Division of Student Affairs > Support Services > Health & Wellness > Coronavirus 2020
On February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the current outbreak of coronavirus, COVID-19. The university has been monitoring the situation, will continue to do so and is sharing the following information to raise awareness and inform the university community.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
The CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Source: CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html
On a local level, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) has reassured the general public that the risk of the virus spreading still remains low. On January 30, CDPH announced the second case of the COVID-19 here in Chicagoland – the sixth in the country. Our first case was a woman who had traveled to Wuhan, China. This case is her spouse, the first case of human-to-human transmission in the United States. On February 15, it was announced that the two Chicago-area patients have recovered and were released from home isolation. Read more here.
Continue to find status updates on COVID-19 in Chicago here.
We are always working to educate the campus community about best practices for minimizing the spread of any infectious disease, whether it would be the flu or COVID-19. It's always a good idea to practice good hand-washing and basic hygiene. That cuts down on the risk of person-to-person spread of many infectious diseases.
For those of you who are planning international travel, please visit https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/china#travel-notices for the most recent notices related to this virus.
If you have questions or concerns, or if you learn of a confirmed case of COVID-19 at DePaul University, whether student, faculty or staff, email HPW@depaul.edu or contact Shannon Suffoletto at 773-325-7129.