Update: Novel coronavirus

February 6, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

The novel coronavirus that was first identified in Wuhan City in Hubei Province, China has triggered a global health emergency.

In response, earlier this week, the federal government implemented temporary measures in regard to travelers to and from mainland China.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Any U.S. citizen returning to the U.S. who has been in China’s Hubei Province in the previous 14 days will be subject to up to 14 days of mandatory quarantine to ensure they are provided proper medical care and health screening.
  • Any U.S. citizen returning to the U.S. who has been in the rest of Mainland China within the previous 14 days will undergo proactive entry health screening at a select number of ports of entry and up to 14 days of monitored self-quarantine to ensure they have not contracted the virus and do not pose a public health risk.
  • Temporary suspension of entry into the U.S. for foreign nationals who pose a risk of transmitting the 2019 novel coronavirus. Foreign nationals, other than immediate family of U.S. citizens and permanent residents, who have traveled in China within the last 14 days, will be denied entry into the U.S. for this time.

Meanwhile, at Michigan Medicine, precautionary measures have been put into place.

First, all Michigan Medicine employees who traveled anywhere in mainland China within the past 14 days are asked to disclose their travel to their immediate supervisor and Occupational Health Services (OHS). Similarly, all employees who may have had exposure to a patient or individual with suspected novel coronavirus are also asked to disclose to their supervisor and OHS.  

At that point, OHS will work with Infection Prevention & Epidemiology to identify the appropriate next steps.

To contact OHS, call 734-764-8021 between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Outside of these hours, for time-sensitive questions, please page Infection Prevention & Epidemiology at pager No. 30032.

Please note, this policy is in place for employees of Michigan Medicine and all employees whose primary work assignment is within the health system or medical school.  

Michigan Medicine is also continuing to screen all patients for travel and is assessing risk to ensure appropriate control measures are put into place wherever and whenever appropriate.

Finally, the university has published a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the novel coronavirus. A Chinese-language version of the FAQs has also been provided.

Please refer to those websites as updates will be made on a consistent basis.