus remain unchanged. Classes and activities remain on regular schedules.

Please see the FAQs for further updated information.

Update: January 31, 2020

NC State continues to have no identified cases on campus. Students who have traveled to/from China have presented to Student Health Services but, after medical evaluation, have not needed testing or further evaluation.

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the 2019 Coronavirus Outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has declared it a Public Health Emergency for the United States. These actions have resulted in higher levels of travel restrictions.

Students scheduled for study abroad programs in China should be in close communications with the program leaders. Study abroad programs and activities in China have been suspended until further notice.

Conditions on NC State’s campus remain unchanged. Classes and activities remain on regular schedules. Please see our FAQs for further updated information.

Update: January 28, 2020

The outbreak continues to evolve globally. For the most updated situation report  follow the CDC and the WHO.

The risk for individuals on NC State’s campus remains low.  

NC State continues to follow the Pack Ready Plan to monitor the programs and populations on campus that may be at risk and to prepare for the possibility of an ill individual on campus. 

NC State continues to follow established protocols around communicable diseases to monitor the programs and populations on campus that may be at risk and to prepare for the possibility of an ill individual on campus. We also continue to work closely with local and state health authorities to protect campus.


See memo from Provost Arden

The programs and populations that may be at risk has expanded to include those that have traveled to/from the Hubei Province in China. CDC travel advisories have expanded to include all of China and the current recommendation is to avoid all non-essential travel to China. Additionally the US Department of State has also increased their advisory to Level 3-Reconsider Travel. 

FAQs have been developed to address specific questions that have been received from staff, faculty and students.

Update: January 24, 2020

  • Inform the health care provider that you have traveled and, if you were screened at an
    airport during your travels, bring the card or paper you received.
  • If you are coming to Student Health please call first (919.515.7107) and tell us you are ill. This is so we can be sure you receive the appropriate care in the appropriate location.
  • When you come into Student Health, please use a mask found at the door.
  • Even if you have made an appointment online, please go to the appointment desk and let them know you are ill and have traveled to the affected area.
  • After hours, students can go to an Urgent Care Center or Emergency Department. If you call 9-1-1, inform them that you have traveled to the affected area.

Anyone planning to travel to the area should stay informed by going to the Department of State website. If you are planning to travel on a university sponsored trip, please coordinate with the Office of Global Engagement.

January 22, 2020

NC State Student Health Services is following the outbreak of Coronavirus 2019 (2019-nCoV) closely. As you may be aware this novel coronavirus has been associated with a respiratory illness and is believed to have originated and is largely centered in the Wuhan area of China. Travelers from that area have become ill and have been identified in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and the US. There is some suggestion that the coronavirus can be transmitted from people to people at a very low rate.

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that include the viruses that cause SARS and MERS. Illnesses in humans is frequently associated with contact with animals.

CDC has initiated medical screening at select airports for those travelers coming either directly or indirectly from the Wuhan area.  A Level 2 travel alert has been issued instructing people who travel to/from the area to seek medical care if ill with fever and respiratory symptoms, avoid contact with people who are ill and animals while traveling to the area, and wash hands with soap and water.

People who have traveled to/from the Wuhan area of China since December 1 or who have had direct contact with someone who has a laboratory confirmed case of coronavirus and who have a fever over 100.5F with or without respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) should seek medical care and inform the health care provider of their travel. The incubation period (the time from exposure to infection) is thought to be 2 weeks. If you come to Student Health please notify the appointment staff immediately upon arrival.

NC State Student Health is following this rapidly changing situation closely and is working in conjunction with the Wake County Health Department and the NC Division of Public Health. We will post updates as new information becomes available.