Jan. 31 Message to Campus: U.S. Public Health Emergency and Self-Quarantines

To the Case Western Reserve Community:

This afternoon, the federal government declared the novel coronavirus a public health emergency for the U.S.

Effective 5 p.m. EDT Sunday, Feb. 2, individuals arriving from the Hubei province of China may be subject to quarantine for up to 14 days. Those arriving from other areas of China will encounter enhanced airport screening that could also lead to monitored self-quarantine.

In addition, foreign nationals who have recently been in China will be denied entry to the U.S.

In the context of these and other developments, the university strongly urges all members of the university community now in China to make arrangements to leave as soon as possible.

Students in China who need assistance with this process should contact the Office of International Student Services at 216.368.2517 or international@case.edu.

Faculty and staff in China for university-related reasons can contact Mark Murray, director of immigration and HR services, at 216.368.1397 or mark.murray1@case.edu for assistance.

We will provide additional updates regarding the implications of the federal public health emergency for members of the Case Western Reserve community as soon as possible.


Carolyn Gregory
Vice President for Human Resources

Lou Stark
Vice President for Student Affairs