ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: ORA Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 11, 2020,

The following message is sent on behalf of Dr. Deborah Bruner, Senior VP for Research and Dr. Robert Nobles, VP for Research Administration

Dear Colleagues,

To follow up on the message we shared recently (can be found here), we wanted to provide you with additional guidance regarding existing travel restrictions.

New CDC guidance directs travelers to stay home for 14 days from the time they left countries that have a Level 3 travel health notice. Currently, this includes China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea. Emory University is following this directive for all returning travelers, including faculty staff, and students. This means all returning travelers must stay home for 14 days from the time they left these countries before coming back to Emory in order to maintain social distancing. The CDC advises to take these steps to monitor your health and practice social distancing:

  • Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also, watch for a cough or trouble breathing.
  • Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period. Discuss your work situation with your employer before returning to work.
  • Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
  • Avoid crowded places and limit your activities in public.
  • Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).

Faculty and staff who have traveled to or through Level-3 countries should call the Office of Occupational Injury Management at 404-686-8587 to receive a questionnaire. Additional details can be found on Emory’s COVID-19 site.

Please let us know of any questions or concerns.


Deborah Bruner, Senior Vice President for Research

Robert Nobles, Vice President for Research Administration

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