Coronavirus: New Travel Restrictions and Required Monitoring

On January 31, 2020 the Department of Health and Human Services announced new travel restrictions and required monitoring for those traveling from China to the U.S.

 If you have traveled from China to the U.S. since January 18, 2020, this important information applies to you. 

1. Effective immediately, all travelers coming from China in the past 14 days (since January 18th) should: 
  • Monitor and write down your temperature twice daily (morning and evening).
  • Self-isolate for 14 days after your departure from China. Please follow the CDC interim Guidelines for self-isolation found here.
  • Monitor for symptoms that warrant future assessment by a healthcare provider.
2. Notify your healthcare provider or Urgent Care Clinic by phone (do not walk-in) if:
  • Your temperature is greater than 100.4F/38C or
  • You have a cough, difficulty breathing, or shortness of breath. 
  • If your symptoms are severe, call 911 and report your symptoms and recent travel information.

If your healthcare provider office is closed (i.e. evenings/weekends), CALL your local Urgent Care Clinic or Emergency Department (see here for a list).

3. If you are a student, please email as soon as possible with your name, student ID number, current residential location, dates and location of travel and phone number. Please know, if you are an on-campus residential student you can expect a call within 24 hours. All students should expect a follow up call or email on Monday, February 3, to discuss your self-isolation plans and how we can best support you. 

4. If you are a staff or faculty member who should self isolate, please contact Human Resources by phone at 619-260-2729 on Monday, February 3, so they can work directly with your supervisor and department to create a work plan. Additionally, we are requesting that you contact your medical provider for medical monitoring.

As with any health alert, the university is proactively working with campus partners, as well as local and state resources, to monitor the situation and to protect the health and well-being of the USD community and the University is supporting this recommendation.

To learn more about the coronavirus, please visit the CDC website for the latest and most reliable information. If you have additional questions or concerns, Staff/Faculty may contact their health provider. Students can visit the Student Health Center website.


Pamela Sikes, MS, FNP-BC
Director, Student Health Center
University of San Diego