Connecticut College – with information and consultation provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, the Connecticut public health commissioner, and the local Ledge Light Health District – closely monitors public health issues. Below is information that may be helpful for students, faculty, staff, parents and other visitors to the College.

Coronavirus

Connecticut College is monitoring the concerns about the Coronavirus. Please review the CDC Travel Health Notice for the Novel Coronavirus in China at wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/alert/novel-coronavirus-china

Common Symptoms of the Coronavirus Include:

  • Fever
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing
  • Pneumonia

If you have a cough and fever, and have recently been to China or have been exposed to a person with known Coronavirus, please seek medical attention immediately at either L+M Hospital in New London or Pequot Health Center in Groton. Both medical centers have protocols in place to screen for and manage the virus.

The CDC Recommends:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available;
  • Consult with a medical clinician or travel clinic prior to travel if you have any health-related concerns;
  • When traveling to any of the affected countries, avoid contact with sick people, livestock (alive or dead) and animal markets.  Avoid eating raw or undercooked meat and eggs;
  • Avoid travel while sick (traveling with a fever from an unrelated condition could result in increased susceptibility to other illness, further screenings and other travel issues);
  • Expect additional screenings at airports and transit hubs, and allow for extra travel time;

Minimize travel to China or other Asian countries, if possible, between Jan. 21 and Feb. 3 due to the Lunar New Year holidays, a busy travel period during which 2019-nCoV could spread further throughout China or to additional countries in the Asia-Pacific.

Influenza Advisory

If you become ill with flu or flu-like symptoms, you should contact Student Health Services by phone first at 860-439-2275, rather than walking in. This is especially important to protect students with other health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, suppressed immune systems, heart disease and kidney disease as they may be coming in for care at Student Health Services and are at higher risk for complications from the flu. Healthcare personnel will document your illness over the phone. You may designate a friend to come in for medications, fluids, and masks that you may use in your room while ill.

Students with suspected cases of flu may be asked to remain in their rooms and identify a friend who can bring meals and drinks from the dining hall. If you live within driving distance, we may suggest you go home to recuperate. 

As always, if you become ill and have to miss class, you should inform your professors and academic dean as soon as possible, which may be done via email. You should be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication before resuming your routine class and co-curricular schedules.

For more information about caring for yourself when you are sick please visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu/consumer/caring-for-someone.htm.  

Do your part to help slow the spread of flu!

 

Prevention of communicable diseases 

Students who have chosen not be immunized or are medically exempt from state-mandated vaccines will be required to leave campus for three weeks in the event of an outbreak for their health and safety. State-mandated vaccines are: two varicella, two MMR, and meningitis.

Zika Virus

Students who are currently in areas affected by the zika virus have been contacted by Student Health Services and the Study Away Office. We encourage all students to monitor the CDC website (http://www.cdc.gov/zika/) for updates on the virus and affected countries.

Note to Non-Immunized Students

Non-immunized students (those without immunization for measles, mumps, rubella, meningitis, and/or varicella) will be required to leave campus for three weeks in the event of an outbreak.