Coronavirus

COVID-19

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In light of the novel coronavirus named COVID-19, this message clarifies the university’s policy on travel by UH students and employees.

It is important to remember that the government’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation. Out of an abundance of caution, we remind our entire UH community that any travel to and from Hawaiʻi, including within the United States, maybe restricted on short notice. If you are on authorized or personal travel when this happens, you may be delayed in returning to Hawaiʻi.

Please check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel advisory page for the latest updates.

TRAVEL FROM HAWAIʻI

CDC Level 3 Countries: Any UH-sponsored travel by students and employees to CDC Level 3 countries is not authorized. As of this message, Level 3 countries are China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran.

CDC Level 2 Countries

  • Employees: Any UH-sponsored travel to CDC Level 2 countries is not authorized unless approval is received from your respective UH Officer. If travel was arranged prior to a country receiving a Level 2 designation, then your respective UH Officer must approve before departure.
  • Students:
    • Any UH-sponsored travel by individual students to CDC Level 2 countries is not authorized unless approval is received from your UH Officer.
    • Any UH-sponsored travel by student groups to CDC Level 2 countries is not authorized.
  • UH Officers are the UH Mānoa Provost, UH Hilo Chancellor, UH West O‘ahu Chancellor, Vice President for Community Colleges, all other Vice Presidents, and the President.

As of this message, Japan is the only Level 2 country.

TRAVEL INTO HAWAIʻI: Visitors, Students, and Employees

Once an individualʻs entry into the State of Hawaiʻi is cleared by the government, visitors and returning students and employees are welcomed on all of our campuses. No additional restrictions are required beyond what is already mandated by government authorities. Any type of bias, discrimination and/or harassment directed at visitors and returning students and faculty during this situation will not be tolerated.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email covid19@Hawaii.edu and check the UH COVID-19 resource pages:

Many of our faculty, staff and students are planning to travel during the upcoming spring break. While the university does not set requirements for personal travel, everyone is encouraged to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 travel guidelines.

Everyone should postpone or cancel travel to high-risk (Level 3) countries, as designated by the CDC, and consider the same for areas with active community transmission, including within the United States. Those with underlying health conditions should consider postponing or canceling any travel.

If you travel to a CDC Level 3 Travel Advisory country (China, Iran, South Korea and Italy), the University will be adhering to recommendations that you self-quarantine for 14 days when you return and that you receive clearance from UH officials before returning to campus.

All UH faculty, students and staff must report travel (personal or work) to a CDC Level 3 Travel Advisory country and receive clearance from:

  • Faculty/employees: Contact your supervisor, who will work with HR.
  • Students: Contact your campus student affairs office and the responsibility for your school assignments needs to be discussed with your faculty/department.

This is a rapidly evolving situation and other countries and areas could be added to the Level 3 Travel Advisory list with little or no notice. As community transmission increases within the U.S., it is also possible that CDC will issue guidance regarding domestic travel. Travelers may encounter delays and/or face government-imposed 14-day quarantine upon return. Everyone is strongly encouraged to regularly check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 travel page and the UH COVID-19 Travel FAQ page for the latest information.

To learn more about what you can do to protect yourself from COVID-19, check out these practical tips.

Please watch for more UH updates on COVID-19 and stay informed through our UH COVID-19 web page. If you have any questions, please email: COVID19@hawaii.edu.

Mahalo,
University of Hawaiʻi

 


If you think you may have been infected with novel coronavirus, please call the Department of Health reporting line at 808-586-4586