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  • Autumn semester 2020

    Information for international students regarding returning to campus.

  • Virtual Advising

    Immigration coordinators at the Office of International Affairs are available for virtual advising M-F from 1-4 p.m. via CarmenZoom.

  • Health professionals

    Are invited to participate in this year's digital Global One Health Summer Institute, which offers trainings that address diseases at the interface of humans, animals, plants and the environment.

  • FLAS Fellowships Awarded

    Foreign Language and Area Studies grants awarded to 52 Ohio State students to support intensive language study.

Updated CDC Travel notices and alerts for COVID-2019 Coronavirus

February 25, 2020 - Ohio State is actively monitoring the updated CDC Travel Health Notices issued for COVID-19 coronavirus.

The CDC currently maintains Warning Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel notices for:

Novel Coronavirus in China

Coronavirus in South Korea

In accordance with the CDC advice and Ohio State’s protocol for risk designated travel, the university has taken the following actions:

  1. China: a temporary suspension on all university-supported travel by faculty, staff and students to China is currently in effect through April 20, 2020. Information on travel restrictions to China can be found in the travel alert issued February 23 and Ohio State’s full statement on COVID-19 coronavirus is available on the Wexner Medical Center website.
  2. South Korea: A travel alert has been posted announcing the temporary suspension on all university-supported student travel to South Korea through April 20, 2020. At present, this does not impact faculty and staff travel.

In addition, the CDC has issued the following travel health notices (as of February 23, 2020):

Alert Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions

Coronavirus in Japan

Coronavirus in Italy

Coronavirus in Iran

Watch Level 1, Practice Usual Precautions

Coronavirus in Hong Kong

Updates and additional notices are published on the CDC website: Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel.

Ohio State Students Currently Abroad Spring Semester

The CDC Alert Level 2 and Watch Level 1 travel health notices do not recommend cancelling, postponing or suspending travel. Ohio State currently has education abroad students on programs in Italy and Japan. At present Ohio State is not suspending spring 2020 programming in these locations.

Students currently abroad have been sent messages advising them of the notices and the importance of following key prevention measures:

  1. Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
  2. It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
  3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  4. Avoid contact with people who are sick.

Current travelers are also advised to monitor and follow guidance from the ministry of health with their host country in addition to the general travel guidance of the CDC and the World Health Organization.

Travelers requiring medical attention should follow the protocol of local health authorities for notification of medical officials. The GeoBlue insurance can be used to access local providers and initiate coverage of claims for medical care.

Ohio State Students Planning Education Abroad Travel for Summer Term 

For countries such as Japan and Italy, the Alert Level 2 does specifically advise “older adults and those with chronic medical conditions may be at higher risk for severe disease. People in these groups should discuss travel with a healthcare provider and consider postponing nonessential travel.” Ohio State advises any traveler fitting this description to speak with their treating medical provider regarding their planned travel itinerary. Travelers with medical concerns documented by their treating provider should speak with the unit sponsoring their travel concerning withdrawals. 

Should further notices be issued for additional countries, Ohio State will adhere to the same protocol of following the CDC guidance in consultation with medical leadership in the Office of Student Life Student Health Services and the Wexner Medical Center and university experts in public health and infectious disease.

Ohio State will continue to monitor the advice of the CDC, the U.S. Department of State and the guidance of public health officials in the host countries.

Additional updates on university guidance on travel and COVID-2019 preparedness will be posted on the Office of International Affairs Travel Alerts webpage and the Wexner Medical Center website.