Environmental Health and Safety: Novel Coronavirus Update

This message is from environmental health & safety (eh&s).  If you have any questions, please contact Carey Sedlacek at (702) 651-4817.  Thank you!

Dear students, faculty, and staff:

The College of Southern Nevada and the Environmental Health and Safety department continue to closely monitor the ongoing outbreaks of respiratory illness caused by a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.  To date, there have been no confirmed cases in the State of Nevada.  The risk to the public is low and people who have not traveled to an area where the disease is spreading are not at an increased risk. 

Both the U.S. State Department and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have issued travel warnings, urging individuals to avoid all unnecessary travel to China. These warnings are intended to limit the spread of novel coronavirus, which the World Health Organization is now calling a global health emergency.

You can stay up to date with the latest on the coronavirus and travel warnings at the following websites:

Right now, the novel coronavirus has not been spreading widely in the United States. Please note, there are no additional precautions recommended for the general public at this time.  As a reminder, there are some simple yet effective things we can all do to help protect ourselves against the flu and other respiratory illness:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water, if not available, use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others
  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing

If anyone has questions or concerns regarding novel coronavirus, feel free to reach out to me directly for assistance. 

Thank you,

Carey Sedlacek
Environmental Health & Safety

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