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Emergency Updates

    • Update to CDC Guidance for Travelers from China

      February 05, 2020

      Following updated guidance from the CDC, travelers from China should self-isolate and monitor their health for 14 days following their departure from China. Travelers who develop a fever, cough or have difficulty breathing should call their primary care physician or the Philadelphia Public Health department before going to a doctor's office or emergency room for care. 

      Drexel travelers should also be aware that there are significant entry restrictions in place for many countries, including the United States, for any travelers arriving from China. This includes potential restrictions on US citizens for entry to the US. Travelers to international destinations who have been in China in the 15 days prior to travel should check with their airlines about any restrictions for entry into their destination country. 

    • Update Drexel Travel Restricted Amid Corona Virus Outbreak

      January 30, 2020

      Drexel International Health, Safety and Security continues to monitor closely the coronavirus outbreak, which is centered in Wuhan, China, but also present throughout that country. Given that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends avoiding all nonessential travel to China and the US Department of State has issued a Level 4: Do not travel for all of China, we have decided to restrict all Drexel University faculty, professional staff and student travel to China, effective immediately. 


      Any faculty, professional staff member or student who wishes to travel to China will require written approval from the Provost’s OfficeProspective travel would first need approval from the respective dean or department head, with all requests then submitted to the provost for review and final decision.  In addition, all upcoming travel to China for Drexel students is suspended until further notice. This approach follows the current guidance of the CDC, as well as the U.S. State Department.  


      Faculty and professional staff who have travelers visiting from China to Drexel should be advised that, following guidance from the CDC, all travelers arriving from China will be screened upon arrival for symptoms of coronavirus. If they are not showing signs of illness, they will be permitted to enter and engage in normal activities and interactions. Drexel departments and colleges hosting Chinese visitors should ensure that visitors have information on how to proceed if they become unwell during their visit. Travelers from China who have been in the U.S. for more than 14 days without symptoms are considered to have passed the incubation period for the coronavirus. 

    • China considered High Risk Travel

      January 28, 2020

      Due to the current CDC Advisory Level 3: Avoid Non-Essential Travel and the State Department Advisory Level 3 Reconsider Travel, for China, travel to China is now determined to be High Risk by the University Travel Risk Review Committee and upcoming travel to China is prohibited at this time for all Drexel students. Given the uncertainty of the current situation in China with the containment of the corona virus, Drexel strongly discourages faculty and staff from traveling to China at this time. Drexel faculty and staff with upcoming travel plans to China should contact Marcia Henisz for further guidance on the advisability of travel to China. International Health, Safety and Security is actively monitoring developments in China and other affected countries. 

    • Update Coronavirus in China

      January 24, 2020

      Following the guidance of the CDC Level 3 Warning and the US Department of State Travel Advisory, Drexel travelers are advised to restrict all travel to Wuhan and the entire Hubei Province. Drexel travelers with upcoming plans to visit China or other impacted countries may contact Marcia Henisz for more information and updates as this is a rapidly evolving situation. If you are a Drexel traveler who has recently been in China or one of the other affected countries abroad, please contact the Student Health Center so you can take part in any health screening. Drexel IHSS will continue to follow closely developments as governments and health organizations including the WHO and CDC work to contain the spread of this disease.

      Any travelers through major hub airports may experience additional screening and should be cautious about travelling while sick during this time. 

    • Coronavirus in China and parts of Asia

      January 21, 2020

      Drexel International Health, Safety and Security is following closely the news of the outbreak of Coronavirus in Wuhan, China. Additional cases have been reported in Beijing and Guangdong province and very limited cases in Thailand, South Korea, Japan and in the US (Washington state). Drexel does not have any registered travelers in Wuhan nor have any known travelers that have been in Wuhan in the past three weeks. The CDC raised its risk assessment to Level 2: Practice Enhanced Precautions. The CDC is carefully monitoring the situation and working with the WHO. Drexel IHSS is reviewing carefully the news and any impact that it may have on known Drexel travelers in the region. 

    • Heightened Security Tensions in the Middle East

      January 04, 2020

      Following US airstrikes in Baghdad, Iraq, Drexel International Health, Safety and Security is monitoring closely the heightened security in the region. Drexel IHSS has reached out to all known Drexel travelers in Israel to provide additional travel guidance.

    • Protest Activity throughout France

      December 06, 2019

      Drexel International Health, Safety and Security is monitoring the recent uptick in protest activity throughout France that has caused significant disruption to public transportation in the major cities of France, including Paris and Lyon. There has been some incidence of violence related to the protests which are expected to continue into next week. Known Drexel travelers in country have been provided with guidance. 

    • Security Incident on London Bridge

      November 29, 2019

      Drexel International Health, Safety and Security is monitoring news reports of a stabbing incident on London Bridge in the UK. Early reports indicate five victims in the attack and local authorities have responded to the scene. A welfare check on known Drexel travelers in the city was completed.

    • Drexel discontinues programs in Hong Kong

      November 14, 2019

      Due to the recent escalation of protest activities on university campuses in Hong Kong, Drexel has made the decision to discontinue all programming for students in Hong Kong effective immediately. International Health, Safety and Security is working with students to arrange for their safe departure from the city in the coming days. 

    • Flooding in Sheffield

      November 08, 2019

      Drexel International Health, Safety and Security is following closely the news of heavy rainfall overnight that has resulted in flooding across Yorkshire in the United Kingdom. Road and rail disruption is expected over the next 24 hours. All known Drexel travelers in Sheffield have been provided with guidance. 

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