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The University is monitoring the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus, also known as 2019-nCoV, that originated in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. There are currently 103 cases of 2019-nCoV in the United States, but there no confirmed cases in North Carolina or at UNC-Chapel Hill.

The University has been contacting students, faculty and staff who have recently traveled to China to provide resources.

As a reminder, the following support services are available to employees:

Flexible Work Arrangements: arrangements with managers and supervisors may be made for remote work until the 14-day incubation period from the time of potential exposure expires or if they are experiencing coronavirus symptoms.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP): EAP is a resource program available to help employees through stressful situations and events. Those who may worry about interacting with people who may have been recently exposed, but are asymptomatic, may find this service helpful.

University Employee Occupational Health Clinic: faculty or staff can call the University Employee Occupational Health Clinic at 919-966-9119 (between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.), or their healthcare provider if they have questions or concerns about the coronavirus.

The best ways to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus infection are to follow the same protocols for any respiratory virus:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • When you are sick, please stay home.
For more campus updates and resources, please visit the UNC-Chapel Hill Environment, Health and Safety 2019-nCoV website. University officials continue to monitor the situation and will provide additional updates if recommendations change or if other circumstances warrant it.
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