February 28, 2020
With an abundance of caution, Yeshiva University is monitoring reports of the Coronavirus and is following the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York State Department of Health and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to manage the risk.
The Coronavirus, which causes an illness called COVID-19, is a respiratory tract illness that presents flu-like symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. First identified in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, it has spread to several countries, including the United States, but no confirmed cases have been reported in New York State.
For information on coronavirus, please consult:
- New York State Department of Health
- New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization
The immediate risk at Yeshiva University remains low, but we are preparing for the possibility that the coronavirus will cause a public health threat to the University community. Yeshiva University’s Emergency Management Team is following CDC and the New York City Department of Health communications closely. We will provide updates as needed. As of today, there are still no confirmed nor suspected cases of this virus at Yeshiva University.
Prevention is very important. Here are ways to stay healthy:
The CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine and taking the following preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- CDC coughing and sneezing etiquette.
Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
Washing Your Hands
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. CDC hand washing protocol.
• If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes will be available at Security as well.
Any student experiencing symptoms (which may be similar to the flu or common cold and may include fever and coughing) should go to the Wilf and Beren Campus student health centers. If you have had any possible coronavirus exposure, please call the health centers before going there.
Beren Campus Student Health Center
Brookdale Residence Hall 2B (for undergraduate women only)
50 East 34th Street, New York, NY 10016
For weekend and after hours medical emergencies, please contact:
YU Beren Campus security, 212-340-7460
Wilf Campus Student Health Center
Furst Hall Room 520
500 West 185th Street, New York, NY 10033 (for graduate and undergraduate students)
For weekend and after-hours medical emergencies, please contact:
YU Wilf Campus Security: 212-960-5200
The CDC also has specific guidance for travelers.
If you have been in China or have been exposed to someone sick with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, please contact your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms and your travel or exposure to a COVID-19 patient. For people who are ill with COVID-19, please follow CDC guidance on how to reduce the risk of spreading your illness to others.
In general, students, faculty, and staff should seriously consider avoiding non-essential international travel until advised otherwise by competent authorities. Because this is a rapidly evolving situation, and the outbreak appears to be spreading quickly (including a new case in California), we are reaching a point at which we cannot assume there are “safe” locations. While University personnel who have traveled to known outbreak locations should remain away from campus for two weeks after their return, everyone should be vigilant in observing the wellness precautions above and in monitoring any changes in their health.
For More Information
Finally, there is a great deal of inaccurate and biased information circulating in the news media and on social media. The best sources for current information on the outbreak are the CDC, New York City Department of Health and your state department of health. The University also reminds members of the community to treat one another with civility and respect: infectious diseases are neither confined to nor the responsibility of any one group.
For more information, visit:
If you have specific questions please see the YU Health Services contact list below.
• For students: 646-592-4290
• For faculty and staff : 646-592-4338