March 6, 2020
Share facts, not fear of coronavirus
Submitted by Communications and Marketing
According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the K-State community continues to be at minimal risk for the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. KDHE released a risk assessment chart that has definitions and advice for individuals based on risk level. The chart answers many questions about risk level and health management of persons who may have been exposed.
In areas that do have an elevated number of cases, risk of exposure is still relatively low, according to the CDC. Travel is a factor that could increase risk, which is why Kansas State University implemented a travel ban on faculty-led or university-sponsored trips to countries that have a CDC Warning Level 3 or U.S. State Department Travel Advisory Level 4. This was based on guidance from CDC and KDHE. Education Abroad and Lafene Health Center are working with students who are returning from canceled programs to reduce any possible community exposure.
The situation remains very fluid and the university is frequently updating a website dedicated to addressing coronavirus and how it relates to K-State. Please check frequently for continued updates. At a time where rumors can spread quickly, the CDC asking for help to counteract those rumors with facts. Check out this page.