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January 27, 2020 Coronavirus Update

Belmont Faculty, Staff and Students,

In December 2019, the international health care community identified in Wuhan, China a new respiratory virus that has since been labeled 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Belmont University Health Services is following the current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations and works closely with local public health officials to ensure the ongoing safety and well-being of all campus members. Belmont does not have any international students from Wuhan, nor do we have any students currently studying in China. At this time, there is no identified risk to the Belmont community.

Out of caution, all patients at Belmont Health Services with symptoms of cough and fever will be asked to wear a mask and provide information about any recent travel history. Influenza and similar viruses are most prevalent at this time of year. We would like to take this opportunity to remind the Belmont community of standard recommendations to prevent the spread of infections including regular hand washing and use of hand sanitizer and covering the mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing.

There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity and other features associated with 2019-nCoV, and investigations are ongoing. The latest situation summary updates are available on CDC’s web page at 2019 Novel Coronavirus, Wuhan, China.

We will continue to update the community as new information becomes available. In the meantime, be aware that the Belmont Health Services  clinic (615-460-5506) is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m.-noon, and our professional staff is ready to assist you. The clinic is located on the first floor of McWhorter Hall. The Health Services website also lists other local clinics with additional hours of operation.