Health Alerts

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Last updated 3:33 PM MST, 3/28/20

To date there have been 5 positive COVID-19 tests among University of Arizona community members. 

CAMPUS HEALTH REMAINS OPEN

PLEASE CALL BEFORE YOU COME IN.

You will be connected with one of our medical or mental health providers.  This call-first procedure is in place to better serve you, increase efficiency, and ultimately minimize risk for the UA community.
 

Medical: (520) 621-9202 | After Hours: (520) 570-7898
CAPS 24/7: (520) 621-3334

Going forward, many appointments will be done via phone or Zoom Health (HIPAA compliant).

All non-essential/routine healthcare services are suspended for 2 weeks due to COVID-19. We will reevaluate the first week of April. Please check back here for updates on when those services will re-open.  Please call (520) 621-9202 if you have any questions.

Campus Health phone, location, hours and services

COVID-19 TESTING

Campus Health is now testing for COVID-19 - please call (520) 621-9202 before you come in. 

However, since test kits are limited, we are only testing symptomatic students and employees who meet Pima County Health Department and CDC guidelines.

Campus Health providers will determine if students/employees meet those criteria for testing.

Depending on this determination, you may be asked to self-isolate and monitor your health without testing.

We anticipate additional testing options to be available in the community in the near future. 


Global health officials are investigating an outbreak of a novel coronavirus, now referred to as COVID-19.

While the current risk is low in Pima County, we should use this time to plan and prepare for COVID-19, according to the CDC. 

HEALTH

PROTECT YOURSELF:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • More prevention tips here.

PHYSICAL DISTANCING:

Everyone has a role to play to reduce and slow transmission of COVID-19.  This means avoiding crowded places and maintaining a healthy distance from others when possible.  This helps protect ourselves and others from exposure, decreases the strain on our healthcare system, and ultimately save lives.

MENTAL HEALTH:

Ideas to help cope with stress related to COVID-19

If you’re feeling alone or struggling, text TALK to 741741 or call 1-800-274-TALK.

COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

IF YOU FEEL SICK:

  • Stay home: people who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness.
  • Monitor your symptoms and seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing).  If seeking medical care, call the doctor's office or emergency room ahead and tell them about your symptoms.
  • Find out more from the CDC: What To Do If You Are Sick
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Guidance for Persons Potentially Exposed to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus
2019 新型冠状病毒潜在接触者指南

Currently there is no vaccine for COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to practice the above prevention practices and avoid being exposed.

UNIVERSITY PREPAREDNESS

COVID-19 Updates & Guidance From The University of Arizona

All Campus Communications

TRAVEL

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL UPDATE

The Department of State has elevated the Global Health Advisory, which pertains to all international travel destinations, to Level 4 – Do not Travel.

Effective immediately, all future international travel for academic and business reasons by University of Arizona faculty, staff, and students shall not be authorized until further notice due to the current outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

 U.S. citizens and permanent residents returning to the United States after visiting a country listed by the Center for Disease Control & Prevention as a CDC Level 3 destination will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days following their return to the United States. Foreign nationals may be barred entry back into the United States.

DOMESTIC OUT-OF-STATE TRAVEL UPDATE

Effective immediately, all non-essential domestic out-of-state academic and business travel for University of Arizona faculty, staff, and students is suspended, and will not be authorized until further notice, due to the current outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). If travel is deemed as essential, approval will need to be obtained from the appropriate Senior Vice President responsible for your unit. If you are returning to campus from academic and business travel, and in particular if you have visited places that have known COVID-19 community spread, you are strongly urged to self-quarantine at home for two weeks following CDC guidelines.

More information and advice for travelers can be found through the CDC.

Travel Registry Coronavirus page


FAQs

The good news is you can reduce your risk of COVID-19 by following these everyday prevention practices:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

If you are a University Arizona located outside of Pima County, please refer to your local county health department if you are concerned about potential symptoms of COVID-19 or would like additional information.  For example, the Maricopa County Public Health Department is the contact for students residing in Phoenix. 

Healthy people who have no symptoms of COVID-19 should not wear a mask. 

Masks are effective for sick individuals to help limit transmission of germs through coughing and sneezing, as well as for health professionals and care-givers.  According to the CDC and WHO, masks are effective only when used properly and in combination with frequent hand cleaning. 

The Coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 (previously known as 2019 novel coronavirus or 2019-nCoV), is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

It is part of a larger family of viruses called coronavirus, some of which are in circulation normally and can cause illnesses like the common cold. Learn more about COVID-19 at the CDC website.

Yes. Monitoring and testing are ongoing across the United States. A current case count table is available on the CDC website

Currently, risk to the public in Pima County is low.  This is a rapidly-evolving situation and the risk assessment may change daily.
Please visit the CDC website for the most up-to-date national information.

No. Cold water with soap is just as effective at removing germs during hand washing. 

According to the CDC, the “temperature of the water does not appear to affect microbe removal; however, warmer water may cause more skin irritation and is more environmentally costly.”

More information from the CDC on proper handwashing.

 

Out of concern for your health as well as that of your family, friends and the campus community, the University of Arizona is directing students, faculty, and staff returning from CDC Warning Level 3 countries to self-quarantine and practice social distancing for 14 days upon return to the United States.   

See the resources above for more information on how to protect your health and the health of those around you.

Campus Health is now testing for COVID-19 - please call (520) 621-9202 before you come in. 

However, since test kits are limited, we are only testing symptomatic students and employees who meet Pima County Health Department and CDC guidelines.

Campus Health providers will determine if students/employees meet those criteria for testing.

Depending on this determination, you may be asked to self-isolate and monitor your health without testing.

We anticipate additional testing options to be available in the community in the near future.