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"Return home immediately" Canisius College implores students studying abroad amid Coronavirus fears

Posted at 8:58 PM, Mar 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-03 09:30:28-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Canisius College is strongly recommending that students studying abroad "return home immediately" amid Coronavirus fears.

The college's Infectious Disease Response Committee made the recommendation on Monday saying in a statement that concerns for the safety and well-being of Canisius students, faculty and staff guided this decision.

"As reported cases of COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus) rise internationally and now in the United States, a team of Canisius College vice presidents and department directors, has been closely monitoring and assessing the potential impact on academic programs and activities in which our community members are involved."

Canisius College has also decided to prohibit "college-sponsored or related international travel" to any countries designated by the CDC as a Level 4- currently only China; Level 3, including Italy, South Korea and Iran. This will include trips over the college's upcoming spring break and during the summer.

The college is not aware of any students, faculty or staff who have been exposed to COVID-19 at this time.

While there are no cases of Coronavirus in Erie County, New York State has had its first confirmed case. A 39-year-old woman from New York City recently returned from Iran, where cases of the Coronavirus are spiking. Across the United States 6 people have died from COVID-19.

"The most important thing is hand hygiene, making sure you avoid people who are obviously ill. Masks are pretty much of no value," explained Dr. John A. Sellick with the Division of Infectious Disease at the University at Buffalo.